Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Thursday said that a framework for national qualifications will be formed to ensure skills across all different streams of education in the country.
The minister came up with the remarks while attending an online meeting on competitive challenges of post Covid-19 period organized jointly by Daffodil family and A2i.
Different streams of education including technical, madrasa, English medium and Bangla medium are available in the country, she noted. “But in every stream students must gather some compulsory skills.”
Sometimes targets are fulfilled but students are not obtaining necessary skills under the current education system, the minister said.
“We are emphasizing on technical and vocational education along with mainstream education,” she said, adding that everyone doesn’t need a university degree.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Thursday introduced Value Added Tax (VAT) e-payment system aiming to simplify the VAT return submission process.
NBR chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem inaugurated the VAT e-payment system at the conference room of the NBR.
Muneem said that the VAT Online Project is an important project for NBR. He mentioned that through this a step has been taken to introduce Integrated VAT Administration System (IVAS).
Of the 16 modules of the IVAS, three modules - registration, return and Taxpayers' Account - have been implemented, while the rest of the modules will be implemented gradually.
Some 166,720 taxpayers have taken their Business Identification Number (BIN) through online. More than 42,000 taxpayers have submitted their VAT returns since its inception from October 2019.
The NBR chairman said that this module will help the country to improve its position in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index.
He said that initially the taxpayers will be able to submit all their tax payments (VAT, Turnover Tax, Supplementary Duty, fine, interest and others) through Prime Bank, Midland Bank and HSBC. By the end of this year, all banks will be connected with this system.
NBR Officials said that through this system, after paying the VAT, a copy of that Chalan will be sent to Bangladesh Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and respective VAT office automatically. One copy will also be sent to the organisation concerned.
By using this system the enlisted person would be able to pay his/her VAT and supplementary duty directly from that person's bank account easily, risk free and quickly to the national exchequer.
NBR officials said that there will be no hassle for the taxpayers in this system.
Earlier since September, the NBR started accepting VAT returns online, but there was no scope to submit the VAT payment through online.
CAG Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury, senior secretary Financial Institutions Division of the Finance Ministry M Asadur Islam, Finance Division Secretary of the Finance Ministry Abdur Rouf Talukder, Petrobangla chairman ABM Abdul Fattah, Bangladesh Bank executive Humayun Kabir, NBR member (VAT Policy) M Masud Sadiq, NBR member (VAT implementation and IT) M Jamal Hossain and VAT Online Project Director Kazi Mostafizur Rahman among others were present in the programme.
The motive behind the murder of young entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, who co-founded Pathao and Gokada, appear to be financial in nature, a senior NYPD official told WBBH on Wednesday.
The killer appeared to be fully professional and intended to remove all evidence from the scene. He was dressed ‘like a ninja’, the Daily News quoted a source as saying.
According to the report, the killer fled using a staircase after Saleh's sister turned up to the apartment to check on him and got into the elevator.
Police told the New York Post the crime scene made his death seem like a "professional" job.
Sgt Carlos Nieves, spokesperson of the New York City Police Department, said they found a torso with head and limbs severed at the spot. They are suspecting the motive behind the murder to be financial.
No suspect has been arrested yet.
Fahim, a tech entrepreneur who co-founded Bangladeshi ride-sharing app Pathao, was found murdered in his luxurious apartment in New York City on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old was also the CEO and founder of Gokada, a motorcycle ride-sharing app in Lagos, Nigeria. He was regarded as the rising star in the tech world.
Friends called the young investor the “Elon Musk of the developing world”.
Roughly two years after co-founding Pathao, Fahim co-founded Gokada in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2017, and took over as its CEO in April of last year. Most recently, he oversaw Gokada’s transition to delivery service during the coronavirus pandemic.
He also launched the venture capital firm Adventure Capital in New York in 2018.
His start-up company Gokada was in trouble. It raised $5.3 million in funding in May 2019, Techcrunch reported. Documents show the company filed a security offering of $1.7million in June 2019, according to The US Sun.
In February this year, the company laid off 75 percent of its workforce after the government banned tricycles and bikes in Lagos, Benjamin Dada reported.
In a statement, the Gokada team described Fahim as “a great leader, an inspiration and a positive light for all of us at Gokada”.
"Fahim’s vision and belief in us will always be with us, a reminder that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to … Forever in our hearts," it said.
Two more policemen died from coronavirus at Rajarbagh Police Hospital in the capital early on Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Constable Sirajul Islam, hailing from Chark Panchpara village in Trishal upazila of Mymensingh, of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (North) and Chhoton Deb, 29, hailing from Chandlaish in Chattogram and constable of Cox’s Bazar police.
“Constable Sirajul breathed his last around 4:38am,” said Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) of Police Headquarters (Media) Md Sohel Rana.
He left behind his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Meanwhile, Chhoton, who was undergoing treatment at the hospital after being infected with coronavirus, died early morning, said Sohel Rana.
He is survived by her wife and14-month-old baby girl.
The bodies of the police constables were sent to their respective village homes under special arrangement.
A total of 53 policemen have died so far from coronavirus.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman on Thursday said the flood situation in nine districts including Faridpur, Munshiganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Shariatpur may worsen further in the next 24 hours.
He informed this in the light of a report from the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre under Water Development Board (WDB) at a virtual press conference from the secretariat on the overall flood situation.
However, this flood will not last long because the river water increasing right now will start receding in the next 48 hours, he said.
“Water in the Brahmaputra River will start receding in 48 hours while swelling Jamuna will become stable during that time,” he said.
Enamur also said that water in Padma River will keep increasing in the next 48 hours.
“Flood situation may worsen in Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur Rajbari and lower parts of Dhaka in the next 24 hours,” said the State Minister said according to WDB flood warning report.
However, flood situations in Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Natore and Naogaon will remain stable, he added.
The State Minister also said that water in all rivers except Kushiara River in the Northeastern part has started receding, the flood situation will develop in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Kurigram.
Enamur told the media that eight people have so far died in the floods that have affected nearly 2.25 million people of 487,376 families in 18 districts.
Among the flood victims, four died in Jamalpur, one each in Sunamganj, Lalmonirhat, Sylhet and Tangail, he informed.
He further informed that 535 unions in 92 upazilas have been hit by the recent flood.
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The State Minister said the government has allocated Tk 1.91 crore in flood-hit areas while 35,822 packets of dry food were distributed.
The local administrations have spent Tk 21 lakh for child food and Tk 21 lakh for cattle feed, he added.
The State Minister informed that 1,544 flood centres were opened in 12 districts where 30,705 people and 56,031 animals have taken shelter.
A total of 596 medical teams were formed but 197 among those are working right now, he said.
The State Minister urged all to wear masks at shelter centres.
He informed that paddy harvesting is completed in all districts while jute, lentil, vegetables and Aman seedbeds were damaged in the country.
In Faridupur, Padma river water was flowing 83cm above the red mark at Goalanda point in the morning, reported the UNB local correspondent.
People of four upazilas were marooned in the district while road communication between villages and town halted for the flood.
Faridpur WDB Executive Engineer Sultan Mahmud, said, “The extent of rising water this year is higher than any time and new areas are being flooded every day.”
Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar, said shelters centres were prepared where flood-affected people can take shelter if needed.
In Kurigram, Dharla flowed 77cm above the danger mark while Brahmaputra flowed 101cm above the red mark in Chilmari point in the morning.
According to local administration, three lakh people of 525 villages in 60 unions were marooned in the district.
Among those, 50,000 people have taken shelter in different shelter centres.
In Natore, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak visited flood-hit areas in the afternoon.
He informed that 10,000 people in five unions in Singra upazila were affected.
In Gaibandha, over 1.5 lakh people were marooned in 26 unions, reported UNB local correspondent.
WDB sources said Brahmaputra flowed 118cm above the danger mark while Ghaghot River flowed 93cm beyond the red mark in the morning.
District Relief and Rehabilitation officer Idris Ali said 210 MTS rice, 3,600 packets of dry food and Tk 14 lakh have been allocated for the flood-affected people in the district.