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Chief Whip rejects part of TIB study

Chief Whip rejects part of TIB study

Chief Whip ASM Feroz today termed baseless Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study which claimed a considerable amount of money had been lost due to quorum crisis in the current session of the parliament. "It is not comprehensible on which basis TIB calculated the loss of Tk 8.01 crore due to quorum crisis and on...

Khaleda terms current parliament club of clowns

Khaleda terms current parliament club of clowns

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today termed the current parliament a “club of clowns” as songs, poems and dramas are being performed there instead of discussions taking place on public interest issues. “No issue relating to public interest is discussed in the present parliament. In fact, it has become a club of clowns,” Khaleda said...

Journalist welfare trust bill passed

Journalist welfare trust bill passed

Parliament today passed a bill aimed at ensuring welfare of the insolvent, wounded and sick journalists and the families of deceased media people. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu piloted the Bangladesh Sangbadik Kolyan Trust Bill 2014 before the Jatiya Sangsad for its passage.  The bill has a provision of forming a 13-memmebr board of trustee...

Unusual scene at Sangsad

Unusual scene at Sangsad

In a hardly ever seen instance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday lauded opposition Jatiya Party in the House and said people now understand how a parliament should work. "The people, the youths and future generation are now observing how democracy is being practised. The present opposition is making constructive criticism of the government, instead of opposing anything for the sake of opposing in parliament," she said. Speaking on the discussion on the proposed budget, Hasina criticised the role of the BNP lawmakers of previous parliaments. "The BNP lawmakers behaved indecently in the 1996 parliament and also the last parliament. They made vulgar speeches and threw files in the House. They also beat...

TCB to sell essentials in Ramadan

The government will sell essential commodities across the country at subsidised rates before and during the fasting month of Ramadan to keep the prices stable, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed told parliament yesterday. Replying to queries from a band of lawmakers, he said Trading Corporation of Bangladesh would sell essentials at different parts of the country using 174 trucks. In a scripted reply, Tofail said TCB allocates sugar, lentil and edible oils to its 3,032 appointed dealers at least once a month...

Biman incurs Tk 785cr loss in 2 years

Biman incurred a loss of around Tk 785 crore in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13, parliament was told yesterday. In the Jatiya Sangsad, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said the national flag carrier lost Tk 594 crore in fiscal 2011-12 and Tk 191 crore in fiscal 2012-13. Replying to lawmakers' queries, the minister said there were various reasons behind the Biman's loss, including excessive fuel prices, interest of bank loan, an increase in rent for taking lease of...

11 doctors sacked for negligence in five months

Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday told parliament that a total of 11 doctors had been terminated while punitive actions were taken against over 100 others due to their “negligence in duty” in the last five months. Nasim came up the statement in reply to a query of independent MP Rustom Ali Farazi who alleged in parliament the day before that the health minister had failed to keep doctors in villages. In his statement, Nasim said, “In the five months after...

Militants seize Iraq's second city of Mosul

Militants seize Iraq's second city of Mosul

Iraq's prime minister has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, after Islamist militants effectively took control of Mosul. Nouri Maliki acknowledged "vital areas" of the northern city had been seized. Overnight, hundreds of armed men seized local government's offices and police stations before taking control of the airport and the army's headquarters. About 150,000...

No more money whitening scope

No more money whitening scope

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has once again said the upcoming budget would not offer any opportunity to legalise black money. "I tell you that the provision is cancelled from today," he said at a crowded post-budget press conference yesterday in the capital's Osmani Memorial Auditorium. At several pre-budget discussions over the last one month, Muhith...

Tk 250,506cr budget proposed

Tk 250,506cr budget proposed

Finance Minister AMA Muhith today placed before the parliament the annual budget of Tk 250,506 crore for the fiscal 2014-15. In the proposed budget, the target of gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been set at 7.3 percent. The growth target was 7.2 percent in the outgoing fiscal year but according to the preliminary estimate...

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