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  • Two ships collide at Ctg port

    Vessel operations on Chattogram Port channel remained suspended for two and a half hours yesterday following a tanker-container ship collision.

  • Heritage in Danger: Unesco to put Sundarbans on the list

    The World Heritage Centre of Unesco has decided to put the Sundarbans on the list of World Heritage in Danger.

  • Less tax for well-off, more for commoners

    “So unfair!” is what middle-class taxpayers were left mouthing upon seeing the budget for the fiscal year 2019-20.

  • Don’t take risky sea route to Europe

    Bangladesh Embassy in Libya has warned Bangladeshis there not to take the risky sea journey to Europe, citing the risks of drowning as well as Tunisia and European countries’ strong stance against illegal entry into their territories.

  • US blames Iran

    Iran said yesterday it was alarming and wrong of the United States to blame Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf, after an incident that has raised concerns about a new confrontation in the vital oil shipping route.

  • Indonesia court hears election rigging claims

    Tens of thousands of security personnel were on the streets of Jakarta yesterday as a court heard a defeated presidential challenger’s claim that Indonesia’s 2019 election was rigged -- allegations that spawned deadly rioting last month.

  • President seeks Tajikistan’s help to end Rohingya crisis

    President Abdul Hamid has sought cooperation from Tajikistan in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

  • TIB slams amnesty for black money

    Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday strongly condemned the proposed amnesty for black money in the budget for fiscal 2019-20 and termed it “unconstitutional, immoral and discriminatory”.

  • Israeli jets hit Gaza after rocket fired into Israel

    Israeli aircraft struck Hamas bases in Gaza early yesterday, the military said, after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants hit a Jewish theological seminary in southern Israel.

  • Yaba Pills

    Policeman held with 10,000 yaba pills

    A sub-inspector was held with 10,000 yaba tablets in Chattogram yesterday.

  • Needle for middle class

    Afsana Rahman’s maternity leave is about to end, and so baby formula milk will soon have to substitute breast milk for her second child. As she and her husband are both job holders with fixed income, she now has to adjust her monthly expenditures to make ends

  • Black money lives on

    Walking back on its election pledge to eradicate black money, the government in its first budget of the current tenure has once again kept the scope for whitening money.

  • Mega but slow

    In 2010, the government decided to construct a 128-kilometre (km) metre gauge rail track to link Chattogram with tourist town Cox’s Bazar at a cost of Tk 1,852.35 crore.

  • Bangladesh Budget 2019-20

    Growth-friendly, albeit unrealistic

    The new budget is growth-friendly and has set ambitious goals but shied away from addressing the key challenges confronting the economy, said a number of economists in their immediate reactions.

  • AL hails budget; BNP, CPB not so kind

    The ruling Awami League yesterday termed the proposed national budget “pro-people” and “realistic” but the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) were critical.



  • A little for the jobless

    More than a year ago, when Mohammad Zayed graduated from a university college in the capital, his family started expecting that he would soon take over the financial responsibility.

  • Gas subsidy to double

    Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday proposed doubling the subsidy for the gas sector to Tk 9,600 crore for 2019-20, from Tk 4,500 crore in the previous year.

  • Deficit financing to be expensive

    The government has resorted to deficit financing, largely through bank borrowing and sale of high-cost savings certificates, increasing the interest payment burden on its shoulders and fuelling inflation.

  • Businesses happy, suggest tweaks

    Businesses yesterday welcomed the budget as the government proposed some new initiatives which would aid growth, give rise to new entrepreneurs and enable more people to enjoy benefits of social safety net programmes.

  • Bangladesh Budget 2019-20

    Allocation of Total Government Expenditure by Sectors FY 2019-20

    Allocation of Total Government Expenditure by Sectors FY 2019-20

  • Vehicle ownership a bigger burden

    In a stark contrast to the past few years, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed 10 percent supplementary duty on issuance or renewal of all kinds of vehicle reg-istration, route permit, fitness certificates and ownership certificate—with exemptions for

  • Smartphone import to be costlier

    Imported smartphones are scheduled to turn much costlier as the government has proposed increasing supplementary duty from 10 percent to 25 percent.

  • Extra tax on stock dividend

    Tax-free dividend income raised to Tk 50,000 from Tk 25,000; ​15% additional tax imposed on retained earnings over 50% of paid-up capital

  • Spain rescues nearly 50 migrants from drifting boat

    Spain’s coast guard said it rescued on Wednesday 49 migrants from an overcrowded boat adrift in the Mediterranean for nearly two days after it left North Africa headed for Europe.

  • The blue-tailed beauty

    A blue-tailed bee-eater flies away with a dragonfly in its mouth in Chattogram city’s Salimpur Bajid area. The richly coloured, slender bird mainly eats insects, especially bees, wasps, and dragonflies, which are caught during flight. The photo was taken a couple of days ago.

  • Tigers training at The Oval

    Tigers’ time to get back on track

    Although the Bangladesh team in Taunton were not involved in a World Cup match yesterday, the result in another match in Taunton would have dampened spirits a bit in the Tigers camp. The match between India and New Zealand in Nottingham was washed out due to persistent rainfall

  • India-NZ split points

    India and New Zealand were awarded a point each after persistent rain in Nottingham forced the abandonment of their match yesterday -- the fourth no result of this World Cup so far.

  • 21 SP-ranked cops get transferred

    In a major reshuffle in the police department, 21 SP-ranked officials including the SPs of 11 districts and nine DCs of the metropolitan cities were transferred yesterday.

  • Beijing defiant as int’l alarm grows

    Beijing yesterday described the mass protests against Hong Kong’s extradition bill as “riots”, and said it supported the local government’s response despite international pressure to respect the rights of Hong Kongers.