London, 24 January 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her place in the list of top 100 global thinkers prepared by famous US-based Foreign Policy journal. The journal said, Sheikh Hasina has been given the prestigious position considering her great role in providing shelter to the forcefully displaced Rohingyas. The Bangladesh Prime Minister has been named among the 10 top global thinkers in the category “Defense and Security”.

Newly appointed Afghan Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdul Qayoom Malikzad has requested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to reopen Bangladesh’s diplomatic mission in Kabul to renew the historical and cultural relations between the two countries. The Ambassador made the request when he made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in Dhaka Yesterday.

Outgoing Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka yesterday. The Prime Minister appreciated the Navy Chief for discharging his duties successfully during his tenure. The outgoing Navy Head expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for extending all-out support to him in performing his duties .

The seventh span of the 6.15-kilometre Padma Bridge was installed on the 36th and 37th pillars of the bridge at Zajira point in Shariatpur yesterday. With the installation of the seventh span, a total of 1,050 meter of the main structure of the bridge is now visible. About the progress of the Padma Bridge, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader talking to the media said, the construction of the bridge has been going on fast as 63 percent overall work of the project has already been completed.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader warned Bangladesh Road Transport Authority officials, saying that none would be spared if anyone is found responsible for irregularities, corruption and harassment. The Minister said this while exchanging views with the BRTA officials at a meeting at its headquarters in Banani of the capital yesterday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said the Biswa Ijtema will be held in February. The Minister told this to the reporters after a meeting with two factions of Tabligh Jamaat at his secretariat conference room in Dhaka yesterday. He said the meeting of the two factions of Tabligh Jamaat decided that the Biswa Ijtema will be held in Tongi in February and the two factions jointly will organise the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj.

Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud has said policy reforms, policy simplification, needbased policy formulation and reduced outdated policies are necessary for conducive business environment. The Minister said this while meeting with the Board of Directors of Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry at his secretariat office in Dhaka yesterday.

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md. Tajul Islam has said, projects to be taken by the Local Government Engineering Division must aim to improve the quality of life generating dynamism in rural economy. The Minister told this in a review meeting on the progress of LGED’s annual development projects of the 2018-19 fiscal at his ministry’s conference room at secretariat in Dhaka yesterday.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi has said, the Philippines is keen to import pharmaceuticals from Bangladesh. He said this to the media after a meeting with the Philippines Ambassador to Bangladesh Vicente Vivencio T Bandillo at his secretariat office in Dhaka yesterday. The Ambassador also evinced interest to invest in the fields of electrical appliances, agro-food processing and leather in Bangladesh, he added.

Press Wing