News brief for the 31st of October 2018

The ECNEC has approved 24 development projects with an outlay of Taka 24,740 crore including a multi-sector assistance project to tackle Rohingya crisis. The approval came at the ECNEC meeting at the NEC conference room yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Highlighting her government’s tremendous successes in different sectors, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, her main motto is to develop the country and ensure the welfare of the people. The Premier said this while US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat paid a farewell call on her at Ganabhaban yesterday. During the meeting, the Ambassador said, her country would continue support to Bangladesh’s development. She also highly praised the Premier’s hard work to develop the country. Ruling Awami League has invited the newly floated opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front to sit for dialogue at Ganabhaban tomorrow. Awami League Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap formally handed over the invitation letter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain at his residence in Dhaka yesterday.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has asked the young learners to acquire knowledge-based education as they are the catalyst of a changing society. The Speaker said this to the 14th founding anniversary function of the University of Liberal Arts in Dhaka yesterday. The present government has launched a modern education system in the country considering the demand of the time, she added.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said, his party has agreed to sit with the newly-floated political alliance Jatiya Oikya Front to continue the democratic and constitutional trend. The Minister said this to the media at his ministry yesterday.

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury has said, the farmers are getting microcredit under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. As a result, a vast development has been achieved in the agriculture sector. The Minister said this while addressing a rally in Dhaka yesterday.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said, Sheikh Hasina has now become the role model of Bangladesh and she is trying to materialize the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a hunger and poverty-free Bangladesh. The Minister said this while speaking at a public meeting in Madaripur yesterday.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said, Sheikh Hasina’s government is the most media-friendly government and with the cabinet approval of the Mass Media Workers' law the conflict between the Newspaper Employees’ Service Act of 1974 and Labor Law will be eliminated and a new horizon will open up for the media. The Minister said this while speaking at a function at the Press Club in Dhaka yesterday. State Minister for Information Tarana Halim was also present at the function.

Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar has underscored the need for including information and communication technology in primary education to make the new generation skilled in technology. The Minister said this while addressing the prize giving ceremony of the National Children and Youth Programming Contest 2018 in Dhaka yesterday.

A memorial meeting in honour of late journalist Golam Sarwar was held at the National Press Institute of Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Principal Information Officer Kamrun Nahar, other senior journalists and dignified personalities were present at the meeting and paid tribute to journalist Golam Sarwar.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque has said, the repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas will start in mid-November. He said this to the media after a meeting of the Joint Working Group on the repatriation of the Rohingyas with Permanent Secretary of Myanmar Foreign Affairs Ministry Myint Thu in Dhaka yesterday.

Press Wing