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Cabinet Meeting

Dcc Under Administrators

PM admits dearth of public service

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday said people in the capital were suffering from a lack of city services and that city corporations cannot be run by administrators for long. To end the sufferings of city dwellers, she later asked LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam to take steps for holding the long-due Dhaka city mayor elections, sources said. In November 29, 2011, the Hasina administration split the DCC into two -- Dhaka south with 36 wards and...

PM orders to arrange DCC elections

PM orders to arrange DCC elections

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam to take necessary measures to hold elections to the bifurcated Dhaka city corporation (DCC) in a bid to end public sufferings. The premier came up with direction while chairing the weekly cabinet meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat. She admitted that the city dwellers are facing...

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HT Imam comes under fire

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and many of her cabinet colleagues yesterday came down hard on HT Imam for his recent controversial comment that the government used the administration for holding the January 5 polls. In a cabinet meeting at the secretariat, the PM was furious that Imam was using her name to clarify his position on the comment, said meeting sources. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Imam claimed the premier was aware that he was going to hold a press...

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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