News brief for the 28th of October 2018

President Md. Abdul Hamid returned home yesterday after wrapping up his five-day visit to Geneva for attending World Investment Forum and Homeland and Global Security Forum there.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to cast their votes for ‘boat’ in the coming election allowing her party to serve the nation for another term. The Premier made the call while addressing a big public meeting at Taltali Government Model High School Ground in Barguna yesterday. The Premier in her address said, her government wants to build a poverty and hunger-free Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, her government is taking all projects under a master plan for the development of the southern part of the country which was neglected for a long after 1975. The Premier said this while addressing a gathering marking the inauguration of 21 projects including ‘Swapner Thikana’, a housing project for rehabilitation of the people who lost their land for constructing 1,320 MW thermal power plant in Payra. The Premier visited newly constructed houses and handed over keys and registration papers to the rehabilitated families.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, Tejgaon old airport, the first international aviation facility of the country, would remain as the capital’s second aerodrome and continue to run under the command of Bangladesh Air Force. The Premier said this while inaugurating a new VVIP complex of Bangladesh Air Force Base Bashar in Dhaka yesterday.

The Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Bill-2018, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre Bill-2018 and the Narcotics Control Bill-2018 were passed in the Jatiya Sansad yesterday.

Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said, the people reaped the benefits of development as they voted for ‘Boat’, election symbol of Awami League. He said this while taking part in a discussion titled '21 August: Present-Future of Bangladesh’s Politics' organized by Suchinta Foundation in the capital yesterday.

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim has said, the government wants to work in a more focused way to detect rumours and ensure the credible flow of information to mass people. She said this in an interview with a news agency explaining how mere a rumour sometimes appears as 'credible' information to mass people causing a big harm to the country. The State Minister also said the government would work in a more organised way through recently formed social media rumour detection and monitoring cell to help people stay away from rumours.

State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga has said, the government has set up 13 milk pasteurized centres to meet the demand for milk across the country. The State Minister was addressing a credit-distribution programme under the project titled 'Establishment and Development of Cattle Farms in Greater Faridpur' at Kotalipara yesterday.

The government has released Taka 558.9150 crore as the honorary allowance for the freedom fighters for three months from October to December in the second phase under fiscal 2018-19. Each freedom fighter is getting Tk 10,000 per month.

President Md. Abdul Hamid has expressed profound shock at the death of former Principal Information Officer Tasir Ahmed who died in a city hospital yesterday. Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, Information Secretary Md. Abdul Malek and Principal Information Officer Kamrun Nahar also expressed shock at the death of ex-PIO Tasir Ahmed.

Press Wing