Monday, February 26, 2024

Nasir Ali Mamun displays works by famous artists

In the country’s portrait photography arena, the name Nasir Ali Mamun comes as a pioneer. His camera, in the last four decades, has captured some wonderful portraits of famous men/women of the country and abroad. He is also noted for his portrait-photographs of common people, which capture the underlying reality beneath surface appearances. However, Mamun is ... Read more

Monipuri cultural show entertains audience

Participating artistes of a dance training project titled Dhrumel, have put up an attractive cultural show, featuring different forms of traditional Monipuri dance. The event was jointly organised by Monipuri community organisations, Sadhana and the Monipuri Theatre at Madhabpur Monipuri Lalitakala Academy auditorium at Kamalganj upazila in Moulvibazar on Friday night. The cultural show marked ... Read more

In search of purpose of life

It is said that a person without aim is like a boat without radar. A film titled Aim in Life deals with the dilemma of a young man in the modern era, trying to determine his purpose of life. The Bangla film, which has been directed by National Award winner filmmaker Fakhrul Arefin Khan, portrays ... Read more

FY14 export to India heading to be four-year low

Export earnings from India are set to hit four-year low in the outgoing financial year 2013-14 despite Bangladesh’s call to its neighbouring country to reduce trade barriers. Earnings from India in first 11months of the FY14 accounted for $396.82 million which is 26 per cent lower than the earnings of $536.09 million in

NBR finalises rules for house rent collection thru banks today

The National Board of Revenue is going to finalise by today rules for the house owners having income more than Tk 25,000 from their house property to deposit house rent through banks, officials said. The rules will describe the procedure how the house owners will maintain bank accounts for receiving house rent through banks, they said. The ... Read more

BTRC to submit same plan to fin min for 3rd time

Rate Cut For Igws BTRC to submit same plan to fin min for 3rd time Even after the finance ministry rejected twice, the telecom regulator is set to send the same proposal again to lower international call termination charges to 1.5 US cents from the existing 3 cents for the operators, ignoring the ministry suggestion ... Read more

NBR preparing list of polluting industries

Green Tax Collection NBR preparing list of polluting industries The National Board of Revenue has taken an initiative to prepare a list of polluting industries for imposing and collecting newly introduced green tax, officials said. The list will be prepared with the help of Department of Environment of the environment and forest ministry, they said. DoE ... Read more

B’desh needs rapid transport, energy sector dev: economists

The country needs a rapid development of its transport and energy sectors, said economists on Sunday. Otherwise, it will fail to become a developed country by 2041 as targeted by the government, they said. The government should take initiative to make vibrant the private sector as a significant number of industries have recently been closed in ... Read more

Banks need not to pay VAT on fees

Audit Of Govt Cash Incentives, Subsidies Banks need not to pay VAT on fees Bangladesh Bank on Sunday said scheduled banks would not have to pay value-added tax on fee for audit of cash incentive and subsidy offered by the government to the export items. The BB issued a circular to authorised dealer branches of all ... Read more

2nd issue of Six Seasons Review launched

The second issue of Six Seasons Review, an English language literary periodical published by Bengal Foundation, was launched at a programme at Bengal Art Lounge on Friday. The event featured readings from poets and writers whose works have been published in the issue. Among this issue’s writers and poets, Seema Amin and Samia Ahmed recited ... Read more

A carnival of music at Alliance Française de Dhaka

Fête De La Musique 2014 A carnival of music at Alliance Française de Dhaka The students of École de Musique, Alliance Française de Dhaka created a pleasing ambience on Friday at its La Galerie with songs and instrumental numbers. Alliance Française de Dhaka, supported by the Embassy of France in Bangladesh, celebrated Fête de la Musique ... Read more

Stewart dropped from Snow White and the Huntsman 2

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart has been dropped from Snow White and the Huntsman 2, reports India Today. The actress – who played the iconic fairy tale character in the original movie in 2012 – is said to have been axed from the sequel as it takes a new angle under director Frank Darabont. According to The ... Read more

Jubair named in Tigers’ preliminary squad

Young Under-19 leg-spinner Jubair Hossain is the only surprise addition as Bangladesh named a 25-member preliminary squad for the forthcoming West Indies tour on Saturday. The squad saw the return of pace bowler Rubel Hossain, who was overlooked in the recent India series. Bangladesh will tour West Indies in August for two Tests and three one-day internationals.

Proposed import SD cut on some items withdrawn

Govt backtracks from hiking SD on tobacco import The government on Saturday passed the Finance Bill-2014 reinstating the existing supplementary duty on some products on import to protect local manufacturing industries. In the approved finance bill, finance minister AMA Muhith reinstated the SD at import stage of some products including toothpaste, soap, detergent

Govt imposes 1pc surcharge on mobile phone sets

Withdraws AIT, reduces customs duty The government on Saturday passed the Finance Bill-2014, imposing one per cent surcharge on the prices of imported and locally-manufactured mobile phone sets and reducing taxes on the items at import stage. The surcharge is titled ‘information and telecommunication development surcharge’. The government withdrew 5 per cent advance income tax and reduced

8 banks asked not to overcharge clients for ATM use

Inter-Bank Transaction Thru Bb Npsb 8 banks asked not to overcharge clients for ATM use Bangladesh Bank has recently asked eight scheduled banks, attached to the National Payment Switch Bangladesh, not to charge clients more than the stipulated Tk 10 for each inter-bank transaction through automated teller machines. The central bank has recently found allegations against ... Read more

Cos offering 30pc or more cash dividend to get tax rebate

Investors without TINs to pay more AIT on dividend Any company offering 30 per cent or more cash dividend to investors will get 10 per cent rebate on its income tax as per the Finance Bill 2014 which was passed by the parliament on Saturday. National Board of Revenue officials said that if any company declared ... Read more

Mobile user growth slows down after 3G launch

The growth of active mobile users of the country has slowed down remarkably after the launch of 3G service in October last year, showed the data of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. The BTRC’s monthly mobile user data showed that in January-September 2013 the country’s six mobile operators — five GSM and one CDMA — added 1.33 ... Read more

Improvement in labour rights must be extended to EPZ: EU

European commissioner for trade Karel De Gucht has said improvements in labour rights must be extended to the Export Processing Zones in Bangladesh. ‘Of course, the reality is that there’s still much more to do. Most urgently, implementing regulations on labour reform must be enacted soon.

Commodity prices rise afresh on the eve of Ramadan

The prices of kitchen items including vegetables and fish rose further in the city’s markets on Saturday, just one day before the start of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. The prices of aubergine, green chilli, tomato, carrot, cucumber, garlic and ginger increased further and retailers and wholesalers blamed each others