Nation This Week

Thursday, November 9th, 2017


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been ranked 30th on this year’s Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The magazine’s another list of the World’s 22 Most Powerful Women in Politics has put Hasina in the 9th place for her political achievements. In stark contrast to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, the “lady of Dhaka” has promised aid to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, allotting 2,000 acres of land in Bangladesh for them, reported Forbes on November 1. It said Hasina is “proud to bear the bulk of the cost” of the relocation of these refugees to her country. This includes issuing identification cards and providing childhood immunisations.


The government of Australia has issued a travel alert for its nationals in Bangladesh, saying that it has “reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Western interests in Bangladesh”. Issuing the advice on November 3, the government called upon Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Bangladesh due to the “high threat of terrorist attack and the uncertain security situation”. “Stay alert and maintain an active awareness of your environment. Ensure you have robust security plans in place. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh,” read the advice. It asked the Australian citizens to consider the kind of places known to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided.


For the first time, the National Board of Revenue has recognised 84 families across the country as “Kar Bahadur Paribar” or tax icon families for paying taxes regularly for a long time. The NBR published a list of the families on November 6. Among the families, 16 are from Dhaka, eight from Chittagong and the rest from other districts. No family from Rangamati and Khagrachhari was nominated for the honour. While placing the budget for the fiscal 2017-18 in parliament, Finance Minister AMA Muhith disclosed the government plan to recognise the families, whose members have been paying taxes for a long time, as “Tax Icon Families”. Khwaja Tajmahal’s family is at the top of the “Tax Icon Families” from Dhaka, followed by ABM Shafiul Alam’s family and Transcom Group Chairman Latifur Rahman’s family.


The organisers could not have asked for a better place to launch the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. A full-house, a new home team and a new venue surrounded by a lot of green made it quite an occasion to kick-start the slam-bang T20 competition, which has now become the most followed domestic sporting event in the country. Making their debut as a franchise, Sylhet Sixers got off to a memorable start by defeating defending champions Dhaka Dynamites by nine wickets in the opening match at the purpose-built Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. There was no gala opening ceremony this time around, but the colourful presence of sports-savvy fans in the eastern headquarters of the country more than compensated for the fireworks normally associated with the money-spinning event.

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