Bangladesh High Commission



News Brief

London, 08 January 2018

President Md. Abdul Hamid has urged the countrymen to forge unwavering unity once again to build an exploitation-free Sonar Bangla by uprooting terrorism and militancy from the society. The President made the call while addressing the inaugural session of 2018 of Jatiya Sangsad yesterday. The President also called upon the political parties, including the ruling and opposition, to play their proper and effective role together in Parliament in fulfilling the aspirations of people.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, it's a great achievement for any politician to upgrade his or her position through the work and get due honour from the people. The PM said this while participating in a discussion on the obituary reference on the 16 eminent persons at Jatiya Sangsad yesterday. Paying rich tributes to them, the Prime Minister said these leaders earned this honour and dignity from the people through their honesty, sincerity and integrity.

The 19th session, first session in 2018, that began on Sunday will continue till February 28. This was decided at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the House at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also attended the meeting.

President Md. Abdul Hamid has laid emphasis on greater exercise of freethinking and cultural activities at universities to check militancy, intolerance and other negative acts. The President stressed this while addressing the convocation of Islamic University in Kustia yesterday. The President urged the teachers, students, researchers, guardians and all student bodies to make collective efforts in reaching the benefit of 1971 Liberation War at people's doorsteps.

Prime Minister has said, her government had relentlessly been working for the economic development of the country. Apart from the normal development works, she said the government had also been working on the blue economy after winning the maritime boundary cases against India and Myanmar. The PM said this when France government's consultant Pascal Lamy made a call on her at her office yesterday. The former WTO DG highly appreciated the economic development of Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Referring to French President Emmanuel Macron who described attacks on Myanmar's Rohingya minority as genocide, the French envoy said, his country supports Bangladesh at the international level for the solution of the problem. As France government wants to host the World Expo-2025, Pascal Lamy requested Bangladesh to extend its support to this end. Pascal Lamy also met Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at his office yesterday. In the meeting, the Commerce Minister requested the French envoy to help award Bangladesh the GSP plus facility after the country's graduation as a developing nation from the LDC status. He said Bangladesh is likely to turn into a developing country in March next.

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu has urged the Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council in the United Kingdom Sabina Akhter to encourage the Bangladeshi born British citizens to invest in Bangladesh. The Minister made the appeal while the Speaker of the Tower Hamlets paid a call on him at the Information Ministry yesterday. The Minister said Bangladeshi-born British citizens earned great recognition from their government for their enormous contributions to the British economy.

State Minister for Information Advocate Tarana Halim has joined office, expressing her hope to work with utmost sincerity and honesty. “Time is limited but the challenges are many...I would like to work with utmost sincerity and honesty with the Information Minister,” she told journalists at a views-exchange meeting at PID after taking the charge yesterday. Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu also attended the function.

A four-day Border Guard Bangladesh region commander and India’s Border Security Force Inspector General level border coordination conference started in Rangpur yesterday. During the conference, they are discussing issues like preventing, shooting, trafficking of drugs, arms and ammunition in the border.

At least 10 Bangladeshi migrant workers were killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night. The Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh yesterday in a press release said, the accident took place when a vehicle hit the truck carrying 20 Bangladeshis to their workplace. Officials of Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah said, they sent officials to the spot to know details and are in contact with the Saudi authorities for the next course of action. The consulate will take steps to send bodies to their homes.

Press Wing