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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

Budget session in Bangladesh parliament begins

M.A. Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 05 June (Asiantribune.com): The second session of the ninth parliament began on Thursday with the main opposition party BNP choosing not to attend.

Presided over by speaker Abdul Hamid, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is expected to present the budget for 2009-10 fiscal in parliament on June 11.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and other MPs were present at this second session, better known as budget session.

Earlier, Awami League held its parliamentary party meeting at the parliament building yesterday afternoon, presided over by Hasina.

Opposition BNP’s chief whip Jainal Abdin Faruque had indicated ahead of time that they would forego the first day of the second session, because of the ongoing seat dispute.

He said the next week's parliamentary party meeting his party may also opt for abstention.

Faruque, however, requested the speaker once again to allocate seats in the house in a 'respectable manner'.

Speaker Abdul Hamid in Wednesday's meeting of the business advisory committee, the highest policymaking parliamentary forum, said the current session will continue through July 9.

The first session of the ninth parliament had begun on January 25 and ended on April 7.

The second session of the ninth parliament was adjourned on Thursday until 4pm on June 7 with a condolence motion for late Jatiya Party MP Begum Mamtaz Iqbal of Sunamganj-1 as well as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's husband Dr MA Wazed Mia who died in April.

Meanwhile, a proposed new TV channel with terrestrial facility to air all parliamentary proceedings live has been approved for launch soon.

-Asian Tribune-

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