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  • NBR-Big Tobacco meeting violates FCTC

    NBR-Big Tobacco meeting violates FCTC

    The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday held a meeting with local cigarette manufacturers, violating the provision of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

    The FCTC, a global public health treaty from World Health Organization (WHO) that Bangladesh ratified in 2004, recommends the signatories not hold any covert meeting with the tobacco manufacturers.

  • Energy regulator fails 90-day limit to announce price hikes

    The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has failed to give a decision on electricity and gas price hikes within 90 days of public hearings held earlier, as required by the commission act.      

    A BERC official, wishing to remain anonymous, told the Dhaka Tribune the commission was postponing the announcement of electricity price increases because the government wanted to avert a public backlash during the sweltering summer when fans and air-conditioners are widely used.

  • Social media blamed for high Saudi divorce rate

    Social media networks including Facebook and WhatsApp play a big role in Saudi Arabia’s increasing divorce rate, experts in the conservative kingdom have said.

    More than 30,000 divorces take place in the kingdom every year or 82 every day, Arab News, a Saudi Arabian English daily reported.

    Other reasons include a lack of understanding between spouses, cultural and educational differences, extramarital affairs and financial and family problems.

  • 123 Bangladeshis rescued in Thai jungle

    123 Bangladeshis rescued in Thai jungle

    The migrants are being questioned by Thai authorities to determine whether they were traffickedThai security forces yesterday rescued 32 more Bangladeshis in the Khao Kaew mountain near Songkhla in Thailand. This takes the number of Bangladeshis rescued in the area in two days to 123 and the total of illegal migrants to 149.

    Yesterday, local police spotted the 32 people, all males, walking along the edge of a forest in Tambon Tha Chamuang in Rattaphum, hours after 111 trafficked men, including 91 Bangladeshi, were rescued in the same area.

  • Former university teacher held for militant links

    Police early yesterday arrested a former university teacher while holding a clandestine meeting allegedly with members of banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir from Chandgaon residential area of the port city.

    Detained Md Sharful Awal, 27, is believed to have links with International terrorist group Islamic State, OC Sairul Islam of Chandgaon police station said. Sharful, however, says he supports ISIS activities as Muslims in many countries have been oppressed.

  • No trace of Salahuddin in two months

    Two months into the disappearance of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, the law enforcement agency is yet to make any headway in the case.

    Family members of the BNP joint secretary general expressed their suspicion about whether Salahuddin was still alive or if it was another case like the disappearance of BNP leader M Ilias Ali.

    Salahuddin’s wife Hasina Ahmed said law enforcers used to contact them frequently after the disappearance happened, but with each passing day they seemed to be becoming nonchalant.

  • Khaleda thanks Modi for LBA ratification

    Thanking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ratifying the Land Boundary Agreement in his country’s parliament, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said this would help establish a friendly relationship between the two neighbouring states.

  • Dr Wazed`s death anniversary observed

    Noted nuclear scientist and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s husband Dr MA Wazed Miah had dreamt of an economically and technologically advanced country to make the sense of independence meaningful to its citizens.

    Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr AKM Nurun Nabi made the statement after placing floral wreaths at the grave of Dr Wazed in Fatehpur village on his sixth death anniversary yesterday.

  • Two held with firearms

    Police arrested two youths with a foreign pistol and six rounds of bullets from Avaymitra Ghat in the port city’s Sadarghat area yesterday.

    The arrestees were Abdul Noman, 24, son of Hazi Kamal Ahmed, and Kazi Jashim Uddin, 38, said Kotwali police station OC Md Jasim Uddin, confirming the recovery.

    Local sources said the duo were Chhatra League activists, though the OC denied it.

    The OC said Noman and Jashim were caught by locals while trying to beat up a businessman over a financial dispute, and they rescued them from a mob beating.

  • Chittagong bank watchman killed

    Thieves also attempted to break into the vault but failedA security guard of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited’s Muradpur branch in Chittagong was killed late on Thursday night.

    But police on Friday night recovered the body of Md Ibrahim, whose throat had been slit.

    Shariful Islam, additional deputy commissioner (north) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), said three robbers entered the bank by cutting security grilles around 2:30am and killed the 42-year-old guard who was asleep. 

  • Police still in dark about Ctg double murder, case handed over to DB

    Two days since the sensational mother-daughter murder at Chittagong’s Sadarghat area, police are still clueless about the killers.

    Meanwhile, miscreants slaughtered a night guard of Al Arafah Islami Bank at the port city’s Muradpur branch on Thursday night raising serious doubts as to the ability of the police.

    In this situation, the investigations of the two murder cases were handed over to the Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday.

  • S Korea: North Korea test-fires 3 missiles

    South Korean military officials say North Korea has fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into its eastern sea.

    The firings yesterday came just hours after Pyongyang’s state media touted the country’s advancing military capabilities by claiming the successful test-firing of a submarine-launched missile.

  • Mubarak, sons sentenced to three years in jail

    An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole yesterday in the retrial of a corruption case.

    Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison last May for diverting public funds earmarked to renovate presidential palaces and using the money to upgrade family properties. His two sons were given four-year jail terms in the same case. However, in January, Egypt’s high court overturned the convictions.

  • Diplomats: Inspectors find undeclared sarin and VX traces in Syria

    International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

    Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the sources told Reuters on the condition of anonymity because the information is confidential.

  • A diaspora milestone to celebrate

    We hope to see others emulate the success of these three British Bangladeshi womenWe congratulate the three British-Bangladeshi women who secured election to the UK parliament in Thursday’s general election.

    Even though they are British citizens, it is right that Bangladeshis should take an interest in celebrating their success.  The long-shared history and close ties of our nations places a natural spotlight on the achievements and progress of the British-Bangladeshi community.

  • Enhance digital investment to drive growth

    Ensure the regulatory environment maximises investment in infrastructure and skillsWe are pleased to see Telenor Digital, the majority owner of the country’s largest mobile operator, sign an agreement with the government’s Access to Information program to increase connectivty and  make Internet services more accessible in difficult to reach areas.

    The new partnership provides welcome support for plans to make the goal of a Digital Bangladesh a living reality for more people.

  • Tribute to an unconventional grandmother

    Tribute to an unconventional grandmother

    Paran Rahman broke the stereotypes of her time My grandmother was a woman who never aged in spirit. Shamsun Nahar Rahman (Paran), passed away on February 18, 2015 at the age of 75. She was married at 13, and gave birth to five children soon thereafter.

    She completed her bachelor’s while raising her children. In her mid-30s, Paran Rahman founded Ghashful, the first registered NGO in Chittagong to provide healthcare assistance in a war-torn and newly independent Bangladesh.

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  • In number 10 again

    In number 10 again

    For Bangladeshis, it is not about Labour or Conservative per se, but a chance to see Bangladeshis in the UK break out from a social glass-ceilingIf anyone is looking for punchy titles to describe the twists of the just concluded UK elections, there won’t be any dearth of material. Okay, here’s a teaser: Nick’s road clogged, bagpipers bag it all, Ed’s mill is banned, furlough for Farage, and, ultimately, Cameron’s cadence continues. 

  • Muhith suggests payroll income tax reform

    Muhith suggests payroll income tax reform

    Finance minister AMA Muhith yesterday hinted that attention would be given to payroll income tax reform in the face of dismal revenue earnings from the area.

    “The idea of payroll tax issue is very impressive. I must honestly admit that this is an area that I did not realise before. It is totally neglected,” he said.

    Muhith said the Bangladesh payroll tax scenario against other countries is very poor. “It needs to be looked at.” 

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