Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB) - Banglalink, one of the leading digital communications service providers in Bangladesh, has announced the official launch of its new number series 014 on Thursday.
Jahurul Haque, acting Chairman of Bangladesh Telecom and Regulatory Commission, attended the launching event as the chief guest and made the inaugural call to Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar from a new series number, at its head office Tiger’s Den in the city’s Gulshan area.
Erik Aas, Chief Executive Officer, Banglalink, Taimur Rahman, Chief Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Banglalink, Ritesh Kumar Singh, Chief Commercial Officer, Banglalink and other high officials of the organization were present at the ceremony.
Banglalink pre-paid users having 019 number series will get new 014 series SIM cards for free after completing the NID verification, and enjoy 54p/min call rate for calls between those two numbers for lifetime.
In addition, upon recharging Tk 48 for the first time, customers can call to any operator at 1p/sec rate for 90 days. Furthermore, they will get an instant 1GB free data offer.
More about the offers in detail can be viewed by visiting the company’s website www.banglalink.net.
Erik Aas, Chief Executive Officer, Banglalink said, “We are extremely delighted to introduce the 014 number series. We take the new prefix as an emblem of the whole new service-experience to our customers to enjoy our new and stronger dual carrier network.”
Banglalink SIM cards with 014 number series will be available at all Banglalink Customer Care Centers and Service Points across the country.
Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB)- Local brand Walton has been planning to increase production of nut, bolt and screw to meet the growing demands.
Walton is going to install most advanced machineries at its nut, bolt and screw manufacturing unit at Chandra in Gazipur aiming to raise the production capacity of the existing unit.
Mentionable, fasteners are one of the most important light engineering items, which are used in heavy engineering as well as different manufacturing industries like furniture, automobiles, electrical and electronics appliances etc.
Earlier, most of the local demands of fasteners were met with the imported items, as a result, the country has to spend lots of foreign currencies. Besides, both the importers and the users had to wait for couple of months to get the imported items. But, this import dependency had been reduced with the start of local productions of nut, bolt and screw by Walton in 2017.
Abdur Rouf, head of Industrial Solutions Department of Walton, said they were manufacturing world-class nut, bolt and screw with sophisticated machineries at Walton Hi-Tech Industries.
He said that the annual production capacity of their unit is around 1800 tons whereas Walton uses about 360 to 400 tons fasteners annually to manufacture its wide ranges of hi-tech appliances.
Prihish Kumar Saha, head of Screw RnD (Research and Development) Department of Walton, said they are producing different types of fasteners at Walton nuts, bolts and screws manufacturing unit, including self-tapping and self-drilling screws of 2 to 10 millimeter (mm) diameter and 5 to 75 mm length, hexagonal and alien bolts of 8.8 and 10.9 grades, machine screws and hexagonal nuts.
“We installed Taiwanese dies and machines in the production line. In addition, we are following world’s latest production process like wire drawing; spheroidize annealing; pickling, phosphating and metal soap treatment (PPM); cold forming; heat treatment and electroplating. Walton screws and bolts are made of high quality boron alloyed steel whereas nuts are made of highest standard carbon steel”, he said.
Saha also informed that 100 percent heat treatment furnace is used in Walton fasteners. To assure internal standard, world’s latest German and US technologies testing equipment like stereo microscope, metallurgical microscope and micro hardness are installed at the research and development center.
They conducted the structural test of the produced fasteners through magnifying these up to 1000 times with the metallurgical microscope. Also, hardness of the fasteners are tested with micro hardness equipment. Passing through a test of 96 hours salt spray, Walton fasteners have excellent corrosion resistance for indoor and outdoor use.
According to Walton authorities, they are using their own produced nut, bolt and screw in the production process of fridge, air conditioner, LED television, compressor, various sorts of electric fans, rice cookers, blenders, gas stove, switch-socket, LED light etc.
Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Thursday held a view exchange meeting with International Apparel Federation (IAF) here at BGMEA Bhaban.
Following the meeting they held a press briefing on their collaboration and plan for the betterment of country’s RMG sector where officials of both sides were present including IAF President Han Bekke.
BGMEA president M Siddikur Rahman said his organization and IAF had a wonderful discussion on their mutual collaboration for taking the industry forward.
“Over the past 4 years our production costs have jumped up to 30 percent while minimum wage rose up to 381 percent since 2010, all of which are adding with the production expenditure,” he said.
The BGMEA head also said that despite investing a large sum of money to ensure workplace safety over the past five and half years by the factories, the prices of the products have declined.
“Building a viable industry requires viable pricing. We want to draw attention of our western buyers to this fact with the help of IAF,” Siddikur said.
Although Bangladesh made significant progress in building a safe environment for RMG workers since Rana Plaza tragedy yet the western media continue to ignore while IAF chief has praised our efforts and remarked that it needs proper media attention, he further said.
“We will hold separate events in Europe and Dhaka to state our progress,” said the BGMEA president.
BGMEA, IAF and International Textile Manufacturers Federation will work closely for UN/EDIFACT code of conduct, he added.
IAF president Han Bekke lauded Bangladesh’s progress in RMG sector saying this collaboration with BGMEA is necessary as the industry is facing new challenges worldwide.
“We believe international trade is important for us. But dispute between US and China could lead to disruption of international trade of textiles and apparels. The Brexit situation is causing a lot of problems in the EU market too,” IAF chief said.
He said everyone related to the industry have huge responsibility ahead to make it more sustainable in terms of both social and environmental conditions.
Among others present at the briefing, BGMEA Vice-0president (Finance) Mohammad Nasim and IAF Secretary General Mathjis Crietee spoke.
The IAF delegation is scheduled to leave Dhaka Friday.
Dhaka, Nov 29 (UNB)- A meeting of board of directors of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) was held on Thursday at Islami Bank Tower in the city.
The meeting was presided over by professor Md Nazmul Hassan, PhD, chairman of the bank.
Md Shahabuddin, Vice Chairman, Md Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO and JQM Habibullah, FCS Deputy Managing Director and Company Secretary of the Bank also attended the meeting.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB) - The government of Bangladesh, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and stakeholders at a dissemination forum on Wednesday discussed tools for designing climate-smart development projects.
Programming Division, Planning Commission of Bangladesh and ADB jointly organised the forum on “Establishing a Climate Risk Screening System for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into National Development Budgeting Activities” at a city hotel.
The event showcased and discussed the tools designed under an ADB technical assistance “Action on Climate Change in South Asia (TA 8572 REG)”.
Planning Division Senior Secretary M Ziaul Islam, Planning Commission members Mohammad Asif-uz-Zaman and Shamima Nargis, and chief of Programming Division M Sayeedul Haque, among others, attended the event.
ADB Country Director for Bangladesh Manmohan Parkash spoke at the programme as the guest of honour.
About 90 government officials, academics, researchers, development partners, NGOs and civil society members participated in the event.
“Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to climate risks,” Manmohan Parkash said, adding that the tools developed with ADB assistance will help make right climate-smart investments, leading to optimal use of public resources.
The project’s central output is a customised climate risk and vulnerability assessment tool and system aimed at guiding government agencies, departments and ministries in incorporating climate change adaptation and mitigation options in project design, according to ADB.
The tool will also help the Planning Commission ensure that public sector investment projects in the Annual Development Programme are resilient to potential damages due to climate change and natural hazards, it said.
The project also pilot-tested the climate risk and vulnerability assessment tool on three agriculture and water resources projects in Barishal, Rajshahi and Sylhet, and conducted trainings for government officials on CRVA and cost-benefit analysis of climate change adaptation.