Bashundhara Oil Signs Deal with Vietnamese Company for Soil Treatment at Petrochemical Complex

Bashundhara Oil signs deal with Vietnamese company for soil treatment at petrochemical complex

Bashundhara Oil and Gas Company Ltd has signed an agreement with Vina Mekong Consultants JSC, Vietnam for having done the soil treatment work at its petrochemical complex at Sitakunda in Chattogram.

Representatives of the two companies signed the agreement at Bashundhara Industrial Headquarters-2 in the capital on Wednesday. Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was present at the signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, the Vietnamese company will do the ground improvement and soil treatment work at the petrochemical complex of Bashundhara Oil and Gas Company Ltd, a concern of the country’s largest industrial conglomerate Bashundhara Group.

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Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and Sanjay Dutt were in the Logo Unveiling Ceremony of Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019

The logo unveiling ceremony of ‘Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019’ of Asian Tour was held at Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) in Dhaka on Thursday.

For the first time in the history of Bangladesh Golf, the Asian Tour Golf event has been named after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed who is also Bangladesh Golf Federation President was present as the chief guest during the logo unveiling ceremony.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and Vice-Chairman Safwan Sobhan Tasvir were present at the function as the special guests.

Bashundhara Group, country’s largest business conglomerate was the title sponsor of the international professional golf event in the three previous editions.

Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt graced the event as the main attraction at the programme.

The tournament was earlier known as Bashundhara Bangladesh Open.

Singaporean golfer Mardan Mamat capped the first Bashundhara Bangladesh Open title in 2015 whereas Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong won the 2nd Bashundhara Bangladesh Open in 2016. Thailand’s Golfer Jazz Janewatta-nanond clinched the 3rd Bashundhara Bangladesh Open in 2017.

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Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Cuts a Cake to Inaugurate the Dealers’ Conference of Bashundhara Food and Beverage Limited (BFBL)

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan on Thursday said Bashundhara will never compromise with the quality of food items.

Reiterating the group’s firm stance against food adulteration, the Bashundhara Group chairman urged food producers to combat food adulteration which led people to different diseases.

He was addressing a dealers’ conference of Bashundhara Food and Beverage Limited (BFBL) at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital as the chief guest. Bashundhara Group Vice Chairman Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir was present on the occasion.

Akbar Sobhan further said, “Bashundhara never compromise on product quality. We started cement production in 1992 which is now being used in the construction of mega projects like Padma Bridge and Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant due to its high quality”.

Likewise, BFBL has been producing flours from the best corns and through a more subtle and sophisticated process, added the business leader.

Urging businessmen to raise a social movement for promoting safe food for all, the Bashundhara Group chief said, “Those who do business with us are the members of our family. We all should enforce ethical standards in business. We will never take advantage of people’s helplessness. Bashundhara will keep food prices stable during natural disasters”.

Appreciating the government’s pro-business policies, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said the present government is supporting the businessmen who have been contributing to nation-building by creating new jobs.

On the occasion, a total of 78 dealers of BFBL were awarded prizes for their extraordinary performance.

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Bangladesh Pratidin 10th Anniversary Celebration with Ahmed Akbar Sobhan

Bangladesh Pratidin 10th Anniversary Celebration with Ahmed Akbar Sobhan

Bangladesh Pratidin, the highest-circulated newspaper in the country, celebrated its ninth founding anniversary amid colorful programmes at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Saturday.

On the occasion, five eminent personalities were honored for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

Well-wishers and readers of the daily attended the programmes and shared the joy of the daily’s success in the last nine years.
The presence of a galaxy of personalities, including ministers, politicians, academics, celebrities, businesspersons, media personalities and other members of civil society adorned the event.

Attending the programme as the chief guest Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said: “Bangladesh Pratidin reflects the views of all people across the country. The newspaper has won the people’s heart by providing authentic news regularly”.

She urged the newsmen to pursue constructive journalism and uphold the democratic value in the country.

“Besides practising objective journalism, media can play a vital role in upholding the country’s image through projection of its culture, traditions, history and heritage,” she said.

The Speaker appreciated the role of the newspaper in raising social movement against all the evils in the country.

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said Bangladesh Pratidin along with other media outlets of East West Media Group (EWMGL) upholds the sprits of glorious liberation war and independence.
“We project positive and success stories of Bangladesh across the world by means of media. Once a section of people termed Bangladesh bottomless basket, but now the country is rapidly moving towards development, proving the statement false,“ he said.

The Bashundhara Group chairman urged all the media outlets to present the glorious history of the country’s liberation war and independence to the members of young generation so that they become inspired by a sense of patriotism to work in the greater interest of the country.

Distinguished guests, eminent personalities, well-wishers and readers started to arrive at ICCB from morning.

Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam received the floral wreaths from the guests and well-wishers of the daily. Shaban Mahmood, special correspondent of the newspaper, moderated the event.

In presence of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury handed over awards to the five noted personalities.

Dhaka North City Mayor (DNCC) Atiqul Islam and Dhaka South City Mayor (DSCC) Sayeed Khokon were on the stage along with Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam, Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Hoque Milon and Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury.

DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam urged the journalists to raise a social movement for creating awareness among the city dwellers so that they are inspired to practise basic cleanliness for keeping the city clean.

DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon appreciated the role of Bangladesh Pratidin for creating social awareness among the people about different issues in the country.

Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam said: “We do journalism to stand by the people of the country. We uphold the sprit of glorious liberation war in our news, views and contents. Bangladesh Pratidin committed to project positive Bangladesh.”

The five personalities the newspaper authorities awarded are poet Shamsur Rahman (posthumously), singer Sabina Yasmin, actress Sarah Begum Kabari, actress Farida Akhtar Babita and television personality Hanif Sangket.

Tiya Rahman, daughter-in-law of poet Shamsur Rahman, received the award on behalf of her late father-in-law while actress Champa received on behalf of Babita.

Actress Sarah Begum Kabari said Bashundhara Group has been contributing to social development greatly through its media outlets.

“The business group also can come forward to develop the film industry by producing movies and establishing Cineplex across the country,” the actress said.

Singer Sabina Yasmin appreciated the decade-long journey of the newspaper, which, she said, is satisfying the needs of the readers across the country.

Television personalities Hanif Sangket said Bangladesh Pratidin has been disseminating trustworthy news every where from makeshift houses to high-rise buildings in the city.

Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Youth and Sports State Minister Zahid Ahsan Russel, Water Resources Deputy Minister Enamul Haque Shamim, Prime Minister’s former Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder also attended the programme on the day.

Former President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Awami League Acting General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP’s other senior leaders Abdul Moyeen Khan and Zafrullah Chowdhury, Jatiya Party Secretary General Mashiur Rahman Ranga, party President’s Advisor Ruhul Amin Howlader and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal General Secretary Shirin Akhter also wished the newspaper authorities on the occasion.

EWMGL’s newspapers’ Publisher Maynal Hossain Chowdhury, Kaler Kantho Executive Editor Mostofa Kamal, Television channel News 24 In-charge Hasnain Khurshid, Head of News Shahnaz Munni, Current Affairs Editor Samia Zaman and Banglanews24 Consultant Editor Juwel Mazhar were also present on the occasion.

From business arena, FBCCI former President AK Azad, BGMEA President Siddique Rahman, America Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce President Atiqur Rahman, Prayas Group Managing Director Pradyut Kumar Talukdar also attended the programme.

Among cultural activists, singer Kumar Bishwajit, actor Shahidul Alam Shacchu and Siddiqur Rahman and actress Bonna Mirza were centre of attraction of the audience.

From journalist community, Dhaka Journalist Union President Abu Zafar Surja, Dhaka Reporters Unity President Ilius Hossain, General Secretary Kabir Ahmed Khan were present at programme.

Among the awardees, Poet Shamsur Rahman, a key figure in Bengali literature, started off with his first book Prothom Gaan Ditiyo Mrityur Aage hit the Bangla literature in the 60s. His masterpiece Bandi Shibir Theke tells the stories of the country’s glorious liberation movement.

Acclaimed singer Sabina Yasmin is one of the key figures in Bangla music. She is renowned for her patriotic songs as well as her playback singing. She has recorded around 12,000 songs so far. Sabina received numerous awards, including the Shadhinota Padak and Ekushey Padak.

Film star Sarah Begum Kabari vibrated the silver screen for two decades after her debut in the film industry through Subhash Dutta’s Sutarang in 1964. Afterwards, she continued gaining minds of people through her works in Heeramon, Maynamoti, Chorabali and Titas Ekti Nadir Nam. Kabari received many awards, including the Bangladesh National Film Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Legendary actress Farida Akhter Bobita came into light through Satyajit Roy’s film Ashani Sangket. Thereafter continued acting in more than 250 films. She was honoured with National Film Award in 2018 for her outstanding contributions to the film industry.

Hanif Sanket has a special identity in the country’s cultural arena for picking out the unsung heroes of the society through his popular television programme Ittyadi. Sanket was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2010.

Earlier on March 14 evening, the newspaper started celebrating its anniversary through cutting a cake at its office on EWMGL premises.

Bangladesh Pratidin started its journey on March 15, 2010, as a venture of East West Media Group Limited, the media wing of Bashundhara Group, a leading business conglomerate in the country.

In its decade-long journey, the newspaper has gained popularity among readers in the country and across the globe. The newspaper is also being published from Europe and America.

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Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Honoured with Agrani Bank Award

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was honoured with valued customer award by Agrani Bank for his contributions to various fields, including repayment of loans before the deadline.

Senior Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of Bashundhara Group Md Belayet Hossain received the award from Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on behalf of the Bashundhara Group chairman at the annual conference of the state-run bank at a city hotel on Thursday.

Bashundhara Group General Manager (banking) Md Razib Samad was also present at the function.

A total of 16 eminent personalities, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, were honoured with the valued customer award by Agrani Bank.

The other awardees are Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Apex Group chairman Syed Manzur Elahi, City Group chairman Fazlur Rahman, Nitol-Niloy Group chairman Abdul Matlub Ahmad, North-West Power Generation Company Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Engr. A.M. Khurshedul Alam, Pran Group’s director Ujma Chowdhury, Noman Group chairman Md Nurul Islam, Bangladesh Services Limited Managing Director Md. Ayub Hossain, BSRM chairman Alihussain Akberali, PHP family chairman Al-haj Sufi Mizanur Rahman, Standard Bank chairman Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Prime Group Chairman Mohammed Abdul Awal, SME entrepreneur Nurun Nahar Begum and importer Mohammad Shahjahan.

Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir, Finance Ministry senior secretary (Bank and Financial Institutions division) Md. Asadul Islam, Agrani Bank Chairman Dr. Zaid Bakht, Agrani Bank Managing Director and CEO Mohammad Shams-UL Islam, were, among others, present on the occasion.

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Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Wants to Keep their Footprint in all Countries across the World

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said on Saturday that they want to keep their footprint in all countries across the world through exporting their paper products.

Bashundhara Group will keep its footprint in all countries through exporting its paper products,” he said while addressing the Bashundhara Paper Annual Dealers’ Conference 2019 in the capital.

He said once Bangladesh used to import paper from different countries, including China, Sweden and India, but now it is exporting paper to many overseas markets.

Bashundhara Paper Mills Limited and Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Limited organised the conference at the residence of Bashundhara Group Vice-Chairman Safwan Sobhan Tasvir in Bashundhara residential area.

Safwan Sobhan Tasvir, Bashundhara Group Director Yeasha Sobhan, Senior Deputy Managing Director (DMD) Belayet Hossain, DMD Md Mostafizur Rahman, Chief Financial Officer Mirza Mujahidul Islam (Sector-C) and Head of Sales (Paper) Md Masudur Rahman were present at the conference.

Bashundhara Paper awarded crests and souvenirs to top 10 dealers at the conference. Three of them got Dhaka-Bali-Dhaka air tickets.

The winners are M/S Yousuf Enterprise, M/S Mohammadia Paper House, M/S Ahmed Trading Corporation, M/S Monorom Trading, M/S Universal Traders, M/S Sky Traders and M/S National Paper House from Dhaka, M/S Kagoj from Rangpur, M/S Rangunia Store from Chattogram and M/S Samrat Store from Khulna.

Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “We believe that the people working with Bashundhara Group are members of our family. Our family bonding is the main inspiration behind this massive progress of our business which began in 1987.”

“The owner of a tiny shop beside a road in a rural village is also a member of our family as he [the owner] is contributing to flourishing of our business by selling Bashundhara products,” he added.
He said Bashundhara Group has achieved trust and love from consumers through maintaining the utmost quality of its products. “We started our tissue business, producing only one tonne a day. Today, the production has crossed 200 tonnes.”

The Bashundhara Group chairman said, “From my childhood, I used to see piles of wasted paper in Old Dhaka. That time, businessmen had to wait two to three months to purchase a tonne of paper from Khulna Newsprint Mills or Karnaphuli Paper Mills. This crisis inspired me to set up a paper mill. Today, we have 13 machines in our industry. The number will increase in the future.”

He highlighted the economic development taking place in the country and said every individual has been benefiting from the development.

Quoting the finance minister, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “The GDP growth of the country will increase to 8.25 percent this fiscal year from 7.65 percent in the last FY.”

In reply to a question from a paper dealer, he said, “Bashundhara Group won’t take part in the traditional rat race like other business organisations in the country.”

He mentioned that mega projects, including Padma Bridge and Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, are being constructed by using Bashundhara Cement. “It has been possible only because of our product quality, not quantity.”

Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said the quality of Bashundhara paper is higher not only than other companies in Bangladesh, but also the foreign companies. Many companies from India are importing Bashundhara paper due to its good quality, he added.

Describing the paper market as very competitive, he said Bashundhara Group launched its business as the first private paper mill in the country. “Today, the number of paper mills stands at 106, but it is very challenging to make it sustainable. Around 70 mills have been shut down as it’s a very capital-intensive business.”

He announced that he will award 5 katha, 4 katha and 3 katha of plots in Bashundhara residential area in the capital to top three Bashundhara paper dealers.

“It’s a dream of all family to be the owner of a plot in Bashundhara R/A for its idyllic beauty. I want that my family members will live in Bashundhara R/A after winning a plot. That will definitely strengthen our bonding,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Bashundhara Group Director Yeasha Sobhan said Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd started its journey 25 years ago with a single unit. Today it has three units apart from Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Limited unit.

Referring to Bashundhara Paper Mills receiving super brand award, she said the success has come due to the leadership of Vice-Chairman Safwan Sobhan.

In his speech, Bashundhara Group DMD Md Mostafizur Rahman said once the country used to import paper from India, now many Indian companies are importing Bashundhara paper due to its quality.

He said Bashundhara Paper Mills produces various paper products includes Art paper, security paper and currency paper.

Masudur Rahman welcomed the dealers and highly appreciated their efforts in achieving the targets last year.

He analysed the future challenges and ways to face them to achieve the target.

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Bashundhara Welfare Society Secretary and Ward Councillor Meet with Ahmed Akbar Sobhan

বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যান আহমেদ আকবর সোবহানের সঙ্গে গতকাল সৌজন্য সাক্ষাৎ করেন শরীয়তপুর সদর উপজেলা পরিষদে বিনা প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বিতায় নির্বাচিত চেয়ারম্যান ও বসুন্ধরা ওয়েলফেয়ার সোসাইটির মহাসচিব আলহাজ মো. আবুল হাশেম। এ সময় বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের ডিএমডি আবুল কালাম শামীম এবং বসুন্ধরা ওয়েলফেয়ার সোসাইটির সহসভাপতি আলহাজ মো. গোলাম সরওয়ার উপস্থিত ছিলেন (বাঁয়ের ছবিতে)। এদিকে গতকাল বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যানের সঙ্গে সৌজন্য সাক্ষাৎ করেন ঢাকা উত্তর সিটি করপোরেশনের ৪৮ নম্বর ওয়ার্ডের নবনির্বাচিত কাউন্সিলর হাজি মাসুদুর রহমান দেওয়ান বুলবুল।

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Dhaka North City Corporation Ward Councillors Meet with Ahmed Akbar Sobhan

বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যানের সঙ্গে সৌজন্য সাক্ষাৎ-2

বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যানের সঙ্গে সৌজন্য সাক্ষাৎ

বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যানের সঙ্গে সৌজন্য সাক্ষাৎ

বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যান আহমেদ আকবর সোবহানের সঙ্গে গতকাল তাঁর কার্যালয়ে সৌজন্য সাক্ষাৎ করেন ঢাকা উত্তর সিটি করপোরেশনের ৩৯ নম্বর ওয়ার্ডের নবনির্বাচিত কাউন্সিলর মো. শফিকুল ইসলাম বাছেক, ৪০ নম্বর ওয়ার্ডের নবনির্বাচিত কাউন্সিলর নজরুল ইসলাম ঢালী, ৪২ নম্বর ওয়ার্ডের নবনির্বাচিত কাউন্সিলর ফারুক আহমেদ ও ৪৩ নম্বর ওয়ার্ডের নবনির্বাচিত কাউন্সিলর হেলাল উদ্দিন ।

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Ahmed Akbar Sobhan speaks at the launching ceremony of the Daily Shomoyer Alo

Play active role in fight against graft, drugs

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan has urged the newsmen and media houses to play an active role in fight against corruption, drug abuse and other crimes to facilitate uninterrupted economic growth of the country.

He made the call while speaking at the launching of a Bengali newspaper — The Daily Somoyer Alo — sponsored by Amin Mohammad Group at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in the capital on Saturday.

The Bashundhara Group chairman said journalists should highlight the spirit of the liberation war and deep patriotism and push country’s development ventures forward.

“Newspapers and television channels need to highlight the positive steps of the government and criticise mistakes, if any, to rectify the policymakers,” he said.

Terming the press the fourth estate, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said media outlets will have to maintain professionalism so that their news items are regarded as the mirror of the society.

He said the news outlets under East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL), a concern of Bashundhara Group, propagate the spirit of liberation war and communal harmony, and highlight the country’s development thrust, maintaining objectivity in journalism.

“There is a misconception that a media house cannot be popular without running anti-government reports. Journalists will have to focus on economic development, drug abuse and other burning issues,” he said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal attended the event as the chief guest. Amin Mohammad Group Chairman MM Enamul Haque presided over the function.

Terming newspapers the mirror of the society, the home minister urged journalists to work for the people and country through their work.

“Journalists can point out the mistakes of the government, if any, to leave a scope for the policymakers to be corrected. Journalists can help the government implement development projects,” he added.

State Minister for Shipping Ministry Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman, Somoyer Alo Editor Rafiqul Islam Ratan, Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, were present, among others, at the function.

Former information minister Abul Kalam Azad, former minister and Jatiya Party leader Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Awami League lawmaker Sagufta Yasmin Emily, Magura Group Chairman Mustafa Kamal Mohiuddin, Rupayan Group Chairman LA Mukul, and Amin Mohammad Group Deputy Managing Director Md Ramzanul Huq Nihad also joined the event.

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Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Honoured with ‘Dashabhuja Bengali’

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan has been honoured with “Dashabhuja Bengali-2019” award in Kolkata for his valuable contribution to the business sector.

Group Vice-chairman Safwan Sobhan, also a son of the chairman, received the award on behalf of the chairman from Principal of St Xavier’s College in Kolkata Rev Dr Dominic Savio at a ceremony on Friday, marking the International Mother Language Day.

The famed educational institution presents 10 renowned personalities with the award every year for their contributions to the development of the society.
After receiving the award, Bashundhara Vice-chairman said: “My father is a role model for me. I’m feeling proud, as my father has been honoured with such an award.”

He said the award will motivate the future generation to work more enthusiastically.

Safwan Sobhan announced that Bashundhara Group, one of the largest industrial and business conglomerates of Bangladesh, is interest to do business in Kolkata.

Eminent Bangladeshi actress Joya Ahsan was honoured at the same event for her contribution to the film industry. She said she is feeling very proud of receiving the award.

Other recipients of Dashabhuja Bengali are actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay, artist Iman Chakraborty, poet Joy Goswami, dramatist Bratya Basu, also a minister of West Bengal government, film director Shoojit Sircar, footballer Surajit Sengupta, Dr Sukumar Mukhopadhyay and film critic Saibal Chatterjee.

On the first day of the two-day colourful event, artistes recited poems, sang songs and performed dance.

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