The excavation process at a house in Mirpur-10 area of the capital for unearthing a possible hidden treasure has been suspended for the day. The treasure hunt will begin again on Sunday, said Dhaka district Executive Magistrate Md Anwar Uz Jaman. Police and Dhaka District Administration started the digging process in two rooms of a one-storey building at Block C of Mirpur 10 at 10:00am on Saturday. Some 20 workers were able to dig 4 feet deep into the ground till 3:45pm. But they could not find any treasure. Later, the executive magistrate suspended the hunt for the day. Magistrate Anwar Uz Jaman said, “The house is old one. We suspended the digging process for the day as it seemed risky. The treasure hunt will begin again on Sunday.” He, however, could not clear when the hunt will start on Sunday. Dadon Fakir, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station, said, “We started treasure hunt after a general diary (GD) was lodged with the Police Station by owner of the house. Cops will stay there until the hunt ends.”
Maritime ports of Chattogram, ***’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisting local cautionary signal number three as the well marked low over the Northwest Bay and adjoining West Bengal-Odisha coast intensified into a monsoon depression over the same area. The low was centred at 12 noon today about 1205 kms west-southwest of Chattogram port, 1220 kms west of ***’s Bazar Port, 965 kms southwest of Mongla Port and 1040 kms southwest of Payra port, said a met office special weather bulletin here today. It is likely to move in a northwesterly direction further and cross West Bengal-Odisha coast by evening or tonight, the release added. Maximum sustained wind speed within 44 kms of the depression centre is about 40 kph rising to 50 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain moderate near the depression centre. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh. Under the influence of the monsoon depression, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Noakhali, Laxmipur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalokathi, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 2-3 feet height above normal astronomical tide. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to take shelter immediately and remain in shelter till further notice._BSS
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has presented Tk 4,64,573 crore national budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 in Parliament giving priority to power and energy sector, education and health sector. The Finance Minister began rolling out the budget around 12:53pm. This is the last budget of the Awami League-led coalition’s second successive term in power and also be the 12th budget for Muhith personally. Earlier, around 12:15 pm, President Abdul Hamid authenticated the national budget and the revised budget for placing before the Jatiya Sangsad. On Monday, while talking to reporters, Muhith wished for higher revenue earnings, encouraged by the number of taxpayers having reached almost 3.3 million, with a large chunk of the newly registered ones being young people. “I feel very good after 10 years,” Muhith said, adding that people were unwilling to pay taxes due to harassment when he started. “I don’t think it exists anymore in the country.” The revenue collection target for the coming fiscal year is likely to be fixed at Tk 340,775 crore, up 18 percent from the Tk 287,990 crore set for the current, outgoing fiscal. However, Finance Ministry officials said the revenue target will be fixed in such a way so that the budget deficit remains within 5 percent. The government proposed the GDP target for the upcoming fiscal year at 7.8 percent. Earlier, the Cabinet approved the national budget at a special meeting at the parliament complex. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the special meeting of the Cabinet held at the parliament complex, Parliament Secretariat sources said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has presented Tk 4,64,573 crore national budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 in Parliament. Different products would be cheaper as the finance minister today in the new budget proposed some changes to tariff on those. The products that will see price fall: locally assembled cellular phone, cheap loaf, bread, buns, handmade biscuits and cakes, cheap sandals and slippers made of rubber and plastic, hybrid motor car, raw material of motorcycle, tyre and tube, filled milk powder, refrigerator, air-conditioner and compressor, raw material of active pharmaceutical ingredient, software and ball point pen.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has presented Tk 4,64,573 crore national budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 in Parliament. Different products would be costlier as the finance minister today in the new budget proposed some changes to tariff on those. Besides, the finance minister also proposed to impose 5 percent VAT on e-commerce and digital business platforms such as facebook, google, youtube etc in the budget for fiscal 2018-19. The products that will see price hike: imported mobile and other battery charger, energy drinks, coffee, Green Tea, sugar confectionary, UPS/IPS (capacity up to 2,000 VA), voltage stabilizer (capacity up to 2,000 VA), automatic circuit breakers, lamp-holders, used/old vehicle and bicycle, cosmetic and beauty products, toiletries, perfumes (except attar), body sprays and similar items (except automatic vapour), cigarette and bidi, bathtubs, zacuji and shower trays, all kind of polythene and plastic bags etc.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda has said that Bangladesh has achieved self-sufficiency in fish production against the demand of fish per day and person. The minister said this while replying to a starred question from treasury bench member M Abdul Latif in the Jatiya Sangsad on Wednesday. Narayon Chandra Chanda said each person of the country consumes 62.58 grams of fish per day while quantity is 60 gm fixed by food and health ministry’s policy. The minister said as per the report of the Department of Fisheries, 41.34 lakh tonnes of fish was produced in 2016-17, exceeding the year’s target of 40.50 lakh tonnes. To meet the demand of protein, the Department of Livestock Services set a target of meat production at 71.35 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 fiscal, Narayon said, adding that Bangladesh achieved self-sufficiency in meat production. “The present government has undertaken various initiatives to meet protein and increase export earnings side by side alleviating poverty in the country,” the minister said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has that “We are taking preparations from now to launch ‘Bangabandhu-2’ so that our second satellite become operation before 15-year expiry time of the ‘Bangabandhu-1”. The prime minister said this in reply to a question from female member in reserve seat Fazilatun Nesa Bappi during Prime Minister’s question-answer session in the parliament on Wednesday. “The government would certainly continue research in space technology and make best efforts to cope with any new technology in future,” she said. Laying importance on space technology the Prime Minister said such research is very crucial for development of science and technology, disaster management as well as agriculture. Replying to a question from Jatiya Party member Fakhrul Imam the Prime Minister said the location of the satellite at the 119.1° East longitude geostationary slot would not hamper getting clear footage. “None should be worried about it”, she said adding every part of the country which is now out of internet services would come under the satellite network. She said the slot of the satellite has been hired from Sputnik of Russia. All SAARC countries and Indonesia, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Kazakistan would be able to use the satellite as its location covers the space of these countries, she said. Bangabandhu-1 has already been settled in its orbit and started giving signal. It will take more few times to receive clear footage through the satellite, the prime minister said.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will begin a special Eid service from June 13. Ticket sale has already started for the special service. BIWTC, the state-run organisation, will add two more ships along with existing fours for the convenience of home-bound people during Eid festival. The service will continue till June 24. Nazrul Islam Misha, Public Relation Officer (PRO) of BIWTC, confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. He said, “Duration of the service may be extended if pressure of passengers is seen more.” It has been learnt that BIWTC will launch its special services with PS Mahsud and PS Lepcha on June 13. Besides, PS Turn, MV Modhumoti, MV Bangali and PS Ostrich will run during the special service period. BIWTC will operate its special vessels on Dhaka-Chandpur-Barisal, Jhalakhathi, Pirojpur, Hularhat and Morelganj. Nazrul Islam said 50 percent of tickets will be sold over online which started from Ramadan15.
A huge crowd of people continued on Tuesday at Kamalapur railway station to fetch train tickets for going home to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr to avoid the tiresome traffic congestion on highways. During visit on Tuesday it was seen that Bangladesh Railways continued it’s selling advance tickets of train service for June 14. However, many people spent whole night at the railway station to get their tickets. The entire stations were found packed with ticket seekers by the morning. Queues before the ticket counters for northern districts were relatively longer than others. Each passenger is being allowed to procure maximum four tickets and tickets sold earlier are not being returned, sources said. Keeping Eid festival in mind, railway started the sale of advance ticket on June 1. Besides, important rail stations including Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Dinajpur are selling advance tickets. The sale of the return tickets will start from June 9 and the holidaymakers would get the tickets for June 18 on that day (June 9).
National Fitra committee of Islamic Foundation has fixed the minimum figure of fitra, a charity done by capable and solvent Muslims at the end of Ramadan, for this year Tk 70 while the maximum Tk 2,310. The decision was taken in a fitra fixing committee meeting held at Islami Foundation conference room of the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram on Tuesday morning. Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Moulana Mohammad Mizanur Rahman presided over the meeting. Per person Fitra has been fixed taking into account the market prices of ata, dates and other essential items.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project (first revised) involving Tk 39,246.80 crore. It also cleared 15 other projects, including the 4th Primary Education Development Programs (PEDP-4), involving Tk 38,397.16 crore. The approval came from the regular weekly meeting of Ecnec, held at the NEC conference room with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. "A total of 16 projects were approved with an estimated cost of Tk 96,235 crore,” said Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal while briefing reporters after the meeting. Of the overall estimated cost, Tk 52,685.05 crore will come from government funds, while Tk 43,221.17 crore as project assistance and Tk 328.55 crore from the own funds of the organisations concerned. Among the 16 approved projects, 12 are new while four are revised ones. The Padma Bridge Rail Link Project will be implemented by June 2024. The original cost of the project was Tk 34,988.86 crore, which has now been raised to Tk 39,246.80 crore.
[b] [/b][i]Khulna:[/i] The probe committee formed by the Election Commission (EC) has started investigation into irregularities and reasons behind suspension of voting at three polling stations in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) polls. The three-member committee talked several times to people who were concerned to the three polling stations since Tuesday morning. The investigation activities were held at the office of returning officer and regional election officer at Boyra. Chief of the probe body Khandaker Mizanur Rahman, also joint secretary of the EC secretariat, said the committee will submit a report to the EC after their investigation ends. Two other members of the committee Forhad Hossain, deputy secretary of the EC secretariat, and Shah Alam, senior assistant secretary of the EC secretariat, were present during the investigation. Yunus Ali, returning officer of the KCC election, said voting in the three polling stations will be held on May 30. For this, according to the directive of the EC Secretariat, people have already been informed about the re-election by a public declaration. Awami League mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won the KCC polls, defeating his nearest contender Nazrul Islam Monju of the BNP. But the election was marred by irregularities such as showdown by AL men in and around polling stations, stuffing ballot boxes and driving out polling agents of rival candidates. In the KCC polls, several polling centres saw unrealistic turnouts in between 80 to 99.94 percent while the overall turnout was less than 63 percent.