Bangladesh High Commission

London

News Brief

London, 07 January 2018

The 19th session of the Jatiya Sangsad begins today. President Md. Abdul Hamid will address the first session of the New Year.

President Md. Abdul Hamid has called upon the representatives of local government, professionals and government officials to gain public trust by providing proper services to the mass people. The President made the urge while addressing a view-exchange meeting at Circuit House in Kushtia yesterday. He advised the local elected representatives to enhance the communication with common people to resolve various problems.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has firmly said, her government has been able to complete its four-year tenure as the January 5 polls were not voter less elections. "The January 5 polls were in no way voter less. Rather over 40 percent voters cast their votes braving all obstacles," she said. The PM said this in her speech at the Awami League Central Working Committee meeting at Ganabhaban yesterday. She said, her party was elected by the people and it was the prime aim of the party to protect democracy in the country.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, no communal forces can pose threats on way to the prevailing friendly relations between Bangladesh and India. "We cannot forget the contributions of the Indian soldiers to our Liberation War", Information Minister said while inaugurating a four-day film festival on the Liberation War of Bangladesh at the Nandan Film Center in Kolkata on Friday.

A cold wave is sweeping over different parts of the country with the lowest temperature 5.8 degrees Celsius recorded in Chuadanga and Rajshahi districts yesterday. People in the districts have been suffering badly due to the persisting cold weather. The Met Office said the mild to moderate cold wave, which is sweeping over Khulna, Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions and the regions of Tangail, Faridpur, Gopalganj and Srimangal, may continue. Meanwhile, the government has allotted 27 lakh blankets, including 18 lakh from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund, and sent those for cold-hit poor people in the northern region of the country. Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said this at a function at Motlab upazila in Chandpur yesterday.

The port under construction for the coal-based power plant in Cox's Bazar's Moheshkhali will be converted into a deep-sea port. State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid made the announcement during his inspection at the construction site in Matarbari on Friday. The State Minister said, a 1,200MW coal power plant is being built, alongside a coal terminal. It will also add an LNG land-based terminal in the future. The port will be a state-of-the-art deep sea port, he added.

State-owned Maddha-para Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) will sign a Tk 47 crore deal with a US firm today to conduct a feasibility study to guide the efforts for increasing the annual stone production by over 1.5 million tonnes. MGMCL Managing Director Engineer Md Mahmud Khan told the media yesterday. The US firm will conduct the feasibility study on an area of 6.5 square kilometers in the mining area over a period of 18 months. The study will be conducted at 400-meter depth to determine the feasibility of slab preparation in the mine.

The World Bank will provide additional $245 million for the project to improve the equity, efficiency and transparency of major safety net programs in Bangladesh. To this end, an agreement between the government and the World Bank will be signed on Tuesday at the Economic Relations Division," said an official at the World Bank in Dhaka yesterday.

Press Wing