News brief for the 18th of September 2018.


The Cabinet has approved a proposed agreement with New Delhi enabling the neighbouring country to use Chattogram and Mongla ports for goods movement to and from India. The approval came from the Cabinet meeting yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The PM at the cabinet meeting unveiled the logo of ‘World Skills Bangladesh’ for branding Bangladesh at the ‘World Skills Competition’ to be held in Russia in 2019.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the construction work of Bangladesh-India Friendship oil pipeline between Shiliguri and Parbatipur through a video-conference this afternoon.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban yesterday gave financial assistance of Tk 1.75 crore to 12 persons including the BNP-Jamaat arson attack victims and ailing Awami League leaders and workers.


India has handed over its third phase of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh for helping in its efforts to meet the requirements of the forcefully displaced Rohingyas. Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla yesterday handed over 1.1 million litres of Super Kerosene Oil and 20,000 Stoves to Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya at Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar.


Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said, the government is
working sincerely to bring back two fugitive killers of Bangabandhu from abroad. Cases have been filed with the courts of Canada and the United States to bring back Nur Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury. The Minister said this at a function at TSC of Dhaka University yesterday.


Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed talking to media yesterday said, the government would remain in power during the next general election like other countries while the Election Commission would conduct the election as per its schedule and there is no scope to go beyond the constitution.


A high level committee constituted to review the existing quota system in government services has submitted their report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suggesting its complete abolition in recruiting first and second class officers in government services. The head of the committee Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said this to the media at Bangladesh Secretariat yesterday.


US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat has said, a free, fair and inclusive election is important for a democratic, peaceful and prosperous Bangladesh. The US Ambassador said this while launching a national campaign 'Shantite Bijoy' at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre yesterday.


Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to implement existing Pakistani laws that would grant citizenship to all Bengali refugees who were born on Pakistani soil, a major departure from previous policy, reports Al Jazeera yesterday. There are more than 200,000 Urdu-speaking Biharis, who went to Pakistan after Bangladesh's Liberation war in 1971, are considered Bengalis there.


Hosts Bangladesh made a flying start in AFC U-16 Women’s Championship crushing Bahrain by 10-0 goals in their first match at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Dhaka yesterday.


Bangladesh defeated Mongolia by 3-1 sets in the Asian Men’s Volleyball Challenge Cup 2018 at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka yesterday.


Press Wing