Monday, March 4

News Brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to make sure that common people do not fall victims to unnecessary torture and oppression during their duties.

“You all must give attention to the fact that common people do not suffer in anyway…they must not face any unnecessary torture and oppression…,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the PM‟s Special Darbar marking the 13th founding anniversary of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at its Kurmitola headquarters. She also asked the members of the elite force to work more sincerely to ensure safety to public life and property.

Belarus yesterday expressed its interest to set up a joint commission on trade and economy to further boost the economic relations with Bangladesh. Visiting Belarusian Minister of Industry Vitaly Vovk expressed the interest when he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban.

The leave of all government officials in the haor areas and those of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry has been cancelled so that they can take part in emergency operations.

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya decided this during a meeting held at the Secretariat yesterday. The meeting also decided to provide relief to fishermen alongside farmers in the haor areas under vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would visit flood-affected haor areas of Sunamganj on April 30. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim confirmed this.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said Bangladesh economy is now at a crossroads and now accelerated economic growth is essential for it to achieve the middle-income country status by 2021.He was speaking at a conference dubbed „Green Growth Solutions Conference in Dhaka as Chief Guest.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Embassy in Dhaka, Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) jointly arranged the conference.

The China Building Materials Federation has presented a plan to Bangladesh Investment Development Board (BIDA) offering US $2 billion investment in the sector. BIDA says a 12-strong delegation met its Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam on Tuesday and expressed their interest. The Chairman said they would get „one stop service‟ in Dhaka.

The Chinese side gave a proposal on „Cooperation Proposal for China-Bangladesh Building Material Upgrade Project and the Development of Industrial Park‟ for the investment in construction materials such as bricks, tiles, cement, ceramics and mosaic.

The Cabinet Committee yesterday approved some 11 proposals including import of electricity from the proposed 1,600-MW coal-based power plant of Adani Group in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed chaired the meeting .

The construction works of a 91-km pipeline for smooth transmission of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Moheshkhali to Anwara in Chittagong district would be completed by December this year. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said this.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh to include ICT in the development activities through creating new partnerships.

State Minister of ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak and Country Director of UNDP in Bangladesh Sudipto Mukerjee, among others, addressed the signing ceremony at the Software Technology Park, Janata Tower in Dhaka.

Noting that a large data bank can help prevent cyber-attack, the government is going to establish a database involving Tk 20 billion in Dhaka to this end. Additional Secretary to the ICT Division Md Harunur Rashid said this while speaking at a seminar on cyber security on Tuesday.

Lee Suen Ming, Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore yesterday told journalists that Singapore is interested to share the latest health care technology with Bangladesh. He offered to sign an agreement to train Bangladeshi physicians and nurses. Earlier, he visited United Hospital and Apollo Hospital here.

The government is working to make internet cheaper at the consumer level, State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim said yesterday.

Revenue collection shot up 20 percent year-on-year to Tk 109,266 crore in the July-February period of the current fiscal year. The receipts in February increased 18 percent year-on-year to Tk 13,477 crore, according to National Board of Revenue. Analysts attributed the rise in revenue collection to increased imports and steady growth of domestic economy.

– Press Wing London, 27 April 2017