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Quader: Govt won’t approve IMF loan with ‘Tough Condition’

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Bangladesh will not accept International Monetary Fund, IMF loan with “tough conditions”, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday, 9 November.

The Minister, hence, didn’t discuss what he meant by “tough conditions.”

Obaidul Quader was talking to the news reporters at his secretariat office.

There is the crisis over dollars and pressure on Forex: foreign reserves, the necessity of loan, added that “we will receive IMF loan but not with tough conditions.”

“Discussion is going on. We will accept what is logical. There is no alternative but taking the loan.” he also said.

“We are aware of the conditions that the International Monetary Fund, IMF, mentioned prior. We will not approve any conditions that can hurt the nation’s interest,” he added in conclusion

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Quader: No Corrupt Officials Will Be Spared

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Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader announced today that the government will show ‘zero tolerance’ towards corruption, ensuring no corrupt individuals are spared.

Speaking at the inauguration of a BRTC shuttle bus service at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Quader emphasized the independence of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), stating that the ACC operates freely and without government interference.

He acknowledged the prevalence of corruption globally and within Bangladesh, noting, “We aren’t claiming there is no corruption here. It’s not accurate to say only government officials are corrupt and politicians aren’t.”

Quader also admitted to corruption within his own sector, saying, “When we speak about corruption, we must consider everyone; we should first look at our own reflection in the mirror.”

The new shuttle bus service aims to ease travel for tourists, expatriates, and general passengers. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Muhammad Faruque Khan, Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary ABM Amin Ullha Nuri, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation Chairman Md Tazul Islam attended the event.

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Bangladesh’s Newly Chosen Parliament Members Take Oath

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Lawmakers from the Awami League and independent candidates elected in the January 7 polls took their oath as members of the parliament today. The ceremony, administered by the 11th Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, commenced at 10:30 am in the Parliament Complex’s Oath Room.

Speaker Chaudhury, along with independent parliament members, took oath earlier, with Jatiya Party and other faction MPs following suit at 12 pm. The constitution mandates newly elected MPs to take the oath within three days of election results being published in an official gazette, as per Article 148 (2A). A gazette notification on the 12th National Elections’ results, detailing 298 newly elected members, was issued on Tuesday. The new cabinet is scheduled to be sworn in at Bangabhaban at 7 pm on Thursday (January 11).

The Awami League secured 222 out of 298 seats, with independent candidates, mostly aligned with AL, winning 62 seats. Jatiyo Party and single candidates from other parties also claimed victories. After the oath, the AL parliamentary party will elect Sheikh Hasina as their leader, paving the way for her fifth term as prime minister. The president will administer the oath to the new prime minister, who will then form a cabinet with ministers and state ministers chosen by her.

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AL to rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Jan 10

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The Awami League (AL) is gearing up to celebrate its victory in the national polls with a rally in Dhaka. Scheduled for January 10 at Suhrawardy Udyan, the event coincides with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Homecoming Day, as announced by Obaidul Quader, the party’s general secretary, during a press conference at the Dhaka District Awami League office in Tejgaon on Monday afternoon.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the Awami League, is set to lead the rally, commencing at 2:30 pm. The Awami League secured an overwhelming majority in the parliamentary elections, winning 223 out of 299 seats. This decisive victory paves the way for Prime Minister Hasina’s fourth consecutive term and her fifth term in total. The rally at Suhrawardy Udyan serves as a platform for the Awami League to celebrate its triumph and rally support.

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