The school banking programme saw an overwhelming response from the school goers with the deposited amount in 286,000 school-banking accounts picked up to Tk 304 crore, leading to a growing pool of capital. Encouraged by the momentum, Bangladesh Bank has stepped up efforts to widen the programme for the street children to promote financial inclusion and build up a durable financial base for the national economy. School children’ enthusiasm and confidence appear to stem from the consistent growth of their savings as they have opened accounts with 47 banks across the country till December 31 under the innovative banking programme launched in 2010. The central bank will issue a circular soon to... more ›
CHITTAGONG: Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed Saturday ruled out possibility of holding any election under a caretaker government in the country. “There is no possibility of any election under a caretaker government. The present government has been elected for five years. It has enough time in hand,” he said. But BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia threatened to launch movement soon after the upazila elections for polls under a non-party government, the veteran lawmaker of the ruling Awami League said. “Khaleda Zia made a mistake by boycotting the January 5 elections. We proved that a free, fair and credible election is possible under this government.” Tofail Ahmed came up with the assertion while addressing... more ›
As many as 207 aspirants of the fourth phase polls in 92 upazilas withdrew their candidatures within the deadline that expired on Thursday. A total of 1,287 valid candidates are now contesting the 4th phase of upazila polls. Of them, 447 are chairmen candidates, 519 vice-chairmen while 321 women vice-chairmen candidates. Earlier on February 23, a total of 1,512 aspirants submitted their nomination papers to contest the fourth phase of election. On February 13, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad announced the schedule for the fourth phase upazila polls fixing voting date on March 23. The first phase polls to 96 upazilas were held on February 19 while the second... more ›
Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards 2013 were distributed among 51 Bangladeshi students in a ceremony at Westin Hotel in the capital Saturday. Prof. Dr. AK Azad Chowdhury, Chairman of University Grants Commission, William Bickerdike, regional manager, South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations, Steve Adams, regional director, South Asia British Council and Deep Adhikari, director examination, British Council Bangladesh were present on the occasion. Addressing the award-giving ceremony, Prof. AK Azad said, “It is the beginning to fly. You have already achieved the first success of your life.” “Cambridge exam score is acceptable in most of the countries, so this is a great opportunity to celebrate,” he said adding that Cambridge is the world top-listed... more ›
MOSCOW: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned US Secretary of State John Kerry against Washington taking “hasty” action or imposing sanctions over Ukraine, in what has escalated into the biggest East-West crisis since the Cold War. In a telephone call, the two men followed up on their talks in Paris and Rome that had failed to lead to an agreement on how to resolve the situation in Ukraine, where Russian troops have taken effective control of Crimea. The two diplomatic chiefs “agreed to continue looking at the problems of the sharp political crisis that has seized this country,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on its website. “Lavrov... more ›
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