Dhaka, Mar 05 (UNB) – India Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday inaugurated a 61-km long smart fencing along Indo-Bangla border in Assam’s Dhubri district, saying that the entire border with Bangladesh would gradually be fenced using smart technology.
Addressing a press meet, the Indian minister said the new project, under the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), will equip the unfenced areas along the riverine border with sensors, enabling the troops to take prompt action against intrusion, reports NDTV.
Visited Barmanpara BoP in Dhubri, Assam to inaugurate the BOLD-QIT project under ‘Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System’ Scheme. This project will help @BSF_India in fully securing the unfenced riverine area of Brahmaputra & its tributaries on Indo-Bangladesh border. pic.twitter.com/dui6ffPKWP
“The BOLD-QIT (Border Electronically Dominated QRT Interception Technique) project will cover the entire span of river Brahmaputra in Dhubri with data network generated by microwave communication, OFC cables, day and night surveillance cameras and intrusion-detection system,” he said after inaugurating the project.
These modern gadgets provide feeds to the BSF control rooms along the border and enable the paramilitary force's quick reaction teams to thwart any possibility of illegal border crossing and crimes.
Noting that the BSF is responsible for safeguarding of the 4,096-km-long International Border with Bangladesh, Rajnath Singh said, “At places, where it is not possible to erect a border fence due to the geographical barriers, this BOLD-QIT will prove effective. The implementation of this project will not just help the BSF crack a whip on cross-border crimes, but provide respite to the troops from round-the-clock human surveillance.”
Thakurgaon, Mar 5 (UNB)— A second medical team visited Bhandardah in Baliadanga upazila on Tuesday following the deaths of five members of a family within two weeks.
Thakurgaon Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Md Khoirul Kabir said the team arrived in the afternoon and would conclude their inspection within three days.
Five members of a family died between February 9 and February 24 in the village. The cause of their deaths remains unclear, creating panic among the locals.
The six-member team is from Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
It includes IEDCR Veterinary Research Officer (Epidemiology) Dr Md Kaisar Rahman, Research Officer (Anthropology) Shahnaj Shanu, Research Associate (Anthropology) Md Abir Hossain, Field Research Assistant Abdullah Al Mamun, Medical Technologist Rashidul Islam and field Technician Abdul Hye.
They will try to find out the origin of the disease and how it spread, Civil Surgeon Kabir said.
He said Nipah virus was found in one of the victims.
Dhaka, Mar 5 (UNB) – Bangladesh Bank has directed all the scheduled banks of the country to ensure the collection of 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on payment to social media service providers, including Facebook, Youtube and Google, for their services.
Referring to a National Board of Revenue (NBR) letter to the Bangladesh Bank, dated January 22, the central bank on Monday asked the banks through a circular issued by the Banking Regulation and Policy Department (BRPD) department to properly follow the instructions outlined in the letter.
In its letter, the NBR to the Bangladesh Bank said some 15 percent VAT is collectable from the service providers, including Facebook, Youtube and other advertisement publishers, being operated from outside the country as per the VAT Law 1991.
“The payment against the services is made through the Bangladesh Bank and other banks. The NBR is informed that some banks are not collecting these VAT,” says the NBR letter.
It also mentioned that it has to be made sure that 15 percent VAT is being deducted while making such payments through credit cards like Master Card or Visa Card, or TT or any mode of payment.