- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Association of Non-Government Universities of Bangladesh (ANUB) yesterday made its case for the revocation of a proposed 7.5% VAT that the government wants to levy on private universities, at a press briefing at the Gulshan Club.
ANUB president, Sheikh Kabir, told the media: “The Association urges the government to reconsider the imposition of VAT on private universities or their students.
At least 107 people died and more than 230 people were injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The huge red crane crashed into a part of the Grand Mosque – the largest in the world – that was filled with worshippers at the time.
The head of Saudi Arabia's civil defence told BBC strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam in a Facebook post stated that some 40 Bangladeshi nationals have sustained injuries.
Dhaka city residents must shoulder yet another cost of living increase from October 1, as a transportation price hike comes into effect, adding to the burden of increased gas, power, water and sewerage prices announced earlier this month.
For commuters, the fear is that the fare hike, however modest, will help operators, who have grown accustomed to overcharging passengers, justify large fare increases.
The Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) yesterday published the second part of a book titled “Bangabandhu in Newspapers (1960-69),” a compilation of articles on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu launched the book at a programme arranged at the PIB seminar room in the capital.
State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Division Tarana Halim yesterday said she had been threatened over the phone for her stance on cracking down on illegal VoIP business.
She said an anonymous male caller, who spoke in a cool tone, threatened her on Wednesday but she filed no general diary with police. “I lodged a complaint with RAB.”
Eid holidaymakers alleged harassment as the highway bus operators started selling advance tickets for the north and southern district routes yesterday.
People queued for the tickets since morning at Gabtoli bus terminal and the counters at Kallyanpur, Shyamoli, Panthapath and Kalabagan. But many of them alleged that they could not get a ticket after several hours. Brokers and some staff of the bus services already took away those for selling in the black market, the passengers claimed.
A 14-year-old girl was raped in the a cabin of MD Sundarban launch by a government employee in Jhalakathi on Wednesday.
The seventh-grader was on her way back to Dhaka with her boyfriend when the incident happened, sources in police said.
Sources said the victim, resident of Mirhajibagh area in the capital’s Jatrabari area, had gone to the village home of her boy friend Shanto Majhi, 20, at Alokdia village in Jhalakathi Sadar upazila via launch on Monday.
Vegetable prices continued to increase in the capital city’s kitchen markets due to a shortage of supply caused by heavy rains in the recent times.
Brinjal was sold at Tk60-80 per kg, bitter gourd Tk70 per kg, ladies’ fingers Tk70 per kg, green bean Tk70 per kg, cucumber Tk60 per kg, tomato Tk85 per kg, papaya Tk40 per kg, and potato Tk25 per kg in Dhaka’s kitchen markets yesterday.
Ruling Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has instructed her party leaders to prepare for holding the national council in December.
She also asked the leaders to complete the district-level councils by December at any cost, said leaders who attended the party’s Central Working Committee meeting at Ganabhaban last night.
“It was not possible to hold the national council in time due to the BNP-Jamaat’s agitation. So now is the appropriate time to hold the council,” the premier was quoted by a leader, who asked not to be named.
Hailing Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam for advocating for a national unity, BNP yesterday urged the government to put an end to the current political division in the country.
“I’ve gone through in the newspapers that ruling party General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has sought an end to politics of division. He’s advocated for a national unity. We appreciate such spirit,” said BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon.
Owners of private universities should carry the responsibility of paying the VAT on education as their institutions now generate profit, Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta said.
Criticising the conditions of most private universities, the Awami League Advisory Council member also called for a stricter vetting process before licences were handed out to private universities.
Bangladesh will be working closely with Thailand in tracing all available information about the alleged Erawan Shrine bomb blast plotter from his two-week interim stay in the country last month, said Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok.
The law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh are currently investigating the case and would share all relevant information with Thai authorities and all other countries and agencies concerned, including the Interpol, the Embassy said in a message yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted the police seven days to interrogate the acting chief of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team and his two cohorts, arrested on Thursday.
DB Inspector Fazlur Rahman produced them before the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan in the afternoon with a 10-day remand plea.
A mobile court yesterday seized more than 50 rare turtles from the capital’s Old Dhaka area and jailed three traders for their involvement.
The mobile court was led by RAB 10 Magistrate Sarwar Alam and was accompanied by officials from the Forest Department’s crime prevention unit.
Magistrate Sarwar said 57 rare species of turtles were recovered from two sacks at Shankhari Bazar of Old Dhaka around 6:30am.
A foreign national died yesterday at the Chittagong port after he fell from a crane of a ship while working.
The dead was a Syrian named Abdur Rahim, 25. He used to work at MV Maricana Ship as a worker, Assistant Sub-Inspector Pankaj Barua of Chittagong Medical College Hospital said.
Sub-Inspector Pranab Kanti Das of Bandar police station said the incident took place at NCT Gate of Chittagong Port around 5:30am.
Quoting witnesses, SI Panab said the man fell from the crane of the ship to its deck, leaving him critically injured.
Off-season bean cultivation is gaining momentum and bringing smile to the poor and marginal farmers across the district in all six upazilas this season as weather condition is favourable for the cultivators.
While visiting several areas in Kaliganj upazila, it was found that the farmers were working enthusiastically in the cropland for achieving a repeated bumper production and good price in the local kitchen markets.
At least six people were killed in road accidents in Sirajganj, Gazipur and Jhenidah districts yesterday.
Our Sirajganj correspondent reported that three people were killed and 20 others injured when a bus of Talukdar Paribahan skidded off the road and fell into a roadside ditch in Pardhai area under Ullapara upazila of the district in the afternoon.
The deceased were van driver Mohammad Abdullah 25, Asadul 35 and a lecturer of Ullapara College Rafiqul Islam 45.
The election manifesto of Chittagong City Corporation’s (CCC) new mayor AJM Nasir Uddin included a city free from illegal billboards but the crackdown on such boards gradually lost momentum after the mayor’s takeover in late July.
The port city’s different areas have seen regular drives conducted by the city corporation against illegal billboards since early this year but such measures have been very infrequent since the end of July.
The reasons, CCC officials said, are a shortage of manpower and the rainy season.
Speakers at function titled ‘Basic Beautification and Cutting on Tailoring’ held in Rangpur town have emphasized on the participation of woman in national development.
Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs jointly organised the eight-day training courses yesterday with the assistance of Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).
Bangladesh is going ahead with an ambitious plan to reclaim land from the sea to help relocate people who have lost their homes to sea level rise, erosion and extreme weather.
Climate change-linked natural disasters are common in Bangladesh, with cyclones and storm surges displacing huge numbers of people.
“River erosion alone claims about 20,000 acres of land in Bangladesh every year,” said Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud.