Dhaka, Dec 1 (UNB) – The tendency of committing suicide has been increasing at an alarming rate among the students of Dhaka University (DU) in recent times.
So far this year, a total of eight students are known to have committed suicide. Three students killed selves in November alone.
Specialists think that the incidents regarding suicide are occurring in the country due to unrequited love, break-ups, academic pressure, family pressure, unemployment and frustration.
In the most recent incident, Huzifa Rashid, a master's student of the Political Science department, committed suicide at his Tongi residence in Gazipur on November 22. His family thinks that Huzifa was very upset over some academic matters.
Before him, Meher Nigar Dani, a former student of DU English department, hanged herself at her Jashore residence on November 16. Her friend said Dani was a student of the 2010-11 academic session, who was frustrated at not getting a job in line with her expectations.
Fahmida Reza Silvi, a second year student of the World Religion and Culture department, committed suicide on November 12 by hanging herself from a ceiling fan inside her room at a hostel of Farmgate in Dhaka. She had chosen the path of suicide after a break-up with her boyfriend, according to her friends.
Jakir Hossian, a student of Disaster Management department, also hanged himself on October 15 as he was frustrated over some family matters, said his friends.
Afia Sarika, a second year student of Marketing department, took her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Rampura in Dhaka on September 10, as she was upset after breaking up with her boyfriend
On August 15, Mushifiq Mahbub, a fourth year student of Music department, committed suicide jumping off the roof of his house in the Cantonment area of Dhaka as he was very frustrated over the situation of the country’s education system.
Tanvir Rahman, an evening master’s student of DU, killed self on March 31 jumping off the rooftop of its MBA building as he failed to get a government job after efforts for a long time.
On February 15 last, Torun Hossain, a third year student of Finance department, took his own life by jumping off a building at Hazaribagh of old Dhaka. His friends, classmates and roommates said he had been frustrated over his performance in the departmental examinations as well as family issues.
DU Psychology department chairperson and director of Students Counselling and Guidance Centre Mahjabeen Haque said the tendency of committing suicide among the students is increasing due to frustration regarding unemployment, failure in love affairs, lack of self-confidence and familial problems.
“We should keep in mind that committing suicide can never be solution. All people must go through crises in their life, but the path of suicide is not a solution,” she said.
Advising the students to visit the counselling centres, she said although mental health needs to be taken seriously, it is usually ignored in Bangladesh.
“Students should try to find their inner strength to fight with any crisis, create a positive outlook on life and face any situation normally. Parents and friends should listen to their children and friends more and make them feel more important,” she added.
DU Proctor Prof Dr AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB, “It is a matter of deep concern that this suicidal tendency increases among our brilliant students. I would request them not to ignore life like that. They should know that their life is very valuable both to their families and the nation.”
Sylhet, Nov 30 (UNB) – Dibir Haor, a beautiful tourist spot surrounded by mountain at the foot of Meghalaya state of India, was off the radar even four years back, but it has turned out to be a great destination of tourists in a much less time than expected, thanks to the media for their constant coverage since 2014.
Hundreds of tourists arrive here each day to enjoy the scenic beauty of Dibir Haor in Jaintapur upazila.
There are four beels -- Dibi Beel, Yam, Horofkata and Kendree Beel-- where water lilies are grown naturally in around 900 acres of land. During winter, these beels wear an attractive look with the blooming of water lilies and the entire place looks like a carpet decorated with the red water lilies.
Besides, the chirping of birds makes it more attractive to tourists. This scenic beauty remains visible till 12pm from dawn.
“Pan, Pani o Nari-Ei tiney Jaintapuri” (Betel, water and women, these three make Jaintapuri), is the description that the locals say.
The place is also full of natural and mineral resources.
Known as Shaplar Beel, Dibir Haor, however, could not escape the evil eyes of land grabbers, raising the eyebrows of the tourists, who say the government intervention has now become essential to protect it.
Of late, they put their greedy look at the land of the beels and their gangs are out to invade it in many ways, allege locals.
The grabbers have already destroyed the sight of Horofkata beel by grazing buffaloes in the beel as well as picking up roots of water lilies for sale.
Defying lease rules, they have already destroyed its beauty by flushing out the water of Kendree beel.
Local voluntary organisations, nature lovers and tourists are now demanding cancellation of the lease to stop their ill efforts to destroy the beauty of the haor.
A human chain was formed in front of Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar at the initiative of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) demanding immediate government steps to protect the beels.
Besides, a memorandum containing their demand was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner of the district.
Many tourists said the sight and scenery of the beels Khasia, surrounded by Jantia Hill, greatly attract them. Besides, they said, there is the grave of Jantia Kingdom King Bijay Sing, another historic symbol.
They demanded the government that the lease agreement signed with the “land grabbers” be cancelled.
Dhaka, Nov 28 (UNB)- The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has seen a significant growth in its revenue collection in the last six years which helped the government take some mega projects like Padma Bridge one with its own funding.
The revenue collection in the last six years witnessed 15.16 percent growth on average.
In 2012-13 fiscal year, the revenue collection was Tk 109,151.73 crore, posting a 14.83 percent while the collection was Tk 206,000 crore in the last 2017-18 fiscal year that showed a massive 19.50 percent growth.
The collection was Tk 120,819.85 crore in 2013-14 fiscal that means the growth was 10.69 percent. In 2014-15 fiscal year, the collection was Tk 135,700.70 crore showing a 12.32 percent growth while it was 155,518.72 crore with a 14.60 percent growth.
The revenue collection saw a considerable jump in the 2016-17 fiscal year when the NBR collected Tk 185,003.69 crore with an 8.96 percent growth.
Last year, the revenue collection from import-export was 28.66 percent, while 36.07 percent was from VAT and 35.27 percent from income tax.
According to sources at the NBR, the government has been successful to some extent in its plan to boost the revenue collection from internal sources while reducing dependence on foreign aid or loan or grant.
"As a result, it has been able to implement the mega project the Padma Bridge one with its own fund," an NBR official said.
He said the government has been able to expand the size of its budget due to the steady growth in revenue collection. Various types of innovative ideas of the NBR are behind the success of the persistent revenue growth, he added.
Income tax fair, tax survey and simplification of the income tax return and VAT payment, introduction of ASYCUDA World and ASYCUDA++ for customs helped the NBR achieve the success, the official mentioned.
According to him, the number of taxpayers marked a sharp rise during the period as the electronic Tax Identification Numbers (e-TINs) crossed 36 lakh.
The NBR high official said a pro-revenue culture is being created in the country due to various types of initiatives taken by the revenue authority, including advancing the automation, giving tax and VAT card.
"As a result, the number of taxpayers has increased along with the revenue collection," he said.
The official mentioned that the government has been able to remove the fear from taxpayers’ minds in the last 10 years through building awareness.
While speaking at the inaugural programme of weeklong Income Tax Fair at Officers’ Club here on Tuesday, 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 adding that many youths pay taxes willingly these days. “This is a very significant development for the whole nation,” he said.
According to data provided by the NBR, the number of TIN holders in 2012-13 fiscal was 12 lakh while it is now over 36 lakh, thanks to the salary hike of the public servants and mandatory provision of submitting their income tax returns.
For the fiscal year 2018-19, the government has set the total revenue target – tax and non-tax revenue - at Tk 3 ,39,280 crore. Of the above total amount, the NBR has been tasked to source Tk 2,96,201crore.
Official said that income tax and other direct taxes will contribute Tk 102,201 crore, while import and export tax Tk 32,589 crore, VAT Tk 110,543 crore, supplementary duty Tk 48,766, excise duty Tk 2,091 while turnover tax Tk 11 crore.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) - Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Manmohan Parkash has expressed the optimism that Bangladesh will be known as a ‘technically advanced nation’ producing large ships through development of skills.
“It’s (shipbuilding) a hidden gem,” he told UNB after visiting Western Marine Shipyard at Patiya upazila of Chattogram district where he witnessed progress under the ADB-assisted skills for employment investment programme.
He said Bangladesh has tremendous potentials with its economy growing at 7 to 8 percent currently but the growth can become 8-10 percent if people are trained with the right education. “I’ve absolutely no doubt.”
Parkash highlighted five things -- good policymaking, good tech management, investing in infrastructure, investing skills and human capital; and embracing the new technologies for better Bangladesh with a stronger economy.
“These five things can make Bangladesh a well-developed country. That’s a dream I have, that’s a passion you have. We can work together to really make Bangladesh a beautiful and wonderful country,” he said.
Parkash, a professional with over 32 years of experience, oversees the implementation of the ADB Country Partnership Strategy for Bangladesh (2016-2020).
Responding to another question, he said Bangladesh is a very blessed country and it is a land of opportunities.
“The only thing it needs is to harness the endowment it has. It has so many endowments. One of the biggest endowments is its people. You have young population. You have such youths who are hungry for knowledge and who have a passion to do something good for tomorrow,” Parkash said.
And, he added, they (young people) want to build a good Bangladesh for their own, for their children and grandchildren.
Explaining how Bangladesh can do it, Parkash said Bangladesh can do it by training them with good teachers.
“And you can do it by having people like you have at Western Marine Shipyard Limited Ltd who have really brought these people from remote areas and giving them an opportunity so that they can become people to stand up on their own feet gaining skills,” he said.
Parkash, who joined the ADB in 2002, said the quality of wielding and the quality of technical things that he saw display that they are not less than anybody.
The other advantage of Bangladesh, he said, is that the cost will be much less compared to the international one which means Bangladesh can easily capture the international market.
“Why should I go and buy expensive technology from the West when I can produce the technology taking advantage of using my own people? I can export this technology to the West and other countries,” Parkash said sharing what Bangladesh can do.
Talking about the importance of skill development in Bangladesh, he said the ADB is really the pioneer of skill development, and Bangladesh needs technical and vocational education much more now.
Parkash said shipbuilding is a unique industry and it is really teaching people how to do wielding maintaining the international standard and the certification is specially done by an international certification agency.
“So, these wielders not only can build ships here for us, they can also build ships for outsiders. They’re now building ships for Norway, a developed country. What will be a more proud moment for Bangladesh that ships built in Bangladesh to be exported to Norway, and Norway will use that,” he said.
Parkash said Bangladesh started building ships at the right moment and it is good to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also been giving a lot of importance to inland waterways and coastal shipping with other countries.
He laid emphasis on taking advantage of Bangladesh’s location since it is at a place where Asean countries are on the East, India is on Bangladesh’s West and in South Bangladesh has got China.
Managing Director of Western Marine Shipyard Ltd M Sakhawat Hossain said Bangladesh will continue to make its presence stronger in the international shipbuilding market through enhancing its productivity and developing skills.
He said the investment in skill development generated more jobs and it is boosting the image of Bangladesh and adding values in a big way.
“We can have stronger presence in global market as we’re saying -- shirt to ship,” he told UNB sharing their success stories and how they took the Bangladesh flag to the global market with ‘Made in Bangladesh’ tag.
Executive Project Director of Skills for Employment Investment Programme (SEIP) Jalal Ahmed said they are working on SEIP-2 which will begin from 2021 as the project is helping the country boost national productivity.
He said the main components of SEIP are to scale up training in six priority sectors -- garments and textile, leather and footwear, construction, light engineering, IT and shipbuilding.
Chief Coordinator, training programme of Association of Export Oriented Shipbuilding Industries of Bangladesh (AEOSIB) with SEIP, Captain Mohammed Habibur Rahman said a total of 7328 people were enrolled of them 5625 have already been assessed.
“So far, our success rate is 88.53 percent,” he said shrining the success stories in the areas of wielding and fabrication, electrical and navigation, machine tools operation, machinery installation, painting and piping.
Faridpur, Nov 27 (UNB) – Faridpur River Port, the lone river port of the region, is unable to provide necessary services for lack of required infrastructures though it was announced a full-fledged one two years back.
The authorities concerned have not yet been able to develop necessary facilities for the river port, causing frustration among several thousand workers and small traders.
Besides, poor navigability in absence of dredging and fall in the water level in the Padma River during the dry season made the river port unusable.
When C&B Ghat of Faridpur district was declared a full-fledged river port two years ago, businessman, traders and workers had seen a ray hope that it would bring about a change in their lives and livelihoods. But, there has been no visible development in two years, said locals.
Habibur Rahman, a coal, rod and cement trader, alleged that no permanent office or connecting road has been constructed yet for the river port due to the negligence of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).
He said only one pontoon is being used for loading and unloading of goods from vessels.
Md Din Islam, a vessel worker, said that goods-laden vessels have to wait in queues in the river for having only one pontoon, causing financial losses to the owners of cargoes and vessels, and traders.
Besides, small trawlers are used to carry goods to the port as big cargoes cannot enter it causing additional expenses to traders, Din Islam said.
Zafar Sheikh, a leader of port workers, said though the livelihoods of around 6,000 workers depend on the port, majority of them pass lazy days for not having work.
Nafizur Rahman Taposh, a representative of port leaseholders, said some 50 types of goods are being brought to the port every day from different ports of the country, including that of Chattogram and Narayanganj.
If the navigability problem is not resolved, the goods transportation will decrease which will ultimately bring down the revenue generation.
Md Siddiqur Rahman, senior vice-president of Faridpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the river port is very important for the businesspeople of the region, and demanded that the problems here be resolved immediately.
Selim Reza, a BIWTA port officer, said survey works have already been launched for restoring the navigability of the river through dredging. “It’ll take several weeks to bring back the navigability,” he said.
Works on a mega project taken for the development of the port will start within two-three months, he said.