Monday, February 26, 2024

Cultural arena mourns

Belal Mohammad’s Death Cultural arena mourns Cultural arena mourns the death of poet Belal Mohammad, an organiser of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, who died at the age of 77 at the Apollo Hospital in the capital early hours on Tuesday. He had been suffering from old age complications. A founder of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, ... Read more

Dhaka Theatre narrates its history through performance

Presentation of a collage of prominent productions of the noted theatre troupe Dhaka Theatre made Monday evening an ecstatic one for theatre lovers. Dhaka Theatre celebrated its 40th founding anniversary through the presentation at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Dhaka Theatre was founded on July 29 in 1973 by a group of ... Read more

Contemporary art of Chittagong analysed

Contemporary art and artists of Chittagong were analysed through a speech at the Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi in the capital on Monday. Art scholar Palash Bhattacharya delivered the keynote speech at the programme organsied by Chittagong-based art organisation Jog Alternative Art Space as a part of their ongoing art exhibition titled Bakshirhaat at the centre.

Europe retailers agree to join US buyers under unified action plan

Bangladesh Garment Safety Europe retailers agree to join US buyers under unified action plan European retailers on Tuesday agreed to work together with North American buyers to ensure safe and sustainable garment industry in Bangladesh under a unified code of conduct for garment units. The visiting delegation of EU Accord on Fire and Building Safety ... Read more

BB board concerned over soaring capital shortfall in SCBs

The board of directors of Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday expressed concern about the rise of the capital shortfall in the four state-owned banks to Tk 9,641 crore as on March 31, 2013. The capital shortfall in the banks increased as the banks kept a large amount of provision against their classified loans, said BB officials

BTRC likely to defer 3G auction by 10 days

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is likely to defer the 3G auction, scheduled to be held on September 2, by around 10 days, said BTRC officials. They said the top officials of the mobile phone companies had met the BTRC chairman on Tuesday, requesting him to delay the auction unless the tax disputes with

Telcos to get amortisation benefits on 3G spectrum fees

Mobile phone operators will get tax exemption for the money they will pay the government as 3G spectrum fees as the National Board of Revenue has decided to provide the operators with amortisation benefits for the fees, officials of the NBR said on Tuesday. Under the amortisation scheme, mobile operators will be allowed to show ... Read more

EAB opposes halting of movement of trucks, lorries on highways

The Exporters Association of Bangladesh on Tuesday demanded withdrawal of a government decision halting the movement of trucks, covered vans and lorries on the highways for seven days from August 5 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. The government should withdraw the decision for the sake of uninterrupted export and

Agri ministry reluctant to engage in crop insurance scheme

The ministry of agriculture is not willing to get involved in the process of introducing ‘crop insurance’ terming it ‘unfeasible’ for the millions of farmers, officials said. ‘It has a financial implication. It cannot be dealt by our ministry. So we’re actually unwilling to get involved with the matter,’ a senior official of the agriculture

Dhaka stocks fall on sell-offs ahead of Eid

Dhaka stocks dropped on Tuesday in volatile trading as investors offloaded shares with four trading sessions remaining ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals for Muslims. DSEX, the benchmark general index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, declined to 3,957.20 points, shedding 0.45 per cent or 17.92 points

MFIs averted microcredit crisis in 2008-2010: Study

Bangladesh’s microfinance institutions successfully averted a microcredit crisis from 2008 to 2010, according to a new report on ‘Averting a Microcredit Crisis in Bangladesh’ released Tuesday by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor. The report titled ‘CGAP Study: Slowing Growth Key to Avoiding a Microcredit Crisis

Tapan elected Bangladesh Employers’ Federation president

Square Pharmaceuticals managing director Tapan Chowdhury has been elected the president of Bangladesh Employers’ Federation for the years 2013-2015. A former adviser to a caretaker government, he is also a former president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka, said

BSEC to formulate guideline on acquisition, merger

Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission has recently formed a committee to formulate a guideline for acquisition and merger of the listed companies. The decision was taken at the commission’s 478th meeting presided over by chairman M Khairul Hossain. The three-member committee will be headed by BSEC executive director

BAB ‘attains full capacity’ to give accreditation certificates

Bangladesh Accreditation Board has attained full capacity to award accreditation certificates in favour of testing laboratory and calibration laboratory, officials said on Tuesday. They said these two types of laboratories would no longer require certificates from foreign institutions, which will help entrepreneurs get accreditation certificates

Teacher held over child abuse in Ctg

A teacher of Orbit Cadet School and College at Jamal Khan road in Chittagong was arrested by police on Tuesday over child abuse. The arrested was identified as Osman Ghani, 30, from Maheskhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar. ‘We arrested him following the complaints made by the guardians,’ said Atikul Islam,

Barisal Eid market still dull

Shoppers and businessmen in Barisal are not yet happy about the Eid market, with the shoppers blaming higher prices and the businessmen putting it to inclement weather. Traffic on city commercial areas is still normal owing to the absences of shoppers’ rush this year, even after more than two thirds into the month of

Outsiders driven out of DU Jagannath Hall

Some 100 people illegally residing at Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall were ousted Monday midnight. The university authorities, led by the hall provost Ashim Sarkar, also sealed a total of 13 rooms in the hall during the drive at Govinda Chandra Bhaban. The drive began at around 10:30pm and continued till

JU teachers announce fresh agitation

Jahangirnagar University teachers under the banner of General Teachers Forum on Tuesday announced demonstrations demanding resignation of vice-chancellor Professor Anwar Hossain. Teachers announced the fresh programme including protest programme today and on August 1 from 12:00 to 2:00pm in front of administrative building. The agitation programme also

Tigers drawn with co-hosts

ICC WORLD CUP 2015 Tigers drawn with co-hosts Bangladesh were placed in pool A alongside co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, as the official fixture list of the ICC World Cup 2015 was formally announced in Melbourne on Tuesday. The Tigers, who were denied a second-round berth in the last edition of the competition on home ... Read more

Mushfiq, Jurgensen relish WC challenge

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim expects a tough competition but is looking forward to the challenge of tackling the likes of Australia, New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup 2015. Mushfiq’s comments came after the pools and itinerary of the World Cup were announced in Wellington on Tuesday, with the Tigers drawn ... Read more