Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – After the initial launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service in the country, a tendency of leaving Grameenphone network and joining Robi has been seen among most mobile phone subscribers who availed of it.
According to data of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) released on Sunday, a total of 47,090 subscribers applied for changing their mobile operators without changing the existing phone numbers in 18 days since its launch on October 1.
Of them, 26,817 have been able to change their mobile phone operators and the rest failed.
Of the successful customers, 16,916 switched to Robi network while 5,526 to Banglalink, 4,041 to Grameenphone and 334 went to state-owned Teletalk.
Meanwhile, 11,676 customers left GP while 8,916 Banglalink, 5,973 Robi and 252 Teletalk during the period.
Among the 20,255 customers who failed to change their operators, 13,406 wanted to take the service of Robi while 4,087 that of Banglalink, 2,631 of GP and 131 wanted to switch to Teletalk.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the MNP service on Sunday.
Recently, the government has reduced the cost of the MNP service from initial Tk 157.50 to Tk 57.50.
Sangsad Bhaban, Oct 21 (UNB) - The Bangladesh Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was placed in Parliament on Sunday aiming to give more facilities to workers and reducing the workers' threshold to 20 percent from the existing 30 percent for forming trade unions.
State Minister for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Md Mujibul Haque (Chunnu) placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit the report within a day.
Under the proposed law, the percentage of workers' participation required for forming trade unions at factories will be reduced to 20 percent from the existing 30 percent.
The bill has been prepared and updated following the observation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which will be a labour-friendly one.
Under the proposed law, no child will be allowed to work in factories. If anybody employs child workers, then he or she will have to pay a fine of Tk 5,000.
In the draft bill, the punishment of workers for violating laws has been reduced by 50 percent while new facilities included for them.
Under the draft law, the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment has been upgraded to the level of Directorate.
The post of the chief inspector of the department is now inspector general, while deputy director general is additional inspector general, and the post of labour director has been upgraded to the rank of director general.
Under the proposed law, mentally and physically-challenged labourers cannot be employed in any risky works.
According to section 47 of the draft, if any female worker gives birth to a baby before informing the authorities, she will get an eight-week leave within three days after informing the authorities. If the factory authorities do not allow her to go on leave, they will be fined Tk 25,000.
Besides, if any worker does his or her duty during festival, he or she will get a one-day leave and wage for two days after the festival.
Both owners and workers will be sentenced to one-year jail with a fine of Tk 10,000 for misconduct, which was two years in the previous law.
Section 195 of the draft law will be applicable for factory owners and section-196 for labourers and workers.
In case of natural death, the family of the worker concerned will get Tk 2 lakh as compensation, which was Tk 1 lakh in the previous law, and in the case of injury, they will get Tk 2.50 lakh, which is now Tk 1.25 lakh.
Besides, if the owner is forced to sign or accept anything applying force, issuing threat, confinement, torture and detaching gas, power and water connections, this will be considered as misconduct, the Cabinet Secretary said.
In the draft law, the punishment for enforcing strike illegally has been reduced to six months from one year.
As per the proposed law, the support of 51 percent workers is needed against present two-thirds of total workers to call a strike. Illegal enforcement of strike will also be considered as misconduct.
If anyone is found to be a member of a number of trade unions at the same time, he or she will be sentenced to one month's imprisonment which was six months in the previous law.
According to the ILO convention, the draft law has a scope to form a tripartite advisory council consisting of the government, owners and workers.
Once the proposed bill is passed in Parliament, the Labour Court will have to deliver judgment in a case within 90 days from the date of filing it and if it is not possible to announce the verdict in the stipulated time, the court must deliver its judgment in the next 90 days.
In case of appeal petition, the court will have to pass its order within 90 days.
As per the draft law, the government will have to give registration to a trade union within 55 days from receiving the application which was in 60 days in the previous law.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Banglalink has signed a strategic agreement with iPay Systems Limited, the first digital service wallet provider in Bangladesh to provide Banglalink customers with hassle-free payment solutions.
Ritesh Kumar Singh, Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Banglalink and Zakaria Swapan, CEO, iPay Systems Limited signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations at Banglalink’s Headquarters.
Gaurav Kakkar, Digital Business and Global Partnership Director, Banglalink, Rashed Moslem, Head of Digital Distribution, Banglalink, Md. Ariful Hoque, Digital Distribution Manager, Banglalink, Muhammad Abul Khair Chowdhury, Head of Business and Strategy, iPay Systems Limited, Muhammad Muntasir, Head of Communication and Media, iPay Systems Limited, Mohammad Fahim Hossain, Head of Market Operations, iPay Systems Limited and Sayed Taslim Mahmood, Manager, Strategic Business Development and Partnership, iPay Systems Limited were also present at the signing ceremony.
Under the agreement, iPay will closely work with Banglalink to provide Banglalink customers with payment solutions for purchasing Banglalink’s digital products. It will enhance Banglalink’s digital drive by enabling the customers to recharge their balance from the Digital Touch Points, My Banglalink App, Banglalink’s website etc. using iPay.
Banglalink customers will also be able to refill their Banglalink wallets and pay for purchasing products and services from Banglalink’s websites, e-shop, Banglalink Walk-in-Center by using iPay as a payment option.
Ritesh Kumar Singh, Chief Commercial Officer, Banglalink said, “We are extremely delighted to sign this agreement with iPay Systems Limited. As a customer-obsessed organization, we firmly believe that this initiative will ease customers’ access to Banglalink’s products and services by enabling them to pay via iPay. This is one of our initiatives that reflect how we are progressing digitally prioritizing our customers’ convenience.”
Zakaria Swapan, CEO, iPay Systems Limited said, “Partnering with a renowned organization like Banglalink is a matter of great privilege for us. We hope Banglalink customers will benefit from this initiative as it will help them pay for Banglalink’s products in a more convenient and hassle-free way.”
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) - The High Court on Sunday granted bail for five months to Barrister Mainul Hosein in two defamation cases.
An HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after hearing separate petitions filed by him.
Earlier in the day, two courts -- one in Dhaka and the other in Jamalpur -- issued warrants for the arrest of Barrister Mainul Hosein in two cases filed for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk-show.
In Dhaka, Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after recording the statement of Masuda Bhatti and fixed November 22 for submission of records regarding the arrest of Barrister Mainul.
The court order came after the female journalist filed a defamation case against him.
In Jamalpur, Judge Solaiman Kabir of Cognisance Court came up with the arrest warrant after Farzana Yasmin Lita, convener of Jamalpur district unit Jubo Mohila League, filed a Tk-20,000 crore defamation case against Mainul.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk-show ‘Ekattor Journal’ through videoconferencing aired on Ekattor TV hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an ‘offensive comment’ against Masuda Bhatti on October 16.
He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement said.
During the talk-show, Masuda Bhatti asked Mainul, “You say that you’re in the Jatiya Oikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying that you are there as a representative of Jamaat.”
Angered at the comment, Mainul said, “I’m thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as ‘characterless’. There’s no question about Jamaat link’s with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me.”
Sangsad Bhaban, Oct 21 (UNB) – The 23rd session of the current parliament that began at 4:45pm on Sunday will continue till October 25.
The decision came at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the current parliament held at the Jatiya Sangsad on Sunday. Committee Chairman and Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presided over the meeting.
The session will start at 4:15pm on each working day.
The meeting also decided that the Speaker may extend or reduce the working days of the current session.
Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Chief Whip ASM Firoz and Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq and Moin Uddin Khan Badal attended the meeting.
This session is likely to be the last session of the 10th parliament as there is no obligation to summon any session of parliament during the national election according to the constitution.
The Election Commission has already said it will declare the schedule for the 11th national election any day after October.
The 10th parliament went into its maiden session on January 29, 2014.