Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)- The International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) on Thursday urged the government to reduce corporate tax rate for increasing investment capacity in the country.
“The corporate tax rate is high in comparison to the country’s economy and it should be reduced to keep the economy free from negative impact,” IBFB President Humayun Rashid said at a press conference on budget reaction at Jatiya Press Club.
Humayun said that the proposed budget is realistic but there are challenges for implementation.
“Reduction of the corporate tax rate will lead to the creation of more employment opportunities,” he added.
He said he opposed providing opportunities for whitening black money since it will give a negative message.
“Some conditions should be attached. If the money is used only for creating employment then we can support it. But we can’t support the idea of using black money to buy flats,” he added.
IBFB President Rashid said that all districts should be equally prioritised in development projects and areas with high poverty rate should get extra attention.
“We want a balanced budget which will ensure that the middle-class will not face extra pressure,” he said.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)-A fire that broke out on the 10th floor of a high-rise building at Paribagh in the city on Thursday afternoon has been brought under control.
The fire broke out around 2:10 pm and eight fire fighting units brought the blaze under control with a short time, according to Fire Service and Civil Defence control room.
Chapainawabganj, June 20 (UNB)— Nine people were sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering Jubo League leader Monirul Islam, who was also the treasurer of Sonamasjid Land Port C&F Agents Association.
District and Sessions Judge Md Sawkat Ali handed also sentenced two others to life imprisonment and acquitted four others.
Convicts who got maximum penalty are – Akherul Islam, 36, Sirajul Islam Munshi, 40, Tahurul Islam Tutul, 42, Abdul Malek, 34, Sirajul Islam, 40, Shariful Islam Sharif, 37, Md Masud, 22, Sirajul Islam Sentu, 32, and Abdus Salam, 34.
Parul Begum and Masud alias Lalchand were handed down life imprisonment.
The convicts have been fined Tk 2 lakh each. Parul and Lalchand will have to spend another year in jail if they fail to pay the fine.
According to case details, the then C&F Agents Association chief Akherul, vice-president Munshi, general secretary Tutul and others were at odds with Monirul over transaction of the association’s money.
The convicts took Monirul to Shibgtanj Upazila Stadium area on the evening of October 24, 2014 and shot him dead.
Monirul’s wife Rahima Khatun filed a murder case with Shibganj police the next day. Police filed the charge sheet accusing 15 people on June 15, 2015.
Dhaka, Jun 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all to plant and nurture saplings in their respective workplaces and houses with a view to protecting the environment.
“I would like to request you all who are in our schools, colleges, offices and courts to plant some saplings in your respective workplaces and houses. Also our children will have to be taught it (tree plantation). You’ll also have to nurture trees alongside plantation of saplings,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the programmes of the World Environment Day and Environment Fair-2019 and the National Tree Plantation Campaign and Fair-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.
She also urged everybody to plant at least three saplings – a fruit-producing tree, a timber-producing and aherbal-contributing one.
Noting that creating green belts is very essential for the sake of the environment, Hasina said her government’s target is to bring 20 percent land of the country under forestation. The government also continues various activities to accomplish the target, she added.
The Prime Minister asked to keep tree plantation programme and consider the protection system of water bodies while undertaking any development project.
According to the WHO, some 4.2 million people die every year as a result of exposure of ambient (outdoor) air pollution, while 3.8 million die due to household exposure to smoke from dirty stoves or fuel, she said.
With the modernisation and rise in technology use, people damage and pollute the environment in many ways to make their lives comfortable, she said.
“We're polluting the air regularly in various ways by our irresponsible activities,” said Sheikh Hasina adding that whatever people use to lead a modern life such as the use of car and airplane are polluting the environment.
She asked the researches to consider the environmental damages caused by the use of modern equipment and technology in their study.
The Prime Minister said though the government gave shelter to displaced Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds, but the forests in Cox's Bazar was damaged due to the influx of Rohingyas.
She said her government has taken massive programmes to protect the World largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans, including creation of alternative employment for the local people, expanding the navigability of rivers and channels through dredging and reducing salinity in the water of the Sundarbans.
About climate changes, Hasina said the government has formulated Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and raised a climate fund to face adverse impacts caused by the climate changes. The government allocated some Tk 3,500 crore for the fund, she said.
Noting that Bangladesh is one of the worst victims of the climate changes, she said the developed countries are largely responsible for the climate change, but Bangladesh is getting very little amount of compensation from the international community.
The Prime Minister said there are a total of 6,78,601 beneficiaries in the social forestation and some Tk 356.82 crore profit money has so far been disbursed among 1,68,564 beneficiaries.
Now the local stakeholders get 75 percent profit, while the government gets 25 percent profit from the social forestation, she said.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin presided over the function, while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry Saber Hossain Chowdhury spoke on the occasion.
Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change HabibunNahar attended the programmes.Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary Abdullah Al MohsinChowdhury delivered the welcome speech.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Air Pollution’ with the slogan- Beat Air Pollution.
At the function, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the National Environmental Award-2019 to three individuals and two organisations under two categories for their contributions to the environment.
Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) DrQaziKholiquzzaman Ahmad, noted Water and Climate Changes expert Prof AinunNishat and Scientific Adviser of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation Dr Mubarak Ahmad Khan received the environmental awards under the individual category.
Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) and Envoy Textiles Limited received the environmental awards under the organisation category.
The Prime Minister also handed over Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation-2019 and Prime Minister’s National Award for Tree Plantation-2018 at the event.
Besides, she handed over cheques among the beneficiaries for the profit earned from social forestation.
Hasina inaugurated Sheikh Kamal Wildlife Centre in Gazipur and the 12-storey PoribeshBhaban in the city.
The Prime Minister opened the National Tree Plantation Campaign by planting a tamarind sapling on the BICC premise.
This year’s theme for the National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair is ‘Forest and Ecology in Education, Building modern Bangladesh' Green.'
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) – Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Thursday arrested two persons with four gold chains, weighing 1.22 kg, from the bordering area in Damurhuda upazila.
The arrestees were identified as Syed Rumon, son of Nurul Haq of Banaripara in Barishal district and Mesrin, 42, son of Sharafat Sharif of Louhajang in Munshiganj district.
Tipped off, a team of BGB-6 conducted a drive in the area and arrested them along with the gold chains worth an estimated Tk 46.2 lakh around 9:30am.
The arrestees were handed over to Chuadanga police.
A case was filed.