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The government today reduced the excise duty on small size bank deposits amid much criticism but retained the proposed rates for big ticket account balances. Suggested by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the parliament, Finance Minister AMA Muhith proposed the new excise duty that was passed unanimously in the House this evening. Muhith, however, maintained […]

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the parliament during a general discussion on the proposed national budget for 2017-18 fiscal on Wednesday. — Focusbangla photo Full implementation of the new VAT law with 15 per cent uniform rate of value added tax has been suspended for two years while the excise duty on bank deposits has […]

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Obaidul Quader. — Focusbangla file photo Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the next general election would be held under the Election Commission’s supervision as per the Constitution. ‘The government will only perform its routine works and not to make any policymaking decisions during the polls. It’ll also facilitate the EC […]

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The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday filed a case against 16 people, including Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited chairman M Morshed Khan and three former managing directors of AB Bank Limited on charge of alleged embezzlement of Tk 383.22 crore. The commission deputy director Sheikh Abdus Salam filed the case with Banani police against four PBTL bosses […]

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Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars in the next decade, seriously hampering global efforts to eradicate poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday. An estimated one in three girls in the developing world is married before the age of 18, with one girl married off every two seconds, according to experts. The […]

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Bangladesh had been on the Tier-2 list for the last five consecutive years According to the report, Bangladesh government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by finalising and adopting the implementing rules for the 2012 Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act (PSHTA) in January 2017 and drafting an implementation roadmap for the 2015-2017 […]

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Sudhin Das. — Photo courtesy: UNB Prominent Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das passed away at a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 87. The singer breathed his last at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka around 8:20pm, said family sources. Sudhin Das was taken to a private clinic at Kalyanpur in the morning after he caught fever and vomited. […]

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Kim James (foreground) and her younger sister, Anne. Courtesy of the James Family The Silence of the Lambs Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal? The New Republic, July 2017 By Kathryn Joyce June 20, 2017 It was a hot day in July, a Saturday afternoon, and Kim James was bored. Her older sisters […]

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REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS FREEDOM INDEX RANKED BANGLADESH 146 WITH ABUSE SCORE OF 53.3 The World Press Freedom Index score of 146 puts Bangladesh into another least developed democracy in the world and more towards an autocratic regime. Press freedom is worse than Pakistan and little better than Congo. While we pride ourselves with the economic […]

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Mad rush begins today as 80 lakh people set to leave Dhaka Amid growing concerns of tailbacks on highways, holidaymakers have started leaving the capital for homes to celebrate Eid with their loved ones, and the rush is expected to gain momentum today. Today will be the last working day before the Eid vacation and […]

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A group of workers are seen leaving country for working abroad. File photo: Abdus Salam Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development chairman M Israfil Alam on Wednesday said thousands of Bangladeshi workers have been faffing around on the streets in Bahrain without jobs as they were sent there without any demand. Huge number of Bangladeshi […]

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The Government has signed a $300 million loan deal with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for building a dual-gauge railway connecting Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar. Economic Relations Division Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and Jyotsana Varma, principal country specialist of ADB, signed the loan agreement in Dhaka on Wednesday. This assistance forms the first tranche of […]

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