Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) – The High Court will deliver its order on Thursday on a writ petition filed seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to hospitalise BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia again for her better treatment.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil fixed the date on Tuesday after hearing the petition.
Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda while Additional Attorney General Murad Reza represented the state.
On November 11, BNP chief's lawyer Barrister Nawshad Jamir filed the writ petition with the High Court seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to hospitalise BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia again for her better treatment.
According to the writ petition, Khaleda needs to be taken to a specialised hospital for better treatment as she has been suffering from chronic diseases.
On October 6, Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for her better treatment in compliance to a court order.
On November 8, Khaleda was discharged from the BSMMU upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment and produced before a makeshift court at old Central Jail in Niko graft case.
On February 8 last, a special court here sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) – Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday wondered why only one crore people pay taxes as the number could easily be four crore.
“About one crore people are paying taxes by various means… we’ve many types of taxes…this is of course a matter of pride the way we’re making progress. We aren’t happy to have this one crore taxpayers!” he said.
The Finance Minister was speaking at the inaugural programme of weeklong Income Tax Fair here at Officers’ Club, Dhaka and other divisional cities across the country aiming to provide better services to the taxpayers and include more taxpayers in the tax net.
Muhith said the government wants three crore people to have in the tax net in addition to the one crore.
“If four crore people pay taxes then it would be helpful for the government to provide various types of services to the people of the country. The government is already giving various types of services…this can be expanded,” he said.
The Finance Minister recalled that once people had showed reluctance about paying taxes as they used to think that they would be in trouble for life if they pay taxes. “Such attitude doesn’t exist today, I think,” he said.
Muhith mentioned that a large number of youths pay taxes willingly these days. “This is a very significant development for the whole nation,’ he said.
In the past, he said, the number of taxpayers was merely 15 lakh, not more than 30 lakhs.
Praising various development programmes of the government, Muhith said a ‘single economy’ has been created in the country because of those peogrammes, giving a big boost to the economy.
“It helped reduce the economic difference between the rich and the poor. Yes, there’s a difference in the country, it’s reducing significantly. Currently, the poverty rate in the country is 22 percent,” he said.
The Finance Minister said some three crore people are now living under the poverty line and these three crore people have to be pulled out.
“That’s the aim of the government and that’s the aim of the nation. Our government is working keeping that in mind,” he said.
Divisional cities will also hold the similar fair for seven days while the fair will be held for four days in 56 districts, two days in 32 upazila and one day in 70 upazilas.
November 30 is the last day for submitting the income tax returns for individual taxpayers.
For the last two years, the fair was held at NBR's own office in the city's Agargaon area.
To avoid traffic jam due to the ongoing construction of metro rail, the NBR has shifted the fair venue from Agargaon to the Officers' Club, said the NBR.
The new inclusion in the fair is the tax training through audio visual means.
New taxpayers can collect e-TINs (electronic tax identification numbers) at the fair while other taxpayers also can collect e-TIN through re-registration.
Separate booths have been set up at the fair venues for e-payment and freedom fighters, women, people with disabilities and elderly people.
The taxpayers will be able to file tax returns and do other tax-related tasks at the fair.
Panchagarh, Nov 13 (UNB) – A five-year-old girl was sexually harassed at Prodhanpara in Sadar upazila on Monday night.
Quoting the locals, police said victim’s neighbour Jony Islam, 22, picked her up from near her house and took her to a nearby bamboo garden and tried to violate her.
Jony fled the scene when the victim screamed.
Traumatised, the little girl returned home and informed her parents about the incident. She was admitted to Sadar Hospital.
Officer-in-charge of Panchagarh Police Station Abu Akkas Ahme said victim’s father was preparing to file a case in this connection.
Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) – The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant warning signal No two as the cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ over Southeast Bay and adjoining Southwest Bay and West central Bay remained practically stationary over the same area.
It was centred at noon about 1205 km southwest of Chattogram port, 1140 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1130 km southwest of Mongla port and 1110 km southwest of Payra port, said a met office bulletin.
It is likely to intensify further and move in a west-southwesterly direction.
The maximum sustained wind speed within 54 km of the cyclone centre is about 62 kph rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls, according to the bulletin.
Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.
All the fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Sirajganj, Nov 13 (UNB) – A woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her son over a family feud at Tamai Kaliapara in Belkuchi upazila on Tuesday.
The victim was identified as Nargis Begum, 48, wife of Korban Ali of the village.
Quoting witnesses, Anwarul Islam, officer-in-charge of Belkuchi Police Station, said Yasin Ali, 17, younger son of Qurban Ali, picked up a quarrel with his mother over a family feud in the afternoon.
At one stage, Yasin stabbed his mother indiscriminately, leaving her dead on the spot.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue.
Yasin went into hiding after the murder.