Mahfuz Kabir | The Daily Star
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  • Bangladesh parliament

    Budget FY2019-20: Smile for a while?

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself presented the proposed budget this year! While it was completely a new phenomenon in the history of any country, she was praised for extending her affectionate hands to take on the finance minister’s budget speech when it
  • Rethinking tobacco tax and price measures

    Tobacco use is a major public health concern in Bangladesh and all over the world. It is regarded as a leading cause of more than 30 fatal diseases in Bangladesh including oral and lung cancer
  • Why not 8 percent growth in the new fiscal year?

    The planning minister, during the signing ceremony of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) for FY2018-19, expressed his hope that Bangladesh economy would be able to achieve 8 percent growth in 2019-20 and 10 percent growth by 2028-29.
  • Populist pursuit before elections?

    The Finance Minister has placed the national budget for fiscal year 2018-19 before parliament for “discussion” and “approval” by the house.
  • Can mounting inequality be stopped?

    Pre-budget discussion for the upcoming fiscal year (2018-19) is going on in the fast track. Even though the Finance Minister will present the budget in parliament after more than a month, business associations are meeting the Chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR) almost every day.