- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday told Parliament that there are some 100,000 account holders having at least Tk1 crore deposited in the scheduled banks of the country.
In reply to a starred question to Md Suhrab Uddin (Kishoreganj 2), the minister said there were 114,000 accounts having Tk1 crore in the scheduled banks on September 30, 2015.
Finance Minister AMA Abdul Muhith yesterday told the parliament that foreign assistance had increased at 6.05% rate in the current fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal year.
Replying to a query of M Abdul Latif, the finance minister said till December of 2015-16 fiscal year, Bangladesh received $1592.41 million while in the same period in the 2014-15 fiscal year Bangladesh received $1501.61 million.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday told the parliament that currently there are 1,751,503 individual tax payers in the country.
Replying to a query, the minister said the government has taken various steps to expand the tax net and increase amount of taxes.
Responding to another query, the finance minister said the government has the plan to set up tax office in every upazilas to this end.
He also said tax offices have already been set up in 85 upazilas.
Detectives in Chittagong on Monday recovered gold bars worth more than Tk12 crore from a market in the port city.
Acting on a tip off, police raided the fifth floor of the Bahar Market in Reazuddin Bazar area, where they found and seized three safes, said Chittagong DB's Additional Deputy Commissioner Babul Akhtar.
Dhaka Customs on Monday seized around 32kg of gold from a flight that arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Malaysia.
Acting on a tip-off, officials of Dhaka Customs Preventive Team boarded a Malindo Air flight coming in from Malaysia and found the gold bars taped under four seats.
The gold bars were wrapped in 14 packets, with the total weight around 32.7kg.
However, no arrest was made in connection with the incident, said Dhaka Customs Deputy Commissioner Reyadul Islam.
A bill was placed in parliament yesterday keeping the provision of sentencing a person to death or other kinds of punishment for his involvement, whatsoever it may be, in revolt or mutiny.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal placed the bill styled Bangladesh Coast Guard Bill 2016 in the parliament and the bill was sent to the standing committee on Home Ministry for further scrutiny.
According to the bill, there will be 21 posts including a director general in the coast guard.
Scientists and political leaders at an international public health conference here yesterday called for higher investment in family planning, terming it a central part of the global development agenda and a basic human right.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq yesterday said he was determined to bring down the influential syndicates that were impeding the capital’s development.
“It is very difficult to break strong syndicates of traders, bus operators and grabbers. But they have recently agreed to cooperate with us in making the city clean and green,” he said.
The rate of girls dropping out of school will diminish if child marriage is strictly controlled by the society.
Quazi Reza Ul Hasan, project coordinator of Link Up Project Bangladesh, made the observation while presenting an overview of the current sexual and reproductive heath and right situation of Bangladesh during a sensitisation and advocacy meeting on Saturday.
He also said that the control of child marriage will improve sexual and reproductive heath and right situation of Bangladesh.
Police arrested the neighbour of a Garo woman for allegedly attempting to rape her at her house in Dhaka.
The 23-year-old victim lived with her husband at Dakkhinkhan and worked at a beauty parlour. Locals claimed the accused Shafiullah Dewan, 32, had stalked several teenagers and women in the area before.
On Sunday night, he stalked the victim and barged into her flat when she returned home from work, Shakil Chambu Gong, leader of Garo rights group GASO, told the Dhaka Tribune.
The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of the municipal electoral code that restricted parliaments members from taking part in election campaigns for the local polls.
The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq issued a ruling as to why the code should not be declared illegal, following a primary hearing on a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer AKM Nur Nabi.
Sixteen students of Dhaka University were expelled yesterday for being involved in different crimes including exam forgery and having ties with banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir.
The university’s syndicate took the decision Sunday night in a meeting headed by Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique.
The government is going to begin a census on undocumented Rohingya population in March next to determine their exact figure to stop their further influx into Bangladesh.
During the survey, the undocumented Rohingyas will be given cards. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque shared the information while briefing foreign diplomats and representatives of donor agencies stationed in Dhaka on the 9th meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) to be held in Dhaka in December, Foreign Ministry sources said.
The High Court has issued a ruling asking the mayors of four city corporations why they should not be directed to take necessary actions to prevent air pollution.
It also asked the government to explain what steps were being taken to remove dust, smoke and other deadly elements that are damaging people’s health.
The bench of Justice Jubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Md Khasruzzaman issued the ruling yesterday, following a writ petition by two Supreme Court lawyers.
Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote President Tarana Halim has filed a case against the organisation’s general secretary for allegedly collecting money by forging her signature.
On behalf of Tarana, who is also the state minister for posts and telecommunications, her Assistant Personal Secretary Joydeb Nandi lodged the case against Arun Sarker Rana.
The case was filed with Shahbagh police station in the capital on Sunday night.
Awami League Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday demanded proper punishment for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia so that none could dare to commit crimes like sedition in the future.
The senior lawmaker of Awami League raised the demand while speaking as the chief guest at a condolence meeting organised by Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote at Shilpakala Academy at Segunbagicha in the city in memory of acting president of Dhaka City Awami League (AL) MA Aziz, who breathed his last on Saturday, reports BSS.
US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat met Khaleda Zia yesterday evening, and urged all political parties to make their voices heard in a peaceful manner.
“I appreciated the opportunity to hear Khaleda Zia’s thoughts on the political situation in Bangladesh,” she said in a statement after the meeting.
The US envoy also said Bangladesh’s commitment to democracy has played an essential role in the country’s development. “I urge all political parties to make their voices heard in a peaceful manner.”
A case has been filed against Prof Dr Ariful Islam, head of mechanical engineering department of Shahjalal University of Science Technology (Sust) in connection with a road accident which killed two on the campus.
On Saturday, college teacher and writer Sheikh Ataur Rahman and his uncle Gias Uddin were killed when the car of Prof Ariful ran over them near the main gate of Sust campus.
Deceased Ataur Rahman’s wife filed the case with Jalalabad police station on Sunday night, said Akhter Hossain, officer-in-charge of the police station.
Zika, an emerging Aedes-mosquito-borne virus which is spreading throughout the Americas recently, could reach Bangladesh anytime, health experts warn.
Concerns have grown even stronger in Bangladesh after news media in Thailand and Taiwan this week reported cases of the virus infection among locals. Both places are popular destinations for Bangladeshi travellers, increasing the risk of the virus also spreading here.
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before it on March 3 in a sedition case to explain her recent remarks doubting the actual number of Liberation War martyrs.
Supreme Court lawyer Momtaz Uddin Ahmed Mehedi, also a member of the executive body of Awami League, filed the sedition case with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court seeking an arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia.
After recording the statement of the complainant, Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Rashed Talukder summoned Khaleda Zia to appear before the court on March 3.