Monday, March 4

News brief From Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people of all strata to resist terrorism and militancy. The Premier told this at a mammoth public rally in Faridpur yesterday afternoon. Earlier, the Premier inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 33 development projects from the meeting venue.

Prime Minister said her government has been working tirelessly to ensure basic needs of the people including food, healthcare, education, clothes and housing. The Premier also said her government re-opened the community clinics, and currently people are receiving healthcare services from 18,337 such clinics and union health centers.

The Premier said this while World Health Organisation Regional Director for Southeast Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence yesterday morning. In the meeting the WHO assured of continuing its assistance in Bangladesh to eliminate three major diseases namely HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria from the country.

President Md. Abdul Hamid urged Georgia, Romania and Ukraine to take pragmatic steps to enhance the bilateral relations and expand trade and investment potentials between Bangladesh and the three countries. The President told this while three non-resident envoys namely Archil Dzuliashvili of Georgia, Radu Octavian DOBRE of Romania, Dr Igor Polikha of Ukraine called on him at Bangabhaban in Dhaka yesterday.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the incumbent government’s digitisation process has covered a large part here to make Bangladesh a digital country. He made the remark while addressing a programme at Baridhara in the capital yesterday. He said the present government has made the digital services faster as about half of the population over six crore people come under digitalisation.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said Bangladesh has a target to increase the export of readymade garment to US$50 billion by 2021. The Minister said this while speaking as a panel speaker on Focus on the Textile and Garments at Abu Dhabi yesterday. He said the government has taken a number of steps for the welfare of garment worker and the labor law has been prepared for the development of the sector.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday demanded international recognition of March 25 as the ‘Genocide Day’. The Minister said this while inaugurating a seminar in the city.

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday while speaking at a seminar said the government would take steps to bring back 195 war criminals of Pakistani military as the country breached the deal under which they had been handed over to it after Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming trip to India would open up a “golden door” of opportunity in the relationship of the two neighbouring and friendly countries. The Minister was talking to journalists from India at his office.

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya yesterday said Bangladesh wants to determine disaster management strategies by ensuring global standard compatible with the developed countries. The Minister said this at the inaugural ceremony of a two-day workshop at a city hotel.

European Parliament members yesterday acknowledged the massive progress Bangladesh has made in its readymade garment (RMG) sector. European Parliament member Norbert Neuser told reporters before wrapping up their three-day visit here. The lawmaker said they saw lots of ‘really good progress in Bangladesh.

The Religious Affairs Ministry yesterday extended the pilgrims’ registration period for the private Hajj agencies who have not received their passports yet until April 10.

The Comilla City Corporation (CCC) will pass through election today. Election Commission has taken all out measures to hold the election in a free, fair and credible atmosphere.

Bangladesh witnessed a sharp rise of internet users by 4.66 lakh in a month. Among the total users, mobile internet connection was 6.31 crore, according to the latest statistics released by the BTRC.

Sharmin Akter, the Bangladeshi girl who successfully resisted her family’s efforts to marry her off at the age of 15, has been honored with the International Woman of Courage Award by US First Lady Melania Trump. A total of 12 women from around the world received the 2017 International Woman of Courage Award.

A three-day International Tourism Fair begins today to explore country’s potentiality in tourism sector.

 – Press Wing London, 30 March 2017