Bangladesh High Commission

London

News Brief

 

London, 25 March 2018

President Md. Abdul Hamid emphasizing on developing the Swarna Dweep area in a planned way has said, the potentials of the island can contribute to the national economy. The President said this as he was talking to reporters after visiting the island of Noakhali yesterday. During the visit, the President laid foundation stone of a 31-bed hospital.

The nation is observing the 'Genocide Day' today in remembrance of the brutality carried out by Pakistani Army on the unarmed Bengalis on the fateful night of March 25 in 1971. President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the Genocide Day. The country is set to stage a one-minute blackout from 9 pm to 9.01 pm tonight recalling the horror of the March 25, 1971.

The 'Swadhinata Puroskar-2018' (Independence Award) is being given to 18 distinguished persons today in recognition of their outstanding contribution in respective fields. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is handing over the awards to them at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka this morning.

The government has taken a programme to sing the country's national anthem 'Amar Sonar Bangla' in correct form at 8am across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad on the Independence Day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation to sing the national anthem at the main programme at 'Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh' to be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium on March 26.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, the current government has dislodged unconstitutional forces and protected democratic ones. The Minister said this as he was responding to questions from journalists at a function in Kustia yesterday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said, the architect of independent Bangladesh Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had always realized people's just demands through movements. Had Bangabandhu remained alive, Bangladesh would have been a developing country much earlier, he said at a discussion on Dhaka University campus yesterday.

ADB President Takehiko Nakao has congratulated Bangladesh for meeting the criteria for graduation from LDC. In a video message on Friday the ADB President said, Bangladesh has made remarkable economic development over the past decade. ADB would keep helping Bangladesh's continued economic and social progress, he added.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq has urged the government of UK to repatriate two convicted criminals immediately. The Minister made the urge while addressing a human chain and rally held at capital's Banani in protest of recent vandalism of Bangladesh High Commission in London. State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, presiding over the event, said the attack in Bangladesh High Commission and dishonoring Bangabandhu's portrait is an attack on an independent and sovereign country.

Bangladesh has sought stronger role from the United Nations in resolving the Rohingya crisis. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam made the request during his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York. The UN Chief highly appreciated Bangladesh's role, specially efforts from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for humanitarian support to Rohingyas. He said, the UN remains committed to ensure safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

Fish production in the country increased by 12.35 lakh tonnes in eight years as a result of various effective programmes taken by the present government. DG of Fisheries Department Dr Md Goljar Hossain informed media, fisheries production of the country rose to 41.34 tonnes in 2016-17 from 28.99 lakh tonnes in 2009-10.

Over 1.65 crore poor and extreme-poor people across the country are being benefitted from the present government's ‘One House One Farm’ project. Project Director Akber Hossain informed media yesterday.

Press Wing