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US concern over Digital Security Act

Us envoy
The United States shares the concerns of the international community that the recently passed Digital Security Act (DSA) could be used to suppress and criminalize free speech, all to the detriment of Bangladesh’s democracy, development and prosperity. Us envoyWe welcome Information Minister Inu’s offer to meet with media representatives to discuss their concerns about the DSA. We encourage the Government of Bangladesh to consider changes to the law that would bring it into conformity with the Bangladesh Constitution and wi...

BD peacekeeper killed in South Sudan

army in election duty
A Bangladeshi officer serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has been killed in an attack on an aid convoy in the country torn by civil conflict, according to the UN. Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui was hit by shots fired by “unknown gunmen” on Tuesday and died shortly afterward, Francesca Mold, the spokesperson for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement. army in election dutySiddiqui, who was the Bangladesh military liaison officer with UNMISS, was travelling in ...

Floods claim 4 in Moulvibazar

Four people have been killed in floods in Moulvibazar’s Komolganj Upazila in Bangladesh. At least five people are still missing. Thousand others have been stranded since the night of June 15. The names and identities of the missing people are not known yet, Dhaka Tribune reported. floodThe hilly water has damaged flood protection embankments in the district worsening the flood situation. The army has begun rescuing stranded locals in Kulaura and Rajnagar near the overflowing Monu River. Deputy Commissioner Md Tofayel Ahme...

5pc VAT on e-commerce

Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday suggested to impose VAT on e-commerce business as the platform rising popularity day by day. During his budget speech in the Parliament for fiscal 2018-19, Minister Muhith proposed to impose 5 per cent VAT on all e-commerce, muhith-3including those using Facebook for sales, reports UNB. However, he did not specify how the VAT to be imposed, but what he spoke of is a definition of ‘Virtual Business’ which will serve to the purpose of bringing e-commerce under VAT. “The use of inter...

DCCI hails budget

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) today hailed several proposals of the national budget for fiscal 2018-19 (FY19), but requested the government for considering a cut of at least 2.5 percent in the corporate tax in all categories. “The government can reconsider slashing corporate tax in all categories at least 2.5 percent,” dccisaid DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan in his initial reaction to National Budget FY19, said a release here. In the proposed budget, he said, the government has only reduced 2.5 percent corporate t...

Bangladesh joins jute fair in Tokyo

jute goods
A pavilion of Bangladesh was inaugurated today at Interior Life-style Fair at the Big Site of Tokyo in Japan to showcase Bangladeshi jute products. jute goodsChairman to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Textiles and Jute Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima and Export Promotion Bureau Vice Chairman Bijoy Bhattachariya inaugurated the pavilion, reports BSS. A total of 10 jute business organizations are taking part in the fair where they are showcasing different items of jute produ...