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Shakib hands Afghanistan 7th WC defeat

Dhaka, June 24 – A scintillating Shakib Al Hasan handed Afghanistan their seventh consecutive defeat in the ongoing World Cup as Bangladesh won the match by 62 runs at Southampton on Monday. The southpaw hit a fifty while batting and then took five wickets for just 29 runs while bowling to register Bangladesh’s third win in this World Cup. With ... Read More »

Developed countries push for changes to Adaptation Fund

24 June, Bonn (TWN) — Discussions over the composition of the Adaptation Fund (AF) Board and eligibility of Parties to the Board have become contentious at the ongoing climate talks in Bonn, Germany. This was due to the proposals by developed countries, including the United States (US), to change the composition of the AF Board. Developing countries were united that ... Read More »

No one can destroy Awami League: Hasina

Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said no one can destroy Bangladesh Awami League as it is a well-organised political party having numerous achievements during its 70-year history of struggle. “Awami League is one of the well-organised oldest political parties of this subcontinent. No one could tear the party to shreds through hundreds of attacks ... Read More »

BD Minorities demand equal per capital allocation in budget

Dhaka, June 23 (UNB)- Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad, an umbrella platform for the country’s religious minorities, on Sunday urged the government to allocate the budget equally on a per capita basis between both the majority and minority groups of the country. The organisation’s general secretary Rana Dasgupta said this at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club in ... Read More »

Budget to disparately increase living cost of low-income people

Dhaka, June 23 – Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on Sunday said the proposed measures in the budget for 2019-20 fiscal year(FY) are likely to disproportionately increase the cost of living for low- and medium- income groups compared to the affluent section. The private think-tank held its annual customary “CPD Budget Dialogue” at a city hotel yesterday. The CPD in ... Read More »

Integrity not practiced properly for lack of will: TIB

Dhaka, June 23 – Exercise of integrity is not done properly due to lack of political willingness which creates obstacles to prevent corruption, the establishment of good governance and accountability. Despite hiking allowances and salaries of the public servants—but corruption is not reduced at the expected level. The transparency international Bangladesh (TIB) disclosed this while releasing a research report on ... Read More »

AL celebrates 70th founding anniversary Sunday

Dhaka, Jun 23 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that Awami League was formed on this in 1949 to bring back the independence of Bangladesh which was lost in Amrakanon on June 23, 1757 through the defeat of the last independent Nawab of Bengal. “Under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, this ... Read More »

AL formed to bring back independence lost in 1757: Hasina

Dhaka, Jun 23 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that Awami League was formed on this in 1949 to bring back the independence of Bangladesh which was lost in Amrakanon on June 23, 1757, through the defeat of the last independent Nawab of Bengal. “Under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, this ... Read More »

PM Hasina likely to talk Rohingya issue during China visit

Dhaka, June 22 – The Rohingya issue is likely to come up when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets the Chinese President during her official visit in July, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday. “Myanmar has great respect for China. If Beijing requests Nay Pyi Taw, then we hope the [Rohingya] issue will be resolved quickly,” he said at ... Read More »

300 top loan defaulters fail to repay Tk 509bn: Minister

Dhaka, Jun 22 – Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Saturday placed in Parliament the list of 300 top loan defaulters of the country involving Tk 50,942 crore (Tk 509bn). The Finance Minister made the disclosure while responding to a tabled written question from ruling party MP Israfil Alam. He said these loan defaulters took loans from all banks and ... Read More »

Hit the streets if you can: Quader tells BNP

Dhaka, Jun 22 – Taking a swipe at BNP’s Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader asked the party to take to the streets if it can. “BNP has been talking about movements. If it has the ability and courage, it should take to the streets first,” he told media at party chief’s political office in ... Read More »

Budgetary reform for sustainable development in BD urged

Dhaka, June 21 – Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), a civil society platform of Bangladesh called for budgetary system reform for sustainable development. The platform recommended the budgetary system be reformed to effectively impact the country’s sustainable development at roundtable programme held at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka yesterday (Friday). Shujan said in its reaction to the proposed national budget for ... Read More »

PDB key power producer of BD incurs Tk103 billion loss

Dhaka, Jun 22 – The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) incurred the highest loss of Tk 10,271.58 crore (Tk103 billion) among 49 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the outgoing 2018-19 fiscal year (till April 30), according to the Bangladesh Economic Survey (BES) 2019. Thirteen other SOEs suffered a loss of Tk 13,068.62 crore (Tk130 billion) during the period against their previous ... Read More »

Bangladesh, China plan to boost bilateral ties

Dhaka, June 21 (UNB) – Bangladesh and China plan to take their ‘strategic partnership’ to a new height when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits the country next month. Beijing has invited Prime Minister Hasina to pay an official visit from July 1-5, a senior official in Dhaka told UNB, saying that both sides are finalising things for the important visit. ... Read More »

Marginal communities must increase socio-political capabilities: Rehman Sobhan

He calls for incorporating their voices in the national budget Dhaka, June 20 – Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue Prof Rehman Sobhan on Thursday said marginal communities have to gain political power along with increasing their capabilities to end repressions against them. He also underscored the need for protecting traditional rights of small ethnic communities to land and called ... Read More »

Ex-minister Sohel Taj’s nephew rescued in Mymensingh

Mymensingh, June 20 – Police rescued the nephew of former state minister Sohel Taj from Batala Bazar area in Tarakanda Upazila early Thursday, 11 days after he was abducted from Chattogram. Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tarakanda Police Station, said criminals left Shourav, 25, in front of Jamil Auto Rice Mill in the area around 5:30 am. On information, police rushed ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s first iron ore mine discovered in Dinajpur

Dinajpur, June 18 (UNB) – For the first time in Bangladesh, a magnetite (iron ore) mine has been discovered at Isabpur village in Hakimpur upazila of the district, bringing new hopes for the country’s economy. The Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) made the groundbreaking announcement on Tuesday morning following extensive examinations after drilling a well for two months. A 400-foot ... Read More »

Brain disease kills more than 100 Indian children

PATNA, India, June 18, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – More than 100 children in the Indian state of Bihar — home to some of the country’s worst health indicators — have now been killed by a brain virus potentially linked to lychees, officials said. The northern state, one of India’s poorest and home to almost 100 million people, is also in the ... Read More »

No liquidity crisis in BD banking sector, says PM Hasina

Dhaka, Jun 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday told Parliament that there is no liquidity crisis in the banking sector insisting that certainly there is money in banks. “It’s said there’s no money in the banks. Why don’t they (the banks) have money? Of course, the money is there. But, there is no money to be looted,” ... Read More »

HC orders random testing of food products across Bangladesh

Dhaka, June 16 – The High Court on Sunday ordered the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to inspect and re-examine food products at random throughout the year across the country with the help of other agencies to ensure the food quality. The HC also observed that there are allegations of underhand dealings before tests and re-tests of food items. ... Read More »

BD move for 10pc power from renewables looks uncertain

Most of the 23 solar projects that received “approval” from PM Office remain unimplemented Dhaka, Jun 16 — Bangladesh’s goal to generate 10 percent of its electricity from renewables by the next year will be a tough one to achieve as many solar power projects are yet to take off. The government had set a target to generate about 2,000 ... Read More »

BSF DG dubs border killings ‘unfortunate deaths’

Dhaka, June 15 – The chief of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) has called the killings of Bangladeshi nationals along the border ‘unfortunate deaths’. BSF Director General Rajni Kant Mishra insisted that the Indian border guards use non-lethal weapons and that the use of firearms is rare. Mishra’s remarks came while replying to a journalist’s query at the end of ... Read More »

Sexual assaults in BD take horrific turn: Two held

Dhaka, June 15 – Two minor girls have reportedly been raped in Netrakona and Comilla while a bus driver and his helper arrested in Manikganj for ‘rape attempt’ on a woman in their moving vehicle. Besides, a youth has been held in Feni for ‘repeatedly raping’ a schoolgirl and a man in Sirajganj over ‘rape attempt’ on a minor girl. ... Read More »

Place Sundarbans on ‘World Heritage in danger’ list: IUCN

Dhaka, June 15 – International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, to be listed as “World Heritage in danger.” The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia. IUCN’s advice ... Read More »

Mixed reaction on budget from ruling alliance

Dhaka, June 14 – The leaders of Awami League-led 14-party alliance have given mixed reaction over the proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal year. Some alliance leaders said the proposed budget will not fulfill the expectation of the mass people of the country while some leaders have dubbed the budget as pro-people and implementable. Earlier on Thursday, the Finance minister AHM ... Read More »

PM Hasina seeks help for implementing ‘pro-people budget’

Dhaka, June 14 – Terming the budget “pro-people” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Tk 5,23,190 crore outlay for FY2019-20 is pretty self-explanatory and there is no scope of confusion. “We prepared the budget for our common people, not for the researchers who don’t find good in anything,” said PM Hasina while addressing the post budget press conference at ... Read More »

Implementation main challenge, economists about BD budget

Dhaka, June 13 (UNB) – Noted economists have said implementation of the new budget will be the main challenge for the government as ‘administrative inefficiency and legal complexity’ may appear to be a major obstacle to it. They said the rate of budget implementation has decreased to 75-80 percent from 93-94 percent over the last one decade following revenue shortfall, ... Read More »

Taxation proposals in Bangladesh budget for 2019-20

Income Tax, Value Added Tax and Import-Export Duty NBR officials work relentlessly to achieve the revenue target set by the government every year. NBR tax revenue is basically collected from Income Tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) and Import & Export Duty. Except for Income Tax, the other two are indirect taxes. Supplementary duty and regulatory duty are also collected as ... Read More »

5 testify in Holey Artisan Café attack case

Dhaka, June 13 – The Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka yesterday recorded the depositions of five policemen in the Holey Artisan café attack case and later Judge Md Mojibur Rahman of fixed June 18, as the date for next hearing of the case. Of the 211 witnesses, the court so far recorded the depositions of 50 witnesses. Accused Mamunur Rashid ... Read More »