Rejaul Karim Byron | The Daily Star
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  • Development budget to be revised upwards

    In a departure from previous years, the development budget for the current fiscal year is likely to be revised upwards -- by about 11 percent -- to meet the government's ambitious plans.
  • DEFAULT LOAN: All talks, no action yet

    The finance ministry has taken several moves to bring down the mounting default loans and strengthen the banking sector's corporate governance.
  • primary and secondary school final exams

    Work but no pay

    More than 35,000 employees of 260 municipalities have not received salaries for up to seven years due to fund crunch of the local government bodies.
  • Foreign aid budget to be slashed

    The government is likely to revise down the foreign aid allocation by 15 percent in fiscal 2018-19 -- at a time when there is a record high level of the low-cost fund sitting idle in the pipeline.
  • Job creation lags behind target

    Less than half the target of creating 39 lakh jobs was achieved in the first two years of the government's Seventh Five Year Plan (SFYP), though the country registered robust economic growth during the period.