Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:07 AM

  • Muhith: VAT on private universities will not be lifted

    Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith yesterday said VAT on tuition fees of private universities would not be lifted.

    Expressing dissatisfaction over the movement of private university students for reducing value added tax (VAT) on their tuition fee, the minister said: “It cannot be accepted that they they cannot give 7.5% VAT while they are able to pay Tk30,000-50,000 as tuition fee.” Muhith also said he had no support with the movement.

  • Control over cattle market and jhut trade behind Badda murders

    Control over cattle market and jhut trade behind Badda murders

    The competition for securing lease to the Badda cattle market and the control over local jhut trade were the likely reasons behind Thursday’s attack in Badda that killed three people, sources close to the victims have claimed.

    Locals said the killing of the three men might have also been caused by disputes surrounding the distribution of extortion money and political infighting.

    The police, however, said a number of different reasons might have been behind the premeditated attack; but it would take some time to ascertain the true reasons.

  • Water-logging in schoolyards hampers education

    Academic activities of students at seven schools in Rajnagor upazila, Moulvibazar have come to a halt as they could not attend their classes due to rainwater which has intruded into their classrooms.

    Local sources said every year during the rainy season the school compounds got submerged in knee-deep to waist-deep water. This year, these schools remained closed for several days in the beginning of the rainy season.

  • A day of national tragedy

    A day of national tragedy

    Just as December 16, 1971 will stand forevermore as the crowning glory and greatest moment in the history of Bangladesh, so must August 15, 1975 stand as the lowest and most shameful point in our history.

    Let us make no mistake about it. The brutal killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman together with almost all of his family on August 15, 1975 shames all Bangladeshis and can be viewed as nothing other than a day or infamy that will live on as a permanent stain on the honour of our nation.

  • Jamaat ameer among 10 held in Sylhet

    Police have arrested 10 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami, including its ameer, while holding a clandestine meeting at Sabujbag Jame Mosque in the district’s Shibganj area.

    The arrestees are Sylhet Metropolitan Jamaat ameer Advocate Ahsanul Mahbub Jubayer, Mohammad Abdus Shobur, Ahmad Al Musad, Mir Hossain, Joynal Abedin, Delwar Hossain Jamil, Mahmud Ahmed, Mohammad Morshed Alam, Abdullah Al Munim and Ahmed Hossain.

  • 40th anniversary of Bangabandhu’s death today

    Today is National Mourning Day, the 40th anniversary of death of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    The architect of the 1971 Liberation War and independent Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujib was assassinated by a group of disgruntled army officials at his Dhanmondi 32 residence on this day in 1975.

  • Bridge on Tangail-Basail Road at risk of collapse

    The bridge on the Tangail-Basail Road in the district may collapse anytime as slabs at several points got damaged and hole developed here and there.

    More than six lakh people of Basail and Sakhipur upazilas use the bridge to go to the district town.

    They are passing unhappy days thinking the bridge may collapse anytime.

    Sources said the bridge was constructed over a canal on the road about 40 years ago.

    The slabs at several places damaged causing risk journey to the commuters.

  • CUTA to go work abstention over proposed pay scale

    Chittagong University Teachers Association (CUTA) has made an announcement to go to observe three-hour work abstention programme in every Sunday till august 31 demanding review the 8th National proposed pay scale what it said the pay scale is discriminatory and an independent pay scale for the university’s teachers.

  • Mother, son found dead in Brahmanbaria

    Police have recovered the bodies of a woman and her baby boy from Ashurail village under Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria.

    The deceased are Farzana Akhter, 22, wife of Dubai expatriate Nur Uddin and their three-month of son Shafiqul Islam.

    Police said Shafiqul’s body was found on the bed while Farzana’s was found hanging to a guava tree in the courtyard of their house on Friday morning.

  • New letter sent to Interpol to locate Bangabandhu’s 6 fugitive killers

    New letter sent to Interpol to locate Bangabandhu’s 6 fugitive killers

    Bangladesh Police forwarded a letter afresh to the Interpol to know the current location of the six fugitive killers of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as they are changing their locations.

    Police and officials earlier said the fugitives appeared to be moving from one country to another, changing their locations to evade the security clampdown.

  • 5 Shibir men held in Chittagong

    Police yesterday morning detained five Islami Chhatra Shibir members who were holding a secret meeting in Chittagong’s Satkania upazila.

    The five – Liakat Ali, 25, Md Faruk, 24, Md Saiful Islam, 19, Md Arafat, 18, and Mainul Islam, 18 – were held after a tip-off.

    Satkania police station Officer-in-Charge Farid Uddin Khandaker said police arrested the five men from a mosque in Demsha union.

  • Accused drug peddler hacked to death in Chittagong

    A group of four men killed a youth by slitting throat in Alamtara Pukurpar area in Sagarika, Chittagong yesterday.

    Police identified the slain youth as Saidul Islam, 24, an accused in seven cases, said Pahartoli police station Officer-in-Charge Azizur Rahman.

    Saidul, who hailed from Arban Ali Majir Ghat area, was accused in cases for drug peddling.

    Police suspect that the murder was conducted following personal conflict, said the OC.

    He said around 1:30pm, a man called out Saidul from his house during Jumma prayers.

  • Minister: Government will punish the plotters too

    Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq yesterday said that conspirators of Bangabandhu murder who remained beyond the justice yet would face the consequences the way the direct killers were punished.

    “Some of the killers were hanged [in 2010] and some are on the run…but the conspirators are yet to be punished,” he told a function organised to distribute cattle in madrasas and orphanages marking the National Mourning Day.

  • Khaleda to celebrate her birthday later today

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not cut cake at the first hour of her “birthday” to mark her 70th birth anniversary this year, but party leaders and activists said they would cut cake later in the day today.

    Every year, Khaleda, flocked by leaders and activists of her party, cuts a cake at one minute past midnight on the night of August 14-15 to celebrate her birthday.

    Party leaders said because this year Khaleda’s birthday falls on a Friday, party leaders and activists will cut cake on Saturday instead.

  • Police to ask blogger Niloy’s wife to positively identify arrestees

    Two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Niladri Chatterjee, also known as Niloy Neel, will be brought before the deceased blogger’s wife and sister-in-law for positive identification to determine whether they were present at the crime scene, police said.

    One of the arrestees, Saad Al Nahiyan, is a nephew of State Minister for Labour Mujibul Huq Chunnu. The other, Masud Rana, is a relative of Ariful Islam, who has been accused for the murder of another blogger, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu.

  • A friend indeed?

    A friend indeed?

    Edmund Burke dared to question the motives of the East India Company when no one else wouldWhether Edmund Burke’s very active and vociferous intervention in the affairs of the governance of India and the East India Company, especially between 1781 and 1794, reflected his envy of the fortunes being made there by British adventurers, simple political pragmatism, or from high ideals, we may never know. It is often said that few people in positions of power and influence obtain and retain their reputation through adhering to higher standards of morality than those around them. All are human, and all, presumably, have human weaknesses.

  • Rebirth of a people

    Rebirth of a people

    Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inspired courage and unity in our people. Reprinted here is a piece first published in Forum magazine while he was still alive, on March 13, 1971For the first time since the Battle of Plassey, Bengal is free. This is not freedom in the juridical sense. Nor does it ignore the guns which remain pointed at us. But today, for the first time in two centuries, decisions are being made by the people of Bangladesh directing the course of their politics and economy without reference to the vested interests of alien ruling groups. The presence of these groups has, in the course of 10 days which shook the nation, been restricted to fortified enclaves within Bangladesh.

  • National Mourning Day to be observed around the country

    National Mourning Day to be observed around the country

    Besides the Awami League and its affiliated organisations, many other organisations have taken preparations to observe the National Mourning Day today in the capital as well as in other parts of the country.

    In Dhaka, the Islamic Foundation has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe today, which also marks the 40th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • ‘The killers then went inside the house, and one by one, killed everyone they could find’

    The following passages have been excerpted from Salil Tripathi’s book The Colonel Who Would Not Repent. The first excerpt talks about the day of the horrendous deed, the second discusses the impunity enjoyed by the killers for so longThe day it happened

  • 300 BNP men join AL in Khagrachhari

    At least 300 leaders and activists of the BNP joined  the  ruling Awami League in Khagrachhari yesterday.

    Local Awami League lawmaker Kujendra Lal Tripura welcomed them with floral wreaths at a discussion in the afternoon at the Town Hall auditorium.

    The event was organised to mark the 40th anniversary of death of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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