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A war with Kurds will serve Erdogan’s enemies

The Turkish government has started shelling the city of Afrin, west of the Euphrates River deep in the Syrian heartland, ahead of an upcoming invasion, according to Defence Minister Nurettin Cankli. The move is largely in response to the newly-formed Kurdish army, announced last week by the United States-led Coalition, called the Syrian Border Forces […]

‘People’s Platform’ connects global knowledge economy

The Internet connects people, resources and activities. It facilitates the exchange of information and supports the cooperative work of writers, editors, lawyers, doctors, educators/ teachers, managers, analysts, engineers and others. The adoption of a system based on the decentralized knowledge discovery framework would have significant and positive social impacts. Consider the following aspects: improved collaboration, […]

Window to the West

WHEN in 1960 Mao Zedong sent off General Gengbiao, his second ambassador to Pakistan, he reportedly advised him: “Look after Pakistan; it is China’s window to the West”. Mao’s depiction may have been as much metaphorical as geographical. During the 1960s, Pakistan was China’s diplomatic window to the West, eventually brokering the normalisation of China-US […]

Taxation : The other sides

Newspaper reports recently indicated that government is about to launch a major hunt to find out more taxpayers. Theoretically, there can be no objection to this as the total number of taxpayers in Bangladesh are much lower compared to other countries and, therefore, government can expect to increase revenue collection from such a drive. But […]

688,000 Rohingyas enter Bangladesh since Aug 25 : IOM

DHAKA : The number Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 last year now stands at 688,000 indicating that Rohingyas are still coming despite a repatriation plan is in progress between the two countries, reports UNB. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) quoting its ‘Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) Baseline survey’ came up […]

3 Bangladeshis among 9 killed in Saudi road crash

DHAKA : Nine workers, including three Bangladeshis, were killed and six others injured in a road accident in Al-Baha province in Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening, reports the Saudi Gazette, reports UNB. The Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Malam Mia, Alam Shah Mia, and Saiful Islam Abu Basheer. Four Egyptians and two Indians were among […]

Govt plans to slash tax rate: Planning Minister

DHAKA : Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Monday said that government is planning to cut tax rate in future with a view to increase revenue, reports UNB. He said there was no reason why tax rate can’t be reduced if government can earn more revenues than now. The minister came up with these remarks […]

12.1 pc people use electricity for cooking purpose: BBS

DHAKA : A survey, conducted by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), found that some 12.1 percent people across the country use electricity for cooking purpose, reports UNB. According to the survey, the rate is 7 percent in the rural area, 20 percent in municipal area and 27.5 percent in city corporation area. Thanks to BBS’ […]

Action against PO, ministry staff, if found guilty: Nahid

DHAKA : Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday said departmental action will be taken against his detained personal officer (PO) Motaleb Hossain and another Education Ministry staff Nasir Uddin, if they are found guilty, reports UNB. Talking to UNB at the Secretariat Nahid said “If the duo is found guilty of corruption, the ministry […]

Myanmar’s neighbours eager to see progress in Rakhine

DHAKA : Five of Myanmar’s neighbors including Bangladesh are eager to see the progress made so far on the ground in the Rakhine Sate as Myanmar and Bangladesh are now at final stage of starting Rohingya repatriation, reports UNB. Bangladesh Ambassador to Yangon, along with envoys of four countries bordering Myanmar – China, India, Thailand […]

DU student’s body recovered in N’ganj

NARAYANGANJ : Police recovered body of a student of Dhaka University (DU) from Kayedpara area in Rupganj upazila on Monday morning, reports UNB. The deceased was identified as Parvez Ahmed Joy, son of Joynal Abedin of Borabo village of the upazila and a second year student of Political Science Department of Dhaka University. Md Ismail, […]

Discussion on Netaji Subhas Bose in city Today

DHAKA : A discussion on great leader of India’s independence movement Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will be held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum in the city, marking his 121st birth anniversary and ‘Patriotism Day’, reports UNB. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu will be present at the event as the chief guest while […]

FM to attend Davos meeting T0day

DHAKA : Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali left here for Davos, Switzerland on Sunday night to attend the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, reports UNB. The four-day annual meeting of the WEF begins on Tuesday in Davos under the theme ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,’ said an official. Prime Minister […]

HC for evicting illegal structures on Rupnagar Canal banks

DHAKA The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the authorities concerned to evict illegal structures erected along both the banks of Rupnagar Canal in the city. The court also ordered to keep a walkway for the city dwellers along the canal, keeping its main map intact. “A High Court division bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque […]

Newly elected RpCC mayor accorded reception

Azam Parvez, Rangpur Correspondent The officials and employees of Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) accorded warm reception to its newly elected Mayor Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa at a ceremony held on the City Bhaban premises yesterday evening. Newly elected Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa attended the ceremony as the chief guest with Chief Executive Officer of […]

Dhaka to urge UAE to recruit more Bangladeshi workers

DHAKA : Bangladesh is likely to call on UAE to recruit more workers in their 4th Joint Commission meeting due to be held in Abu Dhabi February 5-6 with the main focus on boosting the bilateral relations of the two countries. “The 4th Joint Commission meeting between Bangladesh and UAE will be held on February […]

Diplomats for safe, voluntary Rohingya return

DHAKA : Bangladesh will sign a document with the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to carry forward the repatriation process as the international community reiterated its call for ‘safe, voluntary and dignified’ return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar to make their return sustainable, reports UNB. “They (UNHCR) gave a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU). […]

1,27,198 Bangladeshis to perform Hajj this year: Minister

DHAKA : A total of 1,27,198 people will perform Hajj from Bangladesh this year, said Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman on Sunday, reports UNB. Of them 7,198 pilgrims will perform hajj under government management while the rest under private management. Bangladesh Biman and Saudi Arabian Airlines will carry 50 percent of hajj pilgrims respectively, […]


Ijtema ends seeking world peace

GAZIPUR : The second phase of Biswa Ijtema concluded on Sunday with the Akheri Munajat on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital, reports UNB. Several lakhs of Muslim devotees, both from home and abroad, converged on the congregation venue and attended the concluding prayers seeking world peace, […]

Addiction to drugs: Where are we heading?

Drug Habit: Where have we been?” Where are we? The country has become addicted to liquor. People are being exposed to the oppression of drug dealers and drug addicts. Police should be helpless. On January 6, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) said that he could not eliminate the drug and militants. Despite being role […]

While Germany slept, the world moved on

Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds. Far from the aggressive bully of 20th-century war propaganda, the perfectionist engineer of Madison Avenue car advertisements, or the rule-following know-it-all of the silver screen, the German many picture today is a sleepy-headed character clad in nightgown […]

Enhancing the competitiveness

The last survey of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) has found out good things about Bangladesh. JTETRO identified Bangladesh as the cheapest place for doing business in Asia. This rating was possible on the basis of comparative evaluation of wage rate, social security burden, utility charges, etc. However, this recognition as the lowest cost […]

Use brick-alternate, save top soil: Housing Minister

DHAKA : Discouraging uses of burnt bricks, Housing and Public Works Minister Engr Mosharraf Hossainon Sundaystressed on using sand cement blocks in construction works to protect the environment, reports UNB. The minister came up with the call during a press conference held at Dhaka Reporters’ Union (DRU) auditorium. Burnt brick production causes loss of top […]

Software to say goodbye to tax hassles

DHAKA : Often taxpayers complained of selective scrutiny of their tax files. They have a perception that their tax files are intentionally targeted for auditing just to harass them, reports UNB. People working in the government’s taxation department must have their views and explanations. National Board of Revenue (NBR), however, now plans to put to […]