News brief for the 1st of November 2018

President Md. Abdul Hamid promulgated the ordinance for the amendment to the Representation of the People Order (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 yesterday with the provision of using Electronic Voting Machines in elections.

President Md. Abdul Hamid hailed the US Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat on the successful completion of her tenure in Bangladesh and hoped that the bilateral relations between the two countries would further strengthen in coming days. The President said this while talking with her at farewell call on at Bangabhaban yesterday. During the meeting, the Ambassador highly praised the role of the Bangladesh government in sheltering the millions of Rohingyas who are the worst victims of the atrocities of Myanmar military.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, the government is striving hard to reach the health services at the doorsteps of the people. The Premier said this while inaugurating Sheikh Russell Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital at Mohakhali in Dhaka yesterday. On the occasion, the Premier also inaugurated the newly constructed National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre and laid the foundation stones of some other medical infrastructures.

Prime Minister inaugurates a number of development projects including Tathya Bhaban, Bangladesh Film Archives Bhaban, Gopalganj Centre of Bangladesh Betar, seven power plants, 100 per cent power coverage in 102 upazilas through videoconferencing from Ganabhaban this morning.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, the process of return of the Rohingyas will begin very soon since Myanmar has agreed to take back their nationals. The Premier said this while visiting Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Pederson Tornaes and WFP Executive Director David Beasley made a call on her at Ganabhaban yesterday.

A delegation of the newly formed Jatiya Oikya Front led by Dr. Kamal Hossain will hold dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other leaders of Awami League-led ruling alliance over the next national election at Ganabhaban this evening.

Awami League General Secretary and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader has said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very much cordial and ready to sit for dialogues with all political parties in addition to Jatiya Oikyafront. The Minister said this to the media at his secretariat yesterday.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim has said, the doors of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for dialogue always remained open and it would continue in future also. The Minister said this while speaking at a meeting at T and T Colony ground in Dhaka yesterday.

Election Commission will meet President Md. Abdul Hamid this afternoon to discuss the announcement of polls schedule. The EC yesterday asked the educational institutions to complete all examinations before December 10 to facilitate holding the 11th parliamentary elections smoothly.

Myanmar officials have visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar yesterday visibly in their effort to start a process to take back tens of thousands of these forcibly displaced people, a day after Naypyidaw agreed to begin their repatriation by mid-November. Myanmar’s Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Myint Thu said both sides agreed to a very concrete plan to start the process next month.

Bangladesh has shown the sign of slight improvement as the World Bank's Doing Business report put it on 176th position among 190 countries. Bangladesh was ranked at 177 among 190 countries in the last year's index.

Press Wing