Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:34 AM

  • Diarrhoea takes serious turn in Gaibandha

    One dies and around 400 affected people admitted in hospital in three daysPost-flood diarrhoea has hit Gaibandha badly increasing the miseries of people in the area.

    One died while more than 400 diarrhoea patients got admitted to the  Gaibandha Sadar Modern Hospital in the last three days.

    Gaibandha Civil Surgeon Dr Nirmolendu Chowdhury said Nasiron Begum, 67, resident of Chokmomrozpur village under Gaibandha sadar was admitted with diarrhoea. She died because of diabetes and other health complications yesterday.

  • Demo planned at seven points in Dhaka

    Demo planned at seven points in Dhaka

    Anti-VAT protesters have announced that they will continue demonstration today by dividing the capital city into seven zones.

    Yesterday evening, hundreds of current and former private university students shared a Bangla post on Facebook which called upon their fellows to stage peaceful programmes in front of their respective campuses starting 9am today.

    This comes on the same day the authorities of at least eight private universities in Dhaka have announced postponing all classes and exams for today.

  • Muhith: VAT for building more schools, colleges

    Muhith: VAT for building more schools, colleges

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said VAT money would be needed to construct more schools and colleges at upazilla level across the country.

    The minister justified the imposition of 7.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on the tuition fees of private universities while attending an award giving ceremony of a debate competition titled Debate for Democracy and More Investment Needs in Education Sector for Sustainable Development. ATN Bangla, a local TV channel, hosted the programme in the city yesterday. 

  • Public university teachers’ work abstention today

    Teachers of the public universities of the country will observe work abstention programmes for today and Thursday demanding a separate pay scale.

    Earlier, the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Associations (FBUTA) in a press release said that if the government failed to meet their demand by September 17, they would be compelled to go for indefinite work abstention.

    President of the association Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed yesterday said that they would abstain from work but examinations will be out of the purview of their protest programme.

  • NBR further clarifies VAT on private unis

    The NBR said it has imposed the VAT on private education to meet the increased revenue target required for the development of the countryThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday issued an extended explanation clarifying the legality of the imposition of 7.5% VAT on private universities, medical and engineering colleges.

    The tax authorities clarified the legality of the Value Added Tax Rules, 1991 in the wake of confusion created among different quarters.

    The NBR said it has imposed the VAT on private education to meet the increased revenue target required for the development of the country.

  • No trace of cricketer Shahadat after six days

    Despite to have six days elapsed, police are yet to trace whereabouts of cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Nitto Shahadat who went into hiding after a complaint of torture on domestic help raised against them.

    When asked, Shafiqur Rahman, inspector (investigation) of Mirpur model police station, yesterday said after registering a case on charge of physical abuse, the cricketer family was on run and their residence located in Mirpur section 2 area was found locked.

  • 10 children rescued from a Banasree NGO office

    10 children rescued from a Banasree NGO office

    Motijheel police in a special drive rescued 10 children, aged between nine and 14, from a so-called NGO office in the capital’s Rampura yesterday and arrested four suspected human traffickers posing as its officials.

    The four people could not present any valid document of the NGO named Adomyo Bangladesh Foundation or their identities. Police primarily suspect that the children were gathered from different areas of Dhaka and other districts to be trafficked abroad.

  • Ctg fruit traders shut shops protesting attack

    Traders of Chittagong city’s biggest fruit trading hub, better known as Falmundi, pulled down their shutters yesterday protesting the attack on the marketplace on Friday night.

    The traders and workers of the wholesale fruit market in BRTC area also held a protest rally demanding immediate arrest and trial of the terrorists responsible for the attack.

    On Friday night, a group of people from nearby Jamtala slum allegedly carried out the attack.

  • Two robbers arrested in city

    Dhaka Metropolitan police arrested two alleged robbers while they were preparing for robbery in the captal’s Motijheel area early yesterday.

    The arrestees were Milon Miah and Masud Mridha alias Lenin.

    Deputy Commissioner (Media) of DMP police Muntasirul Islam said a team of Detective Branch of DMP police picked the two up from the area.

    Police also recovered a revolver, two rounds of bullets, one set police uniform, a pair of handcuffs, a black nylon belt and two knives from their possession.

  • ICCCAD organises Resilience Academy

    The International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) yesterday arranged a sharing event on Gibika project and Resilience Academy 2015 in collaboration with Munich Re Foundation and United Nations University, Bonn.

    This year’s Resilience Academy took place at the capital’s Hotel Nascent Gardenia yesterday morning where at least 30 young researchers, academics and practitioners from 22 countries took part in the event and shared their knowledge about the loss and damage caused by climate change. 

  • Government to act against unruly bus operators

    No government law enforcers were deployed at Gabtoli terminal and the counters to check irregularities on FridaySeveral hundred people lined up in front of the counters at Gabtoli bus terminal and those in Kalyanpur, Shyamoli, Panthapath and Kalabagan areas on Friday, several hours before they started selling advance tickets centring the festive Eid-ul-Azha.

    But within two to three hours, staff at the counters claimed that all the tickets for September 21, 22 and 23 had already been sold out. Such announcements came as a shock for many home-bound people, though the reality was different.

  • Two luxury underpasses soon in the capital

    The government has intended to build two new underpasses connecting the parliament to NAM bhaban while another is between Shahjalal International Airport and Airport railway station in the capital.

    They are to have facilities of both plying cars and walkway for pedestrians.

    “We have planed to build two luxurious underpasses, one on Manik Miah Avenue and another in Airport area, as per the direction of Prime Minister,” said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • A tourist attraction allowed to decay

    A tourist attraction allowed to decay

    The local upazila administration should at least put up a signboard, locals demandThe historic 300-year-old Kana Raja’s Cave at Patuar Tek under Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar is just a victim of negligence despite having the potential to fetch revenue earnings as an attractive tourist spot.

    Situated at Zalia Palong Union, about 25 kilometres away from the Laboni Point of the Cox’s Bazar beach, and believed to be the biggest cave in South Asia, it cannot live up to the billing, the local people think, in absence of necessary development work.

  • Arum cultivation brings hope to Gaibandha farmers

    The arum cultivation, a summer vegetable, has gained popularity among the farmers of Dhaperhat union in Sadullapur upazila in the district in recent years since the crop has given them good profit.

    The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said over 200 hectares of arable and fallow lands of the union have been brought under commercial arum cultivation this year.

    Arum grows within four months of its plantation and has a low production cost. As a result, its cultivation has increased in the union two times this year than the previous year.

  • CJ: No comment on judiciary’s independence without evidence

    Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday said comments should not be made on the independence of judiciary without any authentic document and evidence.

    He urged lawyers and prosecutors to cooperate with judges to adjudicate cases in order to reduce backlog quickly.

  • Ctg Wasa promises to supply 143mn litres water daily

     Chittagong city dwellers will get 143 million litres of water every day through Karnaphuli Water Supply project from this year, said managing director of Chittagong Wasa engineer AKM Fazlullah yesterday.

    “The water crisis will reduce to a great extent if the water supply begins here through ‘Karnaphuli Water Supply Project’,” he said.

    Fazlullah was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Ongoing water supply project of JICA’, arranged by Chittagong Wasa and JICA at the port city’s Agrabad Hotel.

  • Barind Tract needs conservation agriculture technology

    Aricultural scientists and researchers in a discussion in the district said for wide-ranging and sustainable expansion and promotion of conservation agriculture (CA) based technologies in the drought-prone Barind Tract to protect its soil health from degradation.

    They viewed principles of conservation agriculture are use of reduced tillage, retention of some amounts of residues in the field, optimum use of natural resources, sustainable and profitable crop diversification and its rotation and judicious use of fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Bangladeshi witnessed Mecca crane crash

    Bangladeshi pilgrim Salahuddin Ahmed, a businessman from Savar who is now staying in Saudi Arabia to observe the hajj pilgrimage with his father Abdul Jalil, witnessed the crane crashing into the Masjid Al Haram or Grand Mosque of Mecca on Friday.

    “I was on the third floor of a market beside the mosque when the crane crashed [around 5:45pm local time]. The pilgrims were set to say their Maghrib prayers.

  • Tamim starts Fresh journey

    Tamim starts Fresh journey

    Expresses interest of opening a cricket academyBangladesh’s experienced opening batsman Tamim Iqbal yesterday inked a two-year deal and became the brand ambassador of Fresh, a concern of Meghna Group of Industries. During the signing ceremony Tamim hinted working with Fresh for the betterment of the country’s cricket while he also spoke about the Tigers’ upcoming assignment at home.

    Tamim believes the hosts will need to display their best cricket in order to attain positive results against a depleted Australian side next month in two Test matches.

  • Serena finally falls after year of living dangerously

    Serena finally falls after year of living dangerously

    Serena Williams had been a vulnerable conqueror at this year’s majors, living dangerously and dicing with defeat on numerous occasions as she tried to become only the fourth woman to complete the calendar Grand Slam.

    On Friday, her luck finally ran out at the U.S. Open, and on a court where she had not been beaten since 2011.

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