US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat has said that as a middle-income country Bangladesh needs a free, fair and inclusive election. The US ambassador said this at the launching ceremony of a campaign “Bangladesh will win if peace wins” at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) on Monday. Democracy International brought together 400 Awami League and BNP leaders to inaugurate the campaign, a national campaign ahead of the next national election. The US ambassador said political parties must accept their rivals as legitimate participations in the political process and as potential leaders of the next government, even when they disagree on issues or policies. "It's essential that Bangladeshis urge nonviolence by all actors at every stage of the democratic process, before, during, and after the elections," Bernicat said. She said violence serves only those who wish to undermine the democratic processes and the interest of Bangladesh and its citizens.
The High Court has given an order to shut down 14 hospitals including Crescent Diagnostic and Hospital in the capital's Mohammadpur area as they have no license. A bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Sohel Ahmed passed the order on Tuesday noon. Advocate Monjil Morsed stood for the petitioner.
Seasonal traders are in deep trouble due to low prices of rawhide of sacrificial animals. The traders are facing huge losses as they cannot sell rawhide to wholesalers. Wholesalers are showing reluctance to buy rawhide for ‘fund crisis.’ Insiders in the tannery industry fear that a huge quantity of rawhide may get rotten and may be smuggled out of the country through borders due to low prices of rawhide. Seasonal rawhide traders claim to have suffered huge losses as they are not getting fair prices of rawhide they have bought. Tanners said they are collecting rawhide a little bit slowly as they have fund crisis. Small traders said they have invested in buying rawhide from across the country and now they are facing difficulties in selling them to tanners. Even tanners are not willing to pay the government-fixed prices of salted rawhide. Many tanners stopped buying rawhide from them showing personal problems. Under the circumstances, traders who came to the capital from across the country fell into a deep crisis as they were compelled to sell rawhide at throwaway prices.
Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) alleged that media are spreading misleading information over the price of sacrificial animal rawhide. BTA president Shahin Ahmed came up with the allegation at a press briefing at its office in the capital’s Dhanmondi on Saturday. He said, “Media are publishing news that this year rawhide price is the lowest in last 30 years. In fact, it is not authentic. Misleading information is being spread over the price of rawhide which will increase rawhide trafficking.” He also urged the government to increase surveillance on border for the next one month. Shahin Ahmed said, “The news is being published on media is an isolated incident. Tanneries will not take responsibility of buying rawhide in less prices forcefully at different areas by some people and in name of different social organisations. Tanners will buy salted rawhide at fixed price. But if anyone did not mix salt on rawhide properly, he will not get price for it. Tanners will collect the rawhide within a week next, if sessional traders preserve their leathers with salt properly.”
Government and non-government offices and banks resumed operations on Sunday after holiday marking Eid-ul-Azha. The first working day was spent amid exchange of Eid greetings. The scenario was identical at the Bangladesh Bank, insurance offices, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) offices. City streets also remained empty as most of Eid holidaymakers have yet to return to Dhaka.
A case was filed against 19 officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL) including its erstwhile managing director in connection with the disappearance of 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal. Barapukuria coal mine's manager (administration) Mohammad Anisur Rahman lodged the case with Parbatipur model police station at 12:00am on Tuesday. Habibul Haq, officer-in-charge of Parbatipur model police station confirmed the matter. The accused are - Nur-Uz Zaman Chowdhury, AKM Khaledul Islam, MD Habib Uddin Ahmed, Abul Kashem Pradhania, Mosharraf Hossain, Masudur Rahman Hawlader, Ashok Kumar Haldar, Arifur Rahman, Jahidul Islam, Ekramul Haque, Muhammad Khalilur Rahman, Morsheduzzaman, Habibur Rahman, Jahedur Rahman, Sottendranath Barman, Syed Imam Hasan, Zobayer Ali, Abdul Mannan Patwari and Gopal Chandra Saha. Investigation Officer also officer-in-charge of Parbatipur model police station (probe) Fakhrul Islam started investigation in this regard. According to case statement, BCMCL managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed and others allegedly sold 116,000 tonnes of coal and embezzled Tk 2 billion.
Four top officials including managing director (MD) of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) have been blacklisted from leaving the country over allegedly disappearance of 1.16 lakh tonnes of coal, worth about Tk 200 crore. The officials are BCMCL’s managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed, general manager (Admin and company secretariat) Abul Kashem, general manager (mine operation) Nur-Uz Zaman Chowdhury and deputy general manager (store) Khaledul Islam. The Anti-Corruption Corruption (ACC) issued four separate letters to the Immigration and Passport Directorate, imposing ban on leaving the country for the four officials on Tuesday. A top official source of the watchdog committee confirmed the news to DeshiSmash.
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.