Keraniganj, April 2 (UNB) –The body of the boatman, who went missing in a boat capsize in the Buriganga river during Sunday night’s storm, was recovered from the river in Barishur area on Tuesday morning.
The death toll from the boat capsize incidents in the river rose to five with the recovery of the body of Makbul Hossain.
Locals spotted Makbul’s body floating the river in Barishur area around 9am and informed police.
Later, police recovered the body and handed it over to his family after carrying out an autopsy, said SI AMirul Islam of Keraniganj Model Police Station.
In another incident, two young men- Sabbir Hossain, 18, son of Shahidul Islam and Tuhin, 20, son of Afzal Hossain of Shariatpur, died as a trawler capsized in the river near Keraniganj.
Besides, Rumi Akhter, 30, wife of one Ziaur Rahman and her 3-year old son Ali Hossain, residents of Madrasapara in Kamrangirchar of the capital died as a boat carrying them capsized in the river near Borishurghat in Keraniganj on the same day.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) - Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will be released from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Friday and moved to a rented house there for further treatment.
“The health condition of Obaidul Quader is better now as he’s undergoing treatment at a cabin. He’ll be taken to a rented house on Friday from where he’ll take treatment,” said a high official at the ministry.
Now he is talking to physicians and relatives normally, he said.
On March 26, Obaidul Quader was moved to a cabin from the intensive care unit of Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital after his condition improved.
The minister underwent a bypass surgery on March 20.
He was initially admitted to BSMMU on March 3 following breathing complications. Later, tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery. He was flown to Singapore the next day for better treatment.
Dhaka, April 2 (UNB) - A court here on Tuesday sent two sons of the owner of Wahed Mansion in Chawkbazar, from where a devastating fire originated on the night of February 20 that killed at least 71 people, to jail rejecting their bail petitions.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Qaisarul Islam sent Md Hasan and Sohel alias Shahid to jail upon their surrender to it.
The siblings sought fresh bail from the lower court through their lawyer as the tenure of their three weeks bail granted by the High Court expired.
After hearing, the court rejected the bail pleas and sent them to jail.
Earlier on March 11, a High Court bench comprising of Justice Jahangir HossainSelimand Justice Md RiazUddin Khan granted three-week bail to the siblings and asked them to surrender before lower court after the tenure of the given bail is over and cooperate with investigation officer of the case filed over the deadly fire.
A total of 71 people were killed and dozens others were injured in a fire that broke out at Wahed Mansion in Churihatta of Dhaka’s Chawkbazar and raged through four other adjacent buildings in Chawkbazar on February 20. Two cases were filed.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB)- Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) on Tuesday urged the government to keep special facilities for small and medium young entrepreneurs in the upcoming budget of 2019-2020 fiscal year.
President of BCI Anwarul Alam Chowdhury came up with a set recommendations during a pre-budget discussion at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) office in the capital.
The recommendations included land allocation for young entrepreneurs at special rates in different sectors including Bangladesh Economic Zone authority (BEZA), Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) and formation of a special fund for financing youths’ initiatives.
Bank loan at lowest interest rate, fixing trade licence fee maximum at Tk 3000 in first five years, special tax facilities for the young entrepreneurs were also among the recommendations.
Their recommendations also include special tax benefit if 5 percent physically challenged and third gender workforce are employed in any industrial unit and tax benefit in investment for modernizing industrial units.
Addressing the programme, NBR Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said he hopes that the next budget will be a business friendly one.
“Bangladesh is moving forward so we need help from all to achieve our goal. There are many businessmen in our rural areas who are evading taxes. We are thinking to bring them under tax net,” he added.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday said the government has not shut the transmission of any foreign channel but served notices on two distributor companies for airing Bangladeshi commercials on downlinked foreign television channels.
The two distributors -- Nationwide Media Limited and Jadoo Vision Limited -- have been asked to respond to the notices within the next seven days.
Although the government banned the airing of Bangladeshi commercials on downlinked foreign television channels from April 1 some companies continued airing ads violating Cable Television Network Operations Act 2006, said the minister while talking to reporters after a meeting with cinema hall owners at the ministry.
“Currently, Bangladeshi television channels are being deprived of advertisements for this reason and the country is losing Tk 500-1000 crore each year.”
In other countries, including India, airing of local commercials on downlinked foreign television channels is prohibited. So far, the law was not enforced in Bangladesh but from now on it will be implemented, he added.
The government on March 13 banned the airing of local advertisements on downlinked foreign channels.