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Govt may step in if large-loan restructuring policy fails: Muhith

The government may tread on the central bank's path if its large loan restructuring policy fails to improve the default loan situation. “Let us see what the Bangladesh Bank has done [about the restructuring policy]. If it does not work, we will intervene,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith told reporters yesterday at his secretariat office. The central bank last week formulated a restructuring policy for large loans with relaxed conditions to relieve the handful of large borrowers from their overwhelming immediate debt...

Govt rolls out landmark IT training programme

The government yesterday rolled out a major programme to train 30,000 students in information technology and IT-enabled services over the next three years to further its Digital Bangladesh vision. “It is part of a plan to transform the labour-based economy into a digital one,” Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, said at the programme's launch ceremony at the capital's Sonargoan Hotel. The programme is supported by the 'Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance project' (LICT) initiative of Bangladesh Computer...

FBCCI to hold nationwide rallies against political violence

FBCCI to hold nationwide rallies against political violence

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Sunday said they would soon hold countrywide rallies with the national flag in hands, seeking an end to destructive political programmes to restore business-friendly environment in the country. Emerging from an emergency board meeting, FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed said they would...

Metro rail project tender floated: Quader

Metro rail project tender floated: Quader

The government has floated an international tender for the construction of the country’s first-ever metro rail project (Package-8), aiming to ease Dhaka’s nagging traffic congestion and to provide a faster means of public transportation. “The tender was floated on Friday to select prospective bidders and one of them would be chosen following the scrutiny...

Power supply to Khaleda’s office restored

Power supply to Khaleda’s office restored

Power supply to Gulshan office of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Dhaka has been restored 17 and a half hours after it was snapped. Following an order issued from the higher authorities we have restored the power to the BNP chief’s office, one of the workmen told reporters around 10:10pm. Several workmen with cover on...

12,000 Ansar men to guard highways

12,000 Ansar men to guard highways

The government has decided to deploy 12,000 Ansar members at 993 risky points on highways across the country to ensure safe and smooth transport movement. The decision comes amid the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide nonstop blockade. In the first phase, the deployment will begin tomorrow at 216 risky points on the highways, said Road Transport...

Trade fair gets 10-day extension

The government has extended the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair by 10 days to help the participants that have suffered a sharp fall in sales as fears of political violence kept visitors away. The 20th edition of the month-long exposition at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital was scheduled to end on January 31. Now it will end on February 10. The Export Promotion Bureau, the organiser, took the decision at a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday, according to an...

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

An alleged criminal was killed in a “gunfight” with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early today, police said. Rab alleged Soleman Uddin Jisan, 32, son of late Abu Bakar from Laxmipur Sadar upazila, died in the gunfight around 4:00am, our Comilla correspondent reports quoting Anamul Haque, a sub-inspector...

BNP criticises MPs' outcry for Khaleda arrest demand

BNP criticises MPs' outcry for Khaleda arrest demand

BNP today pulled up the lawmakers of the parliament for their outrage last night at the House demanding arrest party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Referring to yesterday’s parliament session, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP’s joint secretary general alleged that the entire state was made partisan “only to arrest” Khaleda Zia. “The lawmakers were seen in the parliament...

2 die, 10 missing as trawlers collide in Shitalakkhya

2 die, 10 missing as trawlers collide in Shitalakkhya

At least two people were killed and 10 others remained missing as two trawlers capsized after colliding head-on in the Shitalakkhya River in Gazipur’s Sreepur upazila this afternoon. Two bodies were recovered from the river, our Gazipur correspondent reports quoting Mohosinul Kader, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sreepur Police Station saying “a rescue operation is going...

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