London, 30 January 2019

The first session of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad begins at 3 pm today. President Md. Abdul Hamid will deliver speech on the first day of the session. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be elected on the first session of the parliament.

President Md. Abdul Hamid has said, Bangladesh always gives priority to enhance bilateral relations with Malaysia as the country’s outgoing High Commissioner in Dhaka Nur Ashikin binti Mohd Taib called on him at Bangabhaban yesterday. Noting that Malaysia is one of the development partners of Bangladesh, the President urged the Malaysian government to take more initiatives to increase exports of different world-standard Bangladeshi goods including medicine, jute, jute-made materials and leather.

The ECNEC with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair yesterday approved two similar projects involving Taka 2,215.17 crore to extend power distribution lines in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions to give some 4.15 lakh new power connections. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister M.A. Mannan said, a total of nine projects involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 16,433.27 crore were approved in the meeting.

Bangladesh and India have pledged to continue their efforts to enhance mutual cooperation in mass media. The pledge came when acting Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Dr. Adarsh Swaika met Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud at the Secretariat in Dhaka yesterday. During the meeting, they discussed in detail for jointly making two biographical films on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen has said, the allegations implicating Bangladesh in a terror attack inside Myanmar are absolutely fabricated and baseless. The Minister told this to the media after the foreign ministry summoned Myanmar Ambassador Lwin Oo and handed over a stronglyworded protest note to him yesterday.

Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen has urged Vietnam to play a role to get ASEAN more involved with the Rohingya issue and promote dialogue among their members to have an early resolution for the crisis. The Minister made the call while visiting Special Envoy of Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Nguyen Quoc Dzung called on him at foreign ministry in Dhaka yesterday. The Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam reaffirmed his Government’s willingness to work closely with the new Bangladesh Government.

Foreign Minister A.K. Abul Momen has said, his ministry will work closely with the Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry to check all sorts of harassment of Bangladeshi expatriates. The Minister told this to the reporters after attending an inter-ministerial meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka yesterday.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister M. Shahab Uddin has given importance to ensuring transparency and accountability in the implementation of the climate change projects. The Minister made the emphasis while exchanging views with climate change fund officials at Forest Bhaban at Mohakhali in Dhaka yesterday.

World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed keen interest to work for formulating policy to reduce malnutrition in Bangladesh. A two-member delegation of WFP expressed the interest during a meeting with Women and Children Affairs Secretary Kamrun Nahar at latter's office yesterday.

Press Wing