Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) has donated BiPAP Breathing Machines and COVID-19 testing kits to SAJIDA Foundation.
This donation is part of Unilever Bangladesh’s pledge of Tk 200 million to help the nation in its fight against COVID-19, according to a press release.
The commitment includes measures such as product donations, creating social awareness, improving health infrastructure, protecting its people, and livelihoods.
During this unparalleled times of need, UBL has partnered with SAJIDA Foundation, one of the leading organisations supporting the government during the COVID-19 crisis, and donated ‘Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure’ or BiPAP Breathing Machines, often used in the treatment of chronic obstructive lung and respiratory diseases that make breathing difficult.
The Foundation is also one of the first responders to the COVID-19 crisis in the country and converted their Narayanganj hospital to a COVID-19 hospital to support the government.
Under this partnership, along with medical equipment, Unilever Bangladesh will provide a cash donation of Tk 2 million, health and hygiene products for the foundation’s COVID-19 hospital and care kits for more than 2,000 frontline health workers.
During this event, Head of Corporate Affairs, Partnerships & Communications of Unilever Bangladesh Shamima Akhter handed over the BiPAP Breathing Machines and COVID-19 testing kits to Senior Director, Development Programs of SAJIDA Foundation Md Fazlul Hoque.
Earlier this month, UBL also handed over COVID-19 testing kits to icddr,b, who has been contributing to the plans and actions of the government in its COVID-19 response through providing free of charge testing support, disease surveillance, strengthening of laboratory capacity, and technical assistance among others.
Unilever Bangladesh has decided to import critical medical equipment like testing kits and BiPAP Breathing Machines as Bangladesh is witnessing a national health crisis greatly triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of now Unilever Bangladesh has invested Tk 18 million for medical equipment and donated Tk 11 million to two hospitals to improve the health infrastructure.
CEO and Managing Director of UBL Kedar Lele said, “We are committed to protect life and livelihoods of people and support the nation in every way possible. Given our global scale and reach, we could quickly bring in much needed medical equipment like testing kits and breathing equipment into Bangladesh and provide it to organizations like SAJIDA Foundation and icddr,b.
"We believe this small, yet timely support will help to continue such reputed organisations in their effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to do more in every possible way and remain the trusted partner for Bangladesh.”
Qatar Airways has closed its Dhaka office temporarily over coronavirus outbreak in the country and requested to book flight tickets online.
The Airways announced the closure in a press statement on Wednesday.
Qatar Airways has received approval to operate to and from Bangladesh from June 16, and was operating three flights a week.
There has been a high demand of customers seeking tickets and large number of people visit their office to book tickets without following social distance, the statement said.
The Airways decided to close its office as the safety and security of customers and employees is their top priority.
Customers are requested to book tickets online through email.
Rajshahi Zone of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized special Business Development Conference virtually on Tuesday.
Md. Mahbub ul Alam, managing director and CEO of the bank addressed the conference as chief guest.
Mohammed Monirul Moula, Muhammad Qaisar Ali and Md. Omar Faruk Khan, additional managing directors of the bank addressed the conference as special guests.
Abu Reza Md. Yeahia, AAM Habibur Rahman, Md. Siddiqur Rahman and Md. Mosharraf Hossain, deputy managing directors, Mohammad Jamal Uddin Mazumder, Abul Faiz Muhammad Kamaluddin, Mohammed Shabbir, Md. Mahboob Alam, Muhammad Sayeed Ullah and G.M. Mohd. Gias Uddin Quader, senior executive vice Presidents also addressed the conference.
Presided over by Md. Kawsar-ul-Alam, Head of Rajshahi Zone, Head of Branches under the zone attended the conference.
US-Bangla Airlines has been operating 32 domestic flights on different routes daily.
US-Bangla is operating five daily flights from Dhaka to Chattogram, five to Jashore, four to Saidpur and two to Sylhet with Brand New ATR 72-600 aircraft, said a press release issued on Wednesday.
The minimum fare for one-way journey with all types of taxes and surcharges on each route has been fixed at Tk. 2,500.
Flights are being operated from Dhaka to Chattogram at 7 am, 11:30 am, 3:15 pm, 7 pm and 8:30 pm. It is leaving Chattogram for Dhaka at 8:25 am, 12:55 pm, 4:40 pm, 8:25 pm and 9:55 pm.
Flights are being operated from Dhaka to Jashore at 9:15 am, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:15 pm. It is leaving Jashore for Dhaka at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 5:15 pm and 7:30 pm.
Flights are being operated from Dhaka to Saidpur at 8:30 am, 10 am, 1 pm and 5.30 pm. It is leaving Saidpur for Dhaka at 10 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 7 pm.
Flights are being operated from Dhaka to Sylhet at 9:15 am and 4 pm. It is leaving Sylhet for Dhaka at 10:35 am and 5:20 pm.
At present, the US-Bangla fleet has a total of 13 aircraft. Of these, 4 are Boeing 737-800, 6 are Brand New ATR 72-600 and three are DASH 8-Q400 aircraft.
US-Bangla expects to operate flights from Dhaka to Rajshahi, Barishal and Cox's Bazar soon. It is also operating flight from Dhaka to Guangzhou. US-Bangla cargo flights and special flights continue to operate.
Interlinkages Online, the cross-border trade finance marketplace and Creditsafe, the global business intelligence experts have announced their strategic collaboration for providing Global Counterparty Credit Reports to Financial Institutions in Bangladesh.
Cato Syverson, CEO at Creditsafe, said they are very excited to announce the strategic collaboration with Interlinkages.
He said the move was taken to expand their global presence to Bangladesh and bring their industry leading Business Credit Reports to the Banks in the country.
Anindita Ghosh, CEO at Interlinkages, said, “It has been our endeavour to bring the best of global participants to our ecosystem in International Trade and Banking especially in today’s age where speedy data updates, cost effectiveness and timely access to credit reports play a critical role in ever evolving trade landscape of South Asia.
On the collaboration, Anindita said in Creditsafe, they have found a truly global, market-leading credit insight partner with a wealth of industry expertise and know-how.
This collaboration will change the way Banks in Bangladesh access credit data as it would not only be real time but also cost effective, he added.
Interlinkages Online is a Hong Kong-based, Cross-Border Trade Finance marketplace that serves Corporates and Banks across the world.
It offers Banks borderless solutions for deal origination and distribution in international markets and enables access to previously inaccessible counterparties globally. Interlinkages is supported by Cyberport, a digital community of Hong Kong government and is approved by BIDA in Bangladesh.
And the Creditsafe is the world’s most used provider of online business credit reports.
With credit information on over 365 million reports across the globe, Creditsafe delivers the most accurate and up-to-date information available in an easy-to-use format for businesses of all sizes. Creditsafe has the biggest wholly owned database in the industry, providing accurate and reliable data to over 120,000 subscribers across the globe.