Robi, a leading digital service provider of the country has stood beside its customers with the mobile application platform - 'My Robi' to ensure uninterrupted and comfortable telecommunication services during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Customers can enjoy free data browsing through ‘My Robi’ app to get answers and information on the most pivotal questions about Coronavirus.
The app also offered mobile recharge digitally through bKash and other MFS or debit or credit cards. Besides, customers will get 5 percent cash back if they recharge other family members’ mobiles.
There is an opportunity to take a talk time loan or data pack loan through this app and 10 percent cash back facility on purchasing the best monthly data packs and combo packs through the My Robi app.
‘My Robi’ app also offering an opportunity to buy a new SIM; the app will ensure home delivery to the customer after receiving the specified order.
Students are getting the opportunity to buy a 2GB data pack for just Taka 25 to browse ‘Robi-Ten Minute School’ through My Robi app.
Besides, a 50 GB video conference pack at only Tk 300 is available for students to do online classes. This allows teachers and students to join online classes through apps like Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams.
A special online training session on Blockchain Technology was conducted on Saturday by the “Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) project” of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division.
Senior Secretary of ICT Division NM Zeaul Alam PAA was present as the chief guest at the inauguration of the training and exchanged experiences on different achievements of ICT division and blockchain technology.
“Blockchain is an important technology that needs to be used properly. There’s considerable interest among our youth on frontier technology. The ICT division is working as a 'front line soldier' using frontier technology, but in this case, we need trained manpower the most,” Zeaul said.
He also expressed the view that blockchain technology would further improve the overall management of the country as well as ensure transparency.
Member of University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Dr Md Sazzad Hossain attended the session as its special guest, said: “Because of coronavirus, we’re now in a difficult time. We need to ensure transparency and accountability during this epidemic. This blockchain technology can ensure transparency, so it needs to be used properly. As there’s no alternative to education and research, all of us need to pay special attention to science and technology, research, and ICT skills.”
The executive director of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Parthapratim Deb conveyed his gratitude to those who helped make the event a success. Also a special guest, he said that the BCC wants to create an innovative environment through which it will be possible to create an entrepreneurial culture, and the council will continue trying to give everyone an idea about the prevalence of frontier technology in the world.
The session was presided over by the project director (Additional Secretary) of the iDEA Project Syed Mojibul Huq, who said that it will be challenging to make decisions for different activities in the future without the frontier technology. If the nation wants to make progress through digital marketing, it must take the help of Frontier Technology and therefore the blockchain technology is a very necessary medium and if the future generation does not gain knowledge on these technologies, the nation will have to fall behind during the 4th Industrial Revolution.
PhD research fellow of Graduate School of Simulation Studies of University of Hyogo of Japan Rubaiyat Islam, Dhaka University’s Institute of Information Technology (IIT) Associate Professor BM Mainul Hossain and Blockchain researcher, Managing Director of The Computers Ltd (TCL) and Chief Consultant of Atique Rabbani (Financial and ICT) Consulting Khondkar Atique-e-Rabbani were the trainers of this initiative who also shared their experiences with trainees.
Through this training, the basics and Evolution of Blockchain Technology, Blockchain for Supply Chain Management, and Understanding Blockchain Technology were the topics covered to more than 60 trainees from the Barishal region who joined the training through Zoom.
Regional Director of Barishal Division of the BCC Md Monirul Islam, the Deputy Project Director (Deputy Secretary) of iDEA Project Kazi Hosna Ara, the project's senior consultant RHM Alaol Kabir, the technology Management Specialist of the project Mehedi Hasan Bhuiyan, Consultant of iDEA Project Monirul Islam, Shohag Chandra Das, teachers from Barisal University of Science and Technology and Patuakhali Science and Technology University, BCC and other officials of ICT division were also present online at the time.
Samsung Bangladesh has offered 5-20 percent discount on its Galaxy devices for the students who have passed their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations this year.
The special discounts will be provided for some selected Galaxy devices and it will be applicable till June 11, said a press release.
Samsung Bangladesh said they are making this offer for the second consecutive year.
Md Muyeedur Rahman, head of mobile, Samsung Bangladesh, said, “Samsung has always thrived to build a Digital Bangladesh and help the educational sector to prosper by taking initiatives like Samsung Junior Software Academy and Samsung Polytechnique Institute.”
“We’re happy to celebrate the success of SSC results and recognise their hard works,” he added.
The offer is only applicable for SSC and Dakhil students of SSC examinations 2020.
Students must submit their registration card copy (hardcopy or softcopy) to avail of the offer.
The offer will only be available at selected Samsung outlets. Home delivery service can be availed by ordering through https://bit.ly/2MpF1Fw
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Walton, the country's leading brand of electronics and technology products, has offered attractive discounts for various products including smartphones from E-Plaza platform.
The E-Plaza platform has already geared up its online sales activities as customers can get their required products staying at home amid the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, said a press release.
Walton also ensured hygienic and safe home delivery during this pandemic.
Asifur Rahman Khan, head of Walton Mobile sales, said customers are given flat 6 percent discount on the purchase of all models of smartphones available at E-Plaza.
The discounts are also being offered on new models of Primo H9, N4 and the best-selling RX7 Mini smartphones, he added.
Anyone can buy all kinds of Walton products from the online e-plaza (https://eplaza.waltonbd.com) while the smartphone can directly be purchased by following this link: https://eplaza.waltonbd.com/smartphone.
Customers can pay the bill of purchased products from E-Plaza through debit and credit cards, online banking, mobile banking such as bKash, Rocket and Nagad along with cash on delivery facility.
Washik Jahan Eshan, digital marketing coordinator, Walton Mobile, said a total of 14 models of smartphones are currently available at E-Plaza. Primo H9 and N4 models are added newly in the list that priced at Tk 8,699 and Tk 11,699 respectively.
These two phones can be purchased at a discounted price of Tk 8,177 and Tk 10,997 respectively. Walton's best-selling RX7 Mini smartphone will cost only Tk 8,929 when it is purchased from E-Plaza.
He said that at present there are a total of 30 models of Walton smartphones and 25 models of feature phones in the market.
The 'Made in Bangladesh' handsets, manufactured at Walton's own factory, have 30-day replacement facility along with one-year after-sales service.
All models of Walton smartphones can be purchased from all Walton Plaza, brand and retail outlets across the country with six-month EMI facility at 0% interest and 12-month installment facility.
Bangladesh Bank has issued a new licence to Recursion FinTech Ltd, a private firm, to operate as payment service provider (PSP) to provide e-wallet services in the country.
With this new one, the total number of licensed PSP has been risen to three. The existing PSPs are -- iPay Systems Ltd and D Money Bangladesh Ltd.
A circular issued Thursday by Bangladesh Bank's Payment System Department (PSD) said the licence was issued to the Recursion FinTech Ltd under “Bangladesh Payment and Settlement Systems Regulation 2014” with certain conditions.
PSPs received licence from the central bank to facilitate payments or payment processes directly like e-wallet and mobile wallet services to customers and to settle their transactions through a scheduled bank or financial institution.
The PSPs provide e-wallet solution in which a user can store his/her money for any future transaction or purchase. This platform enables anyone to make any kind of transaction with the help of their mobile phone or website without carrying cash or Credit/Debit Card.
Taking licence from Bangladesh Bank, some companies operate as payment service operators (PSO) as well for payment activities between or among participants where the principal participant must be a scheduled bank or financial institution.
Bangladesh Bank in March this year asked all scheduled banks not to provide any banking services or transactions facility to unlicensed payment service providers (PSP) and payment system operators (PSO).