Bangladesh High Commission

London

News Brief

London, 12 March 2018

President Md. Abdul Hamid has called for ensuring transfer of technology and allocation of adequate funds for promoting affordable and sustainable use of solar energy in developing countries. The President made the call while addressing the founding conference of International Solar Alliance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday. The President said, Bangladesh is always ready to mutually collaborate and cooperate for ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. He said, Bangladesh installed around 5 million solar home systems serving around 20 million people of the country. The government also initiated a programme to generate 500 MW of solar-based electricity for the national grid, the President added.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all required assistance for repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland. The assurance came as the Indian Prime Minister called on President Md. Abdul Hamid at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday. The President while exchanging views sought New Delhi's support for safe and dignified return of the forcefully displaced Myanmar people. During the talks, the President said, as a major common river, Teesta had a crucial role for Bangladesh's economy and ecosystem for which its equitable share in flow is very vital. In reply, the Indian Premier reiterated New Delhi's willingness to resolve the longstanding Teesta water sharing issue. President Md. Abdul Hamid during discussion recalled the great contribution of India in the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is due to hold official talks with Singaporean Premier Lee Hsien Loong this morning. The meeting is being held at Istana, the Singapore President's official residence where Sheikh Hasina will also meet President Halimah Yacob. Earlier, the PM was accorded a warm reception yesterday as she reached Singapore on a four-day official visit. Singapore Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor received the Premier at the airport.

UNFPA country representative Dr Asa Britta Torkelsson met Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her office yesterday. Hailing the contribution of UNFPA's different development activities in the country, the Speaker said, members of the parliament are actively involved in the projects undertaken by the UNFPA. Dr Asa while discussing various issues praised the role of 'Joyeeta', a government supported organization, in facilitating women entrepreneurs at grassroots level.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday held a pre-budget meeting with the members of four parliamentary standing committees. The Finance Minister discussing various suggestions said, the size of the next budget is likely to be in between Taka 4,60,000 crore and Taka 4,75,000 crore. 

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said, the government has a plan to set up a shipbuilding industry at Tetulbaria in Taltoli upazila close to Payra Seaport. The Minister said this while speaking at a meeting in Barguna yesterday.

The government is set to finalise the national agriculture policy 2018 soon with a view to making it time befitting. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said this as she was addressing a review workshop on the drafted national agriculture policy at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council in Dhaka yesterday. The country needs to double its food production as per the SDGs by 2030 and that's why the National Agriculture Policy should to be modernized, she added.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said, the government will take legal actions against the private universities which have failed to fulfill the conditions following the Private University Act. The Minister said this as he was addressing the convocation of Central Women University in Dhaka yesterday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said, Bangladesh would observe a one-minute blackout on the night of March 25 in memory of the history's worst brutality carried out by the Pakistani Army on the "Black Night" of March 25, 1971. The Minister said this while briefing media after attending a meeting at his Ministry yesterday.

UNICEF will provide an assistance of US $340 million to Bangladesh under its new country programme for 2017-2020 that introduced a “life cycle” approach in implementing various child-related activities in the country. ERD Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and Unicef Representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder signed an agreement in this regard in the capital yesterday.

Press Wing