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NBR FOR PACKAGE VAT

New VAT law to be effective from July 1 Business Report The National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman MdMosharraf Hussain Bhuiyan said the revenue authorities are weighing to impose a fixed rate or package VAT-like tax rate under the new VAT law that is scheduled to come into effect from next fiscal 2019-20. It will […]

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A FRIEND IN NEED!

Engr. S. A. Mansoor Back in December 1970, I was sent by the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce, to attend a fully residential in depth management program in UK. It was held at Urwick Management Center(UMC); at Slough which is close to Cambridge University in UK. It had a huge compound with around 500 yards of […]

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Bangabandhu’s 99th or 100th birth anniversary?

Sir Frank Peters I am confused… totally confused… and I am sure there are millions more just like me. In some Bangladeshi newspapers on Sunday news stories heralded Bangabandhu’s birthday anniversary as his 99th. Other publications made claim it was his 100th. Which are correct? By my calculations, if Bangabandhu was born on March 17, […]

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What happened to the remains of Khashoggi’s predecessor?

Ghadanfar Rokon Abadi was Iran’s senior intelligence officer in Beirut in the late 1990s. I met him many times and he was always frank about Iran’s support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; he even spoke to students at a Christian university in east Beirut to explain why his country supported Syria. He was not very convincing: claiming that the Syrian revolution had nothing to do with poverty or oppression was a hard sell.