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News Watch (06-02-2018)

February 06, 2018 00:00:00

Govt mulls ways to create VIP lanes

The government mulls ways to design separate lanes for emergency service providers, such as ambulance and firemen, and VIPs."The Cabinet Division sent a request to the Road Transport and Highways Division to check the proposal," Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told the media after a meeting on Monday. Developed countries created separate lanes for ambulance and fire services, law-enforcement agencies and VIPs, according to the proposal. VIPs in Dhaka often drive on the wrong lanes, which creates traffic chaos. Patients die in ambulances stuck in the gridlock. Firemen and police also need separate lanes for quick responses to emergencies, Mr Alam said, explaining the rationale for the move.— bdnews24.com

JS passes 'One Stop Services Bill'

A bill titled 'One Stop Services Bill, 2018' was passed in Parliament on Monday aiming to attract more local and foreign investments in the country. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, who is in charge of the Prime Minister's Office in the House, placed the bill which was earlier sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny. Matia Chowdhury said the Bill was aimed at implementing domestic and foreign investment plans quickly for rapid development of living standard of the people of Bangladesh, providing required services, permission and other facilities timely. The bill was passed through voice votes. — UNB

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