Bangladesh High Commission
London, 13 March 2018
At least 49 people were killed as an aircraft of Bangladesh's private US Bangla Airlines crashed while landing at Kathmandu airport with 71 people onboard. Thirty-two of the passengers were Bangladeshis, 33 Nepalese, one Chinese and one Maldivian. A Bangladesh team is due to fly to Nepal to ascertain the reasons behind the accident.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina talked to his Nepali counterpart Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli over phone and inquired about the condition of the passengers in the plane. She assured him of giving all possible support in conducting the rescue operation and treatment of the injured persons. The Premier expressed her profound shock at the loss of lives in plane crash. The PM will return home today cutting short her official visit to Singapore to stand beside the families of the victims of the plane crash.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Singapore to persuade the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas. She made the urge while she was holding bilateral meeting with her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsein Loong at Istana in Singapore yesterday. The Bangladesh Premier said, stability and development of the region is dependent on the repatriation of Rohingyas. In the meeting, the two leaders focused on economic collaboration including business and investment. Following the talks, two MoUs were signed between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met Singapore President Halimah Yacob at Istana yesterday. The Singaporean President highly praised Sheikh Hasina for her leadership role, particularly in women emancipation and gender issue.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Singapore government to provide a decent work atmosphere for the Bangladeshi workers. The PM made the urge as she was addressing a luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsein Loong in her honour at Istana yesterday. She said, Singapore has capital and advanced technology while Bangladesh has a large workforce. These comparative advantages may be harnessed for the mutual benefit, she added.
The Straits Times, the highest-selling Singapore newspaper, yesterday published an article of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In the article titled 'Growing the bonds that link Singapore and Bangladesh' the PM wrote, the two countries are committed to deepening their ties through increased contact and connectivity.
President Md. Abdul Hamid returned yesterday afternoon wrapping up his 5-day visit to India. A flight of Indian Jet Airways carrying President landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International airport in the afternoon.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said, the loan defaulters will not be allowed to contest in the next polls. The Minister said this at a pre-budget meeting with economists in Dhaka yesterday.
The government has a plan to preserve the history of the Liberation War of 1971 by recording wartime experience of the living freedom fighters. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said this while talking to media yesterday.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said, the government is working to ensure quality education through taking ICT-based programmes. The Minister said this at a laptop distribution function at the Golapganj upazila in Sylhet yesterday.
Bangladesh has sought political support of China for a durable solution of Rohingya crisis. State Minister for Shahriar Alam sought the Chinese cooperation as the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo paid a courtesy call on him at the foreign ministry yesterday