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Comprehensive law, policy for e-waste demanded

Green activists and journalists at a briefing on Saturday demanded comprehensive policy to address the increasing problem of electronic waste and its management for a sustainable Bangladesh. They said that e-waste kept increasing by 20 per cent every year in Bangladesh. E-waste contains highly toxic chemical components contaminating soil, groundwater and air and affect the…

Speakers for imposing tax on tobacco products

Speakers at a webinar Sunday demanded specific imposition of tax on all tobacco products to make it unaffordable for the sake of public health. They made the demand at a webinar titled “The necessity of increasing tobacco tax to save public health prior to budget”, organised by human rights and research organisation VOICE. Planning Minister…

BATB violating tobacco law in online advertisements

Speakers at a webinar urged the government to take immediate measures against tobacco advertisement shown in e-commerce website buyherenow.com.bd. They also called for banning Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes of the tobacco companies. The webinar was organised by the research and rights-based organisation VOICE on Thursday. Also the event was held in-person at the Civic…

Online ad a violation of tobacco control act: Speakers

The Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage Act, 2013 does not allow tobacco companies in Bangladesh to telecast a direct advertisement that promotes or inspires tobacco consumption. But recently, e-commerce website buyherenow.com.bd showed a pop-up tobacco advertisement of Benson & Hedges (B&H) — a product of British American Tobacco (BAT). Research and rights-based organisation VOICE organised…

BATB’s online advertisement violates tobacco control law

“If we cannot stop the involvement of senior officials, we cannot make Bangladesh a tobacco-free nation even in a century” – Monjurul Ahsan The government should take immediate steps against tobacco advertisement on e-Commerce platform buyherenow.com.bd, said speakers at a webinar on Thursday. They also called for banning corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes by tobacco…

Speakers urge government to monitor hate speech

Speakers at a discussion programme Thursday urged the government to monitor hate speech in Bangladesh and bring the perpetrators under justice. They said hate speeches are flooding through the social media against women and religious minority in a secular country like Bangladesh. The speakers also expressed their concern over the repression of freedom of speech…

Rights group accuses BATB of death marketing

Voices for Interactive Choice & Empowerment, a rights organisation working on the development issues, accused British American Tobacco Bangladesh of death marketing through sponsoring events like Battle of Minds. The Grand Finale of Battle of Minds 2020, a recruitment initiative, was held on December 15 in Dhaka with the sponsorship of British American Tobacco Bangladesh….