News brief for the 23rd of October 2018

President Md. Abdul Hamid reaches Geneva this morning to attend the Global Leaders Investment Summit and the 20th Annual Session of the Homeland and Global Security Forum. The President left Dhaka for Geneva yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has categorically said the polls must be held in Bangladesh on time, brushing aside confusions about the next general elections. The Prime Minister said this at a press conference arranged to brief the media about her just-concluded Saudi Arabia visit yesterday. Her recent visit to Saudi Arabia would play an important role in protecting Bangladesh’s economic interest with the Kingdom beyond the traditional labour sector, the Premier added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, the government has undertaken a plan to construct another unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital to provide treatment to additional 5,000 patients. The Premier said this while distributing ambulances and other transports to government hospitals and educational institutions at her office yesterday.

Newly elected mayor of Barishal City Corporation and its councilors took oath at a function at Prime Minister’s Office yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath of Barishal mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah while the councilors took oath from Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday. They discussed various matters relating to mutual interests.

The Housing and Building Research Institute Bill-2018 and the Shishu or Child (amendment) Bill-2018 passed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday by voice votes with Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mia in the chair.

Road Transport and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader has said, the next national election will be held as per the constitution. The Minister said this while speaking at a program at Krishibid Institution in Dhaka in observance of the National Road Safety Day yesterday.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim inaugurated Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and Operation Theater at the 250-bed TB hospital at Shyamoli in Dhaka yesterday.

Reiterating that next national election would be held on time following the country’s constitution, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has expressed his optimism that all political parties would participate in the next election. The Minister said this while talking to the media after meeting with the US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat at his secretariat office yesterday.

The number of tenderers registered with electronic government procurement system crossed the 50,000 mark as the number stood at 50,094 yesterday. Planning has been implementing e-GP in the process of public procurement since 2011 with support from the World Bank.

The Government has decided to appoint Saida Muna Tasneem, currently serving as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Thailand, as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom.

A team of Detective Branch of police last night arrested former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein in a defamation case filed in Rangpur district. Six cases have so far been filed against Mainul Hosein across the country.

Press Wing