Sunday, December 10

News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangabandhu had sacrificed his life for bringing freedom of the people and now it’s the responsibility of the countrymen to protect this freedom.

The Prime Minister was addressing at the publication ceremony of Karagarer Rojnamcha (Diary in Jail), the second autobiography of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh auditorium at Farmgate in the capital yesterday afternoon. In the book, Bangabandhu particularly described events and experiences of his imprisonment from 1966 to 1968.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the main aim of the government is to improve the living condition of the down-trodden people. The Prime Minister made the remarks when a delegation of the European Parliament called on her at her official Ganabhaban residence yesterday evening. The Prime Minister also told the Delegation that 331 percent salary hike has been made for the new entrances in the garment sector.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has written a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina acknowledging the ‘strong and growing’ relationship between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. Visiting Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald handed over the letter to Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday morning. Earlier he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on regular holding of the strategic dialogue with his Bangladesh counterpart Shahidul Haque.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved 12 projects, including one for urban governance and infrastructure development, involving a total of Tk 10,147.57 crore. The approval was given in the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said that the entire reserve heist money could be recovered from the Philippines, saying the authorities concerned in the Philippines is providing supports to return the stolen money. He told the media emerging from a meeting with Bangladesh officials along with Law Minister Anisul Huq on recovery of reserve heist money.

Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad and CPA Executive Committee’s Chairperson Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the present government has been working relentlessly to change the fate of the people and the economic empowerment of women.

The Speaker said this while an European Parliamentary Delegation yesterday called on her at her office in Parliament. During the meeting, they discussed on the country’s parliamentary activities, economic empowerment of women, social security and readymade garment.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said Bangladesh is getting GSP facility from the EU under the ‘Everything but Arms (EBA)’ and the trade facilities of the EU are playing important role for socioeconomic development of Bangladesh. The Minister said this while visiting European Parliament Delegation yesterday called on him at his secretariat office. The Delegation also expressed satisfaction over the welfare and safety measures taken by the government for the country’s RMG workers.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said Bangladesh needs continued support and assistance of the UK government in fulfilling the goals to turn Bangladesh as Sonar Bangla. He said this at an event marking 47th Independence and National Day in the Palace of Westminster’s Terrace Pavilion on Monday.

In the meeting some 60 members of the British Parliament said Bangladesh has made significant progress and they would stand by this South Asian country in its efforts to better the lives of its people.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday told Journalist that the government is determined to ensure 100 percent electricity in 182 upazilas by December this year and also committed to bring all the people under the power coverage by 2021. He said currently 80 percent people are getting electricity and the power generation capacity reached to 15,389 MW.

Bangladesh has urged the Danish businesses to import more products from Bangladesh ranging from ready-made garments to ocean-going ships, ceramics to pharmaceuticals, jute products to IT products and services. Ambassador Muhammad A Muhith made the call at a reception on Monday in Copenhagen.

 – Press Wing, London, 29 March 2017