News24, a television channel owned by Bangladesh’s largest business and industrial conglomerate Bashundhara Group, has accorded a grand reception to the football heroes of Swadhin Bangla Football Team in recognition of their contribution to the country’s liberation war in 1971.
The channel also gave each member of the team a crest and a cheque for Tk 50,000 at a ceremony at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Saturday.
Swadhin Bangla Football Team drew the world’s attention to the suffering of war-torn Bangladesh during the liberation war.
The members of the team raised public awareness about the country’s war by playing exhibition matches in India.
The members accorded reception are M Jakaria Pintu (captain), Protap Shankar Hajra (vice-captain), Mohammad Abdus Sattar, Md Kaikobad, AKM Nowsheruzzaman, Saidur Rahman Patel, Kazi Salahuddin, Aminul Islam Suruz, Bimal Kar, Sheikh M Taslim Uddin, Biren Das Biru, Lutfar Rahman, Suvash Chandra Saha, Fazle Sadain Mridha and Sheikh Ashraf Ali.
Privately-run satellite television News24 is celebrating its second anniversary with a renewed pledge to project the country’s positive image across the globe as it steps into third year of operations on Saturday.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir, and News24 Chief Executive Officer Naem Nizam along with guests inaugurated the celebration programme by cutting a giant cake at a function at International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Saturday morning.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, BNP joint general secretary Moazzem Hossain Alal and Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader were present at different sessions of the programme.
Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milon, Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Kaler Kantha Executive Editor Mostafa Kamal and Daily Sun Executive Editor Shiabur Rahman were also present.
From the beginning, the television has been producing round-the-clock news-oriented programmes.
After the cake cutting programme, a reception programme was held for Swadhin Bangla Football Team members.
The prize-giving ceremony of Bashundhara Tissue Scratch Card Offer was held at Bashundhara Industrial Headquarters-2 in the capital on Sunday.
Bashundhara Group Chief Financial Officer Mirza Mujahidul Islam handed over the prizes to winners.
Bashundhara Group Executive Director Md Masuduzzaman and General Manager (marketing) Toufiq Hasan were present at the programme.
Among the winners, Kawser Al Hasib got a motorbike, Abdus Salam, Kamrun Nesa Maya, Shafaq Iqbal Jui and Nur Alam four gold coins, Shirin Akter and Rasel Hossain two laptops and Samsunnahar Beauty and Md Jahid received two microwave ovens.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Financial Officer Mirza Mujahidul Islam said, “Bashundhara Tissue has been providing service for the last 18 years and nowadays the tissue has become essential for people.”
Bashundhara Group Executive Director Md Masuduzzaman said, “We have launched the scratch card programme so that people can win car, motorbike, gold coins and other gift through buying Bashundhara tissues.”
Gold coin winner Shafaq Iqbal Jui told the daily sun, “I’m so excited to get the gold coin.”
“I bought a facial tissue box for my baby and sent the secret number by SMS. Later, I got a reply that I have won a gold coin,” she said.
Officials concerned said that Bashundhara Tissue launched the programme for its customers to mark 18 years of the brand’s journey.
Under the offer, a customer gets a scratch card for buying a facial tissue box. After scratching the card, the customer receives a secret number which needs to be sent to 6969 by SMS.
Earlier on June 11, Kazi Sharmin got a motorbike while Ruhul Kuddus, Ilias Ahmed and Sohrab Hossain received gold coins.
Bashundhara LP Gas Ltd (BLPGL), a concern of the country’s leading business conglomerate Bashundhara Group, hosted an iftar party at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Monday.
Over 500 guests, including retailers, dealers and distributors of the BLPGL, attended the iftar party titled “Vratritter Udjapone Iftar Ayojon-2018” at Hall -1 of the ICCB.
Speaking on the occasion, Akbar Sobhan said, “Twenty years ago we dreamed about LP gas which none thinks. Today we have been ahead of all for distributors’ continuous support. Bashundhara believes in quality, not in quantity.”
“We hope to export LP gas after meeting the demand of the country’s 16 million people,” he added.
Chairman of Bashundhara Group and honourary consul of Ukraine in Dhaka, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan has resigned from the post due to health conditions, said a press release on Saturday.
On May 20 this year, he submitted his resignation to the Ukrainian authorities which was accepted later on.
He served as the Ukrainian Consulate in Dhaka for more than 13 years, the release added
Bangladesh will have to maintain the steady GDP growth to continue the momentum towards achieving the Visions 2021 and 2041 of the government, country’s leading business conglomerate Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said on Tuesday.
He made the remarks while addressing a function organised by daily Bangladesh Pratidin and News24 at East West Media Group Ltd (EWMGL) at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital.
The event was organised for the conference of the local correspondents of the two media outlets of EWMGL, a concern of Bashundhara Group.
Referring to a World Bank statement suggesting that Bangladesh needs to raise its GDP projection to 10 percent in order to graduate to the developed country status, the Bashundhara Group chairman said “It’s a big challenge for Bangladesh”
The media outlets of East West Media Group Ltd have been portraying positives stories to contribute to the government’s efforts for image building of the country, he said.
“EWMGL newspapers, TV channel, radio and online news portal always emphasise on the positive news and highlight the potential sectors of the country to be a part of the government’s development activities,” he said.
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said “We are involved in the politics of development. Our business ventures work for the economic development of the country and its people.”
Underscoring the need for the pro-liberation spirit to continue the ongoing development process in the country, he said “The spirit of the liberation war remains very close to our heart no matter what party or ideology comes to the power.
All concerned at Bashundhara Group have proved through their activities that they embrace the pro-liberation spirit.”
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan termed drug, corruption and irregularities as the biggest foes to the nation and its march towards development. He said the EWMGL outlets have been a strong voice against these ordeals and cover reports showing zero tolerance for these issues.
He also called upon the journalists the dig out the information on misdeed, irregularities, corruption, persecution and discrimination.
Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam said Bangladesh Pratidin, News24 and other media outlets of the EWMGL are doing objective journalism highlighting the image of liberation war spirit and secularism.
“We have created a large readership and viewers of the newspapers, radio and TV channel through objective journalism which has been possible due to freedom of press ensured by the government,”
Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Haque Milon said Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan has made significant contributions to the nation and its economy over the past three decades.
Daily Sun editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury said Bashundhara Group has ensured full professional freedom of the journalists across its media outlets.
“At the daily sun, we have been able to take the newspaper to a stronger position than ever before level in terms of content, readership and revenue by exercising professional freedom and covering reports for the people,” he said.
A total of 300 golfers including local and foreign players participated in the prestigious tournament.
Golfer Rana Shahid Hassan clinched the title in overall category.
Colonel Aminul Islam won in the senior category, Master Inkiyad Bin
Arman pocketed junior
title, Mehedi Hasan bagged the super senior
title, AFM Sarowar Kamal clinched veteran title and Miss Fathima Afra won the ladies category title.
GOC of 9 Infantry
Division and President of Savar Golf Club Maj Gen Md Akbar Hossain distributed prizes among the winners as the chief guest whereas Bashundhara Group Adviser Lt Col (retd) Khandaker
Abdul Wahed was present on the closing ceremony as the special guest and also distributed prizes.
Chairman of tournament committee of Savar Golf Club Brig Gen Mohd Hossain Al Morshed alongside distinguished members of Savar Golf Club and other senior Army officials also attended the final meet.
“I am extremely delighted to be present here. I extend my heartfelt love to Bashundhara Group for sponsoring in such a big tournament.
I hope that the group will carry their sponsorship in every year of golfing contest,” said Maj Gen Md Akbar Hossain.
“I am very much happy to know that Bashundhara Group is patronising in various sporting events like cricket, football, table tennis, swimming, hockey and so on,” he added.
“Bashundhara Group is a sports-loving family and has been promoting sports at home and abroad especially for the young generations. The organisation will keep their sponsorship in near future,” said
Khandaker Abdul Wahed.
He added that Bashundhara Group is providing sponsorship in various sporting events such as cricket, football, table tennis, swimming, hockey and so on. He mentioned that the group’s cricket team Rangpur Riders won the Bangladesh Premier League title and entertained the people of whole country last year.
“The group also owns country’s two renowned football clubs – Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. They are doing well in their respective sector,” Wahed further added.
The eventful ceremony ended with a raffle draw where the participating golfers and guests won many attractive prizes, provided by the Bashundhara Group.
পক্ষাঘাতগ্রস্তদের পুনর্বাসন সংস্থা সেন্টার ফর দ্য রিহ্যাবিলিটেশন অফ দ্য প্যারালাইজড (সিআরপি) ও স্বেচ্ছাসেবী সংস্থা বাঁচতে শেখা’কে ৫০ লাখ টাকা অনুদান দিয়েছেন দেশের শীর্ষ শিল্পগোষ্ঠী বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের (বিজি) চেয়ারম্যান আহমেদ আকবর সোবহান।
মঙ্গলবার (১৬ জানুয়ারি) বিকেলে রাজধানীর বসুন্ধরা আবাসিক এলাকার মিডিয়া হাউজে জাতীয় দৈনিক বাংলাদেশ প্রতিদিনের সম্মেলন কক্ষে আয়োজিত এক অনুষ্ঠানে দুই প্রতিষ্ঠানের হাতে এ অর্থের চেক তুলে দেওয়া হয়।
‘আর্তমানবতার সেবায় বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যান আহমেদ আকবর সোবহান’ শীর্ষক ওই অনুষ্ঠানে সিআরপি’র প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ভ্যালোরি এ টেইলর ও বাঁচতে শেখা’র নির্বাহী পরিচালক অ্যাঞ্জেলা গোমেজ নিজ নিজ প্রতিষ্ঠানের পক্ষে চেক গ্রহণ করেন।
প্রতিষ্ঠান দু’টির প্রত্যেককে ২৫ লাখ টাকা করে অনুদান দিয়েছেন বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপের চেয়ারম্যান আহমেদ আকবর সোবহান।
চেক হস্তান্তর অনুষ্ঠানে বিজি চেয়ারম্যান বলেন, আমি ব্যক্তিগতভাবে আত্মপ্রচারে সন্তুষ্ট নই। কর্মেই আমার প্রচার। তবে এই প্রচারের মাধ্যমে দেশের অন্যান্য ব্যবসায়ীরাও অনুপ্রাণিত হবেন বলে আশা করি।
মানবসেবা সবচেয়ে বড় সেবা- এমন মন্তব্য করে তিনি বলেন, মানুষ হিসেবে মানুষের দুর্দিন-সুদিনে এগিয়ে যেতে হয়। আজ দুইজনকে সম্মানিত করতে পেরে শুধু বসুন্ধরা গ্রুপ নয়, সারা দেশের মানুষ গর্বিত। কারণ ইস্ট ওয়েস্ট মিডিয়া কাউকে অনুমোদন করা মানে দেশের বিশাল সাংবাদিক সমাজ তাকে অনুমোদন করলো।
বাংলাদেশ প্রতিদিন সম্পাদক নঈম নিজামের সভাপতিত্বে অনুষ্ঠানে দৈনিক কালের কণ্ঠের সম্পাদক ইমদাদুল হক মিলন, সিআরপি-এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ভ্যালোরি এ টেইলর ও বাঁচতে শেখা’র নির্বাহী পরিচালক অ্যাঞ্জেলা গোমেজ প্রমুখ।
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “Bashundhara Group started its journey in 1988. You (people) know well what a poor condition of infrastructure and life of average people prevailed in the project area. Gradually, we developed the area. Bashundhara Residential Area is now regarded as the best town in the country today.”
He said he can read the mind of the people of Rupganj and feel their pulse.
“I also respect feelings of you (people) and know your sufferings. I love Rupganj. I want to see that you are living in peace. Various crimes, including drug peddling, murder and robbery in the area, are making headlines most frequently. I am shocked at the incidents.”
He made a firm resolution to be with people of Rupganj in their fight against any crime and misrule.
The Bashundhara Group chairman urged the crowd to work for protecting the spirit of the Liberation War. He called upon them to be vigilant to protect country’s independence and sovereignty.
Mentioning that people are the source of all power, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “All crimes and misrule will disappear if people of Rupganj are united. I am and will be among the people of Rupganj, Vulta, Kanchan and Araihazar.”
“My heart is overflowing with gratitude to Rupganj people who have shown so much feeling and regard for us. We hope to meet people again at meeting in Rupganj. We expect more people of the upazila to be present on the occasion. We will work to strengthen the pro-liberation force.”
About contribution of Bashundhara Group, he said, “Our contribution to the national economy is next to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. At least 50,000 poor farmers have become millionaire because of us. We just gave effort but almighty Allah helped us.”
The Bashundhara Group chairman vowed to change the economic condition of the people of Rupganj.
“We are involved in such a business which helps other people to be wealthy. An industry not only casts a positive impact on the life of the entrepreneurs and their employees but also on common people,” he said.
“Please, pray for the prime minister and my family. If the PM lives long, she will bring the 16 crore people and country to the climax of development and success. Pray for us so that we can work for protecting the interest of pro-liberation forces,” he added.
Shamim Osman hailed Bashundhara Group for developing Narayanganj, Rupganj, Araihazar and Sonargaon.
Bashundhara Group is contributing greatly to the development of Rupganj through establishing schools, colleges, mosques and madrasas, he said.
Calling Bashundhara Group managing director ‘a son of Rupganj’, Shamim Osman said, “We have come to exchange new year’s greetings with each other.”
Rupganj Upazila Parishad chairman and local unit Awami League general secretary Shahjahan Bhuiyan, Kayetpara Union Parishad and Rongdhanu Group Chairman Rafiqul Islam, Narayanganj Zila Parishad member Mizanur Rahman, upazila Awami League organising secretary Enamul Huq Bhuiyan, office secretary Abdul Aziz, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central vice-president Hafizur Rahman Bhuiyan Sajib, BCL former central leader Masum Chowdhury Apu, Upazila Parishad vice-chairman Habibur Rahman Harez, Daudpur Union Parishad chairman Nurul Islam Jahangir, and Rupganj Sadar Union Parishad chairman Abu Hossain Ranu spoke on the occasion.