Thursday March 22, 2018 12:29 PM

  • Muhith: VAT on private unis won’t be withdrawn

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the proposed value-added tax (VAT) on private universities will not be withdrawn.

    The minister came up with the statement after distributing foods among residents of a government orphanage for children in Bagbari area of Sylhet on Friday afternoon.

    Muhith said: "Those who can pay thousands of taka for university fees, it is not tough for them to pay only 7% VAT."

  • Two drug traders held with 200 yaba pills

    Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members have detained two drug peddlers in possesion with 200 pieces of yaba tablets in Nabharon Railbazar area under Sharsha upazila of Jessore.

    The detainees are Alamgir Hossain and Ojiar Rahman. They were held during a drive on Thursday might.

  • Midday Brief

    Niloy murder: Police to seek 10-day remand for 2 arrestees 

    Police is to seek 10-day remand for two key members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team who were arrested for their suspected involvement with blogger Niladri Chatterjee murder case. Detainee Saad Al Nahiyan and Masud Rana will be produced before the court around 2pm Friday.

  • Niloy murder: Police to seek remand for 2 arrestees

    Police is to seek 10-day remand for two key members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team who were arrested for their suspected involvement with blogger Niladri Chatterjee murder case.

    Detainee Saad Al Nahiyan and Masud Rana will be produced before the court around 2pm Friday.

  • Badda shooting: Another AL leader dies

    A Swechchhasebak League leader, who sustained bullet injuries in an attack by members of the rival group in the capital’s Badda area on Thursday, has died at United Hospital in Dhaka.

    Deceased Mahbubur Rahman Gama was cultural affairs secretary of Dhaka (north) city unit Swechchhasebak League.

    In a press briefing at Badda police station, SM Mostak Ahmed Khan said the reason behind Thursday’s attack could not be known.

  • Judge tosses murder conviction of man in prison for 34 years

    A man who spent 34 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl was released from prison Thursday after a judge vacated his murder conviction, citing new DNA evidence.

    Lewis Fogle, 63, was freed on bond because he remains charged and could be retried by District Attorney Patrick Dougherty, who filed the joint motion to vacate the conviction with the New York-based Innocence Project.

  • Top US diplomat flies to Cuba for new policy victory lap

    Washington's top diplomat is coming to Havana on Friday to raise the Stars and Stripes over the newly opened US Embassy, making a symbolically charged victory lap for the Obama administration's new policy of engagement with Cuba.

    Ordinary Cubans will cheer, US business executives will network and Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Cuba's foreign minister, the country's Roman Catholic archbishop and a hand-picked group of dissidents.

  • Countries Bangladeshis can travel without visa

    Nature-lovers from Bangladesh like to wander from one place to another in order to satisfy their thirst of gathering experience of other countries, cultures, history, scenery and food. But, many of them afraid to travel to other countries just because of visa complications. But, people from this country can explore some other countries without any prior visa requirements.

    According to the Visa Restrictions Index, holders of a Bangladeshi passport can visit the given countries visa-free or with visa on arrival.

  • Where is the justice?

    Where is the justice?

    With murder and mayhem rampant, our nation’s progress might be an illusionThe tempest in a teacup is over. It seems that the murderer of Rajon is not coming back any time soon. Kamrul must have kept Noor Hossain in mind when he had his tryst with the police officer in his bid to flee. In the meantime, the nefarious police who let the “dog” go, got a simple slap on the wrist. In no time, I bet, he will be back to his old ways, some other beat and repeat.

    On the hilt of Rajon comes Rakib. Hullabaloo ensues. Talk shows go haywire. Ministers talk tough. And there is Niloy, a born-again atheist in the mould of Rajib and Oyasiqur and Avijit.

  • Thoughts on leadership

    Thoughts on leadership

    To be a leader, you need to give up many of your own natural wishes and desiresLeadership is having the ability to guide and hold the people together for a common vision. The confidence and courage to say that you are wrong and to make changes accordingly for the benefit of the people and the vision.

    It is having the ability to truly and deeply love the people you are leading, who are with you, and those who believe in you. To have your actions reflect your words and ideas.

  • Mother, son found dead in Brahmanbaria

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Greek lawmakers bicker on bailout hours before euro zone verdict

    Greek lawmakers bickered through the night over a new bailout deal to keep the country afloat, only hours before euro zone finance ministers are due to decide on Friday whether to approve the vital aid for Athens.

    With the ruling Syriza party apparently heading for a split over the 85bn euro ($95bn) program, parliament finally began debating whether to accept the package which demands yet more austerity and economic reform at 3:45am (0045 GMT), with no vote likely until well after daybreak.

  • China investigates cause of blasts at Tianjin port

    Investigators searched for clues on Friday to identify what caused two huge explosions at a warehouse used to store toxic chemicals and gas at a busy port in northeast China, as foreign and local companies assessed the damage to their operations.

    The blasts in the city of Tianjin on Wednesday night killed at least 50 people, including a dozen fire fighters, state media said. About 700 people were injured, 71 seriously.

    The explosions at the port, the world's 10th largest, were so big they were seen by satellites in space and registered on earthquake sensors.

  • Morning Brief

    Janakantha found guilty of contempt

    The Supreme Court has found daily Janakantha Editor and Publisher Atiqullah Khan Masud and its Executive Editor Swadesh Roy guilty of contempt of court.

    The six-member bench of the Appellate Division ordered them to keep standing in the courtroom till the rising of the court.

    Mahmudur gets 3-year jail in ACC case

    A Dhaka court has sentenced the daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman to three years imprisonment in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2010.

  • Court indicts MP’s son Rony for Dilu Road shooting

    A Dhaka court yesterday accepted the charge sheet against Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony in a case filed over the killing of two people in Dhaka’s Dilu Road.

    After accepting the charges, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Aminul Haque sent the case documents to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman for the next course of action.

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