2015-16 budget | The Daily Star
  • Prices down, prices up

    The finance minister proposes changes to duties and taxes on different products, which will result in increase and decrease in their prices.


    AL'S affable finance minister is a lucky man having done the national budget more number of times than any other finance minister.

  • Rampal plant no threat to Sundarbans: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says if there was any possibility of adverse effects on the Sundarbans due to Rampal power plant, the government would not have decided to construct the plant.

  • Money for unsettled audit objections double of budget: Muhith

    The number of unsettled audit objections against 55 ministries or divisions is 8,53,314 involving Tk 6,15,606 crore which is almost double of the proposed budget of the next fiscal year.

  • An unconventional perspective

    In any case, the lowering of corporate tax is bad for the economy holistically as it will serve to widen inequality between the super-rich and the waged worker.

  • Menon deplores govt’s failure to curb graft

    Expressing dissatisfaction over government's failure to ensure good governance, Rashed Khan Menon saysthe country's GDP growth rate will rise by 2.5 percent if corruption can be curbed effectively.

  • Thinking Ahead

    There are very few programmes that exclusively target the extreme poor. A background paper has revealed the actualw amount allocated in the budget for the extreme poor may be even below 1 percent of the GDP.

  • Cutting interest rate on savings will affect all: Matia

    Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury sharply criticizes finance minister AMA Muhith for proposing to cut the interest rate on all saving certificates in the proposed budget for 2015-16 fiscal.

  • Budget 2015-2016: GDP growth and private investment

    Bold and aggressive measures are needed to establish specialised economic zones to attract private investment. Large scale public investments are required for special economic zones. Thus, the call for very ambitious growth target for revenue seems justifiable.

  • Predictable yet unachievable

    Writing on budget has become a challenge for me not only because so much has already been discussed, but there is barely anything original in the budget.

  • Recapitalisation of state banks encourages wrongdoers: Amir Khosru

    BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury criticises the government for recapitalising the state-owned banks despite their non-stop financial malpractices.

  • Budgetary allocation for people with disabilities

    Jatiya Pratibandi Forum (JPF), in a press conference on Sunday, highlighted that there has not been any significant allocation for development of people with disabilities in the national budget...

  • Proposed duty on sugar import to go

    The proposed additional customs duty on sugar import will be withdrawn says the Finance Minister AMA Muhith

  • Revenue collection target high but achievable: Muhith

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith says the revenue collection target of the proposed for fiscal 2015-2016 is high, but achievable.

  • BGMEA opposes tax hike

    Readymade garment manufacturers oppose the government’s plan to hike tax upon them and urged for its withdrawal for the “sake of the industry”.

  • Tk 200cr for enclave people

    The finance minister proposes allocating Tk 200 crore for expediting development in the enclaves in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • 100 economic zones in 15 years

    The government has set an ambitious target of setting up 100 economic zones in the next 15 years, says the finance minister in his budget speech today.

  • Source tax withdrawn from bond, bills

    The government finally takes initiative to develop a bond market in the country.

  • Pharmaceuticals Products of the year 2018

    VAT exemption for local industries

    The government proposes to withdraw value added tax (VAT) on a number of products and services to encourage local industries grow further.

  • Satellite Bangabandhu-1

    Bangladesh to send first satellite by 2016

    The government plants to develop and launch the country’s first satellite “Bangabandhu Satellite-1” by 2016, says Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • Govt targets $200m from tourism by 2018

    The government has aimed at earning US$200 million by 2018 through improving the facilities at different tourist attractions.

  • Mobile phone

    Call charges to rise

    Moblie phone call expense and SIM cards will get costlier with the duty proposed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the budget for 2015-16 fiscal.

  • Online-Trading

    4pc VAT for online trading: Muhith

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith today floats the proposal to impose VAT at the rate of 4 percent on the online trading sector.

  • Civil servants' bonus, festival allowances also come under tax

    Finance Minister Muhith proposes imposing tax on bonus and festival allowances of civil servants besides their salary in the 2015-16 budget.