The one year anniversary of tbsnews.net – English daily newspaper The Business Standard's web portal – has been observed in Chattogram.
People from all sections of society, including politicians, businessmen, journalists and professionals from different sectors conveyed their greetings at the newspaper's Chattogram office on Saturday to mark the occasion.
The anniversary celebration kicked off at 11am with the cutting of a cake. The Business Standard's Chattogram bureau Chief Shamsuddin Illius moderated the event.
Speaking at the programme, Chattogram City Corporation's Administrator Khorshed Alam Sujon said, "The Business Standard showcases good content and professionalism. The newspaper will continue to move forward by upholding this level of professionalism.
"A newspaper's page is like a market. The better content a market has, the more people will flock towards it. This in turn helps the newspaper increase its circulation and sales."
He continued, "The face is the index of the mind. A person's face reveals a lot about him/her. Similarly, the front page of The Business Standard shows what is inside. Good news content is a must to garner a good readership.
"The newer generation expects good things. Maintaining professionalism, honesty and efficiency must get the utmost importance. It is no surprise that a newspaper showing all three of those traits is gaining good readership."
Meanwhile, Chattogram City Corporation's former mayor AJM Nasir Uddin said, "The Business Standard has won the hearts and minds of its readers in a short time. I hope that this readership keeps on increasing in coming days.
"Readers are attracted by positive news. But the media is focusing more on negative news, which is giving off a negative impression about the people of this nation. The Business Standard is going to take a strong stance against this ongoing trend."
He further said, "If the problems of Chattogram are represented under a positive light, the policymakers will be able to make the right decisions to address them. Newspapers can help boost the positive image by publishing objective news content with a focus on the nation's interests and the spirit of the Liberation war."
PHP Family's Vice Chairman Mohammed Mohsin said, "The Business Standard has created its own positive trend by going against the current one. It was hardwired in our minds that to run a newspaper, it must focus on negative news content. But The Business Standard has changed this outlook.
"This newspaper is a worthy example that good readership can be gained by publishing positive news content."
KSRM Group's Deputy Managing Director Shahriar Jahan said, "The Business Standard has been very competitive in the market since its inception. Everything published by the newspaper, including the content, articles, design and presentation are aesthetically pleasing.
"The newspaper has been showcasing businessmen's expectations since the beginning. We wish the newspaper every success in its future endeavours."
Regent Airways Deputy Managing Director Salman Habib said, "The Business Standard has set a new benchmark for Bangladesh's news industry. Just one year after launch, it has become one of the most read newspapers in the country.
"I am conveying my greetings to The Business Standard for championing positive and constructive journalism."
Shahriar Jahan and Salman Habib both serve as directors of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCIs).
Albion Group's Chairman Raisul Uddin Saikat said, "The Business Standard treats its readers with the utmost importance, and showcases the business community's possibilities and problems with priority.
"I am a regular reader of the newspaper and I wish The Business Standard far-reaching success."
GPH Ispat's Media Advisor and also a former secretary of CCCI Md Osman Gani said, "Among the English dailies in Bangladesh, The Business Standard became quite popular with readers shortly after starting its journey."
"The newspaper will create a milestone in the country's news industry as a mouthpiece of the business sector."
Chattogram Press Club's President Ali Abbas said, "The newspaper has been upholding the highest standard in professionalism since its inception. The Chattogram Press Club will continue to offer its full cooperation to the newspaper."
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Joint General Secretary Mohsin Kazi, Chattogram Press Club's General Secretary Chowdhury Farid, Finance Secretary Deb Dulal Bhowmik, Library Secretary Rashed Mahmud, Executive Member SM Ibrahim and Desh Rupantor bureau Chief Faruk Iqbal were present at the event.
Chattogram Union of Journalists' President Mohammad Ali, former president Mostak Ahmad, Jamalkhan Ward's former councilor Shaibal Das Sumon, Ekushey Patrika Editor Azad Talukder, Banglavision bureau Chief Nasir Uddin Tota, Amader Shomoy bureau Chief Hamid Ullah, Deepto TV's divisional bureau Chief Latifa Ansary Runa, Prothom Alo's Senior Reporter Masud Milad and KSRM's Media Advisor Mizanul Islam also attended the event among many others.