Bangladesh High Commission
London, 13 February 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in a visit to Italy, held a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican City yesterday. While exchanging views, the world leader of Catholics lauded the existing religious harmony in Bangladesh. He said, Bangladesh has been recognised worldwide as a country of humanity and communal harmony. In the meeting, the PM apprised him of the entire Rohingya problem and efforts in solving it. Pope Francis highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for sheltering over one million Rohingyas, saying that Bangladesh has now become an example to follow for its humanitarian role. Secretary of State of Vatican City Cardinal Pietro Parolin also called on Sheikh Hasina during her stay at the Holy See.
World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel in Rome yesterday in the evening. She is scheduled to present a keynote paper at the Governing Council meeting at the IFAD Headquarters today.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury called on President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday. During the meeting, the Speaker apprised the President of overall activities of the parliament. Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also met the President yesterday. The Chief Justice congratulated him for being reelected as the President of the Republic for the second consecutive term. The President also thanked the Chief Justice hoping that country's judiciary would be able to work independently led by him.
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the 'Poet Nazrul Institute Bill, 2018' in an amended form aimed at collecting literary and cultural works of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor moved the bill in the House. Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon informed the House, the government brought 56.67 lakh disadvantaged people under allowances across the country during the current financial year. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman mentioned, a total of 5,57,00 teachers are engaged in the government primary schools-where the number of female teachers are 3,51,863.
Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Law and Order and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said, the government will strongly handle any situation that can create threats to the people's life and property. The Minister said this while briefing journalists after a meeting of ministerial committee at the Home Ministry yesterday.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Shahjahan Kamal has said, the Bangladesh government took all kinds of tourism-friendly measures to attract more foreign tourists. The Minister made the remark while briefing foreign journalists after inaugurating Bangladesh pavilion at 'Borsa International Tourism Fair 2018' in Italy on Sunday.
Bangladesh has sought duty-free, quota-free market access to the UAE and other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The request was made during the 4th Bangladesh-UAE Joint Commission meeting held in Abu Dhabi on February 5-6. State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan and UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash led their respective sides in the meet.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed profound shock at the death of noted human rights lawyer and social activist of Pakistan Asma Jahangir. In a condolence message, the PM recalled that Asma's father Malik Ghulam Jilani was arrested in 1971 for denouncing Pakistan army atrocities and genocide on Bengali people.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has said, the Rohingya repatriation is being delayed for creating secured environment in Myanmar. He was talking to reporters while visiting Madhurchora Rohingya camp in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar with a high-powered parliamentary delegation of the European Union yesterday.