Bangladesh High Commission

London

 

News Brief

London, 15 January 2018

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema ended yesterday with the Akheri Munajat on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital. Braving the shivering cold, several lakhs of Muslim devotees, both from home and abroad, converged on the congregation venue and attended the concluding prayers seeking divine blessings for the Muslim Ummah. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the Munajat from Ganabhaban.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought more Canadian investment in various sectors of Bangladesh for the mutual benefits of the two countries. The Prime Minister made the request when newly appointed Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Prefontaine met her at her Jatiya Sangsad office yesterday. The Prime Minister said, Bangladesh has given shelter to over 10 lakh Myanmar nationals on humanitarian ground. In reply, the Canadian High Commissioner lauded the government of Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to the Rohingya refugees and extending all-out assistance to them.

The government has been setting up two international standard VVER-1200 reactors having five-tier safety of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Ishwardi, Pabna. Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman said in response to a question in the parliament yesterday.

New educational institutions will be brought under the government's MPO coverage, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat yesterday.

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Dhaka yesterday to attend a number of programmes, including the closing session of the 'International Bengali Literature Conference' in Dhaka. Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali received Mr Pranab at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury urged the scientists of the country to innovate ways to use starch derived from potato in the readymade garments industry. The minister made the call while speaking at the opening ceremony of three-day National Vegetable Fair 2018 in Dhaka yesterday.

Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Charlotta Schlyter met Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at his office yesterday and discussed bilateral issues. Talking to the reporters after the call on the Minister said, an evaluation about Bangladesh to graduate from LDC status would be conducted in March 2018.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, there is no ambiguity in the constitution with the election-time government. He said, the polls-time government, the Election Commission and their jurisdiction-all are crystal clear. The Minister said this while exchanging views with reporters at his Secretariat Office yesterday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said, law-and-order situation in Bangladesh is better than in many other countries of the world. He said, law enforcers are working with professionalism and efficiency. The Minister said this while inaugurating a digital access control system at the Secretariat yesterday.

The government has formed a Wage Board to revise the minimum monthly salaries of garment workers. The board has been asked to fix the workers' minimum wages within the next six months. State Minister for Labor and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu said this at a press conference yesterday.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor has said, the government has taken long-term plan including construction of cultural zones in Sonargaon to attract foreign tourists. He stated this while inaugurating a Folk Festival in Narayanganj yesterday.

State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said, Bangladesh is completing all necessary formalities to become a member of the International Energy Charter.  The State Minister disclosed this when Energy Charter General Secretary Dr Urban Rusnak paid a call on him on the sideline of the 8th conference of International Renewable Energy in Abu Dhabi.

 Five mobile phone operators have applied for having licences for the 4G mobile phone services. BTRC Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood addressing a press briefing in Dhaka yesterday hoped, BTRC will be able to roll out the fourth general network by March next.

The government has signed a MoU with the EU for the acceptance of the certificates of Bangladesh to increase job opportunities for the country's sailors in foreign ships. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Shipping Ministry was informed this at its meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.

Press Wing