Budget can't be termed as people-friendly: GM Quader



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The proposed budget for the financial year 2024-25 cannot be called people-friendly, because of indirect taxes, the tax burden on people's heads will increase. Leader of opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad and Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader commented that there is no way for the emancipation of the people.

He responded in front of the media persons next to the Jatiya Sangsad tunnel after announcing the budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 on Thursday (June 6).

Jatiya Party Chairman said that Tk. 5 lakh 45 thousand 400 crores of revenue has been shown. 62 percent is direct tax, the rest is indirect tax. This has increased the tax burden on the common people. Inflation is unlikely to come down. Income tax is only 36 percent, import duty is 10.3 percent, VAT is 38.1 percent and supplementary duty is 13.8 percent. We do not see any initiative to save the poor people.

Lack of environment will not increase foreign investment; it will not create job opportunities. Bangladesh will face a major economic crisis after this budget. The budget has been conventional nothing special beyond what has happened in the past few years. There is an economic crisis in the country. Inflation, prices of goods are increasing every day. There is unemployment problem. Foreign exchange is more than what is being earned, is being spent. Reserves are decreasing every day. This is reducing the price of our money. He commented that any steps or initiatives to overcome them are being targeted in this budget.

GM Quader said that the budget has been made at Tk. 7 lakh 97 thousand crores. Operating expenses are Tk. 5 lakh 6 thousand 171 crores. And the development cost is Tk. 2 lakh 81 thousand 453 crores. Income is much less than expenditure. The revenue shown is Tk. 5 lakh 45 thousand 400 crores. There is a deficit of Tk. 2 lakh 51 thousand 6 crores. The deficit is being met through domestic and foreign loans. Loan installments are being paid with the loan. After paying interest from Tk.1 lakh 27 thousand crore foreign debt, we can use Tk. 90 thousand 700 crore.

He said that Tk. 1 lakh 60 thousand 900 crores of domestic debt has to be done. Operating expenses and borrowings are being done. Domestic debt interest is Tk. 93 thousand crores and foreign debt interest is Tk. 20 thousand 500 crores. Borrowing now has interest to be paid in the future.

He also said that what the government is saying is corruption or shame. The government says 30,000 MW of generation capacity has been created. In practice 13 to 15 thousand MW can be used. Load shedding has to be done only when 15 to 16 thousand MW is required. Load shedding is going on across the country. After 15,000 additional 15,000 megawatts are not being produced, but capacity charges are being paid. In the name of capacity charge, Tk. 1 lakh 37 thousand crore have been installed in all those plants. The causes of people's loss are being shown in a profitable way. However, still not everyone is getting electricity, gas. The government has given importance to the import of gas but has not taken the initiative of production. We have to pay a huge amount. Our energy security is very much under threat.

Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud MP, Md. Mujibul Haque Chunnu MP, ABM Ruhul Amin Howladar MP, Advocate Salma Islam MP, Hafiz Uddin Ahmed MP, Golam Kibria Tipu MP, Masud Uddin Chowdhury MP, AKM Selim Osman MP, AKM Mostafizur Rahman MP, Md. Shariful Islam Jinnah, Md. Ashrafuzzaman Ashu MP and Nurunnahar Begum MP were present.

BNP extends support to student's shutdown program



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The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has expressed its support for a total shutdown across the country on Thursday (July 18) to demand quota reforms in government jobs.

Didar Hasan, a member of BNP's media wing, gave this information in a press release on Thursday (July 18) at 12:15 p.m.

Didar Hasan said that 7 people were martyred in the violent attack of the police and the armed Chhatra League on the peaceful movement of the students. Apart from this, many people were injured in the massive attack by RAB, Police, BGB and SWAT on the protesting ordinary students even today. According to the decision taken by the BNP National Standing Committee meeting today in this despicable bloody incident, full support has been given to the 'Complete Shutdown' program called by the anti-discrimination student movement tomorrow on July 18 for the logical demand of quota reform in government jobs.

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Hundreds of cocktails were recovered in raids at BNP's Nayapaltan office, 7 detained



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More than 100 cocktails and firearms have been recovered from the central office of BNP in Nayapaltan of the capital. Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) arrested seven people, including the former president of Chhatra Dal, Shravan.

DMP Additional Commissioner of Police (Detective) Mohammad Haroon Or Rashid told reporters after the raid on Tuesday (July 16).

The DB chief claimed that more than a hundred cocktails, seven domestic and foreign weapons, and more than 500 batons were seized in a raid at the BNP central office. Seven people including the former president of Chhatra Dal were arrested.

Haroon said that the BNP central office was raided keeping a close eye on the ongoing quota reform movement and a group is trying to take it to a different direction.

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The Anti-Liberation forces have fueled the quota movement: Quader?



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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in a statement that the spirit of the Great Liberation War and Anti-Liberation forces have influenced the quota reform movement.

He said this in a statement sent to the media by Awami League office secretary Biplab Barua on Friday (July 12).

Awami League General Secretary said that the Appellate Division has given a stay order of four weeks on the judgment of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court regarding reservation of quota in government jobs. After this order of the Appellate Division, the judgment of the High Court Division has no effect at present. Still, there is no justification for the students' movement to continue. The spirit of the Great War of Liberation and the evil forces against freedom has filled this movement.

Questioning against whom the students will protest, the Bridges Minister said, the order of the Supreme Court's Appellate Division is in their favor. The continuation of the movement after this proves that some group or faction is instigating the movement to achieve a political objective. If the students continue this movement, the suffering of the common people will increase. Public suffering is being created. If the people become hostage to this movement, they will lose confidence in the young students. A certain political faction is trying to gain advantage by creating conflict between students and people.

He said, "We do not believe that all sensible students want to ignore the directives of the highest court of the country." Only those who are politically motivated are trying to show force by ignoring the court's directives.

Obaidul Quader said that whenever there is any movement, BNP-Jamaat and their allies use it as a tool and they are consumed by the nightmare of coming to power. Now they are trying to build on the quota movement because people have no confidence in them. When they were in power they turned Bangladesh into a failed state through corruption, looting, terrorism and extremism.

He said that BNP’s convicted fugitive leader Tariq Rahman institutionalized corruption by opening Hawa Bhaban. Thousands of crores of money are illegally smuggled out of the country and live a luxurious life in London. He has no relation with the common people of the country. BNP has been rejected by the people time and again due to the non-politicos of this corrupt leadership. They could not succeed in any anti-government movement. Therefore, whenever a non-political movement is organized, BNP tries to politicize it by capitalizing it.

Obaidul Quader said, Awami League is always sincere towards the logical demands of the people of the country. No logical demand was ever ignored by the Awami League. Bangladesh Awami League is always working towards the construction of a prosperous state by embracing the hopes and aspirations of the people.

Calling upon the young students, Awami League General Secretary said, you will not be abused as someone's political tool. At the final hearing, the counsel for the agitators has the opportunity to present further arguments. The highest court of the country will settle the matter through the final hearing. The court will take into account the grievances of the protesting students during the final hearing and give a realistic final judgment and the matter will be settled.

Calling upon the agitators to be patient, he said, I request them to avoid all such programs that may cause suffering to the people and return to their educational institutions as per the court's instructions.

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Khaleda Zia's life is under threat: Fakhrul



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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's life is in danger, she has many ailments which we have repeatedly highlighted to the nation. But the government did not care.

Mirza Fakhrul said these things to the journalists after seeing Khaleda Zia in the hospital on Monday (July 8) afternoon and came to the chairperson's office in Gulshan.

Earlier, after a week of returning home with a pacemaker implanted in the heart, she was again admitted to Evercare Hospital on Monday morning. She is undergoing treatment in the cabin under the close supervision of the medical board.

BNP Secretary General said, now it has become a national demand that the BNP leader should be released unconditionally. The injustice being done to her is extreme injustice. She is being deliberately held to death due to political vendetta.

Fakhrul said, today she came to the hospital, she has to come suddenly. You see, she had to come to the hospital a few days ago. Constantly very complicated diseases attack her. We have repeatedly said that she needs to be treated in a multi-disciplinary medical center abroad. But unfortunately they (government) are not releasing Begum Khaleda Zia because of political revenge.

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