Bangladesh's smartphone market shrank 3% in Q2 2022: Counterpoint
Amid soaring inflation, Bangladesh's smartphone market shipments dropped 3 percent year-on-year in Q2 2022, according to Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor Service. "Bangladesh's smartphone market experienced a good start with Eid celebrations during April. The month contributed almost half of the quarter's total shipment volumes," Karn Chauhan, senior analyst at Counterpoint, said. "However, the volumes declined adversely in May and June due to smartphone costs rising by up to 10 percent on increasing component prices and the addition of VAT. The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are expected to increase smartphone prices by up to another 20 percent in the coming months." Bangladesh's feature phone shipments declined 12 percent year-on-year, mainly due to the shift towards smartphones, which resulted in a 9 percent year-on-year decline in the country's overall mobile handset market in Q2 2022. In Q2 2022, Xiaomi secured the top spot in the smartphone segment and Samsung second spot with a 17.3 percent market share. Vivo took third place with a 10.1 percent share. Symphony continued to be at the top position in the feature phone market. Also read: Tracking Lost or Stolen Smartphone: Some easy ways to follow
Over 65 lakh mobile phone users left Dhaka during Eid
Over 65 lakh mobile phone users left Dhaka on July 8 and July 9 to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones at their native places. A total of 65,78,866 subscribers of different mobile phone operators left the capital in the two days before Eid, Bangladesh Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar said in a Facebook post on Monday. Also read: Letting people leave Dhaka amid coronavirus outbreak ‘suicidal move’, experts
PM greets nation invoking Eid-ul-Azha's spirit of sacrifice
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged all Bangladeshis to devote themselves to the welfare of the country and its people in the spirit of sacrifice. "Eid-ul-Azha means the festival of sacrifice. Let us devote ourselves, Engulfed with the spirit of sacrifice, for the welfare of the country and its people," she said in a video message to the people of the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. Also read: Complete qurbani by second day so cleaners too can enjoy Eid: TaposhShe also urged all to share the joy of Eid-ul-Azha, the biggest religious festival for Muslims alongside Eid ul Fitracross the globe, with all maintaining the tie of brotherhood.She also urged people to maintain the safety measureps to remain healthy."Everyone remain healthy and safe, Eid Mubarak," she said. Also read: Security beefed up in Dhaka for Eid celebrations
Complete qurbani by second day so cleaners too can enjoy Eid: Taposh
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has called upon the capital's residents to get their sacrificial slaughters done by the second day of Eid ul Azha, set to be observed from Sunday. He made the call while talking to journalists after observing the last-minute preparations for the Eid jamaat (congregation) at National Eidgah Maidan on Saturday. “I urge the city dwellers to complete their qurbani (sacrificial slaughter) by the second day of Eid (Monday), not to wait for the third day as workers of the corporation will be removing animal waste from different spots for 72 hours continuously, and they too should get some rest and some time off to celebrate Eid themselves," Taposh said. Elaborating on the massive clean up operation that will be taken up to allow people to enjoy one of the two biggest festivals in the Muslim faith, the Dhaka South mayor informed that the corporation’s workers would start cleaning up around the makeshift cattle markets (haats) from 11: 00pm tonight, and the first slaughter sites from 2pm on the day of Eid (tomorrow). He hoped that the city corporation would be able to remove all wastes within 24 hours as earlier. Taposh informed that all kinds of preparations have already been completed to hold the Eid jamaat at the National Eidgah Maidan where some 35,000 people will be able to pray together. Also read: DSCC Control Room to oversee waste disposal on Qurbani Eid Dhaka district Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Shahidul Islam, DNCC Chief Executive Officer Farid Ahamad, Secretary Akramuzzaman, Chief Engineer Saleh Ahmed and among others were present during the visit of the mayor.
Several villages celebrate Eid today
In keeping with Saudi Arabia, residents of a number of villages in Satkhira, Faridpur, Barishal and Chandpur districts are celebrating the holy Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and a number of countries across the world are celebrating the festival of sacrifice on Saturday. But Bangladesh is slated to celebrate Eid on Sunday. In Satkhira, people from 20 villages in Sadar upazila, including Baukhola, have started the Eid celebrations. The main congregation was held at Satkhira Sadar's Bhaokhola Purbopara Jame Mosque at 8am. Imam Mohabbat Ali conducted the congregation with a small number of Muslim devotees. Read: Denied Eid dress, teen ends life in Pabna In Faridpur, thousands from 10 villages of Faridpur's Boalmari upazila are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest festival of the Muslims, in keeping with Saudi Arabia. Muslims of Shekhar union's Sahasrail, Maitkomra, Rakhaltali, Ganganandapur, Baragaon, Durgapur and Rupapat union's Katagor and Kalimajhi follow Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries while celebrating Eid. Like every year, the main Eid congregations of the upazila were held in Rakhaltali, Mitcomra and Sahasrail. In Chandpur, residents of 40 villages in Chandpur district are celebrating Eid on Saturday amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour. The villagers of Barishal, Sreepur, Monihar, Barkul, Olipur, Belcho, Razargaon, Jakni, Kalcho, Menapur in Hajiganj upazila, Sachonmegh, Khila Ubhayarampur, Paikpara, Bigha, Uttoli, Balithuba, Sholla, Rupsha, Goalbhaor, Koroitoli, Noyarhat in Faridganj upazila, Mahanpur, Ekhlaspur, Dashani, Nayergaon,, Beltoli in Matlab South and Kachua upazilas are celebrating Eid. Also read: Mad rush at Paturia ghat ahead of Eid The main Eid congregation was held this morning on Shadra Senior Madrasa premises in Shadra village under Hajiganj upazila. In Barishal, the holy Eid is being celebrated in advance in some villages of six upazilas of the district. Around 20,000 devotees of Babuganj, Hijla, Mehendiganj, Bakerganj and three areas of Barisal metropolis offered Eid prayers in the congregations from 8 am to 9 am. Maminuddin Kalu, president of Shahsufi Jahagiri Mosque in Barishal city, said they offered their Eid jamaat following the government's directives and maintaining all Covid-safety protocols.
Faridpur's Boalmari celebrates Eid Saturday in line with Saudi Arabia
Thousands of people from 10 villages of Faridpur's Boalmari upazila will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, the feast of the sacrifice, Saturday in keeping with Saudi Arabia. Muslims of Shekhar union's Sahasrail, Maitkomra, Rakhaltali, Ganganandapur, Baragaon, Durgapur and Rupapat union's Katagor and Kalimajhi follow Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries while celebrating Eid. Like every year, the main Eid congregations of the upazila will be held in Rakhaltali, Mitcomra and Sahasrail. Read: One million pilgrims begin standing at Arafat, marking climax of Hajj Mahidul Haque, an assistant professor at Alfadanga Government Degree College, said: "As the followers of Mirzakhil Pir, we observe Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Eid-ul-Azha in line with the dates of such practices in Saudi Arabia." The majority of the Muslims in the country will, however, celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, Sunday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee.
Gabtoli Haat gains momentum
Gabtoli Haat, one of the largest cattle markets of the country, has gained momentum with a day left for Eid-ul-Azha as a number of sacrificial animals have been brought to this market since Thursday noon. Traders were seen keeping the sacrificial cattle at suitable places at the haat in order to attract buyers.
AL-backed syndicates make Eid holidaymakers suffer with extortion, harassment: Rizvi
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Friday alleged that the Eid holidaymakers are facing many ordeals while travelling to their village homes due to anarchy in the transport sector fueled by ruling party-backed syndicates. "People from the metropolitan cities are returning to villages to celebrate Eid with their loved ones. But the anarchy in transport fares fueled by the government syndicates and the limitless misery on the roads are spoiling the joy of the Eid holidaymakers," he said. Speaking at a press conference at the BNP's Nayapaltan Central Office, Rizvi also said the Awami League's transport and ticket syndicates have become active during Eid to make quick bucks. Read: AL can’t earn people’s trust even with 1000 Padma bridges: BNP He said the transport syndicates are charging two-three times extra fares from the homebound people ahead of Eid. "The ruling party's influential leaders get a share of this money. Extortion, traffic jams and harassment continue on the roads and highways for a lack of monitoring." The BNP leader also slammed the government for public suffering caused by frequent power outages. "Why are we now experiencing horrible load-shedding during the tenure of this government which could produce surplus electricity?" After lighting the Padma Bridge with so many lights, Rizvi said, the ministers are now saying that the wedding ceremonies should be finished by 7pm without any illumination. It is now being recommended to cut the office hours due to the power crisis, he added. "So, there's no doubt that the country is heading for bankruptcy like Sri Lanka." Read: Country heading for deep economic crisis: BNP warns The BNP leader also said when people are struggling to cope with skyrocketing prices of daily essentials, the government has increased the price of water by 5 percent. "The state minister for power already said the price of fuel oil will go up. Earlier, the prices of electricity and gas were increased." He alleged that the ruling party leaders are indulging in corruption in every sector, leaving people in misery. "The country is now under the grasp of the ruling party quarters." The BNP leader called upon the people to get united to save the country and establish a pro-people government through a strong street movement.
Govt issues directives to celebrate Eid maintaining health protocols, austerity
The Religious Affairs Ministry issued several directives regarding celebration of Eid-ul-Azha and offering prayers at Eidgah and mosques considering the overall situation in the country . The ministry issued a notification in this regard on Thursday. The ministry requested people not to use lights for decoration during Eid-ul-Azha celebrations People have been asked to come for Eid prayers with ceremonial wash (Oju) done from respective houses. Authorities have been directed to provide soap, hand sanitizers at the washrooms of Eidgah and mosques to prevent the spread of Covid1-19. Also read: Ensure uninterrupted ATM, POS, internet banking , MFS during Eid vacation: BB They must wear masks while attending Eid congregations and cannot use cap, prayer mates kept at Eidgah or mosques, said the notice. Social distancing and health guidelines to be maintained while performing Eid prayers and they must stand for prayers leaving one row empty, it said. The ministry also requested the imams and religious leaders to conduct prayer seeking the Almighty’s blessings to protect everyone from the pandemic after the Eid prayers. Also read: Skyrocketing fodder prices leave cattle farmers fretting ahead of Eid The religious leaders, imams, mosque governing committees and local administrations have been asked to implement the directives. The ministry has also asked people to follow the guidelines of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry for sacrificing animals on the Eid day.
Two cousins die in Rajbari road crash
Two cousins returning to their respective homes from Dhaka to celebrate Eid with their families in Jhenaidah died after a three-wheel vehicle they were travelling in overturned in Rajbari district town early on Thursday morning. The deceased were identified as Azizur Rahman, 22, and Matiur Rahman, 35 of Shailakupa upazila of Jhenaidah district. Four other occupants of the commercial vehicle, including its driver, sustained injuries in the road accident. Read: Mother-daughter duo killed in Dinajpur road accident The accident occurred around 5.15 am on Rajbari-Kushtia Road when the vehicle with the six occupants overturned after the driver lost control, leaving the cousins dead on the spot and the others injured, said sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station, Moazzem Hossain. The injured have been hospitalised, he said. "The vehicle has been seized and the driver arrested."