- March 21, 2018
The deadline extend to March 31 next year. The previous deadline for eTIN registration expired yesterdayNational Board of Revenue has extended the deadline for Electronic Taxpayers Identification Number (eTIN) registration by three months more due to poor response, officials said.
They said the deadline extend to March 31 next year. The previous deadline for eTIN registration expired yesterday.
Some 9.5 lakh taxpayers registered with eTIN, including around 1.77 lakh new ones.
Field officials said they failed to bring taxpayers under eTIN mainly due to political turmoil. Meanwhile, taxpayers alleged they were facing problems to deal with the issue.
The British envoy held a nearly 50-minute meeting with AshrafIn an apparent eleventh-hour bid to help the squabbling political parties in Bangladesh to reach a consensus, British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson yesterday met Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam at his residence in the city.
The British envoy held a nearly 50-minute meeting with Ashraf, also the Local Government Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister, at the latter’s Bailey Road residence.
However, the content of the meeting could not be known as neither Gibson nor Ashraf talked to the press after the meeting.
The issue of hunger strike did not come up in the meeting with Chief Justice Md Muzammel HossainBoth pro-government and pro-opposition lawyers yesterday assured the chief justice of not holding any rallies, processions and meetings on Supreme Court premises from now.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that the lawyers could hold their programmes in the Supreme Court Bar Association building and bring out processions parading only through the Mazar gate of the High Court.
The issue of hunger strike, however, did not come up in the meeting with Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain. The attorney general was present at the meeting.
‘Some stray incidents may happen. We will foil the opposition-sponsored non-stop blockade,’ says HT ImamAwami League Election Steering Committee Co-chairman HT Imam yesterday said there was no guarantee of peaceful parliamentary elections but his party would try to hold it peacefully.
“We cannot give 100% guarantee,” he told reporters after one and a half hour-long meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at the Election Commission secretariat. Former advisor to the prime minister Mashiur Rahman was also present at the meeting.
Yesterday was the last working day before retirement for the 67-year old Supreme Court justiceThe last day in office for Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, the outgoing chairman of the first International Crimes Tribunal, was an eventful one.
Yesterday was the last working day before retirement for the 67-year old Supreme Court justice. The tribunal framed charges against Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan for his alleged involvement in committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
The charges are based on more than nine separate incidents of crimes against humanityThe war crimes tribunal yesterday framed charges against Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Abdus Subhan for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity including genocide during the 1971 Liberation War.
Then vice-president of Pakistani collaborators’ group Peace Committee, Subhan is accused of superior responsibility in the crimes, planning acts of genocide, killings, abduction, confinement, torture in confinement, arson and looting at different places in Pabna.
They did not inform the central bank of their assets and cash abroadThe Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed a case against former foreign minister M Morshed Khan and two of his family members on charges of laundering over US$41.2m to Hong Kong.
ACC Deputy Director M Moniruzzaman Khan filed the case with Gulshan police station against M Morshed Khan, his wife Nasrin Khan, and their son Faisal Morshed Khan, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya told reporters.
‘The incidents on Sunday at the Supreme Court, press club and Dhaka University were most disturbing as they were contrary to the democratic process and must not be allowed to recur’US ambassador to Dhaka Dan W Mozena yesterday paid a visit to “beleaguered” Leader of the Opposition Khaldea Zia who had been held in “confinement” since December 24 midnight.
Mozena at his meeting with Khaleda underscored the “ever more urgent need for the parties to engage in serious dialogue immediately to find an agreed way forward to free and fair elections that are credible in the eyes of the Bangladeshi people.”
Political unrest may give rise to extremism, says 2013 ASK reviewAin o Salish Kendra (ASK) has expressed grave concern at the deterioration of the human rights situation, including arbitrary arrests and killings during political protests, across the country over the past year.
In its annual report on the state of human rights in Bangladesh in 2013, the legal aid and human rights organisation also warned against the rise of extremism and armed political groups that would occur unless negotiations were held soon to end the political stalemate over the next general elections.
Continued political turmoil may lead to a collapseAli Azgar, a cauliflower grower from Narsingdi, said most of his harvest this year had rotten away unsold, for it could not reach the markets in absence of transportation amid all the political turmoil.
“I am wondering how I will pay back the Tk20,000 bank loan. Maybe next year I will have to drive a rickshaw,”he said.
Like Azgar, most of the economy is looking on to bleak economic prospects in the new year.
Since November 26, the BNP-led 18-party alliance has enforced a nationwide blockade of roads, rail and waterways for 22 days in phases demanding the cancellation of the January 5 pollsThe BNP-led opposition-sponsored non-stop blockade of rail, roads and waterways starts from 6am today, the New Year’s Day, with a vow to “resist the one-sided January 5 election.”
The fresh agitation programme, which is the sixth in its kind since the election commission announced the polls schedule in November, was called Monday night following government’s use of excessive force to foil the opposition’s Dhaka march.
A few district units of the BNP observed demonstration called by the party yesterday.
‘The situation is improving as the law enforcement agencies are conducting drives. Everyone can participate in the polls safely’Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday hoped that the situation would soon improve before the 10th parliamentary polls slated for January 5, as the law enforcement agencies were active.
“People are fed up with the continuous blockade programmes,” he told reporters at the Election Commission secretariat.
“There would be no public support to the January 1 blockade programme. We hope that good sense will prevail.”
“There is no confusion regarding holding of the elections,” said the CEC.
Many senior leaders of the ruling Awami League would not also get the chance to cast their votesPresident Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not have the chance to cast votes in the January 5 polls, as the two constituencies they are voters of have got their MPs already elected uncontested.
Hamid is a voter of Kishoreganj 4 constituency, comprising Itna, Mithamoin and Ashtagram upazilas of the district. The president is a voter of the Kamalpur village of Mithamoin.
Hamid’s son Rezwan Ahmed Toufiq, an Awami League candidate, was elected member from the seat for the 10th parliament unopposed.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants after taking into cognisance the charge sheet filed against 13 peopleA Dhaka Court yesterday issued arrest warrants against six fugitive accused including Tazreen Fashions Limited owners Delwar Hossain and his wife, a year after the tragic deaths of over 110 workers at the factory.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants after taking into cognisance the charge sheet filed against 13 people.
The court also ordered the investigation officer and the police station concerned to submit a report before the court whether the fugitive people were arrested or not by February 25.
US State Department Deputy Spokesperson expressed her disappointment that the major political parties have not yet reached a consensusWashington would be prepared to help the major political parties reach a consensus if there was a more conducive environment, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf has said.
“We are prepared to reengage our efforts and in particular our observation efforts at a later time if there is a more conducive environment, but we are disappointed that so far they haven’t done so [sic],” she said in reply to a question at a regular press briefing on Monday.
He has been released hours after his detentionBNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury who was picked up by plainclothes police from near party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence on Monday, was released around 1am yesterday.
“Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury has been released hours after his detention,” BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told around 2:30am.
He said Shamsher Mobin was taken to the DB head office at Minto Road after his detention.
A meeting of the commission yesterday approved notices to be served on Office SuperThe Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to ask for wealth statements from two officials of the Chittagong Customs House.
A meeting of the commission yesterday approved notices to be served on Office Super SM Jahangir Alam and his wife Rafeza Begum, who is an assistant of the same office, ACC PRO Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told reporters.
Khulna ACC Deputy Assistant Director M Mosharrof Hossian found that Jahangir and his wife have properties valued at Tk1.13 crore and Tk1.27 crore.
Unidentified miscreants attacked the motorcade of Awami League-nominated candidate for Gaibandha 1 The motorcade and election campaign offices of lawmaker candidates for the January 5 polls have come under attack in three districts.
Unidentified miscreants attacked the motorcade of Awami League-nominated candidate for Gaibandha 1 (Sundarganj upazila) Monjurul Islam Liton on Monday evening, reports the Dhaka Tribune correspondent in Gaibandha.
The incident took place in Kalirpat area of the upazila around 7pm while the MP aspirant was returning from Tarapur after attending an election meeting there.
The joint experts will record each 10-day cycle of water level at Hardinge Bridge point and file a reportLike every year Bangladesh and India will record water level at different points of the Ganges and the Padma from today till May 31, 2014 as agreed in the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty, 1996.
A two-member Indian team, comprised of Indian Central Water Council Executive Engineer SK Chaturbedi and Assistant Engineer the CWC G Venu Gopal, arrived in Bangladesh yesterday.
On the other hand, a five-member team led by Md Iqbal Hossain, executive engineer of Hydrology, Pabna will start recording water level at 8,000m upstream of the Padma at Hardinge Bridge point from 7am today.
The Supreme Court has been on winter vacation since December 13 and it ends todayThe call for observing work abstention in all courts of the country by pro-opposition lawyers, led by Supreme Court Bar Association, worked partially at the Supreme Court yesterday.
Though the chamber judge of the Appellate Division ran its session, no other bench of the HC could start proceedings because of absence of the lawyers.
The Supreme Court has been on winter vacation since December 13 and it ends today.
According to the cause list, there were nine benches operating in the High Court while only two benches took seats but could not hear any case.