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Students continue anti-VAT agitations on streets
Observer Online Desk
Published :Monday, 14 September, 2015,  Time : 12:16 PM  View Count : 27
Students of private sector higher education institutes have taken to the streets on Monday again protesting the VAT imposed on their tuition fees.

Demonstrations continued on Monday with roads blocked by students at Dhaka’s Rampura, Gulshan, Banani and Uttara.
Protests on Sunday choked major thoroughfares and disrupted traffic in the capital, causing much trouble for commuters.
The students ended the agitation in the evening and announced to resume it on Monday morning.
Around 10am on Monday, East West University students  came out from their campus at Rampura and blocked the street between the Rampura Bridge and Merul Badda disrupting traffic.
An hour later, BRAC University students took out a procession from their campus in Mohakhali. Protestors blocked the road between Mohakhali and Gulshan 1 intersections disrupting traffic.
Movement of vehicles was disrupted on the crucial Airport Road at the Kakoli intersection of Banani as students demonstrated blocking the street.
At Uttara, students are demonstrating at the House Building intersection. That disrupted traffic on the road connecting Dhaka to the highways leading to Tangail and Gazipur.
The government imposed a 7.5 percent VAT on tuition fees of private universities, and medical and engineering colleges in the budget for 2015-16 fiscal.
Students have taken to the streets opposing the decision because they fear this will add to their financial burden.
Protests on Thursday and Sunday blocking major roads, effectively crippled Dhaka traffic.
The government has clarified that the universities would have to pay the VAT as it was already included in the tuitions fees they charge from their students.  It said the VAT amount should not be separately realised from the students.
But the clarification failed to satisfy the students and they are continuing to agitate.

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