A taskforce has been formed to resolve problems in the chaotic transport sector in the overcrowded capital city, including nagging road jams and frequent accidents. “A drive will be launched in the city next month to stop the plying of unfit vehicles and remove illegal establishments from the city streets,” Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said Thursday. He further said that an 11-member taskforce headed by the BRTA chairman will enforce the decisions of the Road Transport Advisory Committee in this regard. The minister made the statement while talking to newsmen after his meeting with the Road Transport Advisory Committee at the Secretariat. He said, “A compact drive will be conducted in... more ›
A 21-member Bangladesh delegation led Senior Secretary of the Commerce Ministry Mahbub Ahmed will participate in the first meeting of Trade and Investment Co-operation Framework Agreement (TICFA) scheduled to be held in Dhaka on April 28. The delegation and agenda for the meeting was finalised in a preparatory meeting held at the ministry with Senior Secretary Mahbub Ahmed in the chair. Amitava Chakravarty, additional secretary, also the director general (DG) of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Cell of the commerce ministry told daily sun that they will lay due emphasis on duty-free and quota-free access of Bangladeshi products, particularly the apparel items, to the US market at the TICFA-preparatory meet. He also informed... more ›
The United States (US) and the European Union (EU) praised the government for the progress it had made in last one year to ensure workplace safety and workers rights in the apparel sector here after the Rana Plaza catastrophe. “In the last year, the government of Bangladesh has made progress in some important respects,” a joint statement of the US Department of State, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Labor said Thursday on the occasion of the first anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse. “Rana Plaza, and the Tazreen factory fire that preceded it in November 2012, have become potent symbols of the... more ›
Mobile banking drew over 15 million clients across the country till this week since the inception of the service in 2010, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB). “Banks have been offering six types of financial services, including transfer of inward remittance, cash-in and cash-out transactions, P2P transaction, salary disbursement (B2P), utility-bill payment (P2B) under mobile banking services,” the central bank said Thursday. Besides, students can also pay their tuition and academic fees using the mobile payment system. Some Tk 7849 crore was transacted through mobile banking this March alone, which is 20.12 percent higher than the total transactions in February, according to BB data. The volume of mobile salary disbursement for RMG... more ›
Opposition BNP is going to arrange more agitation programmes on different issues of public interest to ensure people’s participation in their movement against the present Awami League-led government. After the “successful” Teesta long march, BNP is now planning to stage action programmes on the issues of public interest, including power crisis, construction of Rampal power plant and deterioration of law and order in the country, party-insiders said The party is planning stage long march to Rampal in Bagerhat soon to protest the government’s move to construct Rampal coal-fired power plant, a BNP leader said. BNP acting secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir may lead Rampal march while leaders of party’s associate organizations will... more ›
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