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Bangladesh Bank to launch 2nd 5-yr strategic plan tomorrow

Bangladesh Bank (BB) is going to launch its second five-year Strategic Plan 2015-2019 on Saturday. The launching ceremony will be held at AKN Ahmed Auditorium of Bangladesh Bank Training Academy (BBTA) at Mirpur-2 at 10:30am, reports UNB. Governor of the central bank Dr Atiur Rahman will announce the strategic plan as the chief guest. All deputy governors, senior executives of ...

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Hasina, Obama to co-chair peace summit in New York Sept 28

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will co-chair a high-level summit on peace operations with US President Barack Obama in New York on September 28, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali. The US President has taken the initiative to host the summit on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly. Apart from the two leaders, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will ...

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Rain likely

Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Dhaka, Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions with moderately heavy falls at places over Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions, reports BSS. Day and night temperature may remain nearly ...

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Tk 21 lakh looted from Jessore Agrani bank branch

Robbers looted TK 21 lakh from Rajarhat branch of Agrani Bank in Sadar upazila of Jessore district on early Friday. The heist came to light when local people found the grill of a window of the state-owned bank broken in the morning. Shikdar Akkas Ali, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said the burglars looted TK 21 lakh breaking the bank ...

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Hasina wins top UN award

She gets the environmental accolade for Bangladesh role on climate change Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nations’ highest environmental accolade in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to address climate change, reports UNB. With a population of more than 159 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populated countries. It ...

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Iran seeks greater cooperation with BD for mutual economic gains

Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday sketched out ways and means how Bangladesh and Iran can move ahead together through a greater collaboration in a number of areas, including energy and trade areas, ensuring mutual economic gains. Wrapping up his brief but ‘important’ visit to Bangladesh which was less than 24 hours, Javad Zarif told reporters at ...

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Muhith eyes 40 lakh taxpayers by FY ’20

Finance Minister AMA Muhith wants the number of taxpayers to increase to 40 lakh by FY 2019–20 from the existing 11 lakh regular taxpayers. However, he observed: “It would be challenging to increase the number to four million by the end of the tenure of this government.” Muhith made this observation while addressing a programme held on the occasion of ...

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Solar irrigation project proceeds at snail’s pace

The government’s initiative to change the mode of the country’s irrigation system, by replacing diesel- and electricity-based irrigation pumps with solar ones, is proceeding at a snail’s pace. Against the target of installing 1,500 solar irrigation pumps (SIPs) by 2016, only 280 pumps have been installed till now. These are lifting 360 million litres of water for cultivating 32,000 bighas ...

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Income tax fair begins

The sixth annual tax fair has begun throughout the country from today. The fair is taking place in 86 upazilas: in 29 upazilas for two days and 57 upazilas for a day between September 16 and 22. In Dhaka, the fair is taking place at Officer’s Club on Bailey Road. The tax fair aims to motivate people to pay taxes, ...

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VAT on education scrapped

Private university students return to campuses in cheerful rallies The government yesterday scrapped the 7.5 per cent value-added tax (VAT) imposed on private universities and medical and engineering colleges following mass protests by students. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday. The finance ministry later issued a press release, saying: “The government ...

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