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Cabinet okays amendment to mode of operation of border hat
DHAKA, April 16 (BSS)- The Cabinet today approved a proposal for amendment to the mode of operation of the Border Hat on Indo- Bangladesh frontier raising the ceiling of the transaction of an individual as well as including more items in the trading list.

The amendment proposed for allowing transaction ceiling of an individual to US$ 100 from existing US$ 50. As well, it proposed for including toiletries, cosmetics, plastics, and aluminum items in the trading list.

The approval was given in the regular meeting of the cabinet held in the cabinet room of the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the decision of the amendment has been taken in light of the experience over the last nine months after introduction of the Border Hat at Kurigram border in July last year.

From now on, he said, the marketing items would be branded and packaged as 'made in India' or 'made in Bangladesh' instead of locally produced products.

The Cabinet Secretary said Bangladesh has already reached to a consensus with India for amendment of the mode of operation of the Border Hat.

The cabinet reviewed the performance and progress of the implementation of the decisions in first three years and three
months of the present government comparing it with previous BNP

During the period the present cabinet held 145 meetings with
taking a total of 987 decisions, of which 897 were implemented and 90 remained under process of implementation.

A total of 168 bills were enacted during the time and 32 bills are waiting for passage in the parliament. Besides, a total of 31 strategy and policies and 82 memorandums of understanding (MoU) were signed.

In the first three years and three months of BNP government the cabinet held a total of 142 meetings, took 523 decisions, enacted 109 acts, 11 policy and strategy papers and 34 MoU, the cabinet secretary said.

Fisheries and Animal Resources Minister Abdul Latif Biswas informed the cabinet of his recent Australia visit.
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