Bangladesh High Commission


News Brief


London, 28 February 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, describing the youth force as the biggest asset of the country, has expressed her determination to build hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh by utilising this force. The PM expressed the vow while participating in a discussion in the National Parliament yesterday on thanksgiving motion on the President's speech. The PM in her speech said, "We've set a goal of establishing a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous Bangladesh by 2041. I believe, we would be able to achieve the goal Insha Allah ...."

President Md. Abdul Hamid returned home from Singapore last night after medical check-up there. A regular flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the President landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:30 pm. The President went to Singapore on February 22 for treatment.

The ECNEC has approved the 'Eastern zone grid network extension and capacity strengthening' project involving an estimated cost of Tk 5,803.94 crore in a bid to ensure reliable power supply to greater Comilla, Noakhali and Chittagong Region. ECNEC Chairperson Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday. A total of 15 projects were approved with an overall estimated cost of Tk17,987.23 crore. A development scheme for setting up a 1320MW super thermal power plant in Patuakhali at a cost of Tk 820 crore was also approved in the meeting. Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd. will implement the project during January 2018 to December 2019 period.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Khulna on Saturday. During the visit, the PM will inaugurate 47 development projects and lay foundation stones of 52 projects .The PM will join a public meeting on circuit house ground premises in the city .

Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matior Rahman has said, the construction of 11 mosques under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's priority project will begin by mid-March, 2018. The mosques are being built under the project titled 'Setting Up 560 Model Mosques and Islamic Cultural Centers in District and Upazila Levels'.The Minister said this as he was addressing an evaluation meeting on the progress of the projects under the ministry.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has termed the present government as a mass mediafriendly government. He said, the government has taken various measures for the welfare of the journalists of newspapers and electronic media. Replying to a question in the National Parliament yesterday, the Minister also said, the article 39 of Bangladesh Constitution has ensured freedom of speech and independence of newspapers.

UNDP and the Law and Justice Division jointly launched a National Justice Coordination Committee (NJCC) in order to improve the justice service delivery in the country.Law Minister Anisul Huq Attended the launching event of NJCC at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka yesterday. The newly formed committee is expected to create a significant impact on the justice system as it will act as an advisory body for the whole justice sector.

The government has set a target of giving motor vehicle training to one lakh people free of cost under a project of Skills for Employment Investment Programme (SEIP) to make them efficient drivers. The project was taken in a bid to reduce road accidents by 50 per cent by 2020 and meet the growing local and international demand of competent drivers. Agreements have already been signed involving SEIP, BRTC and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) to this end.

Bangladesh and Austrian businesses signed an agreement for cooperation between the two countries in Dhaka yesterday. FBCCI and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) signed the agreement to strengthen and diversify the cooperation between the industrial and service sectors of both the countries.

Press Wing