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.
Besides risking the lives of millions of people worldwide, the covid19 pandemic is demolishing the economy. Our Government has declared general holidays and imposed lockdown on the movement of the mass public to minimize the contagion of Coronavirus. Nobody knows when the situation will return to its formal pace. In the meantime, some big companies are downsizing their manpower, while some small/mid-sized companies are facing lay-off. As a result, many people are losing jobs or getting deprived of salaries. In this crucial time, we are going to highlight some quarantine income opportunities both online and offline. Stay with us to know how to earn money during the lockdown period!
If you are a graphic designer with expertise in operating common graphic software like Adobe Photoshop, and/or Adobe Illustrator, you can get hired online and earn good money. Many international platforms are hiring graphic designers for small to big projects like logo design, business card design, banner design, brochure design, etc. Here goes some opportunities for delivery jobs.
Do you love browsing social media platforms (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) every now and then? Why don’t you utilize those platforms to earn some extra bucks? You can promote a product (produced by another company) through any social media online platform, where you can pull connections or followers. You can easily earn an affiliate commission if any viewer buys your advertised product through your posted link. Nowadays, many local companies are offering affiliation services. Here goes some opportunities.
Affiliate marketing is an evergreen source to earn money online. Many people are taking affiliate marketing as a full-time profession due to the lucrative affiliate commission structure offered by diverse companies. If you have good writing and/or video making skills with some SEO knowledge you can make constant earning doing affiliate marketing through blog or YouTube. Check out some international affiliation platforms.
Teach online and make your living graciously. You can make tutorials based upon your expertise and promote your social media profile like linkedin.com. Start with some basic level courses with a nominal fee or free of cost. If you get a response from the audience then offer some paid courses with advanced level skills. Here goes some local and international resources, where you can look for teaching jobs online and/or submit your online course:
Do you have a natural spree of writing? If yes, you can work as a freelance writer in diverse local and online platforms. Whether you are a novice writer or an expert researcher, you can find diverse freelance jobs like translation work, guest writing, blog post writing, article writing, academic writing, book writing, research works, etc. Besides earning money, it will endow you with the opportunity to enlighten people. Check out the following resources.
Do you love coding? You can get hired online, if you have proficiency in any programming language, like PHP, Python, C#, Java, etc. Depending upon your level of expertise and level of experience you can apply for freelance programming jobs. Here goes some resources to find out online programming jobs.
Don’t worry if you are not a designer, or a writer or a programmer. The Internet is a vast ocean of opportunities for diverse professions. If you have expertise in any specific branch of knowledge like, business proposal planning, project management, digital marketing, etc. you can look for freelance jobs in international marketplaces. Here goes some resources:
So far we have discussed a range of local and international platforms where a skilled person can sell his/her expertise online. What if you have no specialized skill to sell online, but you are eagerly looking for a job to run your family? Don’t worry! Where there is a will there's a way!
In the current lockdown situation, an increasing number of customers are ordering essential products - like groceries, kitchen items, medicines, baby products, and many more goods - from online shops. In this wake, many companies are hiring delivery persons in Dhaka and many other places in the country. A healthy individual can easily apply for a delivery job if he owns a motorbike or cycle. This job can give you both money and contentment for helping people.
Here goes some opportunities for delivery jobs.
So far we have discussed a bunch of resources to find skill-based freelance jobs. To find a precise job matching your expertise, you get to do in-depth research on these platforms. Before applying for a job, don’t forget to check out the rules and regulations of your chosen platform. And, prevent spamming which can result in account removal.
People in good health can go for delivery jobs. If you want to take an offline delivery job, adopt necessary preventive measures to avoid Coronavirus contagion. Stay safe!
With a view to providing effective tools to the public in all sectors for combating not just COVID-19 but other diseases as well, Save the Children in Bangladesh (SCiBD) launched a free Telemedicine consultation service on Monday.
People can avail the video consultation service through ‘Hello Doctor Asia’ app on their smartphones.
SCiBD Deputy Country Director Dr Shamim Jahan said, “Due to the coronavirus outbreak, getting medical consultation is quite difficult now. In this situation for chronic patients and other patients with general health conditions it is nearly impossible to receive medical consultations in many places."
He noted that telemedicine has been established as a viable and even suitable tool for remote provision of medical services globally.
"We started this advanced tele and video consultation (an App based service) to allow patients to consult doctors through a video conversation on a limited scale across the country," added Dr Shamim.
She added that SCiBD seeks to expand the service gradually aiming to bring it to the ‘hardest to reach communities’.
Hello Doctor Asia Chief Operating Officer Md Fakhrul Hasan lauded the approach and mentioned that many will be able to receive free Telemedicine consultation services through this partnership.
Consultation services will initially be provided under SCiBD's ‘Emergency Response for COVID-19 Outbreak in Bangladesh’ project in partnership with ‘Hello Doctor Asia’ for the next two months as a pilot initiative.
The organisations plan to extend the service in accordance with the evolving context of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The ‘Hello Doctor Asia’ app can be downloaded from the Google Playstore for free on any Android phone. Data costs with operator may apply.
Using advanced data analytics solutions, Robi Axiata Limited has come up with a unique solution to send out SMS-based Corona alert service in parts of Dhaka.
Due to the real-time nature of the SMS alert, this notification is designed to trigger a heightened mental awareness about highly contagious Coronavirus among people who are roaming around the city.
The smartphone users of both, the Robi and the Airtel customers will get to avail this service. No charges will be applicable for availing the service, said a press release.
Starting from today the experimental solution is being piloted in some parts of Dhaka. Residents of the areas which is covered by the experiment will receive an SMS notification informing them about the high risk of contracting Corona virus in that area due to the high number of confirmed cases of Corona patients as declared by IEDCR.
Since the residents are expected to be stationary in their respective places, the SMS will only be sent to them once during the campaign period.
On the other hand, people who will be moving in to those areas will be notified about the high risk of that particular area and will be requested to follow the standard Corona related health advisory.
Such an SMS notification will be sent out only once in 24 hrs to an individual who had entered into one of the risky areas that are part of the experiment. However, if that individual enters into another risky area, the individual will get a fresh alert SMS for that area.
Robi’s data analytics based real-time SMS alert notification is expected to stimulate a higher sense of alertness among all, especially for the people moving around in this lockdown situation.
The project will be scaled up gradually based on the outcome of the experimental launch.