Mobile phone operator Robi Axiata on Monday launched a social awareness programme named ‘#CommonSense’ with an appeal to the people for continuing to apply common sense as they become ever more sensitised with life in the digital domain.
Under the initiative, Robi has planned to organise events on topics that deal with simple behavioural issues such as crossing roads while talking on the phone, using mobile phone while socialising, talking loudly on the mobile phone in public places, mobile phones ringing aloud suddenly at mosques, not taking permission of people before taking their photos on the mobile phone and cautioning people to avoid traps set up by the online fraudsters.
The programme was launched at a city convention centre on the day where national professor Anisuzzaman, Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, road safety activist Ilyas Kanchan, and Robi’s managing director and chief executive officer Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, among others, were present.
Three awareness videos were unveiled at the event.
Anisuzzaman said, ‘The social norms that we consider to be old and archaic came into being long back to bring discipline in the society.’
‘When they were introduced, many considered them to be radical, just like today, many might find #CommonSense to be radical,’ he said.
‘But I consider programmes such as this one to be absolutely essential to bring discipline to the new social order being created by the increasing use of technology that has given rise to the digital lifestyle,’ the national professor said.
Appreciating Robi for taking an initiative to raise awareness on mobile phones, Matiur Rahman said, ‘I believe there are many other issues where lack of common sense is causing untold miseries to the people in the society.’
Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said that Robi as a conscientious company decided to come up with the programme to address the negative social impacts which have been taking place due to a sharp increase in the use of digital devices in the society.
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