Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – Jatiya Party acting Chairman and former commerce minister GM Quader on Saturday urged the Prime Minister to take stern action if there is any corruption in the process of paddy procurement by the government.
Speaking at an iftar party arranged by Bangshal thana unit of Jatiya Party, he also urged the government to directly buy paddy from farmers.
“Jatiya Party will always give the Prime Minister all-out support in its fight against corruption. So, we want the Prime Minister to take strict action if there’s any corruption in paddy procurement process by the government,” Quader said.
He said middlemen, not the farmers, are getting benefits as the government is buying rice only from mill owners.
The Jatiya Party acting chief also urged the government not to export rice as it may lead to food crisis in case of any natural disaster.
He said their party will do politics giving importance to the interests of the country and its people.
Quader alleged that a quarter is making evil efforts to weaken Jatiya Party, but they will not succeed as the party has huge public support across the country.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB)- Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, Chief of the Air Staff of the Bangladesh Air Force, returned home on Sunday after an official visit to Sweden.
During his visit, the Air Chief Marshal joined “The International Forum for the Military Simulation, Training and Education Community” (ITEC) 2019 at Stockholm.
He also met with senior officials of Swedish Armed Forces and Swedish Air Force and exchanged views on bilateral issues, said Md Noor Islam, Assistant Director of Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate.
He also discussed on professional matters with the high officials of Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) and Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV).
The Chief left Dhaka on May 12 for the official visit.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – Country’s steel manufacturers have proposed fixing the value added tax (VAT) on production and sales of steel at 2 percent if the existing tariff-based VAT payment system is annulled in the upcoming national budget.
The leaders of the Bangladesh Steel Manufacturers Association (BSMA) put forward a number of proposals during a meeting with Prime Minister’s Private Sector Industry and Investment Advisor Salman F Rahman at his office at the PMO on Sunday.
After submitting the proposals, a BSMA leader said they have already submitted the similar proposals to Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal as well.
Arguing in favour of the proposals, the BSMA leaders said currently, the steel manufacturers have to pay Tk 900 for the sale of per tonne steel rod.
“But once a 2 percent VAT is imposed in the new system, the manufacturers have to pay Tk 1,200 per tonne, up by Tk 300,” said association chairman Monwar Hossain who placed the proposals on behalf of the organisation.
The BSMA leaders said the country’s steel production has increased to 5.5 million tonnes in 2019 from 1.6 million tonnes in 2008.
This enormous growth took place because of the government’s business-friendly dynamic policy and one of the pro-development and pro-people policies were the introduction of tariff-based VAT on steel rod, they said.
The organisation leaders also demanded not imposing any duty on the import of raw materials of steel, and continuing the existing tax structure on them.
The other proposals include exempting them from advance income tax and fixing turnover tax at 0.3 percent instead of 0.6 percent, and imposing duty on import of rod for construction work.
The association leaders said although locally produced high quality rod is now being used in construction of the mega projects like Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and Padma Bridge ones, some of the projects like Meghna and Gumati bridges are using imported rod paying no duty on their imports.
This has been stemming the growth of the local industries and they lag behind in competition with foreign products, they said.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) - Bogura Awami League joint secretary T Zaman Niketa has been picked for contesting the Bogura-6 by-election on party ticket.
"We’ve chosen T Zaman Niketa for the Bogura-6 by-election from our party," AL joint secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif told UNB over phone on Sunday.
The decision came from a meeting of Awami League Nomination Board held at the Prime Minister's official residence Ganobhaban with Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on April 30 declared the Bogura-6 constituency vacant as BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir did not take oath as MP or seek time before the deadline expired.
As per the law, if any MP-elect refrains from taking oath within 90 days after the beginning of the first session or refrains from informing the Speaker, his/her membership gets cancelled.
The Election Commission has announced that fresh polls will be held to Bogura-6 constituency on June 24.
The last date for submitting nomination papers is May 23 and candidates will be able to withdraw nominations by June 3. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on May 27.
The symbols will be allocated among the candidates on June 4.
Although Fakhrul refrained from taking oath, five other BNP MPs, however, were sworn in to the 11th parliament. While four of them took oath on April 29, another was sworn in on April 25.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB)- Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the capital’s Pallabi and Demra areas on Sunday.
The deceased were identified as Amin, 30, son of late Abdul Khaleque of Bouniabadh under Pallabi police station in the city, another was identified as Md Abu Hanif Master, 65, a resident of Islambagh under Demra police station.
Police quoting witnesses said a private car hit Amin and fatally injured him at around 10:30am at Jhutpatti area of Mirpur-10 under Pallabi police station.
Being informed, Sub-Inspector Sohel Sikder with a team rushed to the spot and took the injured to Dhaka Medical College & Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 12:15 pm, said Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police camp.
In another incident, Hanif Master was hit by a CNG autorick in front of Tamirul Millat Madrasa of Demra when he was returning home from a visit to a pharmacy in the area at around 1:00 pm.
He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 5:00 pm, said Ahmed Istiak, victim’s son.