Electronics giant Walton has introduced a super saver model of split type air conditioner (AC) with intelligent inverter technology.
Walton released the new model of AC under a new series named Inverna.
Also, the AC costs only Tk2.88 per hour for electricity consumption, making it the most power-saving air conditioner in the domestic market.
The AC was tested and certified by the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet).
Conforming to the European standard, Inverna is designed with advanced technologies and features like dual defender, ioniser, antiviral and dust filter, frost wash, and faster cooling speed.
Walton AC Chief Executive Officer Md Tanvir Rahman said, "The domestic air conditioner customers are very much concerned about electricity bill and durability while buying ACs. However, European buyers mainly focus on energy-saving and eco-friendly ones."
"Inverna was designed and developed by a renowned engineer of Italy. So, this new series of Walton AC is called Inverna, an Italian word that means winter," Tanvir said.
The AC is specially made to suit the European market. However, the model – patented by Walton – is also being marketed for Bangladeshi buyers in line with the environment and climate of the country.
Walton AC Chief Operating Officer Engineer Sondip Biswas said, "We released 1 tonne, 1.5 tonne and 2 tonne BTUs (British thermal units) Inverna AC in the domestic market. Prices of these intelligent inverter ACs were set between Tk49,900 and Tk77,400."
"Walton Inverna AC has IoT based smart control features and can be controlled from any part of the world through the internet. Users can turn it on and off through mobile and can also easily monitor how much daily or monthly electricity bill is the AC is costing them."
Walton would soon release ACs with an offline voice command, Sondip said. "This will allow ACs to be controlled via voice commands without the internet."
A meeting of the Shari'ah Supervisory Committee of Islami Bank was held at a virtual platform on Sunday.
Professor Dr Mohammad Gias Uddin Talukder, chairman of the committee, presided over the meeting.
Mohammed Monirul Moula, managing director and chief executive officer of the bank, Professor Dr Mohammad Abdus Samad, member secretary, also joined the meeting.
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The Shari'ah Supervisory Committee of Islami Bank plays a vital role in framing and exerting policy for strict adherence of Shari'ah principles in the bank.
As per Islamic Banking Guideline circulated by the Bangladesh Bank, the Shari'ah Supervisory Committee is represented by 12 members consisting of prominent Ulamas – with adequate knowledge in Fiqhul Moamalat – renowned lawyers, and eminent economists.
The Shari'ah Supervisory Committee of Islami Bank gives opinions and guidelines to implement and comply with Shari'ah principles in all activities of the bank – particularly in the modes of investment.
Tech-based delivery network Paperfly has recently observed its fifth anniversary with a dream to revolutionise the logistics industry of Bangladesh.
The organisation was launched in 2016 with only 10 delivery officers and five offices in Dhaka and within this time it successfully created Bangladesh’s largest home delivery network, capable of delivering any product, anywhere within the country using its 120 offices and 1,100-strong manpower, according to a statement on Sunday.
Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder Rahath Ahmed said, “We are proud to have completed these years with this much success. However, this is just a beginning of a larger dream and we aim to become even bigger, serving every corner of the country with better and more innovative doorstep delivery services.”
He thanked the e-commerce companies and the merchants for making them their trusted partner for the deliveries.
Rahath also added that building a large coverage, they have never stopped innovating and bringing never before seen services that brought more transparency and convenience to the day to day activities of the merchants.
“Features like Smart Log, Smart Return, Smart Check, Cashless Pay and Seller one are great examples of this. Each of these is unique and developed to bring more efficiency to E-commerce operation.”
He also said they are determined to create more milestones and to play a vital role in shaping up the logistics infrastructure of the country so that it becomes a true enabler of e-commerce in Digital Bangladesh.
Online marketplace Daraz organized a virtual panel discussion on e-commerce ecosystem on Wednesday.
The growth of the e-commerce sector, requirements to instigate further growth, creating a smooth operational process, ensuring compliance in terms of operations and delivery at all levels, protecting customer interest, the role of the e-commerce sector to attract new foreign investment and ensure youth employment along with the development of proper skills and ensuring industry transparency were the key areas of discussion at the seminar.
However, the discussants underscored the necessity of drafting an e-commerce policy to make sure that the sector grows systematically and harmoniously, and people involved in this industry get the chance to tap into the potential of this flourishing sector.
The discussants in the seminar included Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) General Secretary Muhammad Abdul Wahed Tomal, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services President Syed Almas Kabir, and Daraz Bangladesh Managing Director Syed Mostahidal Hoq.
Tipu Munshi said, "We have made big progress in the e-commerce sector. The rate is equivalent to the progress that was expected three years later."
Zunaid Ahmed Palak shared, "The government has ensured three things that are prerequisites for the expansion of e-commerce – access to high-speed internet, digital payment system and trust."
Daraz Bangladesh Managing Director Syed Mostahidal Hoq said, “We want the policy to be e-commerce ecosystem-friendly that will help grow the sector."
About 1.80 lakh new clients are joining the network of Nagad every day just by pressing a couple of buttons on their mobile phones, thanks to an innovation that allows them to open the account of a mobile financial service without filling out any documents. This is a record in opening accounts and an example of boosting the financial inclusion using technology.
New clients are joining Nagad, the digital financial service of the postal department, in droves after it introduced the opening of accounts through dialling of *167# and the setting up four-digit PIN. Besides, people can open an account through the app of Nagad after having their national identification number verified.
After introducing the effortless account opening process, recently the second largest MFS carrier has also launched some campaigns, which also rushing users to join the network of Nagad. The download of Nagad app has gone up to such a level that it is in the top chart of the Google Play Store among the apps from Bangladesh.
Recently, Nagad has signed agreements with all mobile phone operators to allow their subscribers to open MFS account by dialling *167#. As mobile phone operators have the information of a NID of a subscriber, whenever a prospective user dials *167# to express his or her interest to open the MFS account, their information is instantly verified against the NID database and the process to open the account is completed. The innovation of Nagad has already caught the attention of many countries and global agencies.
Even in near past, people had to spend a considerable amount of time and money to open an MFS account and had to wait for days and even for weeks. In order to improve the situation, Nagad introduced country’s first digital KYC (know your customer). Later, Nagad took the step to open MFS accounts in just a minute through the Porichoy app of the government of Bangladesh. Now, a mobile phone user can easily become an MFS account-holder by dialling *167# and set the PIN.
Only on February 17, about 1.85 lakh people joined the Nagad platform. A similar pace of client registration was observed before and after the day. On average, 1.5 lakh people registered with Nagad every day in the last two weeks. As a result, the effective number of clients of Nagad has gone past 3 crore, a development that is significantly contributing to the financial inclusion in the country.
Speaking about the unprecedented success Nagad’s Managing Director Tanvir A Mishuk said, “We had wanted from the very beginning that we would take Nagad to the people across the country very easily. Aiming that we have reduced the cost and ease the account opening process and through it we also have ensured liberty of using financial service. We already are observing the result of our endeavour. Hopefully, we will become the most popular MFS operator in the country very soon.”
With this effort Nagad already become the second largest carrier of the country having 30 percent MFS users. Nagad is working to raise it to 50 percent by this year.
Nagad has introduced an attractive mobile recharge offer where user can get Tk 20 in bonus by recharging Tk 20 from their Nagad wallet. Besides, the state owned MFS carrier has also created opportunities for the customers to avail lowest cash-out charge, free send-money and bill payment facilities, the highest interest rate on deposits, and hassle-free payment offers.
Also, Nagad is disbursing the stipend and the allowance for educational accessories among the primary school students. The government will disburse the stipends among 1.40 crore primary-level students this year in the largest-ever digital stipend fund distribution in the world in terms number of primary level students. Besides, 75 percent allowance of the Social Welfare Ministry would be distributed through Nagad. The government is also disbursing the stimulus funds through Nagad among the poultry farmers who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.