Tuesday, July 16

News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday highly praised the constant efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking forward Bangladesh and solidifying its relations with India.

He made the remarks when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met him at Rashtrapati Bhaban in the afternoon. They discussed various matters relating to bilateral interests, including the decisions agreed upon by the two countries during the talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday appreciated Bangladesh government’s efforts to handle terrorism with an iron hand and said this social menace should be dealt with the way Bangladesh is doing. The Congress leader made the statement when she met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at South Drawing Room of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Voicing grave concern over the recent inundation of a vast of cropland in the haor region due to flash flood, President Abdul Hamid yesterday asked the authorities concerned to build embankments using a better technology to protect the haor dwellers from early flooding.

The people of haor region depend on a single crop (boro paddy) for their livelihood, the President said in a press statement released by Bangabhaban. Noting that the haor people survive struggling with nature, the President said they frequently become victims to natural calamities, but the loss of this year’s flash flood in the region is unprecedented.

President Hamid called upon the affluent section of society to stand by the affected hoar dwellers to help them address their sufferings.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday offered Ziarat at the shrine of Sufi Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (known as the Ajmer Sharif Dargah) in India’s Rajasthan state on the third day of her state visit to the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return to country today (Monday) after wrapping up her four-day official visit to India.She will reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 8:00 pm after flying from the New Delhi by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Malaysia has shown its interest to invest in Bangladesh fisheries and livestock sectors with a view to attain a win-win situation for the economy of both countries, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Syedul Haque yesterday. Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy of the Sarawak province of Malaysia along with a business delegation expressed the interest while he met the Minister at his secretariat office in the city.

International Islamic Trade and Finance Corporation (IITFC) wants to invest in country’s energy sector, especially in LNG and LPG.IITFC, an extended wing of the IITFC, has been providing support to Bangladesh since 1979 for purchasing petroleum fuels. IITFC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eng. Hani Salom Sonbol made this proposal to the State Minister for Power, Energy and Resources Nasrul Hamid at his Secretariat office yesterday.

President Abdul Hamid yesterday asked media people to give the highest priority for national interest in presenting news and views remaining accountable to the people and the country while speaking at the ‘Bazlur Rahman Smirti Padak-2016’ distribution ceremony at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

Indian businesses will make investments of $9 billion in Bangladesh. The country’s private sector has signed several deals with Bangladeshi companies during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit, says the India-Bangladesh joint statement.

Female drivers will drive 20 per cent of the 118 new mail vans purchased by the postal service, State Minister for Post and Telecom Tarana Halim announced on Saturday. She said this at the inauguration ceremony of the new mail vans at Dak Bhaban (General Post Office) in the citywhere she handed over keys of nineteen vans to female drivers.

The time of Hajj pilgrims registration is scheduled to end today. The information forms of 51,337 pilgrims of 487 Hajj agencies were entered in the registration server system of the government until yesterday evening.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will deliver emergency humanitarian assistance to 3,200 families of Muslims from Rakhine state of Myanmar, who fled to Bangladesh since October 2016. The BDRCS and ICRC intend to support the most vulnerable people with essential food items to meet their basic needs.

State-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) has initiated a move to enhance the transmission capacity of the high-tension Chandpur-Comilla 132 kV transmission line.

To this regard, the company yesterday signed a contract with a Chinese-Korean consortium to award the contract of the job under which CCCE-Etern-Hanbeak JV will re-conduct the entire 60 km transmission line within the next 18 months.

– Press Wing London, 10 April 2017