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News brief From Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Government will never compromise with the country’s interests while signing any deal with any country. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a program marking the distribution of allotment letters of plots of Police Officers’ Housing Society among 25 police officials at her office.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to leave Dhaka for New Delhi on Friday morning on a four-day official visit when some crucial deals are expected to be signed between Bangladesh and India.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that historic and traditional relationship between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia would be further broadened and strengthened in the days to come. The Premier said this when Vice President of the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Dr Mohammad Bin Nasser Bin Mohammad Al Khuzaim called on the Premier at her office here yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for reviving the old relations between Bangladesh and Czechoslovakia. The Premier put the emphasis when a delegation of Czech Republic now in Dhaka to attend the IPU Conference made a courtesy call on her at her office.

The 136th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) expressed deep concern on the last day of the over militancy, interference of other countries in any country, attack on parliamentarians, human rights and so on. Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury announced the conclusion of the assembly at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka. IPU ended yesterday with the Dhaka Declaration for immediate action to reverse the trend of political, social and economic inequalities prevalent in the world.

Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved some 18 procurement proposals including import of 60 MW power from Indian state of Tripura. Proposals for setting up of a daily 500 million cubic feet supply capacity LNG terminal and 7 furnace oil-fired power plants in private sector by different companies were included in the proposals approved by the committee. The Cabinet body, with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair, gave the go-ahead to the proposals placed by different divisions and ministries.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said Bangladesh is expected to exceed the targeted 7.2 percent GDP growth in the current 2016-17 fiscal. He told the journalist at a cheque-receiving ceremony at the Finance Ministry in the city. He said if we can alleviate poverty, it will increase want. In this way we will raise GDP growth which will continue for at least 10 more years.

Bangladesh has gained three spots on the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2015 ranking, placing 139th out of 188 countries, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) 2016. HDR 2016 was officially launched at the Planning Commission in the capital yesterday. The report said Bangladesh is considered a ‘medium development country’ and achieved an HDI value of 0.579 in 2015.

China has assured Bangladesh of releasing the remaining US$ 1 million of the total US$ 2 million it pledged for the construction of the secretariat of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) in Dhaka. Chinese Vice Minister for National Health and Family Planning Commission Cui Li gave the assurance at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.

The government of Bangladesh yesterday signed a $003 million financing agreement with the World Bank (WB) for weather forecasting, early warning systems and delivery of weather and climate services. The Bangladesh Weather and Climate Services Regional Project (BWCSRP) will help strengthen the weather, water, disaster risk and climate information services in Bangladesh.

Five countries, including India and Bangladesh, lead the world in solar home lighting systems and the two south Asian nations together account for 97 per cent of the renewable energy market in the region, says an international body report.

The government has decided to offer a one-year moratorium on loan repayment to the frozen food exporters to help them overcome liquidity crisis. The Policy and Financial Incentive Section of the Bank and Financial Institutions Division recently issued an official order to the Bangladesh Bank governor in this regard.

 – Press Wing London, 06 April 2017