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  • Arum cultivation brings hope for Kishoreganj farmers

    Arum cultivation brings hope for Kishoreganj farmers

    Arum, locally known as ‘Latiraj’, cultivation has brought fortune for many farmers in the district with its bumper production and high profit this season.

    The good arum harvest has been attributed to suitable soil, favourable weather and necessary help from the local agriculture offices.

    According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, 260 hectors of land were brought under arum cultivation this year in Osmanpur, Gobaria Abdullahpur, Chhaysuti, Faridpur, Ramdi and Salua unions of Kuliarchar upazila.

  • VAT on private varsities contradicts govt’s pledge to develop human resources

    VAT on private varsities contradicts govt’s pledge to develop human resources

    The government has been urged not to impose extra financial burden on the private universities in the form of VAT as it runs counter to its goal to develop human resources.

    Academics, parents and students say it will only mount pressure on the middle-income families already under stress to meet the high expenses at private universities.

  • Hasina thanks people for support

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed gratitude to the people of the country for their continuous support to the Awami League.

    “There were so many attempts to destroy the Awami League, the decades-old political organisation of this subcontinent, but fortunately all those attempts went in vain,” she told parliament in an unscheduled discussion on the occasion of the 66th founding anniversary of the party.

    The Awami League president also said no one would ever be successful to destroy the party.

  • Haji Selim prescribes special tribunal for faking notes

    From an apprehension that counterfeit notes may flood the market just like what happens every year, independent MP Haji Mohammad Selim yesterday said in parliament that a special tribunal should be formed to stop this crime.

    “None has ever been tried in the five thousand cases relating to counterfeit notes. Criminals arrested for this crime comes out of jail and start counterfeiting currency bills again,” Selim said.

  • 43% of ADP implemented in nine months

    Around 43% of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) has been implemented in the first nine months of the outgoing 2014-15 fiscal year, said Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in parliament.

    “A total of Tk77,842 crore was allocated against 1,453 projects under the ADP in the 2014-15 fiscal year. In the nine months, from July 2014 to March 2015, Tk36,925 crore of that allocation has been expended, indicating a 43% implementation of the ADP,” the minister said.

  • Photojournalist Idris denied bail

    A court yesterday rejected a bail petition of photojournalist Idris Ali in blogger Ananta Bijoy Das murder case.

    Farhana Yasmin, Judge of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Court 2, passed the order.

    The same court also rejected the bail of Idris on 17 June and fixed 23 June for the next hearing, said Idris’s lawyer Abdul Gaffar.

    The court on 8 June, 2015 placed Idris on a seven-day remand in connection with the killing of blogger.

  • Suspected robber killed in shootout

    An alleged robber was reportedly killed in a “gunfight” with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Haidarabadh area of Gazipur district yesterday.

    The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.

    RAB did not give any official statement regarding the incident.

    However, wishing anonymity, an official of RAB 1 said a group of robbers intersected the microbus of RAB while they were patrolling on the Tongi-Kaliganj Road around 3:30am.

  • Khalifapotti tailors busy ahead of Eid

    The alleys of Khalifapotti, a hub of tailors in Chittagong, are now pulsating with vigor and energy ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

    The noise of sewing machines echoing through the area of Ghatfarhadbeg sends a message to the adjoining areas about how the tailors are busy in sewing Eid dresses day and night.

    Around 6,000 tailors and workers in 550 tailor shops and factories of Kholifapotti are well-known for making finely tuned dresses for people of all ages at a comparatively cheaper rate.

  • BCL meddles in SUST teachers’ protest

    A group of Chhatra League activists yesterday broke the locks of the administrative building of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) which was besieged by protesting teachers.

    In the morning, the teachers who are on protest demanding resignation of Vice-Chancellor Prof Aminul Haque Bhuiyan locked the building as part of their protest remained continued for second consecutive day.

    Besides, they locked the VC office as well.

  • Latif gets bail in 10 cases

    The High Court has stayed proceedings of 10 more cases for six months and granted ad interim bail to former minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his comments on hajj and Tablig Jamaat.

    After hearing petitions filed by the former minister challenging the legality of the cases yesterday, the High Court bench of Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Justice Farid Ahmed issued the order as well as a ruling asking why those cases would not be scrapped.

  • Three held with Tk6cr worth of gold bars

    Gold bars worth around Tk6 crore have been recovered from three young men, who were arrested yesterday from Chittagong city’s Rubi Gate area.

    The arrestees –  Jakir Uddin Munna, 25, Md Faruk, 29 and Md Jahir, 30 – were carrying 120 gold bars when they were held by the police, said Baizid police station’s duty officer Sub-Inspector Abdul Halim. A car was also seized during the drive, he added.

  • Govt to deploy task forces to tackle traffic

    A task force will be deployed in the streets of the capital while vigilance teams will work on the highways around the country to control traffic congestion and fare hike ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader announced yesterday.

  • Govt mulls costly energy deal

    The government is planning to amend an oil and gas exploration contract with an international oil major that would allow the company to charge year-on-year price increases for nearly a decade before the gas or oil even comes on line.

    One proposed amendment to the production sharing contract (PSC) sought by Norwegian company Statoil would allow 2% annual gas price increases from the date the contract is signed – not from the onset of production, said a Petrobangla official seeking anonymity.

  • Nation ready for Banglawash

    Nation ready for Banglawash

    Last Sunday, hosts Bangladesh achieved something that they had failed to do ever since they played their first ODI against a Full Member of the International Cricket Council in 1986. Three days ago, the Tigers clinched a bilateral series for the very first time against neighbours India.

  • Railway wall collapse kills 2

    A man and a woman were killed yesterday when heavy rainfall brought a rain-sodden boundary wall crashing down on them near Purba Madarbari rail gate in Chittagong city.

    The deceased woman was waiting for her son, who was at a nearby coaching centre, when the wall gave way, Sadarghat police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mainul Islam Bhuiyan said. The deceased are Jannatul Ferdaus, 30, of the Purba Madarbari area and Sudip Chakravarti from Senbag upazila in Noakhali.

  • Militants recruiting rich patrons to meet fund crunch

    Targeting rich university students was part of the militants’ strategy of evading suspicion from law enforcers as well as ensuring a stable source of fundingMilitant outfits, especially the recently discovered IS-inspired Junud at-Tawheed Wal Khilafah, are now trying to recruit rich patrons to fund their own activities, detectives have found.

    Militants scoured through the internet to analyse online activities of potential new recruits – who included residents of posh neighbourhoods as well as university students and IT experts.

  • Bonya receives Bobs award for Mukto-Mona

    Bonya receives Bobs award for Mukto-Mona

    Blogger Rafida Ahmed Bonya, wife of slain science writer Avijit Roy, has received Deutsche Welle’s The Bobs – Best of Online Activism 2015 award for their blogging site Mukto-Mona.

    The award ceremony was held yesterday during the Global Media Forum, an international media conference organised by DW in Bonn, Germany.

    At the programme, Bonya was asked whether this award would be signal to the Bangladesh authorities to do more to capture those who were for Avijit’s killing.

  • Accord assures BGMEA of following law of land

    The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has assured Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) of duly following the law of the land during its operational activities in the country.

    The assurance came at a meeting between BGMEA and visiting members of Accord Steering Committee held at BGMEA headquarters in the city yesterday.

  • NBR revenue posts 15% growth in 10 months

    Revenue from customs duties grew 14.26% while VAT wing posted 16.19% growth and income tax wing 14.98%The revenue collection has posted 15.32% growth in the July-April period of the outgoing fiscal year to Tk1,04,769 crore compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year.

    During the period of last fiscal year, NBR had collected Tk90,847 crore, according to the latest data the National Board of Revenue (NBR) released yesterday.

    The revenue authorities will have to collect additional Tk30,259 crore in revenue in May and June to cover the revenue target of Tk1,35,028 crore for the fiscal year 2014-15, the data shows.

  • Verdict in Bagerhat razakars’ case any day

    The International Crimes Tribunal will deliver verdict in the case against three alleged war criminals of Bagerhat including Siraj Kosai any day as it concluded hearing arguments of both defence and prosecution yesterday.

    The tribunal led by its Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim kept the case CAV (Curia Advisari Vult) where Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, 73, Khan Akram Hossain, 62, and Abdul Latif Talukder, 69, have been accused in seven charges of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

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