News brief for the 5th of November 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Islamic scholars and religious leaders to play their role in maintaining social peace saying her government would not allow anybody to spread any propaganda against Islam and the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The government introduced tough cybercrime laws to deal with such malicious campaigns and anyone who spreads such false information would be exposed to justice, the Premier added. The Premier said this yesterday a shukrana mahfil or thanksgiving rally of Al-Hiyatul Ulya Lil-Zamiatil Qawmiya Bangladesh, a combine of Qawmi education boards.

The ECNEC has approved 39 projects with the cost of Tk 86,687 crore including the Joydevpur to Ishwardi dual gauge double line construction project under the Bangladesh Railway to enhance the line capacity and thus carry more passengers and goods-laden trains. The approval came from the ECNEC meeting at the NEC Conference Room in Dhaka with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair yesterday.

Singaporean Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban yesterday. While exchanging views, the Premier said, her government has allocated land for Singaporean investors in special economic zones to make investment in a larger volume. Pointing to the sand shortage in Singapore, the Prime Minister called upon the Singapore government to dredge rivers in Bangladesh and take back the sand of the rivers free of cost.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reassured of holding the next general elections in a free, fair and neutral manner. The Premier said this in her introductory speech at a meeting of the 14-party alliance at Ganabhaban yesterday. The Premier also expressed the hope that the people will re-elect Awami League by evaluating the country’s development and progress over the last 10 years. Meanwhile, the second phase dialogue between the Awami League-led 14-party Alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front will be held on 07 November.

Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda is set to declare the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on 08 November. Election Commissioner Brigadier General (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury said this to the media at the Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka yesterday.

Chairman of the Ninth Wage Board Justice Md Nizamul Haque yesterday at the Ministry of Information handed over a set of recommendations to Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu for implementation of the wage board award. State Minister for Information Advocate Tarana Halim and Information Secretary Abdul Malek were present on the occasion.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen has urged the international community to create an environment of confidence in Myanmar to encourage the displaced Rohingyas to return to their homes in Rakhine State. He made the urge while taking part in the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on the Human Rights Council report at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday.

Bangladesh has been elected as Vice Chairman of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the period of 2019-21 and eventually as the IORA Chairman for 2021-23. The election was held at the 18th IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting held in Durban, South Africa on 02 November 2018.

A BNP leader has been fined GBP 1,020 after a court convicted him of vandalising the Bangladesh High Commission in London. BNP supporters dishonoured the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by pulling down his portrait while vandalising the High Commission in London on 07 February 2018.

Press Wing