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London, 13 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

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London, 13 December 2017

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is now on a visit to France, received a static guard of honour on her arrival at Elysee Palace yesterday. French President Emmanuel Macron received the Prime Minister. They had a bilateral meeting later. French President assured Bangladesh of his country’s humanitarian support and playing a due role in the UN and other international forums for a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis. Both the Bangladesh Prime Minister and the French President agreed to form a Joint Economic Commission to explore the trade and investment potential between the two countries. The Prime Minister delivered a speech at the One Planet Summit at the La Seine Musicale in Seguin Island in Paris yesterday. In her speech the PM urged the developed nations to fulfill their commitments in ensuring climate justice and meeting the historical responsibility to protect the world.“I would like to urge the developed countries to fulfill their commitments in bringing climate justice and meeting historical responsibility. We can secure the world only through shared responsibility,” she said. The Premier ending her visit will leave Paris for home this evening.

 

President Md. Abdul Hamid reached Istanbul yesterday to attend the 6th Extraordinary Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held today. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the OIC special conference to discuss the repercussions of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Bangladesh President is expected to deliver his speech highlighting Bangladesh's position over the issue. The President landed at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport at around 3:55 am local time yesterday. He was welcomed by Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M Allama Siddiki.  President Md. Abdul Hamid visited the historic Topkapi Palace (museum). Later, the President visited Blue Mosque, an ancient mosque in the Istanbul.

 

The government yesterday celebrated the first ever National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day to make its Digital Bangladesh concept a memorable one. On the occasion, National Information and Communication Technology Award-2017 was given to 15 persons in 12 categories for their contribution to expanding ICT sector in the country. Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury addressed the function as the Chief Guest. The Speaker said Digital Bangladesh concept does not remain as merely a dream rather it has been turned into reality as the country has achieved a remarkable progress in the information and communication technology (ICT) that has been praised in home and aboard.

 

Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday inaugurated the national emergency service '999' aimed at providing emergency assistance to people across the country."The Awami League government always thinks about the future of the country where people will not face any type of hurdle," he said while inaugurating the national emergency service-999 at a function held in Dhaka's National Control and Command Centre commonly known as police control room at Abdul Gani Road. With the inauguration of the service, people from every corner of the country will get 24/7 emergency services from police, ambulance and fire service by just dialing 999 over both mobile phone and telephone. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan  speaking  at the function said, the government will introduce electronic passport (e-passport) and electronic gate (e-gate) at international airports in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision for Digital Bangladesh.

 

Bangladesh denounced the attack on New York City’s subway system, said a statement issued by its Washington DC mission on Monday. The statement said the government is committed to its declared policy of zero tolerance for terrorism and condemns violent extremism in all forms anywhere in the world. “A terrorist is a terrorist irrespective of his or her ethnicity or religion, and must be brought to justice,” it said. Mentionable, a man detonated an improvised explosive device in an underground passageway at a major commuter hub in New York City Monday morning. New York Police suspects, Akayed Ullah (27), a Bangladeshi migrant, for the incident.       

 

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said WTO's initiative for expanding multidimensional trade system needs to be strengthened for the betterment of least developed countries (LDCs).The Minister made the remark at the plenary session of the 11th ministerial conference (MC) of WTO in Argentine's capital Buenos Aires on Monday. He also urged WTO to move forward for implementing the decision regarding relaxing trade policies which include rules of origin and product service sector.

 

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday said a total of 9,59,354 Bangladeshi workers have been employed in foreign countries this year, highest in country's history. The Minister disclosed the information at a meet the press programme at Expatriates' Welfare Bhaban in Eskaton in Dhaka yesterday.    

 

Press Wing

London, 12 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 12 December 2017

President Md. Abdul Hamid asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to play its due role to ensure quality education in the universities of the country. The President also put stress upon the need for research activities on national and international issues to keep pace with the international competition. He said this yesterday when a delegation of the UGC led by its Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan submitted its Annual Report-2016 to him at Bangabhaban.

 

President Md. Abdul Hamid left Dhaka for Istanbul last night to attend the 6th Extraordinary Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the special conference to discuss the repercussions of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The special conference will be held in Istanbul on December 13 where the President is expected to deliver his speech highlighting Bangladesh‟s position over the issue. The President is expected to return home on 14 December.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached in Paris yesterday on a three-day official visit to attend 'One Planet Summit'. During her visit, the Prime Minister will have a meeting with President of France Emmanuel Macron. President Macron, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kimand, UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres will address the Summit. The main focus of this event will be on determining how those working in public and private finance can innovate to support and accelerate common efforts to fight Climate Change. The Premier will return home on 14 December.

 

Law Minister Anisul Huq said, the government has given shelter to the Rohingya people in the country on humanitarian grounds adding, it is a temporary solution to the Rohingya crisis while its permanent solution is, Myanmar has to take back its citizens from Bangladesh. He urged all and every member of the international community to be united and put pressure on the Myanmar government to resolve the problem. The Minister came up with the remarks while addressing the closing session of the two-day programme, organised by National Human Rights Commission titled „International Conference on Promoting Equality, Justice and Human Dignity‟ at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday.

 

Bangladesh Post Office yesterday announced to roll out a digital wallet service called “Daak Taka” within three months and allow people to open accounts at just Tk 2.The department aims to open three crore accounts by 2018 in a bid to help deepen financial inclusion. Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy made the announcement at the Posts and Telecommunications Division yesterday. Daak Taka users will be able to deposit and withdraw cash, transfer funds and make payments, all using either a mobile phone or a “postal cash card”.

 

ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said, Bangladesh is moving towards mobile-based governance (m-governance) system, as the connectivity received a boost over the last nine years. M-governance is a process to deliver government services and exchange information using mobile phones. He said, the government has decided to observe the National ICT Day for the first time to mark the technology-based growth of the country. On the eve of the National ICT Day, Zunaid Ahmed talked about the government‟s moves to build technology-driven economy while talking to media at his office in Agargaon yesterday.

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said, the existing bilateral arrangements for power trading among the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation countries, including Bangladesh, need to be gradually expanded in their volume. In an article titled 'Taking Power Treading to the next level in South Asia' ADB mentioned, some initiatives in this regard can already be seen, like the agreement to export power from a specific generator in Nepal to Bangladesh through transmission grid in India, and preliminary discussions for Bangladesh to invest in a hydropower plant in Bhutan, which is recently posted on its website.

 

Press Wing

London, 10 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 11 December 2017

President Md. Abdul Hamid will leave Dhaka for Istanbul, Turkey today on a three-day official visit to attend the Extra-ordinary Islamic summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). OIC President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has convended the summit for heads of states and governments of the OIC member countries over the Jerusalem issue. As a member of Al-Quds Committee of the OIC, Bangladesh will take part in the summit. 

 

Bangladesh Ambassador to South Korea, Abida Islam made a courtesy call on to President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday. During the meeting, the President said, South Korea is one of the important partners in Bangladesh's socio-economic development and advised the Bangladeshi envoy to take initiatives of attracting Korean investors for more investment here using trade and investment opportunities of the country.

  

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her commitment to lighten up each and every house of the country by producing electricity from different sources and said, through this the children of the country would get access to read and learn through modern education.  The Premier added, every area of the country will be developed as we believe in balanced development. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the 100 percent electricity supply programme and four power plants through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed the optimism that the ICT sector will be the biggest contributor to the country's foreign currency earning in near future saying we want to give training to our children towards that end. The Prime Minister said this while formally inaugurating the newly-built' Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park' in Jessore through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban. The Software Technology Park is expected to generate jobs for around 12,000 youths.

   

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Paris today on a three-day official visit to join the One planet Summit. French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim jointly invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the visit. During the visit, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with French President. She is expected to return home on December 14.

 

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, the countrymen's demand is more than the revenue collection of the government adding this is the high time to change attitude of  the people. He said,  the number of taxpayers has increased from 14 lakh to near 30 lakh. The Minister came up with this remark while addressing a seminar yesterday held in the city organised by National Board of Revenue to make the National Vat Day and Vat week-2017. 

 

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has urged the least developed countries (LDCs) to work in combine for implementing the decisions taken in the 10th WTO Ministerial Meeting. The Minister made the call  on Saturday at the LDCs Ministerial Meeting held prior to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference at Argentine’s capital Buenos Aires.   

 

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu assured television and radio artists that the government would  take steps to enhance their royalties saying of placing “a proposal to the Finance Ministry in this regard soon. The Minister told this to a delegation of Bangladesh Television-Betar Shilpi Sangstha when they met him at his office yesterday.

 

According to a new World Bank analysis, Bangladesh is losing one percent GDP every year due to air pollution, which is a key barrier to the country’s vision to become an upper-middle income country. The preliminary findings of the report ‘Country Environment Assessment for Bangladesh’ were discussed at a workshop at a city hotel yesterday. Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju delivered the keynote speech.

 

The government yesterday signed a power purchase agreement with local company Summit Gazipur ll Power Ltd. for implementing a power project at Gazipur. The plant will supply 300 MW of electricity for a period of 15 years. Bangladesh Power Development Board Secretary and Summit Gazipur ll   Power Ltd. Managing Director signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations at Biddyut Bhaban. State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid attended the programme as the Chief Guest.

         

Press Wing

London, 10 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 10 December 2017

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the country's womenfolk to keep confidence in their inherent talent and power and work together with their male counterpart to build a developed nation saying, women should become independent in every sphere of life. They have to move forward by their own efforts, not being dependent on others. She said, women must beat every barrier on their own to go ahead. The Prime Minister said this while distributing Rokeya Padak-2017 at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka yesterday.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate a 100 percent electricity supply programme and four power plants through video conference at Gonobhaban today. According to the source of Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources the upazilas are already brought under 100 percent electricity coverage and these are Faridpur sadar, Rajoir, Naogaon sadar, Kamarkhand, Akhaura, Brahmanbaria sadar, Shalikha, Meherpur sadar, Madon and Belabo.

 

Aimed at turning Jessore as a technology-based city and digital economy hub, the government is going to open the door of technology park at the border district in the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park through videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence today.

 

Finance Minister A M A Muhith hinted that he would consider withdrawing Value Added Tax (VAT) on internet data usage in the budget for the next fiscal year while replying to a request by BASIS President Mustafa Jabbar for withdrawing VAT and surcharge on internet data usage yesterday. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the four-day Digital World 2017 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital.

 

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will observe the 'National VAT Day-2017' today to encourage people in paying Value Added Tax for further development of the country. It will also observe the 'National VAT Week-2017' from December 10 to 15. The slogan of this year's 'VAT Day' and 'VAT Week' is 'VAT Dichhe Janogan, Desher Hochhe Unnayan'. In separate messages, President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the taxpayers, VAT administration and its officials and employees on the occasion of the National VAT Day-2017 and the National VAT Week-2017.

 

Human Rights Day will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world marking the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. This year, the day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UDHR, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Different organizations have chalked out programmes in observance of the day.  President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the day and wished a success of all programmes of the day. 

 

Bangladesh Bank (BB) is mulling over filing a lawsuit against Filipino Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) to recover the whole heisted money from the central bank's account with Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to BB source, it was said yesterday, the Philippines government is extending all sorts of legal support to Bangladesh for recovering the heisted reserve money and if Bangladesh cannot retrieve the entire heisted money after a certain period, it will file a lawsuit against RCBC. 

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Global Fund have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the financing, design, and implementation of country-led programs to fight HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, and build resilient health systems in ADB member countries eligible for Global Fund financing. Through a framework of mutual cooperation, ADB and the Global Fund can complement each other's contributions to health programs in the Asia and Pacific region.

 

Press Wing

London, 07 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 07 December 2017

President Md. Abdul Hamid has said Bangladesh always attaches importance to the bilateral relations with friendly countries and the global peace and harmony. The President said this as participants of the National Defense Course and Armed Force War Course 2017 called on him at Bangabhaban yesterday. The President also hoped that these courses would help them a lot to attain professionalism and perform responsibility with more efficiently. President Hamid expected the participants to be goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh after returning to their respective countries and positions. A total of 27 members of both military and civil officials from 13 friendly countries took part in the courses on strategic leadership, national security, national policymaking and development.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opened a four-day, 6-9 December, Digital World expo 2017 in the capital urging youths to be 'Ready for Tomorrow' to turn in reality of Bangladesh's dream with the ICT sector. The PM said this while inaugurating the expo at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday. Sheikh Hasina hoped that the ICT sector would be one of the largest contributors to country's economic development by 2021 as promising youths have already showed off their capacity in this field. She talked to Sophia, a humanoid robot, after the expo inauguration. Around 400 exhibitors from Bangladesh and abroad including policy makers, senior government officials and ministers, industry leaders, civil society spokespersons, investors and multinational software vendors are taking part in the event.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference today at Ganabhaban about the outcome of her just-concluded official visit to Cambodia. Sheikh Hasina paid a three-day visit to Cambodia from December 3-5 at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

 

A group of foreign physicians comprising burn and plastic surgeons and neurologists called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban yesterday. The PM extended her sincere thanks to the foreign physicians for rendering voluntary services to a significant number of patients at the DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit. She also elaborated her government's strides for the health sector development.

 

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has invited Saudi Arabian businessmen to invest in special economic zone taking the opportunity of Bangladesh's invest friendly facilities. He made the call at a business meeting with the visiting 21-member high level business delegation of Saudi Arabia in Dhaka yesterday. The Commerce Minister noted, bilateral trade has remained stagnant at $ 800 million, but it could be boosted further if businessmen of both the countries make steps forward.

 

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said, the government has a plan to construct a tunnel under the Buriganga river at Dhaka Sadarghat point to ensure easy communication between commuters of both sides. The Minister said this to the BIWTA officials and employees at a meeting at the New Extension Terminal Bhaban. Shajahan Khan said, an aesthetic environment has returned at Sadarghat area due to pragmatic steps taken by the government.

 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has recognised the 'Shital Pati', a traditional art of Sylhet, as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The recognition came yesterday from 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage at Jeju in South Korea.

 

A group of Muslim Sufis from different countries representing the International Association of Sufism visited makeshift Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and distributed blankets among them. The delegation members are from the United States, Tunisia, Malaysia and Indonesia and Yemen who appreciated Bangladesh's humanitarian stance for these distressed people of the neighbouring country.

 

Dhaka has urged the UN Human Rights Council to play its due role until a sustained solution to the Rohingya crisis is achieved. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said, only sustained international pressure on Myanmar could settle the crisis. The State Minister said this while speaking at the session in Geneva on Tuesday. He was leading a Bangladesh delegation to the 27th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Many delegations including Japan appreciated Bangladesh's efforts in providing safety and assistance to the Rohingya nationals and encouraged the international community to continue their assistance and take appropriate measures to ensure a sustained solution of the crisis.

 

The government has decided not to erect makeshift for Rohingya settlements in three southeastern hill districts of Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban considering their delicate ecological and socio-economic systems. Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs ministry's Additional Secretary Kamal Uddin Talukder said this yesterday to the media on the eve of the International Mountain Day to be observed on December 11.

         

Press Wing

London, 06 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 06 December 2017

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put emphasis on increasing connectivity and cooperation among the Asian nations for the interest of the people of this region. The PM expressed the views when Norodom Ranariddh, former PM and President of Funcinpec, a Cambodian royal party, paid a courtesy call on at her hotel, Phnom Penh yesterday. The two leaders discussed the issues of boosting regional connectivity and the people-to-people contact among the Asian countries. The Bangladesh PM said, Bangladesh could work as a bridge between the East and West. That's why Bangladesh government has taken an initiative to build a new international airport near Dhaka, she added. She said, the Cox's Bazar Airport will be turned into an international airport to increase connectivity between Bangladesh and Southeast Asian nations. Norodom Ranariddh expressed gratitude to the PM for naming a road in Dhaka after the name of former Cambodian King late Norodom Sihanouk. The Bangladesh PM thanked the Cambodian government and the people for naming a road in Phnom Penh after the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday concluding her three-day official visit to Cambodia at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Bangladesh and Cambodia have developed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership and now is working together to foster greater regional cooperation for development, peace and stability in the region. She wrote about this in an article published in the mass circulated Khmer Times on December 4. Headlined 'Fostering a friendship: Bangladesh and Cambodia', the article pointed out Bangladesh and Cambodia's people endured nearly identical experience and atrocities while earning their self-determination.

 

A four-day mega ICT event 'Digital World-2017' is set to kick off today at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre to showcase technology-based innovations and achievements aiming to unlock economic potential of IT sector. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the event. President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the event.

 

The United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday adopted a resolution on the Rohingyas, condemning the atrocities committed against them by the Myanmar security forces and demanded that perpetrators be brought to justice in Geneva yesterday. Brought by Bangladesh, it was passed by 33 votes. Nine countries, including India, refrained from voting while three others - China, Burundi and the Philippines voted against it.

 

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has sought more Saudi Arabian investments in infrastructure, power and other sectors in Bangladesh, saying the government is providing all sorts of supports to the investors. He said this to the media after having a meeting with a Saudi Arabian business team at Commerce Ministry in Dhaka yesterday. Mr. Muhith urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for diversifying export market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for reducing the trade gap between the two countries. He informed that the Saudi business delegation and Bangladesh business community will sign several agreements today. Commerece Minister Tofail ahmed was present at the function.

 

The Asian Development Bank has approved $ 583 million debt financing and partial risk guarantees to develop the Reliance Bangladesh Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and Power Project. The project, which includes a power generation facility to be located in Meghnaghat near Dhaka and an LNG Terminal near Kutubdia Island in Chittagong, will significantly increase power generation and improve energy infrastructure in the country.

 

Swedish Embassy to Bangladesh through Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and WaterAid Bangladesh signed an agreement on a five-year project called 'WASH4UrbanPoor', for slums and low-income communities. During its tenure, the project will reach 450,000 people in slums and low income communities across three major cities Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna and three municipalities Paikgacha, Shakhipur and Saidpur. The project aims to reduce water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) deprivations among the urban poor through increased access to climate resilient WASH services, pro-poor local WASH governance and improved coordination with other services.

 

The Indian West Bengal provincial government is keen to establish air connectivity between Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri city and Dhaka to enhance industrialization, trade and commerce in the sub-Himalayan region. Minister for the Department of North Bengal Development of the Government of West Bengal Rabindranath Ghosh said this yesterday while addressing 'The 5th North Bengal Conclave 2017' organized by North Bengal Zonal Council of Confederation of Indian Industry at Hotel Sinclairs in Siliguri city. Officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs, industrialists of Bhutan, Bangladesh and eight northern districts of West Bengal participated in the conclave arranged for making North Bengal a prominent regional investment destination.

           

Press Wing

London, 5 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 5 December 2017

Bangladesh has sought Cambodian support towards a 'durable solution' to Rohingya crisis as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held official talks with her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while delivering her joint press statement with the Cambodian Premier at the Peace Palace after the official talks between the two countries. Mr. Hun Sen expressed his hope that both Bangladesh and Myanmar would work together smoothly for the safe return of the Myanmar nationals. Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Cambodia have signed 10 instruments, an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding, to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in the fields of tourism, agriculture, civil aviation, ICT and technical education. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading the Bangladesh side at the talks, while the Cambodian Premier Hun Sen is leading his country.

 

Meanwhile, Cambodian Premier has addressed his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina as 'sister'. The PM also addressed Hun Sen as 'brother'. It demonstrated special relations between the two Asian countries. The relations between the two countries reached a new dimension because of the relationship between the two leaders. Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a warm reception as she arrived at the Peace Palace, the Prime Minister's Office of the Cambodian Premier yesterday. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen received her. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived Cambodia on Sunday on a three-day official visit to Cambodian Capital, Phnom Penh at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart. Concluding her three-day visit to Cambodia, the PM will return home today.

 

Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between his country and Bangladesh as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with him at the Royal Palace, Combodia yesterday. During the meeting, the Cambodian King and the Bangladesh Premier discussed matters relating to mutual interests. The PM invited the Cambodian King to visit Bangladesh. The PM later held separate meetings with Cambodian Senate President Say Chhum and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

         

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the Cambodian business community to explore all avenues to do business in Bangladesh for the prosperity of the two countries. The PM said, the Cambodian business community could take the advantage of Bangladesh's location as the hub of regional economic activities as the country increasingly gets integrated with the economic corridors of China, Myanmar and India. She said this at Bangladesh-Cambodia business dialogue at Hotel Sofitel, Combodia yesterday.

 

Tripoli envoy to Dhaka has claimed that no Bangladeshi citizen is being sold or involved in slavery in the territory of Libya. Charge D' Affairs of Libyan Embassy to Bangladesh Mahmoud M EL Sallabi said this to the media yesterday over a media report which claimed that human traffickers were involved in slavery in the territory of Libya. The envoy said, his country affirms that the phenomenon of illegal migration and its consequences requires earnest and coordinated international efforts to confront the same.   

 

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said, Bangladesh will raise demand for complete implementation of all decisions including providing LDCs various trade facilities and GSP in the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to be held in Argentine Capital Buenos Aires between December 10 and 13. He will lead a 25-member Bangladesh delegation in the conference. Bangladesh delegation will have talks with the WTO Director General, USTR and Commerce Ministers of different countries. He said this to the media after a meeting at his Secretariat office yesterday.

 

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said, the government is giving allowance to 1,84,394 freedom fighters after conducting a scrutiny to find out real beneficiaries for honorary allowances. A total of Taka 553 crore 18 lakh and 20,000 thousand have been released to provide honorary allowance among them.

 

The High Court has issued a rule asking as to why it shall not pass order to declare ‘Joy Bangla’ as national slogan. The court ordered Cabinet Secretary, Law Secretary and Education Secretary to submit their reply on the rule within next 72 hours.

           

Press Wing

London, 4 December 2017

Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 4 December 2017

President Md. Abdul Hamid yesterday urged judges to perform their respective duties neutrally without being influenced with any fondness or enmity. “People’s fundamental right is to get justice...so being a judge, it’s your duty and responsibility to ensure justice for the litigants”, he told judges while addressing a pre-dinner function hosted by him at Bangabhaban.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday paid rich tributes to Cambodian martyrs by placing a wreath at the Independence Monument. After placing the wreath, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the martyrs. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services of the Cambodian armed forces gave a static guard of honor to the Bangladesh Premier, while bugle played the last post. Later, the Prime Minister paid homage to Cambodian late King Norodom Sihanouk by laying a wreath at his memorial.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said, her government’s stance and continued efforts to build the Padma Bridge with its own fund have changed the attitude of the world towards Bangladesh as all now treat it with respect. The Prime Minister said, we want to move ahead in the global arena with due respect as a victorious nation in the Great War of Liberation. She said this while addressing a dinner programme hosted at Hotel Sofitel, Cambodia in honour of her by Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem, concurrently accredited to Cambodia.

 

Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the day of birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), was observed in the country on Saturday with due religious solemnity. Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia issued separate messages greeting the country’s people and the Muslim Ummah.

 

The head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis said, Bangladesh is a role model of interreligious harmony and peaceful coexistence of people with different religious beliefs. Before leaving Bangladesh, the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church praised Bangladesh while addressing the priests at Mother Teresa Home for orphans in Dhaka's Tejgaon on Saturday.

 

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday urged the countrymen to extend supports to the people with disabilities to ensure their participation in the development process while speaking at a discussion marking the 26th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and 19th National Day of Persons with Disabilities at Bangabandhu International Convention Center. The theme of the day is 'Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All'.

 

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury sought more research opportunities of Bangladeshi scientists in International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as she is on a visit to its Headquarters in the Philippines. The Minister said, the incumbent government in Bangladesh adopted an agriculture friendly policy and extended all sorts of cooperation in IRRI's research and development activities in the country which would continue in future as well. The Minister is now in Manila leading a Bangladeshi delegation on a visit to the IRRI Headquarters since November 28.

 

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said, the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin immediately after the formation of the joint working group. The Minister said this while distributing relief materials among Rohingyas at Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar.

 

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla yesterday said, Indian government has completed a total of 24 projects in Bangladesh, worth Tk 110 crore, over the last five years adding Bangladesh and India ties are currently at new level. The High Commissioner was addressing the inauguration of 11 water treatment plants installed for the people of Bhandariya Pourasabha. Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju attended the function as the chief guest.

 

Dhaka North Mayor Annisul Huq has been laid to rest at the capital's Banani Graveyard. People from all walks of life attended his funeral prayers and bade him the final farewell on Saturday.

 

The country's remittance inflow has witnessed a 4.47 percent rise in the month of November compared with last month of October 2017. The increase is 27.68 percent higher than that of November last year. According to Bangladesh Bank, country received $1.214 billion of remittance in November while fetched $5.768 billion in last 5 months .This is 10.76 percent higher compared with that of corresponding period in last fiscal (2016-17).

 

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