Grameenphone and Brac have come up with an initiative called ‘Dakche Amar Desh’ to stand by those who have been affected worst by COVID-19.
Grameenphone will donate Tk 15 crore to Brac’s emergency food assistance fund, which will help the NGO to reach 1 lakh affected families, said a press release on Friday.
Each family will receive Tk 1,500 for two weeks’ essential food supplies under the programme, it said.
‘Dakche Amar Desh’, a solidarity platform and call to action for public fundraising and institutional contribution, was announced through videoconferencing where Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman and Brac Executive Director Asif Saleh among other officials were present.
A nationwide survey by Brac among 2,675 low-income people in 64 districts reveals that 14 percent of low-income families do not have food at home.
Due to the general holidays and lockdown aimed at social distancing, 72 percent of the respondents reported jobloss or reduced work opportunities.
Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman said public-private sector needs to come together to tackle the COVID-19.
Apart from this initiative, Grameenphone will continue working with DG Health, a2i, BTRC, World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef to support the government during this pandemic, he said.
Brac Executive Director Asif Saleh said, “Brac has mobilised the entire organisation from the onset with over 1 lakh field staff, health workers and volunteers on the ground.”
This is a humanitarian crisis, not just a health pandemic, he said, adding that they have already mobilised Tk 30 crore to support 2 lakh families.
The generous support from Grameenphone will enable them to scale up further, Asif added.
Any individual or institution may join this cause by sending assistance through
Bank Account Name: Brac
Name: BRAC BANK
Gulshan-1, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka or by bKash at 01730321765
Google, a search engine giant, on Friday started its campaign urging people to stay home for saving lives by a special doodle on its regular home page.
The animated doodle shows that every single letter of ‘Google’ is busy with indoor activities like readying, playing musical instruments, exercising and connecting with loved ones over long phone calls.
Meanwhile, Google launched special messages for users in favour of its campaign over staying home during the coronavirus pandemic to curb the spread.
It says protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions.
Google provides some specific advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as follows-- clean hands often, use soap and water, maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
It also urges people to cover nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
If you have fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance, advises Google saying that follow the directions of your local health authorities.
Last week, Google paid rich tributes to doctors, nurses and medical staff during this global coronavirus pandemic by separate doodles every day.
Huawei has generated $25.7 billion in revenue, an increase of 1.4 percent year-on-year.
The company announced its business results for the first quarter of 2020, said a press release on Wednesday.
Its net profit margin in Q1 was 7.3 percent.
As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, Huawei is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of its employees.
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The company and its supplier network are working together to address the tough challenges facing production and resume operations.
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Huawei said its business is continuing as usual and its overall business results in Q1 2020 are in line with expectations.
Banglalink will distribute relief among 14,500 affected households amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
The relief will be distributed in association with Bangladesh Sena Kalyan Sangstha and Bangladesh Army.
Each beneficiary will receive 5 kg rice, 1 kg pulse, 1 liter oil, 0.5 kg semolina, 1 kg sugar, 1 kg salt and 2 bars of soap from Banglalink.
Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar, said “All the measures Banglalink has taken since the beginning of the outbreak are really praiseworthy. I hope they will continue to serve the people this way in future as well.”
In addition to distributing the relief, Banglalink has taken several initiatives to combat the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
Grameenphone Ltd. has reported total revenues of Taka 36.2 billion for the first quarter of 2020, registering a 3.7 percent growth compared to the same period last year.
The leading mobile phone operator also finished the period with a 75.3 million customer base, of which 53.6 percent or 40.4 million use internet, said a press release on Wednesday.
During the first quarter, the operator also registered a 24.6 percent growth in data revenue year-on-year base.
“Despite challenges, our focus remained on market execution and maintaining our network leadership position. Our reinforced drive on 4G conversion led to 14.2 Million 4G users at the end of the quarter,” said Yasir Azman, CEO of Grameenphone Ltd.
Net profit after taxes (NPAT) for the first quarter was BDT 10.7 billion, with 29.6percent margin.
Earnings per share (EPS) for the period stood at BDT 7.92.
In first quarter, Grameenphone invested Taka 0.4 billion for network coverage, and added 197 new 4G sites to their network that took the tally of sites at 16,542.