Bangladesh High Commission

London

News Brief

London, 15 May 2018

The cabinet has congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Advisor Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy for successful launching of Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite-'Bangabandhu Satellite-1' to the space. The cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair yesterday changed the name of the Ministry of Environment and Forests calling it henceforth 'Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change'. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam breiefing the media said, the Public Administration Ministry has sent a summery on annulment of quota system in government services to the Prime Minister's Office seeking its directive on the issue. 

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has called upon the agitating jobseekers demanding reform in quota system in government job to keep trust in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He made the urge while talking to media at the party president's Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka yesterday.

More than 100 experts from 33 countries have gathered in Dhaka for discussing different aspects on Disability and Disaster Risk Management (DiDRM) as Dhaka is set to host an international conference for the second time. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the three-day conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre today. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate massages on the occasion.

The international community has highly appreciated the remarkable humanitarian role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in providing shelter to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas. They also assured continued humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas. The assurance came at the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights records of Bangladesh held at the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. The member-states of the UN also commended Bangladesh for its efforts in promoting and protecting human rights for all.  Law Minister Anisul Huq led the Bangladesh delegation at the council.

Japan has highly praised Bangladesh's efforts and generous support in hosting Rohingyas from Myanmar and the country has agreed on the importance of their safe and dignified return at the earliest possible time. The issue came up for discussion during a bilateral meeting between Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo yesterday.

Dhaka Stock Exchange has inked an agreement with the Chinese consortium of Shanghai Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange to make it a strategic investor. Finance Minister A M A Muhith attended the contract signing ceremony in Dhaka yesterday.

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has urged the Chinese government to invest in Bangladesh's 100 Special Economic Zones. She made the urge when a delegation of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference led by its Vice-Chairman Wang Zhengwei called on her at her office yesterday.

Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon has said, the government will introduce senior citizen cards for the elderly people of the country aiming to ensure their dignified life. He said this at a function in Dhaka yesterday.

Expatriate Bangladeshis sent US$12,088.18 million remittance in the first 10 months of the current fiscal 2017-18, which is 17.51 percent higher than the amount received in the corresponding period of the preceding fiscal, according to Bangladesh Bank.

DSEX, the key index of the DSE, lost 0.01 per cent, or 1.09 points, to close at 5,557.57 points yesterday.

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