DhakaTribune
Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:02 AM



  • A journey of a thousand miles

    A journey of a thousand miles

    The state of women’s rights today is the result of centuries of struggleTo celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, BRAC University and UNESCO Society organised a half day-long event, titled “Women’s Rights in Bangladesh: Myth or Reality?” on March 9.

    Being the key speaker of the event, I explained that women’s rights in Bangladesh were both a reality and a myth now, because there needs to be real progress in attaining gender equality in our society.

  • Banquo’s ghost is leaving the banquet?

    Banquo’s ghost is leaving the banquet?

    Musharraf would do well to swallow his pride and stay out of the gameIn an almost off-hand way, the South Asia Daily blog of Foreign Policy magazine announced that former Pakistani general/president/chief executive Pervez Musharraf, after receiving permission to leave Pakistan, had done so last Friday morning.

    Musharraf’s lawyer said he was leaving for medical reasons (back surgery that cannot be performed in Pakistan) and would return. Musharraf, ever the commando, was quoted as saying: “I am a commando, and I love my homeland. I will come back in a few weeks, or months …”

  • Producers eye e-commerce to boost sales

    The country’s consumer product manufacturers and fashion houses aim at e-commerce to increase their sales and retain existing consumers through direct sale as well as for branding, thanks to booming online shopping window.

    Talking to several giant producers and fashion house owners like Pran, Meghna Group and Arong, the Dhaka Tribune found that they want to increase their sales and expand consumer network using the latest information technology.

  • Supermarket owners for Package VAT

    Bangladesh Supermarket Owners’ Association has requested the NBR to ensure a uniform VAT rate for all stores.

    They said they should be allowed to pay VAT at a square foot-based package rate to facilitate expansion of their business.

    Currently, 4% VAT is applicable to sales of supermarkets like Agora, Shwapno and Meena Bazar while other shops including large ones and departmental stores enjoy package VAT facility under which shop owners pay VAT annually based on their shops’ locations and sizes.

  • Service-oriented business want VAT rate cut

    Representatives from different service-oriented sectors have urged the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to reduce the existing Value Added Tax (VAT) rate of 15% in between 4.5% and 7%.

    The NBR should also take necessary initiative to prevent misuse of bonded warehouse facilities that is creating around 58,000 crore revenue loss annually, they said at a pre-budget meeting held at the NBR headquarters in the city yesterday. NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman presided over the meeting.

  • Ecnec okays Tk1,442cr projects

    Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved eight development projects worth Tk1,442.42 crore, including establishment of the 2nd campus of the Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and Printing Industrial Park.

    The approval came in the Ecnec meeting at the NEC conference room with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    Of the total project cost, over Tk953 crore will come from the public coffer, Tk25 crore from the project-related agencies own fund and Tk463.85 crore from development partners.

  • Alliance cuts ties with 17 more RMG units

    The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a retailers platform for North American buyers – has cut business ties with 17 more apparel factories for their failure in making adequate remediation progress.

    As of yesterday, the number of factories that the Alliance has severed business ties with stands at 59.

  • Stocks edge up with volatility

    Stocks closed marginally higher amid volatility yesterday, breaking their five straight days of losses.

    The market started the day with a positive note, but went into red immediately with benchmark index DSEX falling below 4,300-mark.

    However, some buys from mid-session offset all the losses seen in the morning. 

    The benchmark index DSEX rose 9 points or 0.3% to end at 4,311, recovering from its previous session’s 11-month low.

  • Ramadan unlikely to save falling palm oil price

    Ramadan unlikely to save falling palm oil price

    Malaysia’s palm oil exports to predominately Muslim countries have been falling as rising prices for the tropical oil and weak domestic currencies are limiting imports, and the high-consumption period of Ramadan is unlikely to turn the trend.

    This could limit gains for benchmark palm oil prices 1FCPOc3 that have rallied to a two-year high on concerns that output from the main Southeast Asian growers will fall this year because of drought caused by the El Nino weather pattern. Prices have gained 8 percent this month, rising for a second month in a row.

  • Streak confident Taskin will be cleared soon

    Streak confident Taskin will be cleared soon

    Tigers bowling coach Heath Streak confirmed Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed, who has been suspended by the International Cricket Council for illegal bowling action, is likely to appear for the test within six weeks. Streak informed that they are not willing to take any chance and want to make sure the pacer is hundred percent ready ahead of the bowling test.

  • Independence Cup rescheduled for April 1

    The already-delayed professional football league season 2015-16 has been deferred once again as the season opening Independence Cup, scheduled to kick off today, has been postponed due to judicial restraint yesterday. The curtain-raiser is rescheduled to begin on Friday.

    The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) however termed the reason of delay ‘unavoidable circumstances’ and finalised a new date through a press release. The tournament is not going to be held in this month of March when the tournament has been taking place since its introduction.

  • Watson bows out of int’l cricket as top T20 allrounder

    Watson bows out of int’l cricket as top T20 allrounder

    Shane Watson has finished his international career as the No.1 ranked T20 allrounder in the world, according to the International Cricket Council’s player rankings announced today.

    With strong performances with both and ball in the World T20, Watson retained his spot at the top of the allrounder rankings

    with 373 points, ahead of Bangladeshi Shakid Al Hasan (346 points) and Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi (332).

  • Watson bows out of int’l cricket as top T20 allrounder

    Watson bows out of int’l cricket as top T20 allrounder

    Shane Watson has finished his international career as the No.1 ranked T20 allrounder in the world, according to the International Cricket Council’s player rankings announced today.

    With strong performances with both and ball in the World T20, Watson retained his spot at the top of the allrounder rankings

    with 373 points, ahead of Bangladeshi Shakid Al Hasan (346 points) and Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi (332).

  • Easter Sunday suicide blast shows plight of Pakistani Christians

    Easter Sunday suicide blast shows plight of Pakistani Christians

    Jamaat ul-Ahrar, a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility of the attack on Sunday in the Pakistan city of Lahore, saying it was directed at the country’s Christians who were celebrating Easter Sunday.

    At least 72 people, mostly women and children, died in a suicide bombing in the crowded in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the provincial capital of Punjab.

  • Easter Sunday suicide blast shows plight of Pakistani Christians

    Easter Sunday suicide blast shows plight of Pakistani Christians

    Jamaat ul-Ahrar, a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility of the attack on Sunday in the Pakistan city of Lahore, saying it was directed at the country’s Christians who were celebrating Easter Sunday.

    At least 72 people, mostly women and children, died in a suicide bombing in the crowded in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the provincial capital of Punjab.

  • Indian cattle farmers’ growing rift against BJP over sale ban

    A ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in Maharashtra, arguably India’s richest state, is threatening to push millions of farmers into penury, deepening distress in the countryside and fanning resentment against ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    Cows, considered sacred in Hinduism, has historically been banned in most states but was rarely enforced in India, the world’s largest exporter of beef.

  • Indian cattle farmers’ growing rift against BJP over sale ban

    A ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in Maharashtra, arguably India’s richest state, is threatening to push millions of farmers into penury, deepening distress in the countryside and fanning resentment against ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    Cows, considered sacred in Hinduism, has historically been banned in most states but was rarely enforced in India, the world’s largest exporter of beef.

  • Where in Asia journalists face renewed pressure?

    In many countries across Asia, governments are growing less tolerant of critical reporting, even arresting journalists and closing media outlets in some cases. In China, authorities recently removed an online story from a financial magazine about censorship – a taboo topic – while Thailand’s military junta has detained journalists for what it calls “attitude adjustment” and shut down TV and radio stations.

    A look at how and where journalists are coming under renewed pressure–

    China: Setting the tone

  • Where in Asia journalists face renewed pressure?

    In many countries across Asia, governments are growing less tolerant of critical reporting, even arresting journalists and closing media outlets in some cases. In China, authorities recently removed an online story from a financial magazine about censorship – a taboo topic – while Thailand’s military junta has detained journalists for what it calls “attitude adjustment” and shut down TV and radio stations.

    A look at how and where journalists are coming under renewed pressure–

    China: Setting the tone

  • UN ruling on Falkland Islands dismissed by UK

    Britain has played down a report from a UN commission which rules that the disputed Falkland Islands lie inside Argentine waters, reports The Guardian.

    The Argentine foreign ministry seized on the findings of the UN commission on the limits of the continental shelf, which expand its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 35% to include the disputed Falkland islands and beyond.

    But the British prime minister’s official spokeswoman said the UK government had not yet seen the full report, and stressed that the commission was merely an advisory body.

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