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KEPZ 'failed to use land'

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government would take back part of the land it had given to YoungOne Corporation for industrial development. The Korea-based company was allocated about 2,500 acres 17 years ago to set up Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) but it couldn't use even 500 acres, the minister said. “This is wasteful.” These remarks came as Muhith was talking to journalists at his secretariat office and his attention was drawn to The Daily Star reports on government...

FF certificates of 4 secretaries revoked

FF certificates of 4 secretaries revoked

The government has revoked the freedom fighter certificates of four secretaries and stayed the certification of one other. The liberation war affairs ministry today issued a gazette notification in this regard. Earlier this month, the Anti-Corruption Commission found them guilty of forgery in obtaining the certification and recommended for revoking their certificates. The four secretaries who...

Maiden satellite project okayed

Maiden satellite project okayed

The government has approved a satellite project, first of its kind, to improve information technology related services, including mobile phone service and television broadcast, at a cheaper rate. A satellite will be built and a ground station set up for launching it under the Tk 2,968-crore project. An authority will also be formed for the maintenance of the satellite. At present, telecommunications and broadcast services are provided through hiring bandwidths from overseas satellite operators. The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday gave the go-ahead to the “Bangabandhu Satellite Launching Project”, under which a satellite is expected to take off from here by 2017.   The winning bidder will raise Tk...

Top taxpayers likely to receive CIP status

Top taxpayers likely to receive CIP status

The government will consider awarding the status of Commercially Important Person (CIP) to top taxpayers, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said yesterday. "We will take the necessary steps to give recognition to the top taxpayers with CIP status, after consulting with the finance minister," he said at the inauguration of a weeklong tax fair at Officer's Club in Dhaka. The National Board of Revenue is organising the show in seven divisional cities and 57 districts to motivate people to pay taxes by extending tax-related assistance to the existing and potential taxpayers. This is the fifth edition of the income tax fair, which gained popularity among both existing and prospective taxpayers since its introduction...

Indonesia warms up to microcredit

Indonesia warms up to microcredit

The newly elected Indonesian government was full of praise for Prof Muhammad Yunus's microcredit and social business concepts when the Nobel laureate toured the country earlier this week. The Grameen Bank founder visited Jakarta at the invitation of Synergy, a leading social organisation, to address a youth camp in the country's capital. This was the...

Mobile talk gets costlier

Using mobile phones is going to be costlier as the government yesterday decided to introduce one percent surcharge on calls and other uses of the device. The amount raised will be spent on education and healthcare. The decision came at the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The decision will come into force upon publication of a gazette in this regard. The cabinet also approved in principle the Child Marriage Prevention Act, 2014 with...

Overcrowding key reason for disaster

A government probe committee has found overloading and incompetence of the master (pilot) responsible for the tragic capsize of Pinak-6 passenger launch that killed over a hundred people in the Padma on August 4. “We have identified overloading, inefficiency of the master and negligence of BIWTA officials and owner as the reasons that led to the tragic loss of human lives,” said one of the members of the seven-strong committee, requesting anonymity. The committee, headed by a joint secretary of the...

Fake Freedom Fighters

5 high govt officials lose certificates

The government has decided to revoke the freedom fighters' certificates of five top bureaucrats for forgery and not following proper procedures in obtaining those. The Liberation War Affairs ministry at a meeting with Jatiya Muktijoddha Council yesterday made the decision, following recommendations from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The five are Privatisation Commission Chairman Molla Waheeduzzaman (former secretary of the Prime Minister's Office), Health Secretary Niaz Uddin Mia, Public Service Commission Secretary AKM Amir Hossain, former Liberation War Affairs secretary KH Masud...

Save tigers, save nature

Save tigers, save nature

Assuring her government will do everything necessary for conservation of the tigers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the tiger range countries to continue their sincere efforts for protecting tigers. “Let us join hands to save the tigers and save the nature,” she said. The prime minister gave the assurance and made the appeal...

Bypolls In India

Stakes high for Modi, BJP

Voting is under way in byelections to three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across ten states, seen as a test of Narendra Modi government's popularity, especially as BJP braces for polls in two states next month. Amid elaborate security arrangements, polling was being held in 11 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, where the stakes are high for BJP. The three Lok Sabha bypolls are in Vadodara (Gujarat), Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana). Among...

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