• Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Cabinet Meeting

Mobile talk gets costlier

Using mobile phones is going to be costlier as the government yesterday decided to introduce one percent surcharge on calls and other uses of the device. The amount raised will be spent on education and healthcare. The decision came at the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The decision will come into force upon publication of a gazette in this regard. The cabinet also approved in principle the Child Marriage Prevention Act, 2014 with...

Govt to export 50,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka

Encouraged by a bumper yield and good stocks at home, the government has decided to export at least 50,000 tonnes of rice, first of its kind since the independence, to Sri Lanka in the current fiscal year.   The decision came at the cabinet meeting yesterday, two months after the government extended the ban on non-fragrant rice export until June 2015 in order to ensure good supply and control price hikes in the local market. Notifying the cabinet about this year's rice...

Maya skips cabinet meeting

Maya skips cabinet meeting

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya skipped the cabinet meeting yesterday amid criticism over the alleged involvement of his family members in the seven-murder in Narayanganj. His absence became a topic of discussion for the officials at the secretariat. The minister, however, spent some time at his ministry office at the secretariat around 3:15pm. “I went to my office as I needed to do some work,” Maya told The Daily Star in the afternoon. On his absence at the cabinet meeting, he said it was not only him who did not attend the meeting. “What's wrong with my absence when some other ministers also did not turn out to...

Toll for using roads, bridges

Toll for using roads, bridges

The government today approved a policy slapping toll for vehicles to use all national, regional, district-level roads and bridges. As per the National Toll Policy-2014, vehicles that ply 22,000 kilometres roads under the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) will have to pay minimum toll of Tk 5 and maximum of Tk 1,000. The decision came...

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