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  • Young girl set on fire in Narsingdi

    A young girl suffers serious burn injuries as miscreants allegedly set her on fire at Birpur in Narsingdi district town.

  • Vessel collision: Ctg port channel cleared for movement

    Vessel movement at Chattogram port is set to resume after it was halted following an accident between two vessels in the port’s channel.

  • Kamal sets sights on raising taxpayers’ number to 1 crore

    The government will bring all eligible taxpayers under the tax net, says Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.

  • Four found dead

    Four people, including a second grader, were found dead in Manikganj, Madaripur and Patuakhali yesterday.

  • Woman burnt ‘by husband’

    A woman, set afire allegedly by her husband at their Barlekha upazila residence in Moulvibazar on June 4, is groaning in pain at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

  • Two crude bombs seized from school ground

    Police in Meherpur’s Gangni upazila yesterday seized two unexploded crude bombs from a high school ground where two other bombs were exploded the night before.

  • 22 years pass by without proper compensation

    Today marks the 22nd anniversary of a devastating gas well explosion at Magurchhara gas field in Moulvibazar’s Kamalganj upazila.

  • Reforms needed to achieve budget targets

    Fiscal policy, embodied in the government’s national budget, is an important determinant of macroeconomic stability, growth and equity. The FY20 budget maintains the usual prudence we have gotten used to with a 5 percent of GDP overall deficit target of which 2.7 percentage point is projected to be financed from domestic sources and the rest from foreign sources.

  • Chattogram port

    A special wing to reduce mismanagement of bonded warehouse

    The government has planned to form a special wing to reduce mismanagement and stop any clearance of goods through mis-declaration in the bonded warehouses.

  • Boy dies as mobile phone explodes in Habiganj

    A boy has died in an explosion of a mobile phone in Bahubal upazila of Habiganj.

  • Agriculture, fragile banking sector lack desired attention from budget

    The proposed budget is an ambitious one. We expect clear guidelines and plans from the government how this budget is going to be implemented, given the fact that weak implementation of budget has become a norm in recent years. It is important to highlight how the performance of different ministries will be improved to implement this proposed budget.

  • Budget targets ambitious

    Total budget increased by 18 percent as compared to revised budget 2018-19. Similarly, development budget increased by 22 percent as compared to revised budget as well. No doubt, this is ambitious and involves lot of challenges in implementation.

  • Price of tobacco products to increase

    The government has significantly raised the price of tobacco products, including cigarette and bidi, which is a major public health concern in Bangladesh, in a bid to restraint tobacco consumption and surge revenue collection.

  • There will be no militancy if we can strengthen social bondage: DMP chief

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia says there will be no militancy in the country if the social, familial and religious bondage can be strengthened.

  • KAS Murshid

    Overall stance remains pro-growth

    It has become a tradition for the budget to be increased every year by 17-18 percent so this year, there was no reason to expect this to change. Generally, Bangladesh’s budget has maintained a sectoral balance in its stance, giving priority to education, agriculture, infrastructure and social sector expenditures.

  • Budget appears to have recognised impending challenges

    It was a first for Bangladesh. The honourable prime minister had to salvage the budget presentation mid-way to substitute for an ailing debutant finance minister, perhaps lending this policy document greater weight than usual.

  • PM to hold post-budget briefing tomorrow

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will brief media over budget tomorrow as Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is ill.

  • Bangladesh National Budget 2019-20 in pie charts

    Budget 2019-20 in pie charts

    Find the pie charts for the national budget for fiscal year 2019-20 that Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has placed in the parliament.

  • Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya

    Reality not reflected in budget, CPD says

    Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) says the national budget for the 2019-20 was not placed in light of the real situation on the ground.

  • Mass promotion for police sought

    Major reshuffle in police administration

    In a major reshuffle in the police department, 21 SP-ranked police officials including superintendent of police in 12 districts and five deputy commissioners (DCs) of metropolitan cities have been transferred.

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    All courts to be brought under e-judiciary process: Finance minister

    Steps have been taken to bring all courts of the country within the ICT network through e-judiciary process to accelerate the disposal of cases, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal says in his budget speech at the parliament.

  • Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury

    People to suffer for budget deficit: Amir Khasru

    BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury says that the government has kept Tk 145,380 crore deficit in the proposed national budget for 2019-20 fiscal which will be realised from people anyhow.

  • Tax office in every upazila

    Tax office in every upazila

    Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal says tax offices will be set up in every upazila of the country.

  • Smartphone import to be costlier

    Import of smartphones will be costlier as supplementary duty is proposed to be raised by two and half times to 25 per cent from its existing 10 per cent in the proposed budget.

  • insurance coverage

    Govt employees under insurance coverage

    The government will bring all of its employees under insurance coverage, says Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in his budget speech.

  • Tax-free

    Corporate tax stays same; min tax hiked for mobile companies

    Bangladesh government is planning to keep the existing corporate tax rates for the next fiscal, with an aim to boost business and investment.

  • 0.1pc surcharge for wealth over Tk 50cr

    Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposes that an individual taxpayer having a net wealth of Tk 50 crore or above shall pay higher of 0.1 per cent of net wealth or 30 per cent of his income tax payable as surcharge.

  • Govt plans to widen social safety net

    Bangladesh government is aiming to widen the social safety net further, aiming to include more of the marginalised and vulnerable population under protection.

  • Tax-free

    Tax-free dividend ceiling to rise to Tk 50,000

    Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposes to rise tax-free dividend income to TK 50,000 which is now Tk 25,000.

  • Bangladesh scientific research

    Tk 50cr for scientific research

    The finance minister proposes allocation of Tk 50 crore for scientific research and development in the country.