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eGeneration Extends Employment to Visually Impaired Individuals

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eGeneration PLC has provided a job appointment letter to a visually impaired individual, ensuring their support and commitment to standing by them. Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) organized a ‘Job Fair for the Visually Impaired’ and discussion meeting followed by prayers session on the illustrious life and ideals of Bangabandhu on 20th March at the Securities Commission building in Agargaon, Dhaka, to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and to celebrate National Children’s Day 2024 where five visually impaired individuals participated and secured employment.

In the presence of the chief guest Ahasanul Islam Titu, MP, State Minister, Ministry of Commerce; special guest Sheikh Kabir Hossain, President, Bangladesh Insurance Association; chairperson of the program Professor Shibli Rubaiyat-Ul-Islam, Chairman, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) and commissioners of BSEC, Shameem Ahsan, Founder and Managing Director of eGeneration PLC handed over the appointment letter to Amrin Nahar Rimi, one of the visually impaired individuals.

The Chief Guest of the event, Commerce Minister Ahasanul Islam Titu, MP, urged everyone to work together for the development of the country and to promote smart economy and financial markets on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day. He praised the initiative of BSEC for organizing the ‘Job Fair for the Visually Impaired’ and congratulated the organizations who offered employment for the deserving candidates.

BSEC Chairman Professor Shibli Rubaiyat-Ul-Islam, in his welcome speech at the event, paid tribute to Bangabandhu on his birth anniversary during the month of independence. He also highlighted Bangabandhu’s outstanding contribution to the banking sector, insurance sector and overall economic development in his speech. He expressed gratitude to the employing organizations for standing by the visually impaired and providing employment opportunities.

Shameem Ahsan, Founder and Managing Director of Generation PLC, said, “eGeneration has always been technologically engaged in initiatives that have a positive impact on the welfare of society and humanity. As part of that Fertilizer Recommendation Software for Farmers to increase production of crops, Development of Covid Dashboard for Prime Minister’s Office during COVID, Virtual court system to ensure justice for all during COVID, HMIS Software for Healthcare Automation, E-Service Platform for Treatment and Education for specially abled children. It is part of our social duty to involve ourselves in today’s great initiative for the visually impaired and underprivileged communities. We will always support such positive work in the future as well.

Apart from eGeneration, the other four organizations providing employment are Chittagong Stock Exchange PLC, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, and Three-I Asset Management Company Limited.

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BASIC Bank to Merge with City Bank says Cenbank

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Following the merger of EXIM and Padma, BASIC Bank is now set to merge with City Bank. The decision was reached during a meeting held today (8 April) at the Bangladesh Bank. Sources within the central bank revealed that the merger will be voluntary. This significant decision emerged from a meeting between Bangladesh Bank Governor Abdur Rauf Talukdar and City Bank’s Chairman Aziz Al Qaiser and Managing Director (MD) Mashrur Arefin.

Previously, on 19 March, the board of City Bank received a recommendation to merge with Basic Bank. Subsequently, discussions ensued between the boards of both City Bank and Basic Bank. Officials from both banks engaged in internal discussions regarding this matter. Despite the merger, sources indicate that the two banks will continue to report separate financials for the next three years.

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IHF Hosts 7th Annual Iftar Event, Fostering Stakeholder-Child Interaction

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It’s Humanity Foundation (IHF) recently held its 7th Annual Iftar event at Aloki, located on the Gulshan – Tejgaon Link Road in Dhaka. This yearly gathering, known as the Annual Iftar event, serves as a significant platform for stakeholders to engage with children, gain insights into their experiences, and deepen their understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities. The event brought together students from IHF School, sponsor parents, internal and external stakeholders, and well-wishers, all coming together to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan.

The event was inaugurated by Md. Adnan Hossain, Founder and Executive Director of IHF, who expressed heartfelt gratitude to the organizations that have supported IHF throughout its journey. Representatives from various organizations also attended, along with notable personalities from the local community. Hossain emphasized the importance of dedication and support in inspiring hope for a better world, stating, “Your actions are changing lives, and together, we can make education a reality for every child.”

Among the esteemed guests were Clinton Pobke & his Spouse, Deputy High Commissioner of the Australian High Commission Bangladesh; Md Moinul Huq, Citi Country Officer (CCO) at Citibank NA, Bangladesh; Sabrina Islam, Chairman of SSLCommerz; Dr. David Dowland, Registrar of BRAC University; Shammi Islam Nila, Miss World Bangladesh, and many others. They praised the efforts of IHF and encouraged continued support for the cause.

Ahmed Atifur Rahman, Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank and Advisor of It’s Humanity Foundation, shared his deep connection with the organization’s cause, stating, “Witnessing the progress and impact IHF has made over the years fills me with immense pride. We strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of marginalized communities, and I am honored to be a part of this journey towards positive change.”

The success of the event was made possible through the generous support of various partners, including Aastha Trust, Green Delta Insurance, Uttara Finance and Investments Limited, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Techno Drugs Ltd, RUN Leather, Perfetti Van Melle, Finis, Bengal Express, HER NET, Nestle, Savoy, Limerence Photographs, Holago, and Protibha Flavours.

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Yaana Technologies LLC, Penta Global Forge Strategic Alliance to Create Bangladesh’s First AI Hub

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Yaana Technologies LLC, headquartered in California, USA, and Penta Global Limited of Bangladesh have formed a strategic partnership to establish Bangladesh’s inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center of Excellence. This significant collaboration positions Bangladesh as a prominent contender in the global AI arena, fostering pioneering research and development aimed at Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech industry.

The partnership appears tailored to crafting AI solutions targeted specifically at Silicon Valley enterprises, indicating a focus on advanced AI applications. Yaana is poised to bring its AI prowess to the table, presumably leveraging its expertise in two innovative concepts that Penta intends to explore. These technological advancements might encompass specialized algorithms, software frameworks, or inventive approaches to AI problem-solving.

Penta, on the other hand, will contribute its expertise and manpower in Large Language Models (LLMs) and Machine Learning (ML), a fundamental AI subfield focused on model training through extensive text and data management techniques, utilizing high-performance computing resources essential for intricate AI models. Collaborating with Yaana, Penta will embark on research endeavors, potentially delving into advancements achieved with Yaana’s innovative concepts and their application to Silicon Valley clientele.

Crucially, Penta will play a pivotal role in refining Yaana’s concepts through the preparation of research papers, model training, and crafting Proof of Concepts for the AI models.

In summary, this partnership has the potential to revolutionize Bangladesh’s AI landscape, ushering in a new era of technological progress and garnering global attention, ultimately fostering a flourishing AI ecosystem.

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