Bangladesh High Commission

London

News Brief

 

London, 18 February 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday evening concluding her four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. Earlier, the Prime Minister departed Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka. On her way home from Rome, Sheikh Hasina made a stopover in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi for two days.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Mohammad Fayek Mia, a valiant freedom fighter and sub-sector commander during the Liberation War. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister recalled with profound respect the outstanding contributions of Fayek Mia to the Liberation War. The PM prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Bangladesh Tea Expo-2018 will begin today with a view to expanding market and promoting tea related products as well as boosting production with new varieties. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the three-day expo in city's International Convention City Bashundhara .The Ministry of Commerce and Bangladesh Tea Board is organising the expo.

The fourth part of the graphic novel series on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was launched yesterday at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The Centre for Research and Information published the graphic novel titled Mujib-4. Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a trustee of the Center for Research and Information, a non-profit research organization, Nasrul Hamid Bipu, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Tarana Halim, State Minister for Information, Junaid Ahmed Palak, ICT State Minister jointly unveiled the book.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday reiterated his suggestion to bankers for properly evaluating any project proposal and the clients before allocating loans to help the banking sector flourish further. He was addressing the Annual Conference 2018 of Agrani Bank Limited as the Chief Guest at a city hotel.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has urged the authorities concerned to introduce correct Bangla pronunciation and spelling in all offices. "Bangla is a rich language. It is the responsibility of all for upholding its richness through introducing correct Bangla pronunciation and spelling," he told a seminar on "Beche thaki Bangla Bhasa" at the National Academy for Educational Management yesterday.

Mentioning the significant role of educated mothers in nation building, Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has urged everyone to ensure equal participation of women in developing a poverty and discrimination free country. The Speaker came up with the urge while speaking at a discussion on women’s role in developing education quality and family life organized at Chatra of Pirganj in Rangpur yesterday.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is likely to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh soon. "They've (UAE) assured us that recruitment of more manpower from Bangladesh is under consideration..." State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan said. The State Minister attended two-day 4th BangladeshUAE Joint Commission meeting held in Abu Dhabi on February 5-6. He led Bangladeshi side while UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash led the UAE side in the meeting.

Bangladesh has established formal diplomatic ties with Kosovo as the two countries signed a joint communiqué, in this regard on February 16 (Friday). Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen and Consul General of Kosovo Teuta Sahatqija signed the document on behalf of their respective sides in New York.

In a bid to bring all foreign workers under tax net the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has planned to go tough against foreign nationals who are working in Dhaka for a long but not paying income tax. The NBR has already sent letters to its all tax zones seeking list of establishments where foreign nationals have been working. NBR taskforce will carry out sudden operations in those establishments to catch foreigners dodging income tax.

The inflow of Foreign Direct Investment has increased to $1.75 billion in gross terms in JulyDecember period of 2017 from $1.03 billion in the same period of 2016, according to Bangladesh Bank latest statistics.

Press Wing