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VAT: How incompetence became a national issue

Afsan Chowdhury Suddenly an innocuous sounding tax on private Universities had begun to look bigger than a problem of calculating 7.5% of tax and who pays it.  Nobody bothered about it when introduced but once the students took to the streets and blocked a few roads, the issue went national. In the end, the government […]

With the Eid-ul-Azha only a week away, traders are hopeful of making a good profit on sale of sacrificial animals this year. Prices of cattle went up in recent months after the BJP government in India had choked the illegal supply channels to Bangladesh. Trader Emdadul Islam from Sharsha upazila in Jessore incurred losses of […]

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The government has issued a gazette notification on labour guidelines with a provision for two bonuses for the workers equivalent to their basic pay as the public servants are being paid. The gazette was issued on Wednesday, about two years and three months after the revised labour law was passed in Parliament, Labour and Employment […]

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Taxpayers fill in income tax returns forms and receive services at a week-long countrywide tax fair being organised by the NBR on the Officers’ Club premises, the fair venue for the Dhaka division, on Baily Road in Dhaka on Wednesday, the first day of the event. The National Board of Revenue collected Tk 153 crore in […]

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Saudi Arabia has announced compensation for the family members of the deceased and those injured in the last Friday’s crane collapse at Makkah’s Grand Mosque. In the Sep 11 mishap, 111 people, including one Bangladeshi, died and over 238 others were injured. Among the injured are at least 40 Bangladeshis. In a royal decree issued […]

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The prime minister’s adviser for information technology, Sajeeb Wazed, in an article published on lesser known US daily newspaper Washington Times, has called on the US government to declare Jamaat-e-Islami a foreign terrorist organisation and make Bangladesh the centre of its South Asia foreign policy as it enhances national security and economic interests. Sajeeb’s article was […]

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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia greeted by her son and hundreds of activists at London. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today got reunited with all her family members at a London hotel after seven years, creating an emotional atmosphere. On her arrival at Heathrow Airport around 12:50pm (Bangladesh time), her elder son Tarique Rahman received the former […]

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Iran is eager to make the best use of the possibilities arising from the nuclear deal with the world powers to enhance its relations with “Islamic” Bangladesh, its foreign minister says. “Bangladesh is an extremely important Islamic country (for Iran),” Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a press briefing in Dhaka on Wednesday at the end […]

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Nasir Hossain struck a half-century and picked up 2 for 51, but India A beat Bangladesh A by 96 runs in Bangalore. India A’s robust lower middle order contributed three half-centuries to help the side to a strong total before their bowlers scuppered the visitors’ chase. Gurkeerat Singh had the biggest role in his team’s […]

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Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury seeking removal of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha is a blow to the judiciary, the BNP thinks. The party’s spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon expressed concern over the matter in a press conference on Wednesday. People of the country were ‘stunned’ at Justice Choudhury sending a letter to President Md Abdul Hamid seeking Justice […]

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Young fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has incurred a side-strain injury during Bangladesh A team’s first one-day match against India A at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The 20-year old speedster, who only scalped the wicket of India A captain Unmukt Chand in his five overs, suddenly felt some pain and left the ground immediately on […]

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