News brief for the 10th of September 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate Kulaura-Shahbazpur Section Rehabilitation and Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Rail Connection through video conference today. Bangladesh government will provide Tk 1225.20 million while the rest 5559.80 million will be provided by the Indian LOC.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the Islamic Development Bank Group(IsDB) to take definite actions for repatriation of the displaced Rohingya citizens of Myanmar to their homeland. The PM made the urge in Dhaka yesterday while speaking at the inauguration of IsDB Regional Hub function also attended by IsDB President Dr. Bandar M H Hajjar.

The 22nd session of the Jatiya Sangsad would continue till 20 September as it resumed yesterday after a 58-day recess. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the parliament with Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. The Committee decided that there would be 10 sitting days in this session till 20 September. Leader of the House Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the meeting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking on the obituary reference raised in the first day of the 22nd session paid rich tributes to Awami League lawmaker late S M Mostafa Rashidi Suja and Opposition Chief Whip and Jatiya Party MP Tajul Islam Chowdhury.

A seven-member delegation of Estonia, led by its Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, met Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her Jatiya Sangsad office yesterday. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral issues between the two countries, especially parliamentary procedure, trade and commerce and women empowerment.

Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser has expressed interest in market development in the digital sector of Bangladesh with an offer of sharing Estonian expertise in e-governance and digitalisation. The Estonian Minister expressed his keenness at a meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP in Dhaka yesterday.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said, the government has imposed 28 per cent import duty on agricultural items to ensure the proper price of local products and protect the interest of farmers. The Minister informed this while speaking at a seminar on the second day of the 6th National Convention of KIB in Dhaka yesterday.

Brunei has expressed concern on the plight of the Rohingyas and stressed on a peaceful and durable resolution of the crisis. The concern came during the first-ever foreign office consultations between Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Hajah Siti Norishan Haji Abdul Ghafor in Dhaka yesterday.

United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng in a statement yesterday urged ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider the recommendation of its Chamber to decide on the opening of an investigation into the atrocities against Rohingyas without any delay.

The National Moon Sighting Committee will hold a meeting this evening with Minister for Religious Affairs Principal Matiur Rahman in the chair to review the news of the moon sighting of the holy Muharram and fix the date of the holy Asura.

Press Wing