Tuesday, July 16

News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government undertook a series of projects for further development of the power sector considering the rising demand of electricity to meet the future need and illuminate every home of the country.

She made the comment while inaugurating eight new power plants alongside transmission and distribution systems through video conferencing from her Ganabhaban residence in the capital yesterday.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated Disbursement of Primary Education Stipend using Mobile Banking through video conferencing at the same time. Earlier, the Prime Minister witnessed a presentation on proposed integrated traffic management at Bijoy Sarani area of city.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that the government would rehabilitate the militants who would return to normal life, shunning the path of militancy.

The Prime Minister also said that a plan has been taken to set up a BRTA office cum Motor Driving Testing and Training Centre (BMDTTC) in every divisional city and greater district to enhance drivers’ skill to minimise road accidents.

She also said, steps have been taken to set up five Vehicle Inspection Centres (VICs) in four divisional cities to provide fitness certificates to vehicles automatically instead of the manual system so that unfit vehicles cannot ply on the roads.

President Md Abdul Hamid urged Ireland , Algeria and Kenya to import jute and jute goods, readymade garments and medicine from Bangladesh.

President said this when New Ambassador Brian McElduff of Ireland, ambassador Lakhal Benkelai of Algeria and High Commissioner Florence Imisa Weche of Kenya presented their credentials to president Abdul Hamid separately at Bangabhaban in the capital yesterday.

The Cabinet Committee on Purchase yesterday approved a proposal to set up the four power plants. Four joint venture companies are going to invest more than $600 million in different parts of the country to generate 258 megawatts of electricity from solar energy. Funds for the power plants will be raised from international banks and financial institutions.

Bangladesh and the Russian Federation inked agreement on the establishment of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation yesterday morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Intergovernmental Commission will identify the main directions for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation and its priority areas of the two countries.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday said Bangladesh will make smart choices and has chosen solutions that guarantee workers safety, high productivity, minimum effect on the environment and maximum return for investors. The Minister was addressing a seminar in the capital.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday told Parliament that the Malaysian government has decided to issue temporary work permits to undocumented workers. As per the decision, around 3.5 lakh undocumented Bangladeshi workers would be legalized in Malaysia and get scope for working there.

Food Minister Qamrul Islam yesterday said that more than 5 lakh household mini silos are being constructed at the disaster-prone areas across the country along with few big size silos.

The silos will have the capacity of preserving 60kg food grains during any kinds of disasters. The Minister made the discloser while addressing the inaugural session of a national workshop in the city.

State Minister for Posts and Communications Tarana Halim said yesterday that the government is going to start work on connecting the country to a second submarine cable from the current month. The Minister said this while talking to reporter after she visited landing station of the second submarine cable at Maitbhanga in Kuakata.

Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) of the Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad said the government has finalized incorporation of several sustainable development goals and its indicators in private sector investment. He said this while he was speaking as chief guests in a seminar in the city yesterday.

 – Press Wing London, 02 March 2017