News brief for the 15th of October 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, Padma Bridge would create an immense opportunity for the whole southern region of the country to become prosperous. The Premier said this at a big public meeting at Kathalbari Ferryghat in Madaripur after inaugurating a number of projects in connection with Padma Bridge yesterday. A rail line would be constructed from Padma Bridge to Paira Port via Barisal, she added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed gratitude to the people of the country as they extended their support to her decision and gave the courage to construct the project with own fund. The Premier said this while addressing a civic rally near the Padma Bridge Toll Plaza at Mawa end after unveiling the name plaque of the Padma Bridge and 1300 meter permanent river bank protection work in Mawa-Kandipara-Jasholdia area.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Saudi Arabia tomorrow to perform Umrah. The Premier will also hold a meeting with the Saudi King. She is scheduled to return home on Thursday. Prime Minister’s Office sources said this yesterday.

Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, begins today with Maha Sashthi at temples across the country amid stringent security. In separate messages, President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the members of the country’s Hindu community, marking the festival.

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain has laid emphasis on accelerating rural development to eliminate poverty. He said this at a meeting of Rural Development Academy, Bogura yesterday.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, discussion with the Sampadak Parishad (Editors' Council) on the newly enacted Digital Security Act is not over and the government is very much in talks on the issue. The Minister said this to the media at the secretariat in Dhaka yesterday.

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq have briefed diplomats on the verdict of August 21st Grenade Attack and recently passed Digital Security Act-2018 in Dhaka yesterday. The diplomats appreciated the briefing and expressed their eagerness to engage with the government in future.

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi has said, the inclusion of youth in the development process is a must to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. He said this while addressing a programme titled 'Youth Conference 2018: Bangladesh and Agenda 2030-Aspirations of the Youth' at Bangladesh Krishibid Institute in Dhaka yesterday.

Japan International Cooperation Agency, a development organization of Japan, will provide Taka 703 crore to raise services of medical colleges and hospitals at eight divisions of the country. An agreement to this end was signed at the health ministry at the secretariat in Dhaka yesterday. State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malek was present in the signing occasion.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said, Bangladesh has been spending over 1 per cent of its GDP in addressing climate change impacts and has invested significantly in making its agriculture sector climate-resilient one. He made the remarks while delivering the speech at the plenary of the second committee of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on agriculture development, food security and nutrition at the UN headquarters in New York recently.

Press Wing