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March 28, 2017 19:41 UTC

Excessive criticism of post-independence government paved the way for Bangabandhu's killing: PM Hasina

She was speaking at the launching ceremony of “Karagarer Rojnamcha”, depicting Bangabandhu’s life in prison at the Krishibid Institute in the capital on Tuesday. The manuscript of the book was a hand-written ‘khata’ or notebook Bangabandhu used in prison. Reminiscing those days, Sheikh Hasina said that “in my childhood, I used to meet my father in prison. When my father was in jail, it was my mother who used to provide him khatas to write and she later preserved those,” Hasina added. Bangabandu came to Bangladesh from Pakistani prison on Jan 10, 1972, and concentrated building the war-ravaged country.

March 28, 2017 19:37 UTC

Gone but not forgotten: Twins turn page on 103-loss season

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March 28, 2017 19:30 UTC

Conversations with Freedom: Bangladeshi artworks on display in Bangkok

Independence and freedom of Bangladesh in the month of March, the month of birth of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu and the month of International Women’s Day and women’s emancipation are the theme of the display. Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj inaugurated the exhibition titled ‘Conversations with Freedom’. “We are highly impressed with Bangladesh’s artworks specially created on the themes of the emancipation of Bangladesh and empowerment of Bangladeshi women,” the minister said. “Thai government looks forward to working closely with Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok to host more Bangladeshi art exhibitions in Thailand”. The Embassy last year also organised a week-long ‘Bangladesh-Thailand Friendship Art Camp and Exhibition titled, “Amity” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in March.

March 28, 2017 19:30 UTC

5 days of death and terror comes to an end

Ten people, including four militants, have died in these five days, while more than 40 people have been injured. The bodies of four militants, including a woman, were recovered from the hideout and sent to MAG Osmani Medical College for autopsy. Two of the bodies, including that of the female, were handed over on Monday, but handover of the other two bodies were delayed till on Tuesday as they were still wearing suicide vests. The Brigadier General said a number of factors contributed to ensuring that this particular raid would not be over quickly. A total of 78 people were rescued from the building, including 30 males, 27 females and 21 children.

March 28, 2017 19:30 UTC

New JMB, new bombs

The recent raid in Sitakunda, codenamed Operation Assault 16, revealed intriguing facts about the change in the bombs used by the militants. An active component of the latest bombs is ammonium nitrate, an explosive mixture used to blast stone in quarries. Mizan’s signature bombs used gunpowder, an assortment of chemicals and a pin to produce a crudely-made grenade. The recent bombs are being improvised and improved upon with ammonium nitrate and a new auxiliary switch that allows for delayed explosions. Police suspect the two blasts outside the Sylhet den were time bombs, and said they would know more after the operation.

March 28, 2017 19:18 UTC

Going native with telecom towers

BTRC Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood inaugurated the bamboo tower on Tuesday at a programme in Dhaka’s Westin Hotel. The BTRC Chairman said if the use of bamboo tower turns out to be successful, incentives would be offered for the home-grown technology. Edotco Bangladesh Co. Ltd. has developed the bamboo tower in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Engineering (Buet). “Feasibility studies showed that bamboo is a good material choice for telecom towers due to its properties. A bamboo tower takes around 12 days to construct, and consumes less energy to manufacture compared to traditional steel towers.

March 28, 2017 19:07 UTC

Quite an honor

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March 28, 2017 19:07 UTC

Bombs turned Atia Mahal into a death trap, says army after Operation Twilight

'Operation Twilight', the anti-terror raid by para-commandos on the building complex at South Surma's Shibbari, was officially concluded on Tuesday evening. Brig Gen Fakhrul Ahsan briefed reports on the four-day operation at Sylhet's Jalalabad Cantonment around 8pm Tuesday, just few hours after police got custody of Atia Mahal. They attached explosives to refrigerators and motorcycles and used them as barricades," said the army official. He was asked how the militants managed to plant so many bombs while being surrounded by law enforcers. They used that time to plant bombs.

March 28, 2017 18:58 UTC

Conservative Society of Navarro County host monthly meeting

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March 28, 2017 18:56 UTC

60 British MPs laud country’s progress

Some 60 members of the British Parliament have lauded Bangladesh’s ongoing development efforts under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said a press statement released by Bangladesh High Commission London on Tuesday. Chief guest State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, thanked the British lawmakers for joining the celebration organised by UK Awami League. Bangladeshi-British MPs Tulip Siddiq, Rupa Huq and Rushna Ali, among others, made brief speeches. State Minister Shahriar Alam and the MPs condemned the terrorist acts that have taken place across the globe, especially the attacks in Britain and Bangladesh. Labour Party MP Tulip Siddiq, also Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s granddaughter, said everyone should be alert against acts of terrorism.

March 28, 2017 18:45 UTC

Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

While Trump's administration has said reducing environmental regulation will create jobs, some green groups have countered that rules supporting clean energy have done the same. But Trump and several members of his administration have doubts about climate change, and Trump promised during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, arguing it would hurt US business. Since being elected Trump has been mum on the Paris deal and the executive order does not address it. Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change who helped broker the Paris accord, lamented Trump's order. The Clean Power Plan required states to collectively cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

March 28, 2017 18:45 UTC

Teachers in lucrative question leak trade

Nine people, including four teachers, were detained on Tuesday from the Dhaka’s Tejgaon, not many days after the education minister’s allegation that some unscrupulous teachers are behind the crime. The teachers apparently use different social media sites and apps, including closed Facebook groups, to disseminate screen shots of questions before the exams. The four detained teachers are Ashulia’s AM High School and College’s principal Md Mozaffar Hoaasin, its teacher Md Ataqul Islam, Srishty Central School and College’s teacher Md Jahangir Alam and Tongi-based coaching instructor Md Hamidur Rahman. The DB members also seized screen shots of rumours of question leak and mobile sets during the raids. Earlier, on March 8, police detained eight people, including a teacher of Kamalapur Sher-e-Bangla Railway High School, for leaking this year’s SSC question.

March 28, 2017 18:33 UTC

Demystifying transfer pricing

One such regulation is transfer pricing (TP), which aims to reduce tax avoidance through cross-border transactions. Transfer pricing refers to the pricing of cross-border transactions between two related entities. A key incentive for challenging tax-payers on their transfer prices is that the authorities see transfer pricing as a soft target, with the potential to collect significant tax revenue. Given that transfer pricing is a new subject for the Bangladesh tax authorities, our tax department may consider investing time in the skills development of the officersThe dispute of transfer pricing has been so enormous over the years, that OECD, with the help of G20 countries, have developed the principle of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) with specific action points on transfer pricing issues. Given that transfer pricing is a new subject for the Bangladesh tax authorities, our tax department may consider investing time and energy in the skills development/competency building of the tax officers.

March 28, 2017 18:22 UTC

Work in progress

When it comes to labour rights, Bangladesh has come a long way. Bangladesh and its government understand that labour rights are important. Labour rights are a work in progress, as it has been in every country, and the Bangladeshi government has been moving to ensure the continued development of the nation, labour rights included. Instead, the EU would do well to work patiently and constructively with stake-holders to ensure that worker rights are protected. After all, working together is the only way we will see any real progress.

March 28, 2017 18:22 UTC

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