NOVOAIR, a private airline of the country, is celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with 2,000 distressed people at its office premises in Uttara in the capital.
On the occasion of Eid, NOVOAIR distributed food among these people, said a press release.
Officials of NOVOAIR were present on this occasion.
From the point of social responsibility, NOVOAIR organised the programme during the coronavirus pandemic, the press release said.
Earlier on May 18, the private airline company offered free air tickets for the doctors and healthcare professionals who are involved with the treatment of coronavirus infected patients.
More details will be available at www.novoair.com or people can contact for details at 13603.
Gallery Cosmos is soon going to organise the first-ever online live art camp in association with 'Hidden Her Foundation' and Cosmos Foundation to support coronavirus victims.
The art camp, with the theme ’Brightening The Spirits With Art’, is an exceptional initiative, said visual artist Bishwajit Goswami, also an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
“This is the most effective, creative interaction in society during this pandemic as the fund would be collected from selling the paintings by artists at the art camp,” he added.
“I personally appreciate this noble initiative,” Goswami said, urging people to come forward to save the country and the people.
Bangladesh has been seeing an increasing number of new coronavirus cases over the past few weeks. Currently, the confirmed cases stand at 33,610 with 480 deaths. The government-announced shutdown aimed at slowing the transmission rate has hit the low-income people hard, putting millions out of jobs.
Cosmos Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group.
Gallery Cosmos, over the course of the last few decades, has dedicated itself to lending a platform to various mediums of art rooted in Bangladesh, as well as those influenced from far-off lands.
Hundreds of unique and diverse artworks on various genres by talented artists were exhibited at the Gallery Cosmos.
A 26-member National 5G Committee has been formed with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as chairman to coordinate 5G development and boost the country’s digital economy.
The committee is also tasked with mitigating obstacles regarding the recall of unused spectrum from state agencies for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), in exchange for compensation.
It is expected to enhance cooperation between related agencies for 5G development support, Huawei said in a press release.
Deputy prime ministers Somkid Jatusripitak, Prawit Wongsuwon and Wissanu Kreangam are serving as the deputy chairmen of the committee. The ministers of finance, tourism and education are also part of the committee.
The permanent secretary for the Digital Economy and Society Ministry serves as the director and secretary of the committee.
This committee is formed to promote vertical 5G development, ensuring optimum benefits of 5G adoption for the economy and end users. It will promote a clear roadmap for 5G adoption and infrastructure development by ensuring the participation of representatives from key ministries, said NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith.
COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Thailand's major telecom operators to rev up deployment of 5G technologies. The country's top mobile operators are racing to deploy 5G networks at hospitals to support doctors and medical personnel to fight the virus.
“Application of 5G to public health demonstrates how digital infrastructure can have a significant impact on people's health during a major emergency,” said Buddhipongse Punnakanta, the Digital Economy and Society Minister.
The Digital Economy and Society Ministry, together with Huawei Technologies Thailand, are providing AI-assisted solutions with 5G technology to hospitals in the country to enable output diagnosis results more efficiently through a high-speed network.
Industrial organisations such as GSMA pointed out that 5G technologies are crucial in the fight against the pandemic and will be a “backbone” for the economic recovery. It is increasingly accepted in the industry that ICT and digital economy will be a major push as work resumes post pandemic.
Bkash, a leading mobile financial service provider, has added a ‘Donation’ button to the main menu of its mobile app in a bid to make the donation process easier amidst the coronavirus fallout.
A press release said the button has been added to enable the customers donate more easily to the welfare organizations which are working for the distressed people during this crisis.
As a result, customers can now easily join the humanitarian work of 11 organizations and donate any amount of money in just a few clicks, it added.
To donate, customers need to select 'Donation' from 'More' icon in the bKash app. Then the preferred organization is to be selected. The amount of donation has to be entered in the next step with donor’s name and email id.
If the customers want, they can also keep their identity hidden by selecting ‘unwilling to reveal identity’ option. After pressing ‘submit’ and entering PIN number, the donation process will be completed. In the last screen, customers can see the acknowledgement.
Customers will get the opportunity to know detailed information about the organization in the next screen after selecting it. Donors can also contact the email shown in that screen if they are interested to know more about the expenditure of the donation.
BKash users now can donate to 11 organizations which are: Alter Youth, Anjuman Mofidul Islam, Bangladesh Thalassemia Foundation, BRAC, Center for Zakat Management, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Ek Takay Ahar, Liberation War Museum, National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh, Obhizatrik Foundation and Sajida Foundation.
Some 67 percent of workers in the RMG sector had reportedly been paid as of May 16, according to a survey.
This was revealed in a survey titled "Massive shift to Digital Wages Payments in Bangladesh's RMG Sector", conducted on May 15 and 16 by researchers working for the Dhaka-based South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), and Microfinance Opportunities (MFO), a U.S.-based NGO.
It finds that there are some differences in the experiences of men and women workers during the May payment cycle.
"Fewer proportion of women report being paid: 64 percent of women reported being paid while 74 percent of men did," it added.
The researchers surveyed 1,384 workers in the RMG sector in Bangladesh by telephone.
The workers and the researchers had previously participated in the Garment Worker Diaries study, which collected data from 1,300 workers throughout 2019 and until the end of January 2020.
The workers are employed in factories spread across the five main industrial areas of Bangladesh (Chittagong, Dhaka City, Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Savar).
Almost three-quarters of the surveyed workers are women, in line with their preponderance in the overall workforce of the RMG industry, said to number 4 million.
The really breakthrough finding of the survey states that 82 percent of the paid workers till May 15, reported receiving their wages through some sort of digital channel (bKash, Rocket, Nagad, or bank transfer).
That is almost three times the number in just April, when 28 percent of garment workers were paid digitally. This represents a massive shift of payments from cash to digital within the space of one month.
Both women and men reported being paid digitally at about the same rate—82 and 84 percent respectively
It also said that Women were less likely to have withdrawn the cash from their accounts immediately after they had been paid—84 percent of women reported withdrawing their salary from their account immediately in comparison to 93 percent of men.
The survey went on to state that despite the large number of workers being paid digitally, many for the first time, the process too has been smooth going for most of them: 95 percent were able to cash out their payment at an ATM or agent on their first try and 78 percent waited in line to cash out for less than 10 minutes.