London, 18 February 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited the International Defence Exhibition at Abu Dhabi organized by the United Arab Emirates. On her arrival at the exhibition center, the Bangladesh Prime Minister was received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The five-day event is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre with the participation of more than 1,300 defence firms and entities.

Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates have signed four MoUs to promote relations between the two countries in the areas of investment, business and power sector. The instruments were inked after a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a 15-member UAE business delegation led by Minister for Economic Affairs Sultan al Monsuri at Hotel St. Regis in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the richer nations to take initiative to negate the climate change impacts. 'We have enormous amount of science, technology, innovation and finance at our disposal to address climate change', the Prime Minister said while addressing a panel discussion titled “Climate Change as a Security Threat” on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said, two committees comprising three ministers and immediate past Shipping Minister were formed to bring order on roads and highways. The Minister said this at a press conference at Sarak Bhaban at Banani yesterday following a meeting with stakeholders concerning road transport sector.

Agriculture Minister Dr. M Abdur Razzak has said, the government will take necessary steps to keep rice production up with producing 24 lakh tonnes more rice in the past five years. The Minister said this while replying to a notice placed by a lawmaker in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.

Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud has said, the contributions of India during the country’s War of Liberation in 1971 can never be forgotten. As long as Bangladesh will exist, the contributions of India will remain in the history, the Minister said while exchanging views with the journalists at Kolkata on Saturday.

The time for Biswa Ijtema has been extended by another day as rain disrupted the congregation yesterday on the bank of the river Turag at Tongi. The decision has been taken after consultation with the Religious Affairs Minister, Home Minister and senior leaders of Tablig Jamaat. Now the Ijtema will end through Akheri Munajat at 10 am tomorrow.

Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda has expressed his hope that the upcoming Upazila Parishad elections will be competitive with the participation of many qualified candidates. The CEC expressed the optimism while inaugurating a training programme for the election officials at Electoral Training Institute in Dhaka yesterday.

All of the 49 candidates, who submitted nomination papers for women reserved seats in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad, have been elected MPs uncontested. Returning Officer of the polls made the announcement at the media centre of Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka yesterday.

Press Wing