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What Do You Think About Bancassurance?

What Do You Think About Bancassurance?

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David JH Griffiths This question was posed by Mr. Gokul Chand Das, Member, Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority IDRA) at the Asia banking and Finance Magazine Awards ceremony in Singapore in July 2018, where Guardian Life won three awards. A very positive discussion ensued during which I offered Guardian’s help to IDRA in pursuing this idea. Subsequently the Guardian Bancassurance Team researched Bancassurance regulations across the region and provided IDRA with draft regulations suitable for Bangladesh. In addition to Mr Das we were also encouraged in our efforts by Mr. Khalil Ahmed Executive Director of IDRA now Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs. In November 2019 we went to see the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Mr. Fazle Kabir, to ascertain the Central Bank’s view...
The Russell’s Viper: Unveiling the Reality Behind the Rumors in Bangladesh

The Russell’s Viper: Unveiling the Reality Behind the Rumors in Bangladesh

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Abul Bashar Meraz Bangladesh, a country with rich biodiversity, is home to a variety of snake species, including some of the world's most venomous. Among these, the Russell's Viper (Daboia russelii) has recently garnered attention due to numerous rumors about its presence and the threat it poses to the population. This article aims to separate fact from fiction, providing an in-depth look at the Russell's Viper, its habitat, and its impact in Bangladesh. The Russell's Viper is a highly venomous snake found across the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and parts of China and Taiwan. Named after Patrick Russell, a Scottish herpetologist, this snake is known for its distinctive chain-like pattern of dark brown spots on a lighter background. It typically measures between 4 to 5.5 f...
World No Tobacco Day: Protect children from tobacco company interference

World No Tobacco Day: Protect children from tobacco company interference

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Rezaur Rahman Rizvi Today, 31st May, is World No Tobacco Day—a global observance aimed at raising awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. In Bangladesh, this day has been marked with various programs for the past two decades. This year's theme, "Protecting Children from Tobacco Industry Interference," underscores the urgent need to shield our youth from the manipulative tactics of the tobacco industry. As the future of our nation, children must be protected from falling prey to the harmful allure of tobacco products. The Threat to Our Next Generation: Children are the future of our society, and their health and well-being are paramount. Unfortunately, tobacco companies target young people to secure a n...
Synthetic Drug Menace among Cox’s Bazar Youth: A Looming Crisis

Synthetic Drug Menace among Cox’s Bazar Youth: A Looming Crisis

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Md. Shahedul Haque Cox's Bazar is the longest natural sea beach in the world, hosting tourists from all over the world in Bangladesh, but unfortunately, becoming a nucleus for the perilous spread of synthetic drugs among its youth. The increasing prevalence of synthetic stimulants, such as "Yaba," a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine, is wreaking havoc on the young populace. This article aims to highlight the impact of synthetic drug use on the adolescents in this coastal region and the wider societal implications therein. Historically, the coastal context of Cox's Bazar is vulnerable to drug trafficking. The porous border and the accompanying ease with which drugs are trafficked into the region have made them alarmingly accessible to its youths. Synthetic drugs like Yaba ...
The role of National Bank in advancing the agricultural sector of the nation

The role of National Bank in advancing the agricultural sector of the nation

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Md. Touhidul Alam Khan As the first generation private commercial bank of the country, National Bank Limited (NBL) has been at the forefront of a four-decade-long journey, marked by pivotal contributions such as fostering the growth of the country's garment industry, pioneering partnerships with Western Union for foreign currency collection, and spearheading Bangladesh's introduction to credit card business through Mastercard. Moreover, NBL has consistently played a vital role in disbursing agricultural loans, a core aspect of its operations. The bank's extensive involvement in the agricultural sector at the national level often goes unnoticed by many. This article aims to shed light on NBL's active participation in agricultural loan disbursement programs.  Agricultural and S...
Agile Communication: A new era of communication

Agile Communication: A new era of communication

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Md. Ishaque Faruquee Communication is the greatest portion of the entire world. It's not what it implies for IT, transportation, or language abilities. Communication is bigger than that. In many places, traditional communication theories and practices are lessening due to personal, social, economic, environmental, cultural, mental, scientific, industrial, geological, hydrological, digital, beneficial, intellectual, and methodological changes. From home to market; government to non-government; proprietorship to corporate; mass media to digital; organic to artificial; national to international—the viability of communication stands on agility or fragility. What do we do now to get good results? Agile communication or what? This is the perfect time to assess our needs. Communication ...
Dreaming requires the help of others – private airlines

Dreaming requires the help of others – private airlines

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Md. Kamrul Islam For the past twenty-five years, private airlines have been struggling to survive in Bangladesh's aviation industry. The actual picture in this fight is by no means pleasant. 8 to 9 private airlines from inception till the moment before it became history many demands were unfulfilled. Hangar facilities for private airlines were among the many demands. After almost 25 long years, the regulatory authority civil aviation has fulfilled that expectation. Private airlines expressed their gratitude. Hangar facilities have been provided to passenger airlines for smooth execution of aircraft maintenance activities with ultimate emphasis on passenger safety. But airlines that have been shut down in the past days have also bid many times to get hangars but were forced to go ...
Nourishing Women: The Imperative of Menstrual Nutrition

Nourishing Women: The Imperative of Menstrual Nutrition

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Raisa Mehzabeen Menstruation is a natural and vital aspect of a woman's reproductive health, yet it remains a topic shrouded in silence and stigma in many parts of the world. One critical dimension of menstrual health that often goes overlooked is menstrual nutrition. The food we consume plays a pivotal role in not only maintaining overall well-being but also in ensuring a smooth and healthy menstrual cycle. In this editorial, we shed light on the significance of menstrual nutrition and call for a more open, informed, and supportive approach to this crucial aspect of women's health. The Menstrual Cycle and Nutritional Needs: The menstrual cycle is a complex interplay of hormonal changes that prepares the body for potential pregnancy. During this cycle, the body undergoes various p...
The Rise of Nutraceuticals: Balancing Hype and Scientific Evidence

The Rise of Nutraceuticals: Balancing Hype and Scientific Evidence

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Raisa Mehzabeen In recent years, the health and wellness industry has witnessed a surge in interest and consumption of nutraceuticals – a term coined from "nutrition" and "pharmaceutical." These products, often marketed as dietary supplements or functional foods, claim to provide various health benefits beyond basic nutrition. While the potential for improved health outcomes is enticing, it's essential to examine the underlying science and navigate through the marketing hype that sometimes surrounds these products. Nutraceuticals encompass a wide range of products, from vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts to probiotics and specialized dietary supplements. They promise benefits such as enhanced immunity, improved cognitive function, better joint health, and more. The allure of...
Ongoing cholera pandemic shows need to go back to basics for healthier today and safer tomorrow

Ongoing cholera pandemic shows need to go back to basics for healthier today and safer tomorrow

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Amanda McClelland & Dr. Tom Frieden A pandemic emerges. It spreads around the world, claims lives and devastates economies for decades. Climate change makes it even deadlier. It infects hundreds of millions of people and kills millions, especially in areas with limited resources. Is this a future scenario? A tabletop exercise? No. It’s cholera today, a pandemic that has been circulating around the world for more than 60 years. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the urgent need to strengthen our protection against microbial threats. We can end the cholera pandemic as well as others currently circulating and, in doing so, make the world healthier and safer. Measures to prepare for the next pandemic are essential, but controlling the many deadly diseases spreading today is the bes...