Always reveal the truth whatever how unpleasant it might be, said Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Chairman of Bashundhara Group, the leading business conglomerate of the country.
The Bashundhara Group Chairman made the statement while addressing as the chief guest of the Correspondents’ Conference 2016 of the ‘Daily Bangladesh Protidin’ held on Friday at the conference room of the East-West Media Group Ltd premises in city’s Bashundhara Residential area.
Encouraging the district correspondents, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan also said that legal challenges are the part of journalism so do not afraid of cases and never refrain from revealing the truth.
If one afraid of publishing the truth he should not work in the newspaper, he further said.
Thailand’s young golfer Thitiphun Chuayprakong won the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2016 title after scoring a four-under par 67 to claim a two-shot victory at Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Thai marked his card with five birdies against lone bogey in the fourth round for a total of 21-under par 263 to win his maiden Asian Tour victory.
Another Thai golfer Sutijet Kooratanapisan, who completed an overwhelming fourth round with a 66 against three bogeys for a total of 19-under par 265, secured the second place. India’s Shubhankar Sharma posted a 65 for a total of 14-under par 270 to ensure the third place while compatriot Chikkarangappa S. (73) shared fourth with Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand (68) on 272.
The day belonged to Thitiphun, who kept calm and composure as he continued his fine form in the fourth round with absolute show of golf. His overnight three-shot lead was reduced to two stroke after he bogeyed the 8th hole but he showed his class with a pair of birdies from hole eleven before adding another birdie on the 13th hole. Among qualified five Bangladesh golfers, only Shakhawat Sohel and Zamal Hossain emerged as the top performers securing their position with sixth and seventh place respectively. Sohel spent bogey-free fourth round with three birdies for a total of 11-under par 273. Meanwhile, Zamal bumbled with a bogey at the opening on hole 1. Then he recovered with four birdies aggregate of 11-under par 273.
Siddikur Rahman, who is known as Tiger Woods of Bangladesh, performed poorly throughout the tournament and ended up with 35th position with a combined score of 2-under par 282. He left the course immediately after his last shot without even talking to media.
Champion Thitiphun showed his class when he hit his pinpoint approach shot from about 150 yards in the rough to six-feet from the pin before taking two putts to par the par-four 18 for his breakthrough victory.
“I have been waiting for this win for a very long time. I have worked really hard for this. I practised with Sutijet a lot back home and we are very good friends. I knew he will play good today and he did. I guess I am lucky,” said Thitiphun, nicknamed ‘Tote’ by his friends which means slow as he does things in his own pace.
“I got a bit excited on the last hole because Sutijet birdied 17 and I only had a one shot lead but I just tried my best. When I hit my tee shot into the rough, I thought I should just hit it closer to the pin first. I managed to do that. I think my short game was what helped me to win this week,” added Thitiphun, who pocketed US$54,000 courtesy of his win.
“I think I put up a good fight today. I did my best but Thitiphun was just too good with his short game. This is my best finish on the Asian Tour. I guess it’s not too bad a start for my first tournament of the season,” said the 28-year-old Sutijet, who fired eight birdies against three bogeys.
“I think I had a chance honestly. I knew I had to birdie the last hole to maybe force a playoff but I made a wrong choice of clubs off the tee. I hit driver on the last although I have been using the two-iron for the last few days. I hit it to 80 yards from the pin but made bogey on that hole after missing the green. Overall, I played some solid golf and I am happy with how I finished,” Sutijet added.
Bashundhara Group, the country’s leading business conglomerate, was the title sponsor of the four-day Asian Tour event, which was organized by Bangladesh Golf Federation at Kurmitola Golf Club.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed handed over the champion’s trophy to Thitiphun Chuayprakong. Shakhawat Sohel was the best Bangladeshi performer. The winning trophy was designed in the form of Bangladesh national animal, the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Additional Managing Director Safwan Sobhan, Asian Tour Business Development Associate Director Irfan Hamid and Bangladesh Golf Federation Senior Vice-president Major General Mizanur Rahman Khan also attended the prize giving ceremony.
Bashundhara Group Adviser (PR) and Head of AHR Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdul Wahed, Adviser and Treasurer Maynal Hossain Chowdhury, Adviser (Press and Media) Mohammad Abu Tayeb and Brig Gen Sayeed Siddique were also present on the occasion.
On the occasion of the 37th National Day of Islamic Republic of Iran, its embassy organised a grand gala reception for noted
citizens, politicians and buniess leaders in Dhaka on Thursday.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu was present as the chief guest at the programme held at Lakeshore Hotel.
Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Sayem Sobhan Anvir, Amaba-ssador of Iran Dr Abbas Vaezi and other guests were also present.
Diplomats of Russia, China, Indonesia, Spain, Brunei, South Korea, Oman, Netharlands, Bhutan, Nepal, Denmark and Qatar and representatives of various international organisations also attended the function.
The sixth founding anniversary celebration of country’s one of the leading Bangla daily newspapers ‘Kaler Kantho’ has been started on Saturday with festivity.
Sayem Sobhan Anvir, Managing Director of East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL) and Bashundhara Group inaugurated the sixth founding anniversary celebration by cutting a giant cake at the Conference Room of EWMGL at city’s Bashundhara Residential area on Saturday evening.
‘Kaler Kantho’ editor Imdadul Haq Milon, daily sun editor (acting) MD Jamilur Rahman, daily sun advisory editor Amir Hossain, Kaler Kantho advisory editor Amit Habib and Kaler Kantho executive editor Mostofa Kamal, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Naem Nizam, publisher of Kaler kantho, Bangladesh Pratidin and daily sun Maynal Hossain, among others, were present in the ceremony.
‘Kaler Kantho’ started its journey on January 10, 2010 with a slogan of “Full truth, not partial” and eventually earned a huge popularity among the readers of home and abroad.
A daylong winter camp for children with disabilities was held near Bashundhara Eye Hospital in the capital’s Bashundhara Residential Area on Thursday.
Bashundhara Group, country’s leading business conglomerate, organised the event styled ‘Bashundhara Winter Camp 2015 for Nation Child’ with the help of Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd and SWID Bangladesh.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan inaugurated the event by releasing balloons around 11:30am in Block-I of the posh, tranquil neighbourhood.
Bangladesh Development Group Chairman Mustafa Kamal Mohiuddin, Vice-chairman Dilara Mostafa and Managing Director Mustafa Azad Mohiuddin and Director Rabeya Meher Mahmud and high officials of Bashundhara Group were present at the event.
Some 155 children with disability from 11 branches of SWID schools from Dhaka, Narayanganj and Manikganj participated in the event which included race, drawing, ball throwing and cultural events.
Besides, a Facebook page of Bashundhara Nation Child, an organisation working for the welfare of the differently able children, was also launched by the charity’s founder Yeasha Sobhan.
Earlier, Yeasha Sobhan, also director of Bashundhara Group, gave her welcome speech and supervised the programme.
She called upon the people of all social strata to stand by the physically challenged children to integrate them into the mainstream society.
“I would like to introduce the children with disability as nation children and highlight them globally. You [nation children] will show your ability as heroes to serve the nation and its people.”The winter camp ended with a prize-giving ceremony where Bashundhara Group’s founding director Afroza Begum, BDG’s Dilara Mostafa and SWID (Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled) Bangladesh General Secretary Zaherul Islam Mamun handed over prizes to the winners.
Addressing the event, Afroza Begum asked the disabled children to continue their academic as well as extra-curricular activities. She said Bashundhara Group is always with them.
Dilara Mostafa said, “The well-off section of society should come forward with help to stand beside the disabled children. A good situation should be created for them so that their parents can rest assured that their children will be taken care of by somebody else in their absence.”
Parents of the children with disability also attended the event.
They demanded an increase in the allowance given by the government. Currently, every listed disabled child gets Tk 500 as allowance per month.
The guardians thanked Bashundhara Group for standing by the physically and mentally challenged children and hoped that the group will organise such an event every year.
Bashundhara LP Gas Ltd, a sister concern of the country’s leading business conglomerate Bashundhara Group, attained a remarkable goal of refilling the highest number of cylinders last month.
On the occasion, a function was held where Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was present.
Bashundhara Group Vice-Chairman Shafiat Sobhan, Bashundhara Group Chief Financial Development Officer Tofael Hossain, BLPGL and SICL General Manager (sales) Mir TI Faruk Rizvi, General Manager of Human Resources and Admin Atikuzzaman Khan, Head of Operations & Planning at Bashundhara LP Gas Ltd Jahidul Islam and General Manager (accounts and finance) of Bashundhara Group Mahbub Alam also attended the ceremony.
Thanking all the officials and employees of Bashundhara LP Gas for the astounding success, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan urged them to sustain the momentum in the future.
He also laid emphasis on maintaining top quality in this regard.
Speaking on the occasion, Bashundhara Group Vice-Chairman Shafiat Sobhan said, “We will try to minimise the price of Bashundhara LP Gas so that the distribution of this gas could be possible in remote areas of the country.”
Later, a cultural programme was also held.
It may be mentioned that the Bashundhara LP Gas Limited is one of the subsidiaries of Bashundhara Group and the first private LP Gas bottling and marketing company in Bangladesh.
The plant situated in Mongla Port Industrial Area on the bank of the Pashur River.
It has its own jetty facilities and LPG sourcing is solely import-oriented.
Storage facility consists of six spherical tanks each of 500 metric ton capacity (total 3000 metric ton capacity) and has two sets of carousal system having 24 filling posts each (total 2×24=48 nos.).
The plant can refill up to 2,000 cylinders per hour.