London, 7 March 2019

The nation is observing the historic March 7 today in a befitting manner commemorating the landmark speech by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which is considered as declaration of the country’s independence in 1971. On the occasion, the Prime Minister paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at the portrait of the great leader in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi this morning. The Prime Minister is expected to attend a discussion marking the day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre this afternoon.

President Md. Abdul Hamid has sought stronger role of the United Kingdom to ensure a safe and dignified repatriation of the Rohingyas. The President made the request as outgoing UK High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake called on him at Bangabhan in Dhaka yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid emphasis on branding the jute products as environment-friendly ones to grab markets throughout the world. The Prime Minister made the stress while speaking at the National Jute Day-2019 programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, Bangladesh will soon become an upper middle income country as the government has been implementing massive development works in light of the Vision-2021 and Vision-2041.The Premier expressed the optimism while responding to a question in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday. The Prime Minister also told the parliament that the drives against adulteration would be continued until ensuring standard of foods.

Insurance Corporations Bill, 2019 has been placed in the Jatiya Sangsad aiming to bring transparency and good governance in the management of the insurance corporations. Finance Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal placed the bill in the House yesterday.

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam has informed the Jatiya Sangsad that there are 174,535 registered cooperatives with over 6.84 lakh beneficiaries in the country. The Minister informed this while responding to a question in the House yesterday.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, who is undergoing treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, is improving. The medical broad led by cardiologist Dr. Philip Koh is thinking of removing artificial devices fixed with his body gradually.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq has said, a permanent structure will be built for the Administrative Tribunal soon. Anisul Huq said this while speaking at a function of Administrative Tribunal Lawyers Association in Dhaka yesterday.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi has urged private entrepreneurs to supplement the Prime Minister’s plan to create employment opportunities for 11.5 million people. The Minister made the call while inaugurating the month long Chattogram International Trade Fair 2019 in the port city yesterday.

Saudi Arabia is likely to invest US$ 15 to 20 billion in at least 16 projects in Bangladesh. Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority Kazi M Aminul Islam said this at a press conference arranged in view of a visit of high powered Saudi Delegation in the capital yesterday.

A Chinese government delegation led by Special Envoy Sun Gouxiang visited the Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Cox's Bazar on March 3. During the visit, the members of the delegation talked to the Bangladeshi officials and refugee leaders in the camp.

Press Wing