Budget 2019-20

Hasina threatens tough action over high-interest bank lending rates
Sheikh Hasina has threatened the private banks with tough actions if they do not lower the rates of interest they charge to lend to or below 9 percent. 
TIB slates government for black money exemption plan in budget
Transparency International, Bangladesh, or TIB, has come down hard at the government for proposing scopes to legalise undisclosed income in the 2019-20 national budget.
Budget: CPD sees promises in the air, much less clarity
The Centre for Policy Dialogue says the proposed budget is full of promises, with no specific ways to implement it.
BGMEA chief Rubana ‘70 percent happy’ with new budget
BGMEA President Rubana Huq has said she is “70 percent happy” with the proposed national budget for the next fiscal year. 
Kamal's maiden Bangladesh budget far from 'smart', packs little 'surprises'
Smart budget? Far from it. Is it packed with surprises? Not really.
PM Hasina to hold budget briefing Friday as her deputy falls ill
Sheikh Hasina will hold a media briefing on budget at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka at 3pm Friday for the first time, as Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has been taken ill.
DCCI hails move to implement new VAT law in FY20
The DCCI has hailed the government’s decision to implement the long-awaited VAT Act, 2012 in fiscal year 2020, terming it ‘a timely initiative.’
Analysts question ‘absence’ of plans for troubled banking sector in Kamal’s first budget
Analysts have questioned the “absence” of any clear plans in AHM Mustafa Kamal’s maiden budget to tackle the mounting default loans and lack of discipline in banks.
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