bKash partners with Visa to offer wallet load facility through cards



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bKash, the largest mobile financial service provider in the country, has partnered with Visa, the global leader in payments technology, to enable the loading of bKash wallets through Visa cards by ‘Add Money’ service. Soon, millions of bKash customers will be able to load their wallets using Visa debit and credit cards and pay for their daily purchases.

With this partnership, customers can login to their bKash app and link their Visa card credentials to the wallet to add money using Visa cards. With this ‘always on’ service, bKash customers can experience a seamless and secure way of funding bKash wallets. Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) will provide the technological support for this service and ensure interconnectivity between Visa and bKash for other services as well.

TR Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India and South Asia of Visa; Ali Reza Iftekhar, Managing Director and CEO of EBL and Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash; exchanged the agreement at a simple ceremony at bKash head office yesterday. Soumya Basu, Director, Business Development Leader, South Asia, Visa; M. KhorshedAnowar, Head of Retail and SME Banking of EBL and Mizanur Rashid, Chief Commercial Officer of bKash were also present there along with other high officials.

TR Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India and South Asia, Visa said, “Visa is committed to deepening its partnerships in Bangladesh. We are proud to partner with bKash and provide a seamless experience to millions of Visa customers funding their wallets using Visa cards. As mobile payments are becoming one of the preferred ways to pay, Visa will continue to partner with new age enablers of digital payments and provide the best of its payment services to the country.”

Ali Reza Iftekhar, Managing Director and CEO of EBL said, "This bKash and Visa handshake will go further for the cause of digital Bangladesh and create an ecosystem for card users to have greater reach and touch points for cashless transactions"

Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash Limited said, “The partnership will cater superior customer experience for both VISA and bKash. The time consuming process of standing in queues for credit card bill payment will no longer be required. It also opens opportunities for VISA and banks to design products and services for common people which now can be channeled through bKash.”

Over the coming months, Visa will also enable bKash customers to pay their Visa credit card bills through the bKash App. A first-of-its-kind service, this will ensure a hassle-free, fast, secure and reliable experience for the growing number of users adopting Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh.

Launched in 2011, bKash, a joint venture of BRAC Bank, US based Money in Motion, International Finance Corporation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Ant Financial, operates as a payment service provider offering a broad range of digital financial services under the regulation of Bangladesh Bank.

More 17 people die, 9614 get covid & 482 recovered



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Seventeen more people died from deadly virus corona while 9614 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Saturday ( January 22) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28209 and 1674230 respectively.

The release said that 482 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1556079 so far.

During the period 34311 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 12082026 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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Endangered species of small fish farming in 49 upazillas of the country



Tariqul Islam Sumon, Senior Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has taken initiatives to encourage the cultivation of endangered native species of fish based in the area, conservation of snails and oysters and expansion of pearl farming. Following this, the Department of Fisheries is implementing conservation and development projects of native species of fish and snails.

The program will be implemented in 49 upazilas of 10 districts of three divisions of the country through conservation and development of native species of fish and snails. Which will be started from February this year, said the director general of the Department of Fisheries Kh. Mahbubul Haque.

He told Barta24.com that the importance of local small fish in meeting the nutritional needs is immense. But these fish are no longer seen on food plates. Today these fishes are on the verge of extinction due to various natural causes. Considering the need and nutritional value of these fish, we have taken initiative to cultivate and propagate small scale fish based on area. Besides, sanctuary will be declared on the basis of availability of fish. Under this project, skilled and trained manpower will be developed for cage fish farming, fish farming in paddy fields, creation of alternative employment, fish farming training and safe fish production.

He further said that 392 indigenous fish farming exhibition centers have been set up in the project area, 314 pen fish farming exhibitions have been set up, 100 units have been set up for cage fish farming exhibitions, 49 paddy fields have been set up for fish farming exhibitions, 20 snail farming exhibitions have been set up and 100 oyster farms have been set up. Exhibition will be set up, 200 pearl cultivation exhibitions will be set up.

He hopes that after the implementation of this project, the people of the country will be able to taste at least some of the local fish. Besides, the national economy will also be strengthened.

Concerned project director SM Ashikur Rahman told Barta24.com that it will be implemented in 49 upazilas of 10 districts of Dhaka, Barisal and Khulna divisions. These are: Gopalganj Sadar, Tungipara, Kotalipara, Muksudpur and Kashiani upazilas of Gopalganj district, Bhanga and Saltha upazilas of Faridpur district, Madaripur Sadar, Rajoir, Shibchar and Kalkini upazilas of Madaripur district, Shariatpur Sadar of Shariatpur district, Vedarganj, Gosairhat, Barisal Sadar, Agailjhara, Babuganj, Hijla, Bakerganj, Banaripara, Uzirpur, Muladi, Gournadi and Mehendiganj upazilas, Bhandaria and Kaukhali upazilas, Barguna Sadar, Amtali, Patharghata, Taltali, Bamna and Betagi upazilas of Barguna district, Mollahat and Fakirhat upazilas of Bagerhat district and Narail Sadar, Lohagarh and Kalia upazilas of Narail district.

The project director further said that 30,000 beneficiary fishermen will be created in 49 upazilas through the project. 6,000 groups will be formed with the beneficiaries and fishermen. These small species of fish will be kept alive with the help of various government help.

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'Draft law for formation of Election Commission is flawed'



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda said that the proposed draft law for the formation of the Election Commission seems to have many shortcomings. For the time being, it seems that this is just to form a search committee. As there is no true representation of the people in the present Jatiyo Sangsad so the major political parties need to be involved in this process. The draft law should be finalized on the basis of the views of all concerned.

He said the Election Commission should make sure that the law is acceptable to the people. A good law can take time if needed. It will not be beneficial for anyone to make flawed laws in a hurry.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the shadow parliament on Saturday (January 22), organized by the Debate for Democracy, at the FDC, entitled "The formation of an acceptable election commission depends on the goodwill of political parties." Chairman of Debate for Democracy Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiran presided over the function. In his speech Hasan Ahmed Kiron suggested the names of Prof. Sirajul Islam Chowdhury , Prof. Abdullah Abu Sayeed and Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda for inclusion in the government during the election.

Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda said that in case of appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners, there should be a clear outline of qualifications and disqualifications. Those with complaints should not be considered. If the Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners are involved in any corruption, they should be brought to justice. No one is above the law, so no person in a particular position should have indemnity for the trial of a crime. The present Election Commission could have made a better election if it had had goodwill. Their performance is not satisfactory. Although the caretaker government is not conducive to the political system, the elections held under the caretaker government have become more acceptable.

He further said that institutional development is very important for democracy and good governance. Due to lack of political will, no law has been enacted for the formation of Election Commission in the last 50 years. Good governance is hampered if there is no political will to increase institutional capacity. Punishment of government officials for corruption is very rare. But even during the Pakistan period, government officials were punished for irregularities and corruption in the civil service.

In the competition, the debaters of World University of Bangladesh defeated the debaters of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology. At the end of the competition, trophies and certificates were distributed among the participating teams.

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Indian Supreme Court gives historical verdict on Hindu inheritance law



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The Supreme Court of India has given a sensational verdict on the Hindu Inheritance Act. The main subject of the judgment was the property rights of Hindu widows and daughters.

From now on, Hindu women in India will have full rights over their property after the death of their father, even if they do not leave a will before death. In this case, the rights of the daughters will prevail over the nephews of the deceased.

The Supreme Court of India announced the verdict on Thursday (January 20). According to the verdict, Hindu women will be entitled to their father's acquired and other property. A bench of Justice S Abdul Nazir and Justice Krishna Murari of the country's highest court ruled in favor of the Madras High Court on an appeal against a ruling on the inheritance of property of Hindu women and widows.

The court said that in case of death before making a will, daughters would have more rights over the father's property than other members of the family. If a Hindu man dies before making a will, his property will be distributed among the heirs of deceased.However, the daughter of a deceased Hindu person will get more priority in inheritance of property than her other relatives.

The Supreme Court of India further held that if a Hindu dies in a joint family without any will, then his property will be inherited by the daughters.

The court also noted that the legacy of Hindu widows and daughters is protected by the old Hindu custom as well as by many laws.

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