Bangladesh High Commission


News Brief


London, 27 February 2018

A total of 1,27,198 pilgrims would perform holy Hajj from Bangladesh this year as the cabinet  approved the 'Hajj Package- 2018'. The approval was given yesterday at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the PMO with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The cabinet gave its final approval to the draft of 'The Textile Law, 2018' to maintain quality of textile products. The meeting also gave approval to the draft of 'The Children (Amendment) Law, 2018' keeping provision for setting up one or more Children Tribunals in district headquarters so that the process of trial could not be delayed. The cabinet also gave nod to the draft of 'The Bangladesh Employees Welfare Board (Amendment) Law, 2018' incorporating provision regarding power of the board.

The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the 'Bangladesh Rural Development Board Bill, 2018' to strengthen the legal frame of the board for rural development and poverty alleviation. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith informed the House that Bangladesh received at least US$ 6932.4 million as remittance from 30 foreign countries during the last six months. The amount was 12.4 per cent more compared the corresponding period of the last fiscal year, he said. Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said, the government will appoint 10,000 more doctors before the next general elections. The government is working for opening a 500-bed International Burn and Plastic Institute in Dhaka, the Minister added. Railway Minister Mujibul Haq said, the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina increased the total allocation for the Railway sector from Tk 500 crore to Tk 16,135 crore.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu handed over a book titled 'Sangbadpatre Bangabandhu' (Bangabandhu in Newspapers) to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Minister yesterday handed over the book to the Premier at the outset of the cabinet meeting. Information Secretary Md Nasir Uddin was present on the occasion. The Press Institute of Bangladesh compiled the book.

Three Nobel Peace Prize winners, Mairead Maguire, Shirin Ebadi and Tawakkol Karman have called atrocities on Rohingyas a case of clear genocide. The Nobel Laureates made the remark as they were visiting Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

The Austrian government has expressed its interest to investment in the health sector of Bangladesh. Austrian Ambassador to Bangladesh Brigitte Oppinger Walchshofer expressed the eagerness when he met Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim at the latter's office yesterday. The Minister while exchanging views said, Bangladesh has witnessed a remarkable progress in the health sector in the past few years as the present government has implemented different effective programmes.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, `Made in Bangladesh' vision in Technology Sector would enhance the pace of the country's progress towards Middle-Income Country by 2021. The Minister said this as he was speaking at a meeting of entrepreneurs and professionals at the newly established DevoTech, a Technology Park in Gulshan in Dhaka yesterday.

Begum Fazilatunnesa, mother of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, died at a city hospital last night (Innalil....rajiun). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Begum Fazilatunnesa.

Press Wing