Greater discretionary power is being vested in the ministers in project approval under an updated law that also provides for shortening the time for endorsing schemes with an avowed objective to accelerate government’s development activities. Official sources said the changes being brought in the rules to match the changed realities of faster economic activities and complaints from foreign development partners about foot-dragging bureaucracy in matters of undertaking projects. Currently, Planning Commission is working on a draft to revise the 2008 policy regarding the preparation of government projects and their processing, approval and revision system, the sources... more ›
A huge haul of arms, petrol bombs and narcotic drugs was seized from a house in Banani area of the capital Sunday, police said, in the wake of reported spurt in the trade in the contraband. Five suspects were also arrested in the operation carried out apparently at the crack of dawn, in the wake of reports on gunrunning and drug smuggling into the country. Police said they seized five pistols, two air-guns, four petrol bombs, huge narcotics, some knives, walkie-talkies, handcuffs and ammunition. The striking force also recovered five hides of different animals, including tiger, bear and... more ›
All avenues apparently remain open for plundering Sonali Bank money. As a result, big or small and local and foreign gangs are looting the public money from this insecure bank. The local burglars are taking away money from strongroom of the bank by digging tunnels. Around Tk 16.5 crore was looted from Kishoreganj branch of the Sonali Bank in January. Within a little over one month, in a second such alarming incident, criminals took away Tk 32 lakh from the bank’s Adamdighi branch in Bogra on Saturday. Even the foreign hackers have come to know about inability of Sonali Bank to protect it from their cyber-attack. They took away $ 2.5 lakh from... more ›
The country appears to be slowly heading towards political confrontation once again as the ruling and major opposition camps have resumed a war of words over the next parliamentary elections. The ruling Awami League, which assumed office through the 10th parliamentary polls, boycotted by the BNP-led opposition alliance, is hell-bent on continuing in office for five years as per the constitution. On the other hand, the BNP-led alliance, terming the present government and parliament both ‘illegal’, continues with its demand for arranging fresh election under a non-party administration. Amid the rigid stance of both the political camps, people are in a grave concern over a fresh round of political unrest over the... more ›
Some 275,964 posts have been lying vacant in various ministries of the government, State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadek told parliament Sunday. “A total of 275, 964 posts are now vacant in various ministries of the government,” she said, replying to a question of treasury-bench lawmaker Enamul Huq of Rajshahi-4 constituency. Ismat Ara further said that filling vacant posts is an ongoing process and each of the ministries and departments is active in this regard. She informed the House that at present the number of OSD (officer on special duty) officials in the posts of secretary, additional secretary, joint secretary and deputy secretary are 265. “The number of OSD... more ›
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