- February 18, 2018
The acting chief of Ansarullah Bangla Team and his two cohorts were arrested yesterday morning by Rapid Action Battalion. RAB sources said they were planning to flee abroad.
The arrestees are acting chief Abul Bashar – the younger brother of Ansarullah chief Jasim Uddin Rahmani – and the outfit’s media wing members Julhas Biswas and Jafran Hossain.
RAB 3 Operation Officer ASP Yeasin Arafat told the Dhaka Tribune that in their investigation RAB learned the arrestees had planned to flee abroad and gathered at Fakirapul for this purpose.
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has begun dumping garbage at night from the first day of September as part of a new measure but city residents say they still get the reek in the daytime.
This is due to the fact that city corporation cleaners mainly clean the dustbins set up beside the city’s major roads and some important wards, but the task of disposal of waste materials gets little attention in other areas, especially those located on the outskirt of the city.
The VAT on private universities does nothing more than impede progressBack in the 90s, when the idea of private universities was first introduced, many people were wary of calling these institutions universities. Some even sarcastically called them a kind of kindergarten for adults. One of the reasons for this was the attitude of private university students.
More than 75,000 people in Bashgari union under Kalkini upazila in the district have been suffering for long for want of a bridge over the Kachikata Canal beside the Arial Khan River.
Sources said people of Kachikata, Vatobali, Char Vatobali, Roypur Surjomoni, Snanghata, Soshirchar, and Chowdhurichar areas cross the canal through the bamboo bridge everyday and go to Bashgari and Lakshmipur unions as well as Kalkini upazila headquarters.
Members of law enforcers recovered the bodies of two cattle traders from Katakhali Bridge area on the Rangpur-Bogra Highway under Gobindaganj upazila in the district yesterday.
One of the deceased was identified as Shajalal, 50, son of Paran Ali Bhuiyan, resident of Tolatuli village of Daudkandi upazila in Comilla district. Identity of the other deceased could not be known immediately.
On information, police recovered the bodies from a banana orchard of the area.
Later, the bodies were sent to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.
At least six people were killed in road accidents in Sirajganj, Bhola and Comilla districts yesterday.
Our Sirajganj correspondent reported that three people were killed and 20 others injured in an accident in Patdhari area under Salanga upazila.
The deceased were Abdullah, 28, son of Abul Sarker of Salanga, Asadul, 35, son of Sukur Ali and college teacher Rafiqul Islam, 45.
Hurdco International School organised annual science fair on its premises in Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital yesterday.
Junior schools displayed 48 projects while the figure of high schools is 82, which included models on physics, chemistry and biology.
The students placed innovative models of solar system, wind mills, adaptation and mitigation on climate change there.
Besides, the participants presented a solar city plan a model of refrigerator which could be used in the rural areas.
After increasing energy prices late last month, the government has now hiked fares of CNG-run buses, minibuses and auto-rickshaws operating in Dhaka city, and five nearby districts, as well as Chittagong city.
The revised bus and minibus fares will come into effect from October 1 while auto-rickshaw fares will go up from November 1.
The Dhaka Tribune has, however, found that passengers have been charged extra fares for nearly a week due to a lack of monitoring by officials.
Private university students protesting the 7.5% VAT on tuition fees at Dhanmondi 27 intersection yesterday came under attack minutes before they were preparing to end their day-long protest.
A number of protesters told the Dhaka Tribune last night that they suspect members of Bangladesh Chhatra League made the attack because they were chanting the “Joy Bangla” slogan.
Witnesses said a group of around 25 youths swooped on the agitating students of different private universities of the area and dispersed them.
Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonai Udbuddho Shikkhokbrindo Forum members at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet abstained from work yesterday, continuing their protest against the vice-chancellor.
The work abstention was observed for the whole day and no teachers of the forum delivered lectures, said the forum’s convener Professor Syed Shamsul Alam. But the work abstention did not affect any examinations, he said.
Just when Dhaka city residents thought they had seen the worst that traffic congestion had to offer, yesterday’s tailback took commuter woes to the next level.
Commuters were compelled sit idly in the streets for hours yesterday, often with engines turned off, as the paralysis of the roadways doubled and even trebled travel times.
But the jams were not caused this time by rain, flooding, road construction, VIP motorcades or wayward driving.
Bangladesh is expected to add 1.8 percentage points to GDP growth each year as the number of women joining the country’s labour force continue to rise, says a new report by World Bank.
This will help the country graduate to medium-income level by 2021, it adds.
The female labor force participation rate could be increased from 34% to 82% over the next decade, according to the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2016 report released yesterday.
Schedule banks will face penalty if they fail to manage their risks properly as per the central bank’s guidelines.
“The banks will be punished if they fail to execute their own risk management related activities like setting limit of ability to take the risks, identifying risk and measurement of risk,” said a Bangladesh Bank circular issued yesterday.
The circular contains a set of instructions to be followed by banks for strengthening their risk management with immediate effects.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament last night that the authorities of private universities have already agreed to pay the 7.5% VAT imposed on tuition fees.
Echoing the National Board of Revenue’s statement, she said: “The students will not pay any VAT; it is the university authorities who will have to pay the VAT and they have agreed on it.”
Oil prices fell yesterday as weak Japanese and Chinese economic data fuelled concerns that growth could be grinding to a halt.
Japan’s core machinery orders fell 3.6% in July, much worse than a 3.7% increase expected by economists.
In Asia’s biggest economy China, the producer price index fell 5.9% in August from the same period last year, its 42nd consecutive month of decline and the biggest drop since the depths of the global financial crisis in late 2009, data showed on Thursday.
Apple Inc unveiled a new TV set top box that responds to voice commands and fresh iPhones that sense the pressure of a finger tap, changes which underwhelmed many social media commenters and investors.
The new 6S and 6S Plus versions of the iPhone, Apple’s biggest money maker, are the same size as the previous versions but come with a better camera, faster chips, new colours and the force-sensitive “3D Touch”.
Bangladesh may shelve an $8bn deepwater port project it has been negotiating with China, a government minister said on Thursday, as it looks to pursue a nearby facility financed by the Japanese instead.
Such a decision would be a setback for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt One Road” initiative to build a network of ports and expressways and help expand trade, investment and influence in the region.
Although the government yesterday assured that only the private universities will carry the burden of VAT on education, university authorities are now saying it would be the students who will ultimately pay the price.
Yesterday’s remarks from the finance minister or the NBR failed to quash the long-standing concerns that the private universities would eventually collect extra tuition fees from their students to pay the 7.5% value-added tax.
Instead, there were further confusion as different stakeholders continued to issue contradictory remarks.
The RBNZ…verbalised it but this is probably an underlying concern shared by policymakers around the regionThe risk China’s economy enters deflation is growing, data suggested, as signs emerge that some foreign central banks are increasingly worried about the impact falling Chinese prices and a weaker yuan could have on their economies.
New Zealand’s central bank governor Graeme Wheeler said that China’s surprise devaluation of the yuan, or renminbi, last month had left them concerned about the risk they may let it slide further.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said private university authorities will have to pay VAT on education, not the students.
“The universities will have to pay the VAT without increasing any tuition fee,” the minister told a press briefing in Sylhet.
Value-added tax collection from private universities can be a good source of revenue collection, Muhith said, adding that there was no scope for withdrawing the VAT.