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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. — Focusbangla file photo Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday hoped the people of Bangladesh will re-elect Awami League in the next general election to maintain the continuity of development. ‘In the next election, I believe the people who are now getting the benefits of development will surely vote for boat […]

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Massive dredging of the rivers in and around the Sundarbans and transportation of coal for Rampal power plant would seriously affect the fish, wildlife and other aquatic resources in that region, scientists said in a new report. “Dredging and sediment disposal in estuarine and coastal waters such as the Sundarbans reserve forest and the Bay […]

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Bangladesh has been seeking to import rice from other countries to meet domestic demands, but now prices in the international have started to soar. There are all signs of a big crisis in the global rice market, according to international agencies. Sri Lanka had been trying to procure rice from the international market prior to […]

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The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has said that all life-saving drugs will be exempted from Value Added Tax (VAT). “All types of life-saving drugs, including the imported ones, will remain out of VAT net,” said NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman while speaking at a roundtable discussion on ‘VAT in pharmaceutical sector’ on Saturday. NBR […]

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A file photo shows containers at the Kamalapur Inland Container Depot in Dhaka. No imported goods would be released from the customs houses unless the importers produce new VAT registration numbers from July 1 when the new VAT law will come into force, said the National Board of Revenue. — New Age photo No imported […]

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It was a well-organised rampage that took place in Langadu upazila in Rangamati on June 2 Langadu is no longer burning. Whatever there was to burn, has been burned. Every indigenous house, burned to the ground or demolished. But not a single house belonging to Bangali settlers were touched. It was a well-organised rampage that […]

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While we learned not to put all eggs in one basket, dumping all rotten apples in one basket might seem rather prudent. When two companies of a similar business nature, languish to survive, they opt for a merger that gives additional synergy to help the merged entity run better than before. The same is true […]

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The Election Commission is planning to issue laminated national ID cards rather than smartcards due to the high demand of applicants. EC officials informed reporters that the NID wing office is crowded every day as citizens seek the ID cards because they are required to make use of several important services, such as opening bank […]

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Transformer damage in power distribution systems is on the rise raising frequency and duration of power cuts. Experts blamed poor maintenance and overloading for the increasing rate of transformer damage. Transformer damage increased by 52.69 per cent in April compared to March, according to a report placed before a monthly coordination meeting with the state […]

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National Committee to Protect Sunderbans and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon jointly hold a press conference at a Dhaka University auditorium on Saturday, marking unveiling of a report on Rampal power plant. — New Age photo Dredging the Passur River and its channels to facilitate coal supplies to the Rampal coal-fired power plant would adversely affect the […]

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The finance division has proposed a Tk 1,300 crore bailout fund to be given to scam-hit BASIC Bank and Sonali Bank from the exchequer for the outgoing fiscal, officials said. Of the fund, Tk 1,000 crore was proposed for BASIC Bank and the rest Tk 300 crore for the largest state-owned commercial bank Sonali. Finance secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party will organise people and begin peaceful movement after Eid-ul-Fitr in demand of a fair election and in protest at government repression, said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday. She was addressing an iftar party organised by National People’s Party at a hotel in Dhaka. The BNP chairperson expressed her hope that people […]

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