News brief for the 30th of October 2018


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought votes for her party in the next national election to serve the country for another term and continue the ongoing development programs. The Premier made the urge while delivering her valedictory speech in the last session in the Parliament yesterday. A corruption and drug-free society will be established if her party is voted to power again, the Leader of the House promised.

With the end of the last session of the Jatiya Sangsad, the countdown to the 11th Parliamentary polls begins as there is a constitutional compulsion to hold the election between October 30 and January 28.

The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for amendment to the Representation of the People Order facilitating the use of electronic voting machines in the upcoming national election. The approval was given at the cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, the people of the country will surely re-elect Awami League in the next election for the continuation of development. The Premier expressed the hope while inaugurating the extended building of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka yesterday. Stressing the importance of modernising medicare services, Sheikh Hasina in her address, described various development projects taken by her government to upgrade the health sector of the country. The Premier also emphasized the need for a developed hospital waste management system.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a message of condolences sent to US President Donald J. Trump on Sunday, expressed heartfelt condolences at the death of eleven people in a shooting during a prayer service at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 27 October 2018.

A Dhaka special judge's court yesterday sentenced former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to seven years rigorous imprisonment in a case involving in a charity fund named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman. The court also fined Khaleda Zia and three other convicts Tk ten lac each. The convicts would need to serve six more months in jail for failure to pay the fine. The court on 08 February 2018 jailed Khaleda Zia for five years in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

In a rapid response to an opposition proposal, the ruling Awami League agreed to hold a dialogue with the Jatiya Oikya front on the upcoming polls. The dialogue is likely to be held on Thursday evening at Ganabhaban.

Election Commission yesterday issued a notice cancelling the registration of Jammat-e- Islami after the commission got a full order of High Court that earlier declared the registration of the party illegal.

Bangladesh and Myanmar, at the foreign secretary level third Joint Working Group meeting today, will discuss the much-awaited Rohingya repatriation issue. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Myanmar Myint Thu and his Bangladesh Counterpart Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs M Shahidul Haque will visit Rohingya camp tomorrow.

Bangladesh Bank yesterday decided to issue a license to a new bank named Community Bank Bangladesh to be set up by the Bangladesh Police Welfare Trust.

Press Wing