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 also a devoted art collector with an enviable possession
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 the founding anniversary
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 a young boy who is confused about what to do with his life. In his adolescence, he takes
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
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 revenue board has
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 for a baseline study. The ministry last week rejected the BTRC proposal for the second time for lowering the call
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 has already been asked
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 different parts
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 banks saying that the VAT on audit fee would be paid from the government’s account from July 1, 2014. A BB official told New Age
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 their poems while
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 which is globally known as World Music Day with a two-day concert that ended on Friday.
On first part of the day’s programme,
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 Hollywood Reporter,
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.
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
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
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 the banks that some of them imposed higher charge on the clients through
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 any amount of stock or stock plus cash dividend it would not get the rebate unless the amount of cash dividend was 30 per cent
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 crore new
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.
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