London, 20 March 2019

President Md. Abdul Hamid has urged the engineers and technologists to help make the ongoing development activities people-friendly and sustainable. The President made the call while addressing the 11th convocation of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka yesterday.

The National Economic Council has approved a Taka 165,000 crore Revised Annual Development Programme for the current fiscal year keeping highest priority on the transport sector. The approval came from a NEC meeting held at its conference room in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Finance Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal informed the meeting that the country’s economy would grow by record 8.13 percent in the current fiscal year while the per capita income would reach US$ 1,909.

Finance Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal has said, Bangladesh is a suitable destination for foreign investment as the country persistently maintains over 7 percent GDP growth despite global financial crisis. The Minister said this while exchanging views with a delegation led by Mia Seppo, United Nations’ Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at ERD in Dhaka yesterday.

Bangladesh and Bhutan are expected to sign a number of bilateral instruments during Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering's visit to Bangladesh in the second week of April to take the relations to a new height. Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque said this to the journalists after a meeting with his Bhutanese Counterpart Sonam Tshong at the state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka yesterday.

Media reports that Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who is undergoing treatment in Singapore, will undergo a heart bypass surgery today. Media further quoting the physicians at the hospital said, Mr Quader’s blood pressure and diabetes remain under control and his physical condition is stable.

Bangladesh has issued travel advisory for its citizens living in Australia or New Zealand or intending to visit the two countries following the Friday's deadly shooting at two mosques in Christchurch leaving 50 people including 5 Bangladeshis dead. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka posted the advisory to its website yesterday.

The national anthem ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ will be sung simultaneously across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad on March 26, marking the Independence Day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation to sing the national anthem at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on that day.

The Mass Killing Day will be observed across the country on March 25, marking the widespread massacre by Pakistani Army on the unarmed Bengalis on the black night of March 25, 1971. Countrywide blackout programme will be observed for one minute beginning at 9 pm on the day. Key point installations and moving vehicles will be excluded from the blackout programme.

World Oral Health Day is being observed in the country today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a message on the eve of the Day, called upon the dental surgeons to put sincere efforts in ensuring oral health of the people.

The maiden cross border cruise on Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka is going to start experimentally on March 29 with a view to exploring new horizon for tourists. BIWTC’s vessel “MV Madhumoti” is scheduled to sail from the VIP terminal at Pagla Ghat at 7pm carrying the Kolkata bound passengers.

Press Wing