Bangladesh High Commission
London, 19 December 2016
Some 81 power stations with a generation capacity of 10,353 megawatts
(MW) have been set up during the last eight years with a view to
materializing the Vision-2021. The government has undertaken steps to
make the country self-reliant in power production and now the generation
capacity reached to 15,295 MW. Presently, 78 per cent people of the
country have their access to electricity usage," Director General (DG)
of Power Cell under Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Engineer
Mohammad Hossain said. He said the government has earmarked to bring
some 465 out of 486 upazilas of the country under power coverage by 2018
to fulfill its commitment to bring all people under electricity
facilities by 2021.
The technical glitch in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s aircraft was
caused by “human factor” though it is yet to be confirmed whether it was
sabotage, civil aviation minister Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday. The
minister made this disclosure while speaking at a press briefing at his
President Abdul Hamid yesterday said discussions with political parties
will play an important role in forming a strong Election Commission
(EC). Abdul Hamid made the remarks yesterday during a discussion with an
11-member BNP delegation, led by its chairperson Khaleda Zia, at
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday expressed his firm belief that
Bangladesh would be able to achieve many targets of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) before 2030, saying the country is moving
forward by overcoming all challenges. "The government is tirelessly
working to achieve the SDGs . . . poverty alleviation should no more be
a continuous process, rather it must be sustainable," he said while
addressing the inaugural session of the media training workshop as the
chief guest at Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the
Pacific (CIRDAP) auditorium in the city.
Expatriates Welfare and
Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday said the government
is setting up 50 technical training centers in 50 upazilas to improve
the standard of migration process. "This will develop at least 5 lakh
skilled manpower annually in the country," he said at a discussion at
Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on the occasion
of International Migrants Day-2016.
The office of Prime
Minister has taken step to save river Karnaphuli, the lifeline of
country's economy recently. The office has formed a high powered
committee headed by the Minister for Public Works and Housing Engineer
Mosharraf Hossain MP to prepare a master plan to save the Karnaphuli on
December 15. The committee was asked to prepare a master plan to save
the river Karnaphuli within next three months and the government will
take action as per the master plan. Assuring Bangladesh's support to
India on the issue of tackling terror, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan
Kamal said Pakistan needs to be isolated for "harbouring terrorists and
supporting terror acts." He said this in an interview with Press Trust
of India (PTI).
London, 07 December 2016.
Bangladesh High Commission
London, 07 December 2016.
Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP), the biggest and costliest project of
the country, got the approval at the Executive Committee of National
Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
chaired the meeting. After Padma Bridge project this is the highest
budgetary one in Bangladesh, which will cost Tk 113,092.91 crore. Of
it, government will provide Tk 22,052.91 crore from the national
exchequer while Russia will provide Tk 91,040 crore. Planning Minister
AHM Mustafa Kamal said the weekly meeting yesterday approved a total of
12 projects with an estimated cost of Tk 152,712.41 crore. "Of the total
cost of the projects, the government will provide Tk 35,068.73 crore
from the national exchequer while the organizations concerned will
contribute Tk 1,627.37 crore from their own funds." He added that the
rest Tk 116,016.31 crore would come as foreign project assistance.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death
of Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, the chief minister of Indian state of Tamil
Nadu. In a condolence message, the Premier recalled the glorious
political career of Jayalalithaa and said as the chief minister of Tamil
Nadu, her contributions towards the economic development of the state
and social welfare of the poorer segments will be long remembered.
Sheikh Hasina prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed
profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would start honouring about 1,700 Indian
soldiers, who were martyred in the 1971 War of Independence, during her
forthcoming visit to New Delhi, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali said
yesterday. He said this at a function in Dhaka on 45th anniversary of
India’s recognition of independent Bangladesh. Indian prime minister
Narendra Modi would also attend the function expected to be held on
December 18 or 19 . Ekattorer Ghatak-Dalal Nirmul Committee organised
the function where the foreign minister spoke. The Minister also said
that Bangladesh sincerely remembers December 6, a special day when India
recognized the newly born sovereign nation 45 years ago. Indian high
commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla was also present at the function.
President Abdul Hamid will hold dialogue with all registered political
parties on the issue of reconstituting the Election Commission (EC). "As
per article 118 of the constitution, the President will hold dialogue
with registered political parties before appointing the Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) and commissioners. The dialogue will begin after
December 16," said President's press secretary Joynal Abedin yesterday
Exports rose 5.46 percent to $2.89 billion in the month of November,
propelled by strong performance of apparel, leather goods, jute and jute
goods and shrimp. November's earnings beat the monthly target by $196.32
million and were higher than October's by $180 million according to
Export Promotion Bureau.
General inflation eased to the lowest level of the current fiscal year
at 5.38 percent in November, down from 5.57 percent posted a month
earlier. While revealing the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) data of
the state statistics agency at a press conference yesterday following
the ECNEC meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal attributed the
fall in inflation to low prices of protein and vegetables due to better
supply. Annual average inflation during December 2015 to November 2016
period was recorded at 5.60 percent which was 6.20 percent in the
corresponding period a year earlier. The planning minister expressed the
hope that the average inflation would remain within 5.5 percent by the
year end in line with government projection.
Bangladesh has sent a total of 3.6 million (36.37 lakh) workers abroad
during the last eight years since 2009. Of the total, 35,13,120 are male
and 4,54,148 are female workers. Minister for Expatriates Welfare and
Overseas Employment Nurul Islam B.Sc. gave the statistics while replying
to a question at Jatiya Sangsad on Monday.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said Singapore has shown interest to
invest in establishing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and power
plant in Bangladesh. Singaporean Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang expressed
his country's keenness during a meeting with the visiting Bangladeshi
The High Court yesterday gave a two months' deadline to the government
for removing names of collaborators of anti-liberation forces from all
roads as well as from structures of all educational institutions in the
country. The court also asked the secretaries to the ministry of
education and the ministry of local government, rural development and
cooperatives to submit a report before it by March 1 next year after
complying with the order. The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and
Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order during hearing of a rule issued
in 2012 in this regard.
Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam yesterday said the government is
working for modernizing food storage facilities with modern technology
and stronger institutions to tackle all four aspects of food security
like availability, access, utilization and stability under integrated
food policy research program. The food minister said this while
addressing as the chief guest at the opening session of launching
ceremony of Bangladesh Integrated Food Policy Research program. Under
the program, the government will construct silos at the eight divisional
cities across the country with the fund of the World Bank, said the food
minister. The minister also informed that the government has distributed
over 3.70 lakh tonnes of rice at Taka 10 per kg under a special program
across the country till November 30 while replying to a question at
President Abdul Hamid reached Singapore on a six-day visit for his
medical check-up. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying
the President, landed at Changi Airport yesterday afternoon. The
President is expected to return home on December 11.
London, 06 December 2016.
Bangladesh High Commission
London, 06 December 2016.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to work together to
strengthen the foundation of democracy calling people as "sentinel of
democracy" in a statement coinciding with the anniversary of fall of
autocracy in 1990."The 6th December is a significant day in the history
of restoring democracy. On this day in 1990, the fall of the autocratic
government took place," she said in the message on the eve of "Ganatantro
Mukti Dibas". The premier urged countrymen to join their hands to free
the country entirely from poverty and hunger and build a happy and
prosperous "Sonar Bangla" to materialize the dream of the Father of the
Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Cabinet yesterday approved the draft of a law raising the
compensation price of the lands three times in case of acquisition for
public purposes or in public interests. The cabinet in its weekly
meeting okayed in principle "The Acquisition and Requisition of
Immovable Property Act, 2016" raising the compensation value of the land
in case of acquisition. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the
cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat. The cabinet also
approved the draft of the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons
Act, 2016 in Bangla which will replace the previous law titled-
"Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons Order, 1972." The cabinet
approved the Palli Sanchaya Bank (amendment) Ordinance, 2016 in the form
of an act without any amendment. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday
received four lakh and six thousand pieces of blanket from four private
banks for the cold-hit people of the country. The private banks -- NRB
Global Bank Ltd, Union Bank Ltd (UBL), Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd (IBBL)
and First Security Islami Bank Ltd (FSIBL) donated these blankets to the
Prime Minister's Relief and Welfare Fund for the cold-stricken people.
Receiving the blankets, the premier thanked the authorities of the four
private banks for coming forward to the help of the distressed humanity.
Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit-Pierre Laramee yesterday
lauded the stand of Bangladesh over fighting terrorism and religious
extremism. The envoy came up with the remarks while he paid a courtesy
call on Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader at his office
in the Bangladesh Secretariat. The government under a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) will carry out continuous research as to how to
increase the crop production in the country's 10 lakh hectares of
drought and saline prone lands. The MoU was signed between Bangladesh
Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and China National Seed Group
Company Limited at the BADC Bhaban yesterday. China will invest Taka 160
crore over the next two years under this MoU to help Bangladesh further
improve crop production in these lands. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed
yesterday sought duty-free and quota-free market access for Bangladeshi
products to Malaysian market for further increasing the bilateral trade
between the two nations. Tofail Ahmed, now on a visit to Malaysia, was
addressing the inaugural ceremony of the ‘Bangladesh Trade and
Investment Summit 2016’ in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. The
minister said relocation of the labour-intensive industries in the
textile and accessories, furniture processing, agro-processing
industries, electronics industries and SMEs could be the most promising
options for Malaysia. Malaysia has agreed to allow the Bangladeshi
migrants working there after expiry of visa deadline to continue to work
in the country under its recruitment programme. Malaysian Deputy Prime
Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the assurance during a meeting with
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed who is now in Kuala Lumpur to attend
Bangladesh Trade and Investment Summit 2016.Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed
the keen interest of Malaysia to increase trade and investment relations
with Bangladesh and proposed to sign free trade agreement with
Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been trying to resolve the problem of the
continued influx of Rohingya Muslims into the country through different
channels, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told parliament
yesterday. He said this while replying to a supplementary question from
lawmaker AKM Jahangir Hossain. Bangladesh and Hungary will exchange
visits by high-level business delegations within four months to find out
trade and investment opportunities between the two countries as a
follow-up of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Budapest.
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI)
President Abdul Matlub Ahmad informed this. Bangladesh stands 10th on a
list of the developing countries classed as 'receivers of licit or
recorded financial transfers' during 1980-2012, apart from witnessing
substantial flight of capital. According to the findings carried in a
new report of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) for the period of 33
years, the country's cumulative receipts of recorded transfers stood at
$116.8 billion. The research outfit compiled the data for 153 developing
countries using the BoP Manual-5 of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The home secretaries of Bangladesh and India yesterday discussed working
of institutional arrangements, security issues and cooperation in
preventing illegal activities at borders. Md Mozammel Haque Khan and
Rajiv Mehrishi held meeting in New Delhi ahead of Prime Minister (PM)
Sheikh Hasina's visit to India later this month. The meeting finalised
the security agenda of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's talks with Indian
PM Narendra Modi. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down death
penalty to Edris alias Gazi Edris, the 67-year-old from West Kashabhog
village under Shariatpur Sadar upazila, for two charges in connection
with two acts of genocide during the Liberation War in 1971.
London, 05 December 2016.
Bangladesh High Commission
London, 05 December 2016.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Air Force personnel to be
more careful while using and maintaining aircraft, radars and war
equipment as those have been procured with people's hard-earned money.
The Prime Minister was addressing the National Standard Award Ceremony
of the Bangladesh Air Force base Bangabandhu on its parade ground at
Dhaka Cantonment in the capital. She also instructed the Air Force
members to perform their responsibilities with utmost sincerity both at
home and abroad. Sheikh Hasina also directed them to uphold the honor,
dignity and pride of the national standard through their patriotism and
Seven industrial units of Bangladesh have placed them in the highest
scoring top 10 on the list of 25 environment-friendly industrial
structures of the world, according to US Green Building Council. The US
Green Building Council (USGBC) gives LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) certificates to the green factories if the
projects satisfy certain requirements and earn points to achieve
different levels of certification. This LEED certificate awarded by the
US Green Building Council is a proof that Bangladesh is capable. In
order to qualify for the certificate, a project has to ensure the
highest standard of building construction.
The World Bank (WB) has offered US$ 250 million loan to Bangladesh for
the construction of Airport-Mohakhali phase of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Line 3 in the capital. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul
Quader disclosed this while talking to reporters after a meeting with a
five-member WB delegation, headed by its Operation Manager for
Bangladesh Rajeshree S. Paralkar. The minister said the feasibility
study and the detailed design for the phase 1 (Airport-Mohakhali) of BRT
Line 3 has been completed by the WB. The minister informed that the WB
will let its loan disbursement scheme for the BRT Line 3 Phase 1 by
Primary and secondary students will get new textbooks on New Year's day,
as around 80 percent of over 36 crore copies of textbooks have already
reached their schools, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid
yesterday."The remaining textbooks will reach the education institutions
on time," he told reporters after visiting three printing presses at
Matuail in the capital. The minister said the number of free textbooks
to be distributed this year rose by more than 2.84 crore copies. The
government would distribute 36.22 crore copies among students from
class-I to class-X.
Bangladesh's garment shipments to Italy and Japan, the nationals of
which were killed in a terrorist attack in Dhaka in July, remained
unscathed in July-October -- a development that will bring a heavy sigh
of relief among exporters. In fact, apparel exports to the two nations
increased during the period, according to data from the Export Promotion
Bureau. During the July-October period, apparel items worth $378.30
million were exported to Italy -- the sixth largest garment export
destination for Bangladesh -- up 6.43 percent year-on-year. Similarly,
garment shipments to Japan increased 7 percent year-on-year during the
period. Some $230.58 million worth of apparel products were shipped to
Japan, the largest importer of Bangladeshi garments in Asia.
To explore the country's bay area for natural and mineral resources, the
government has recently formed a Blue Economy Cell under the Energy and
Mineral Resources Division (EMRD). Nasrul Hamid, state minister for
Power, Energy and Mineral Resources will inaugurate the cell today.
The cell has been formed for the exploration and sustainable collection,
con-servation and management of natural and mineral resources under the
part of Bangladesh's Bay of Bengal area.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday paid a courtesy call on President
Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban. During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina apprised
the President of the outcome of her recent visits to Hungary and
President Abdul Hamid yesterday underscored the need for imparting and
incorporating state-of-the-art curricula in NDC Courses as the present
world is becoming more inter-dependent and complex. The President
mentioned this when the participants of National Defense Course (NDC)
-2016 and Armed Forces War Course (AFWC)-2016 made a courtesy call on
him at Bangabhaban.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on yesterday unveiled a copy of Louis I
Kahn’s original design of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex during Magrib
recess of parliament session. Housing and public works minister Engineer
Mosharraf Hossain and senior officials of Parliament Secretariat were
present at the unveiling ceremony. An expert team will soon brief her
about the details of the original design of Sangsad Bhaban and then she
will take necessary decision in this regard.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith clearly said Philippines won't be given the
report on reserve heist. He said, 'I am yet to know whether they have
sought the report. But if they have sought, the report won't be given.
It is our internal report. He didn't reveal that report for the interest
of recovering the stolen money. Muhith on Saturday expressed his firm
confidence that the entire reserve heist money could be recovered from
the Philippines saying the authorities concerned in the Philippine
assured Bangladesh of taking appropriate steps to return the stolen
The government plans to provide 10,000 electronic cash registers to
shops, restaurants and other businesses at purchase price in an effort
to curb tax dodging in retail sales. The National Board of Revenue has
already taken an initiative to buy the devices.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said newly
recruited 10,000 nurses will be given posting in different public
hospitals and health complexes within one week to remove manpower
shortage problem in the health sector. He told this at a dissemination
function of Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy-2015 at a city hotel.
London, 01 December 2016
Bangladesh High Commission
London, 01 December 2016
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday night wrapping up
her four-day official visit to Hungary where she attended the Budapest
Water Summit 2016.
Describing 2019 as the election year for Bangladesh, Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina has urged Awami League followers, both at home and abroad,
to carry out campaign for the party to retain power as it works for
development. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a civic
reception on Tuesday organized by All European Awami League in Budapest.
Briefly describing various development activities of her government, she
said Bangladesh is now the role model of development. Terming the
expatriates as Bangladesh Ambassadors, she urged them to uphold the
country's image through their positive activities.
government will take required measures for increasing the exports of the
garment items to the central European country, Commerce Minister Tofail
Ahmed said. 'We will take necessary initiative to increase exports of
apparel items to Slovenia. There is a huge demand for the readymade
garment goods in Slovenia,' he said. He also stressed the need for the
exchange of business delegations between the two countries. The Commerce
Minister was talking to reporters after exchanging meeting with visiting
Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of
Slovenia Tanja Strnisa at his secretariat office yesterday.
Biman yesterday suspended six officials of its engineering section after
a probe discovered that their negligence in duty caused a Biman flight
carrying the Prime Minister to make an emergency landing in Turkmenistan
Visiting Indian Defence Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar
stressed the need for taking joint efforts to enhance military ties
between Bangladesh and India. The Indian minister came up with the view
when he met President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Welcoming the minister to Bangabhaban, President Hamid said Bangladesh
follows zero tolerance policy in combating terrorism in all its forms.
He expressed condolences for dastardly terrorist attack on the army base
at Uri, Kashmir and on the Indian Air Force Base at Pathankot.
Ambassadors designate of Ethiopia, Mauritania and Tunisia to Bangladesh
separately presented their credentials to President Abdul Hamid at
Bangabhaban yesterday. The three non-resident envoys are Asfaw Dingamo
Kame of Ethiopia, Sidi Mohamed Hanenna of Mauritania and Adel Elarbi of
Tunisia. Welcoming the ambassadors, the president advised to take steps
to utilize trade and investment potentials between Bangladesh and their
countries. The envoys told the president that they would work to enhance
bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh. The visiting Deputy Minister for
Agriculture, Forest and Food of Slovenia Tanja Strnisa expressed
interest to import ready-made garments, vegetables and fruits from
Bangladesh. Her interest comes when she called on State Minister for
Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at the latter's office at the Foreign
Ministry yesterday. During the meeting, State Minister Alam informed the
Slovenian deputy minister about different development programs
undertaken by the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for
the country's socio-economic progress. He requested her to import
pharmaceutical products from Bangladesh as they are international
standard. Bangladesh Railway signed an agreement with a Chinese firm for
the development of Pahartali workshop. The deal was signed with Chinese
contract firm CRRC Sifang Company Limited at a function at Railway
Bhaban in Dhaka with Railways Minister M Mujibul Huq attending as the
chief guest. The development project will be implemented by June 2017
with Japanese credit assistance of Taka 116,16,62,847. The traditional
procession which is brought out marking the Bangla New Year has now been
registered as a new UNESCO cultural heritage. "The 'Mangal Shobhajatra'
has been included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of
Humanity," the Bangladesh embassy in Paris said in a statement. The
decision was taken yesterday at the 11th session of the
intergovernmental committee on intangible cultural heritage held in
Addis Ababa of Ethiopia, according to the statement.
least 10,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh recently to flee violence
in Myanmar, the United Nations said yesterday.
Bangladesh wants the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) to shoulder
the missing chunk of the $81 million stolen from its central bank in a
cyber heist in February. A high-level delegation of Bangaldeshi
officials is in the Philippines this week to seek help from the
Philippine government in filing criminal and civil charges against the
Yuchengco-owned bank. "It is clearly established that RCBC was very much
involved in the scam, and they have admitted their liability," Minister
of Law Anisul Huq said in a press briefing on Tuesday in Manilla.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday termed as 'unethical'
the decision the RCBC of Philippines took against returning the money
stolen from the Bangladesh Bank account. He said the government will
file a case against the Federal Reserve Bank of New York over the cyber
heist. The Minister said this after a Cabinet Committee Meeting on
Economic Affairs at the secretariat yesterday.
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