Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:12 AM

  • Cross-border cattle driving a lucrative profession

    Cross-border cattle driving a lucrative profession

    Shaheed Dakua from Panbari village in Lalmonirhat district in Bangladesh has been driving smuggled Indian cattle across the border for 50 years.

    He usually brings four cows or buffaloes at a time because anything higher is not only hard to control but also raises the chances of getting caught at the border.

    He can earn up to Tk10,000 for bringing each of these consignments for local smuggling bigshots; but if things go wrong – which they often do – he might get killed for illegal trespassing.

  • PM: Bring private universities under strict monitoring

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed development planners to bring private university education under strict monitoring in a bid to ensure quality education.

    Sources also quoted the premier as urging planners to increase investment in education research to enhance the sector.

    Hasina’s directives came as General Economic Division Member Prof Shamsul Alam yesterday made a powerpoint presentation on the newly drafted seventh five-year plan at the Planning Commission.

  • Students to get their VAT back

    Private university authorities have arranged for the students to get back the money they had already paid as VAT on their tuition fees.

    The value-added tax that had already been collected from students shall be returned in two ways: either the amount will be adjusted with the next semester’s tuition fees, or the students would be able to collect the cash or a cheque from their respective accounts office.

  • Syed Mohsin Ali returns in a coffin from Singapore

    The body of Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali who died in a Singapore hospital on Monday was brought home yesterday night.

    A flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the body of the late minister landed at Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 10:50pm, said Social Welfare Ministry Public Relations Officer Maidul Islam.

    “Later, the body will be taken to his Minto Road official residence in the capital,” he said from the airport.

  • One war tribunal dissolved

    The authorities yesterday reshuffled the International Crimes Tribunal 1 and made the tribunal 2 dormant.

    The Law Ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard. It says Justice Anwarul Haque, a former member of the tribunal 1, has been appointed as chairman of the tribunal.

    Tribunal 2 Member Justice Md Shahinur Islam and High Court Justice Md Shohrowardi have been made its members.

  • 4 Bangladeshis die in Oman

    Four Bangladeshi workers were killed and four others injured in an accident in Oman’s Yiti area on Sunday, reported the Times of Oman.

    According to the report, of the deceased, three died on the spot when the JCB machine in whose bucket they were travelling, toppled over.

    The machine was reportedly being driven by an inexperienced driver.

    JCB is equipment for construction, demolition and agriculture carried in mini vehicles.

  • USAID brings platform for improved cookstoves

    To create a dynamic and sustainable market for clean cooking solutions, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has organised a market facilitation platform on improved cookstoves (ICS) in the capital today.

    With the theme “Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Market” the event is
    organised under Catalysing Clean Energy in Bangladesh, a project of the USAID, in association with the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, hosted by the United Nations Foundation,

  • Arrest, remand of philanthropists condemned

    Activists and well-wishers of Arifur Rahman, the youth who used to collect street children, educate them and give them vocational training under his philanthropic organisation, have criticised the law enforcers for his arrest and remand based on a vague complaint.

    Condemnation flooded the social media platforms including Facebook since his arrest along with three other associates on September 12 as the police claimed that the four were suspected human traffickers.

  • Trains to carry 250,000 daily

    Trains to carry 250,000 daily

    Bangladesh Railway is ready to serve around 250,000 passengers a day during the Eid holidays, up from the daily average of 170,000 passengers per day, the railway minister said.

    Advance ticket sales ahead of Eid-ul-Azha started at Dhaka and Chittagong railway stations yesterday morning. Tickets will be available both online and at ticket counters until September 19. Each passenger is allowed to buy a maximum of four non-refundable tickets.

  • Khaleda leaves for London

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia left Dhaka for London yesterday for treatment.

    An Emirates Airlines flight carrying Khaleda left Shahjalal airport at 9:30pm while hundreds of leaders waved their hands outside the airport, said Shamsuddin Didar, an official of Khaleda’s press wing.

    Khaleda was accompanied by her younger brother Shamim Eskander and his wife Kaniz Fatema; her Personal Secretary ABM Abdus Sattar and house maid Fatema Akhter.

  • UN official praises Bangladeshi peacekeepers

    UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare has praised Bangladeshi peacekeepers, saying there had been no allegation against them during the last two years.

    At a press briefing in the capital’s Hotel Sonargaon yesterday, the UN official said he had received 43 allegations against peacekeepers from different countries during this time, but not a single one against Bangladeshi peacekeepers.

  • Rawhide traders frustrated over non-payment

    Over 200 rawhide traders in the district are going to lose their interest in the business as they have not got their due of last year yet.

    According to sources, Ramnagar is the second largest market for rawhide business in the district where the traders from Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Nilphamamri come to run the business.

    More than 200 traders bought the rawhide of Tk2 crore from the people during the Edul-az-Ha every year and later it was supplied to tannery industries in Dhaka.

  • Two get death penalty for killing mother, son

    A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced two people to death while another person to seven years’ imprisonment for killing a woman and her son four years back.

    Narayanganj Additional Session’s Judge Miaji Shahidul Alam Chowdhury handed down the verdict after examining the records and witnesses.

    The convicts are Abul Kashem, 58, and Dulal Hossain, 55, while the other convict is Babul Hossain of Darigaon village in Araihazar upazila. Of the convicts, Babul was tried in absentia. The court also fined the convicts Tk50,000 each.

  • Man to die for killing wife

    A Barisal court yesterday gave death penalty to a man for killing wife throwing into a river from launch seven years back.

    The convicted is Sohrab Akon, 40, son of late Lal Mia Akon, from Toyka village, Muladi upazila in Barisal.

    Adib Ali, sessions judge of Barisal, handed down the verdict after cross-checking 11 witnesses and other evidences. The court also fined the accused Tk50,00.

    On October 20, 2007, Sohrab brought seven-month pregnant Mili to Dhaka telling to consult with a doctor over pregnancy complications.

  • Busy schedule for PM at UNGA

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to have a hectic schedule at the 70th UN General Assembly (UNGA) as she is expected to attend four out of five main events and also an event sponsored by Bangladesh.

    The 70th session started officially yesterday and would continue till October 6, according to the UNGA schedule.

    The prime minister is scheduled to leave Dhaka on September 23 for New York, said an official of the Foreign Ministry.

  • Verdict on Khaleda’s plea in Barapukuria graft case tomorrow

    The High Court will issue its verdict on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s plea to scrap the proceedings of Barapukuria coal mine graft case tomorrow.

    The bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Abdur Rob fixed the date yesterday morning.

    Earlier on August 30, the bench decided to wait to issue the verdict.

  • Banks to set fake note detectors at cattle markets

    Banks will set fake note detection machines at the cattle markets across the country to prevent fake notes circulation ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

    Moreover, bank branches near cattle markets will remain open even after the three-day Eid holidays to facilitate banking transaction.

    Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor Nazneen Sultana came up with the disclosure at a press conference held yesterday at its headquarters.  

  • CNG filling stations to remain open 24-hour for Eid

    The Natural Compressed Gas (CNG) filling stations will remain open round the clock from September 22-30 to facilitate journeys on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, scheduled to be held on September 25.

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement at the secretariat yesterday.

    He said: “We have formed a special team headed by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority director to monitor four inter-district bus terminals of the capital to ensure hassle-free journey of the holidaymakers.”

  • Muhith: 2% people to be brought under tax net by 2020

    Muhith: 2% people to be brought under tax net by 2020

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith has hoped that the total number of the taxpayers will be increased to 40 lakh, which is 2% of the total population, by fiscal year 2019-20.

    The minister expressed his optimism while addressing a ceremony organised in recognition of the contributions of the country’s highest and long-time taxpayers in the capital yesterday.

    To mark the National Income Tax Day, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) organised the programme at a city hotel with its chairman Nojibur Rahman in the chair.

  • Experts: Migration issues must be included in development policies

    In light of recent events, migration must be included in the development policies of global leaders, experts said at a city event yesterday.

    The event, a discussion the issue of migration, was held at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital, organised by the Bangladesh mission of International Organisation of Migration (IOM).

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