Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) - The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Monday awarded a total of 144 business entities across the country for depositing highest amount of Value Added Tax (VAT) with the national exchequer in fiscal year 2016-17.
Of them, nine top VAT payers receive the national-level awards while the rest 135 were honoured at the district level.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith handed over crests among the recipients at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the National VAT Day.
Of the national-level top VAT payers, Titas Gas Field, Habiganj Gas Field and Srikail Gas Field (Bapex) received the award in the production category while Orion Infrastructure Limited, TUV SUD Bangladesh Private Limited and Somoy Media Limited in the service category and SC Jonson (Pvt) Limited, Wartsila Bangladesh Limited and KCJ and Associates Limited under the business category.
District-level VAT award recipients include Sayeman Beach Resort Ltd, Swapan Chemical Works, Kiswan Snacks Ltd, Matribhander, Walton Plaza, Modern Plywood and Wood Processing Co, Christian Service Society, Safe N Save, SKS Inn, M/S Bajaj Palace, Asian Paints (Bd) Ltd, Nishan Biscuit and Bread Factory, Alauddin Hotel and Restaurant, Chowdhury Tea Warehouse, AM Channel Ltd, Aztek Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Khan Bajaj Centre, M/S Lily Motors, TVS Corner, Akash Foam Industry, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ad-Din Printers, Niloy Motors Ltd, Sardar Plastic Industry, Gowsia Hotel and Restaurant, Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd, Media Axis, Unimart Ltd, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Naogaon Palace, Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd, Akij Bidi Factory Ltd, Narsingdi Gas Fields, Kazi and Kazi Tea Estate Ltd, Sikder Chemical Works, Linday Bangladesh, JB Refinery Ltd, M/S North Bengal Trading, Hotel Poshur, Hotel Hillview Abashik, M/S Taj Hotel and Restaurant, Meghna Gas Fields, Mohammadi Electric Wares and Multi Products (MEP) Ltd, Hotel Grand Park, Shahbajpur Gas Field, Nurani Jarda Factory, Hanif Highway Hotel and Motel Complex, Fulkoli Food Products Ltd and Highway Inn Ltd.
Last year, some 149 top VAT-paying business entities were honoured by the NBR.
Speaking on the occasion, Muhith said the new VAT law will be fully implemented in three phases after 2020.
He also said they have taken some initiatives to ease the VAT and tax system so that people can pay these easily.
The finance minister also distributed prizes among the winners of an essay competition arranged on the occasion.
President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Shafiul Islam lamented that Bangladesh moved only one notch up to 176th position among 190 economies in a global ranking on the ease of doing business prepared by the World Bank Group. “We don't want to see such position.”
Mentioning that Bangladesh is economically doing well where private sector is playing a vital role, he urged the government to work in consultations with all.
The FBCCI president also underscored the need for putting emphasis on technology.
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said everyone who has capacity must pay VAT and tax.
He also urged the government to increase awareness among people in this regard.
NBR Chairman Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan who presided over the function urged the affordable persons to pay VAT and tax regularly.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Kamal Hossain on Monday said no one will be able to deprive people of their ownership of the country if they get organised and cast their votes.
“We all will cast our votes as per the Constitution. Let’s conduct an all-out election campaign at every house and every locality. Seeking votes is not an offence,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion programme, Dr Kamal further said, “We must enjoy our ownership of the country, but we don’t have any quarrel with anyone. If we can get organised no one can deprive us of it (ownership of the country.”
Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Council arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the International Human Rights Day.
Dr Kamal warned that the country’s independence will be hampered if people cannot cast their votes. “We must restore people’s ownership of the country to bring back democracy.”
He urged the government to ensure the best use of the last 20 days of its tenure so that people can appreciate it after the election.
“Your tenure has almost come to an end. Only 20 days are left. So, use the time properly. We’ll help you if you want to do that. For Allah’s sake do something good so that we can thank you on December 31,” he said.
Dr Kamal also reminded the government that people did not accept the ‘lopsided’ election held in 2014.
Referring to media reports on the growing incidents of extrajudicial killing, he demanded the government form a strong probe body to investigate the incidents.
“Extrajudicial killing has turned epidemic …there’s no guarantee of normal death in the country for lack of democracy. People can’t die without any trial. Extrajudicial killing must be stopped,” the jurist observed.
Narayanganj, Dec 10 (UNB) – Julekha Begum claims she is at least 100 years old. In this stage of life bed should be her friend but she was left alone at the railway station which is difficult to believe without seeing in own eyes. In the cold winter her old body shivers and curls up but there is no one to look after her.
In the busy metropolitan city many pass their days on the footpaths, beg from others out of hunger but Julekha Begum is not like them. Her own son and daughter-in-law left her at the railway station.
For past few days at the platform of Chashara railway station the poor woman was seen screaming and asking one question – “Will Abul come to take me back?” Who is this Abul ? He is Julekha Begum’s son.
A shopkeeper of the station also a witness said on December 6 (Thursday) Julekha’s son and daughter-in-law brought her to the station in the morning.
The shopkeeper asked about her identity while Julekha’s daughter-in-law said that Julekha, who is her mother-in-law, had been staying with them after death of her six elder brothers-in-law.
And from now on they are unable to look after her, she said and immediately left the place with her husband.
Julekha with her blur eyesight managed to see her son leaving her and started crying while Abul returned once not for taking her back rather to shut her pitiful screams which possibly felt disturbing to him. Abul finally left the spot and never came back.
He who once felt secure under the arm of his mother now took shelter under arms of his wife while Julekha was still hoping for his return. Even she is unable to believe that her son has left her alone in the last stage of life.
Julekha asks only one question all the time “Will Abul come to take me back?” Maybe she was still unaware that her son had thrown her away just trash meant for the dustbin. She can never believe what her son did to her and still waits for Abul’s return.
Locals took her to Khanpur Hospital where primary treatment was provided to her as she was suffering from the wounds she bore on her leg and police was informed.
Later, local social activists found out the address of Julekha’s grandson Amjad Hossain at Masdair area in Sadar upazila who was also unwilling to carry her responsibilities.
It was also learnt that Abul, a worker of iron market in Masdair area and his wife left their home for village in Faridpur after leaving her at the railway station.
Reading reports of the incident in the newspaper, Syeda Selina Sheli, Executive Director of ‘Apan Nibas’, an old home of Uttara in the capital showed interest to take responsibility of Julekha.
Meanwhile locals demonstrated in front of Abul’s house in the morning and demanded justice as the incident triggered an outcry on social media.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB)- Bangladesh has earned USD 1707.37 crore in the first five months (July-November) of the ongoing fiscal year which is 12.07 percent higher than the target amount of USD 1523 crore, thanks to the readymade garments sector.
During the same period in 2017-18 fiscal the export earnings was USD 1456 crore. It means the earning is 17.24 percent higher than the previous fiscal year.
According to the available data of Export Promotion Data (EPB) the earning in November was USD 342 crore which is 11.94 percent higher than the previous year. Last year, the earning was USD 305 crore.
The earnings from the RMG during the period was 1418.62 crore, the highest one as usual. The target for the sector was USD 1276.96 crore.
The export of agri-products saw a huge jump in the first five months of the running fiscal with 77 percent growth. The export earning from the sector is USD 45.86 crore.
The growth for plastic products is 30 percent than the same period of the last fiscal. The earnings from the plastic products is USD 4.87 crore which is 24.81 percent higher than the target.
But the earnings from the jute and jute products, and leather and leather good saw a negative growth of 22 and 16 percent respectively in the first five months of the current fiscal.
Jute and jute goods fetched USD 35.15 crore while leather and leather goods bagged USD 43.47 crore.
In the last fiscal (2017-18) Bangladesh earned USD 3666.82 crore from exporting various types of goods. Of the total number, USD 3061 crore came from the RMG sector.
In 2018-19 fiscal, the total export target has been fixed at USD 3900 crore, which is four percent higher than the previous year.
The export target was set after considering the world economic outlook, policy changes at important export destinations, stakeholder feedback, supply chain capacity, changes in exchange rates, and global business trends.
Of the total target, USD 3269 billion or 83.49 percent is expected to come from the apparel sector.
Talking to UNB a senior official of EPB said that the target will be achieved easily as the exporters of the country especially the RMG sector has the capacity to suppress the target.
He said that the government has ensured a business-friendly environment in the country so that manufacturers can conduct business without interruption and hindrance.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad left here for Singapore on Monday night for medical checkup.
Ershad along with party presidium member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu and his APS Manjurul Islam left Shahjalal International Airport by a Singapore Airlines flight around 10:45pm, said Ershad’s deputy press secretary Delwar Jalali.
Earlier in the day, a party press release said Ershad will return home soon after receiving treatment there.
On Saturday, Ershad appointed Jatiya Party's presidium member Ruhul Amin Hawlader as his special assistant to discharge all the organisational responsibilities of the party chairman in his absence.
The new development came just four days after Hawlader was removed from the party's secretary general post.
On December 3, Ershad made party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader from the post.
Ranga, also the State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives, is discharging the duty of party secretary general alongside its presidium member as his additional charge.