The Board of Directors of Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI) has expressed deep shock over the demise of Nurul Islam Babul, Chairman of Jamuna Group.
"Our condolences to all of his beloved family members, supportive colleagues, friends and patrons," DBCCI said in a message on Tuesday.
"Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. We pray for his departed soul. May Almighty have mercy him and may rest in eternal peace. Prayer for the families lost their beloved, may Almighty hold them close and comfort them in their grief," the message reads.
The Jamuna Group chairman breathed his last at Evercare Hospital on Monday at the age of 74.
Nurul Islam, also the founding chairman of Daily Jugantor and Jamuna Television, had been undergoing treatment at the Evercare Hospital since June 14 after he tested positive for coronaviurs.
Born in Noakhali in 1946, he founded Jamuna group in 1974 and established 41 organisations in industries and service sectors.
He was the chairman of Jamuna Group -- one of the biggest conglomerates in the country. Jamuna Builders Ltd, Pegasus Leathers Ltd, Jamuna Future Park, Jamuna Power Ltd, are among his business units.
Jamuna Group deals with electronics, cloths, woven garments, chemicals, leather, beverage, motorcycle, toiletries, and construction sectors. Jamuna Future Park and Marriott Hotel are the part of the Jamuna Group.
Nurul Islam, one of the prominent industrialists of the country, left behind his wife Salma Islam, MP and former state minister for women and children affairs; son Shamim Islam, managing director of Jamuna Group; three daughters -- Rozalin Islam, Monika Islam and Soniya Islam; and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
He had also taken up an initiative to build an international standard coronavirus treatment facility near the 300 ft road in the Kuril area of the city.
The business magnate has donated Tk 10 crore to the relief fund of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to fight against Covid-19 pandemic, DBCCI said.
Huawei has stated its plan of creating a sustainable future by releasing its Sustainability Report 2019.
The report explained the progress that Huawei has made in supporting network stability and security, reducing emissions, responding to climate change, implementing its TECH4ALL digital inclusion action plan, and supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past year, the company said in a press release on Monday.
Supporting network stability remains a major part of Huawei’s social responsibility and mission, it said.
During emergencies like earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, and even armed conflicts, Huawei said its employees remain in the heart of the crisis to restore communications networks and support smooth network operations.
Last year, Huawei maintained network availability during more than 200 major events and natural disasters.
Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, said, “We’ve worked day and night to patch the holes in this beleaguered business of ours, ensuring business continuity and the timely delivery of products and services to our customers.”
“We’ve helped roll out networks worth hundreds of billions of dollars in more than 170 countries,” he said.
Huawei also disclosed its mid- and long-term targets for carbon emissions reduction, circular economy, and renewable energy, as well as its progress in 2019.
Working towards emissions reduction, the energy efficiency of Huawei’s main products was improved by up to 22 percent. In 2019, Huawei used 1.25 billion kWh of clean energy, which is equivalent to reducing 570,000 tons of CO2.
To contribute to a circular economy, Huawei is committed to maximising the utilisation of resources throughout the product lifecycle.
For example, 86 percent of the products returned to the company were reused, and only 1.24 percent of its e-waste was landfilled.
Huawei said in the report that ICT would play a critical role in achieving the UN’s SDGs and called on the whole industry to work together to promote socio-economic development, environmental protection, and the well-being of humanity.
Tao Jingwen, a board member and Chairman of the CSD Committee of Huawei, said, “Huawei believes in openness and collaboration for shared success. We’re working with industry partners, such as our suppliers, to build a thriving industry ecosystem.”
A youth has become millionaire after purchasing a Walton refrigerator from a Walton showroom at Khansama Bazar in Dinajpur.
“Lucky winner Ranjit Chandra Roy, an office assistant of the Khansama Upazila Project Implementation Office, was handed over a cheque of Tk 10 lakh in Dinajpur town,” Walton said a press release on Monday.
Walton has been offering the cas award under the ongoing ‘Digital Campaign Season-7.’
Ranjit said he would build a house with the money for his parents at Pirganj in Thakurgaon district.
On June 6, Ranjit purchased a refrigerator with Tk 18,000 as installment from the showroom in a bid to help his pregnant wife’s household chores.
He received a SMS on his mobile phone from Walton informing him about the prize.
Walton is conducting the ‘Digital Campaign’ across the country to accelerate the initiative of building a customer database for delivering online based swift and best after sales service.
Under Season-7, lucky customers will get Tk 10 lakh through purchasing any model of fridge, washing machine or microwave oven from Walton plaza, distributor outlet and E-Plaza across the country, the release said.
Besides, customers will get sure cash vouchers worth up to Tk 1 lakh.
Earlier, Wazed Ali, a tailor from Gazipur, Solaiman Haque, a towel vendor from Naogaon and Chaithwai Aoung Marma, a poultry trader Rangamati, also became millionaires after purchasing Walton refrigerators.
Walton has about 150 models of frost, non-frost refrigerators, freezers and beverage coolers in the local market with prices ranging from Tk 10,990 to Tk 69,900.
Walton refrigerators received several standard certifications at national and international level including BSTI’s ‘Five Star’ energy rating, ISO, OHSAS, EMC, CB, ROHS, SASO, ESMA, ECHA, G-Mark, E-Mark etc. Walton made refrigerators are being exported to different countries.
The company provides a one-year replacement facility for fridges along with a 12-year guarantee for compressors.
Customers have been enabled to pay Visa and AMEX credit card bills through bKash without any extra charge during the Covid-19 crisis. bKash has offered 1 percent instant cashback on paid bill amount of Visa and AMEX credit card throughout July to August.
By paying credit card bill of VISA and American Express card through bKash, customers can avail up to Tk 200 as cashback. As a result, a customer can pay a credit card bill up to Tk 20,000 without paying any additional charge, said a press release.
AMEX or Visa credit card bills can easily be paid from any place at any time, avoiding the hassle of standing in long queues at banks. As a result, credit card bill payment within due date is now within the grip of the customers. They can even Add Money from any Visa or MasterCard to their bKash accounts if needed. Currently, customers can Add Money to bKash account from online banking or app of 14 banks.
Concerned authorities believe that in addition to keeping the customers safe during Covid-19, the credit card bill payment service through bKash is also playing a significant role in reducing extra pressure at bank counters.
Paying AMEX or Visa Credit Card Bill requires a few simple steps. In the bKash app, users can find the ‘City Bank AMEX Credit Card Bill’ and ‘Visa Credit Card Bill’ options after tapping on ‘Pay Bill’ icon from the main menu and select the desired one.
In the next steps, the customer needs to enter credit card number, bill amount and bKash PIN to complete the process.
Launched in 2011, bKash, a joint venture of BRAC Bank, US based Money in Motion, International Finance Corporation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Ant Financial, operates as a payment service provider offering a broad range of digital financial services under the regulation of Bangladesh Bank.
Bangladesh Postal Department’s Digital Financial Service ‘Nagad’, Southeast Bank and Mastercard launched a new feature for Nagad’s mobile app that enables users to instantly add money from their Mastercard credit, debit and prepaid cards into their Nagad accounts.
This service will be provided by Southeast Bank’s Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS). Mastercard was the pioneer payment scheme in Bangladesh to launch the ‘Add Money’ service for mobile wallets as early as 2019, said a press release.
With this service Nagad app users can now add money to their Nagad accounts. Nagad cash-in limits will be applicable for this service.
To complete seamless transactions any time of the day, Nagad users need to click the ‘Add Money’ button on the Nagad app interface and select the card option. Users must then provide the required card details and enter the amount they wish to transfer from the card. Users will then receive an OTP (One Time Password) on their registered mobile phone number. By entering the OTP, users will be able to complete the transaction.
This service will make it easy and convenient for Mastercard cardholders to top up their Nagad wallets, making contactless transactions possible. Southeast Bank Limited is the technology provider of this service.
In his speech, Tanvir A Mishuk Managing Director, Nagad said, “We are glad that Nagad Accountholders can now easily add money to their accounts from their Mastercards, and this will eliminate the need of physically visiting ‘cash in’ points. Our collaboration with Mastercard & Southeast Bank Limited will make transactions much more convenient for Nagad users in various multitudes.”
Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager, Bangladesh, Mastercard said, “Mastercard is proud to collaborate with one of the leading digital financial service providers, Nagad, to launch this wallet loading service for its customers. This collaboration with Nagad and Southeast Bank is another milestone in our partnership with the mobile financial services (MFS) sector. Mastercard looks forward to offering cardholders a better payments experience through personalized interoperable payments solutions that will give an enormous boost to card acceptance and digital transactions in Bangladesh.”