Six Mymensingh Razakars sentenced to death for 1971 crimes

Senior prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon and prosecutor Tapos Kanti Baul presented the case for the prosecution, while advocate Gazi MH Tamim, as the state-appointed defense counsel, defended the fugitives. The first tribunal framed six charges of crimes against humanity on December 5, 2018, and began recording statements of witnesses on February 18, 2019. The court […]

People of dust-covered Dhaka do not see enough preventive measures

More dust due to construction works Construction activities increase in Dhaka during winter as builders prefer the season with little or no rain. The construction and repair of buildings and roads and other infrastructure adds to air pollution and human suffering. Presently the drain is being constructed on Mohkhali-Gulshan link road. “The dust menace increased […]

Production halted suddenly after ‘explosion’ at Jamuna Fertilizer factory

According to JFCL, the factory’s ammonia plant has been facing a number of issues recently including excessive nitrogen wastage in the NG booster compressor. The authorities informed Ingersoll Rand (India) Limited, an international air and gas compressor manufacturing company, to procure and replace the NG booster. Later, the company sent a three-member team to inspect […]

Bangladesh cabinet approves draft law to limit discretionary powers of income tax officials

The government has approved the draft Income Tax Act 2023, which has reduced the discretionary powers of tax officers and eased the paper requirement for businesses in filing tax returns. After the Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the draft on Monday, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Mahbub Hussain said that once the […]

1,250 tonnes of sugar stuck at Benapole port due to price complications

The authorities increased the duty to $140 per tonne after the Bangladesh Sugar Refiners Association complained to the customs officials about the previous rate for imports. Latif said the importer then decided not to release the consignment as it would suffer losses at the new duty rate. According to Mohammad Shafayet Hussain, Joint Commissioner, Benapole […]

Bangladesh’s Export Development Fund has been cut by one billion dollars

The Export Development Fund, set up to help exporters with foreign exchange on comfortable terms, has fallen from $1 billion to $6 billion, a development that could ease pressure on forex reserves. According to Bangladesh Bank spokesperson Mezbal Haq, businesses were borrowing less from the foreign currency fund as Bangladesh Bank formed an alternative fund […]

Directs PBI to further investigate the case against journalist Rosina

Article 19, a UK-based international human rights organization, lauded the submission of the final report by the police in the case against journalist Rosina Islam. The organization hopes that Rosina Islam will get justice from the court. On 17 May 2021, while on professional duty, journalist Rozina Islam was detained at the Ministry of Health, […]

EVM project stalled due to paucity of funds: Election Commission

An initiative to expand the use of electronic voting machines to 150 parliamentary constituencies in the next general election has been stalled due to lack of funds stemming from the global economic crisis. Election Commission Secretary Mohammad Jahangir Alam said on Monday that the government’s Planning Commission informed the Election Commission about its decision to […]