Bangladesh High Commission

London 

News Brief

 

London, 8 March 2018

The historic 7 March was observed across the country yesterday with elaborate programmes. This year, the day bears a great significance as UNESCO recogonised the historic March 7 Speech as a world documentary heritage. Thousands of people from all walks of life thronged Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi and paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu to mark the 47th anniversary of his March 7 speech of 1971. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the great leader by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum early in the morning yesterday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the nation to debar anti-liberation forces and perpetrators of crimes against humanity from returning to power. The PM made the call as she was addressing a public rally at historic Suhrawardy Udyan yesterday. Bangladesh Awami League organised the rally marking the historic 7th March speech anniversary. She said, being a victorious nation the Bengali would live in the world community keeping its head high and go ahead with own dignity. She urged the people of the country to remain united for advancing the country imbued with the spirit of the great Liberation War.

Ambassadors of China, Egypt and Palestine and High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh separately presented their credentials to President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday. The envoys are- Zhang Zuo of China, Walid Ahmed Shamseldin of Egypt, Yousef S. Y. Ramadan of Palestine and AWJC De Silva of Sri Lanka. Welcoming the envoys, the President said, the foreign policy of Bangladesh attaches importance to bilateral and friendly relations with all.

President Md. Abdul Hamid will leave here for India today on a four-day visit to attend the founding ceremony of International Solar Alliance (ISA). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage members will leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Guwahati of Assam at about 1 pm today. The President will leave Guwahati tomorrow morning for Balat by a helicopter of Indian Air Force. He is scheduled to visit Rabindranath Tagore's residence in Shilong. The President will visit various places of the Indian state of Meghalaya where he stayed during the 1971 Liberation War. On Saturday, the President will fly to New Delhi where he will join the founding ceremony of ISA on Sunday. He is scheduled to address the plenary session of the ISA Summit. He is scheduled to return home on March 12.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay an official visit to Singapore from March 11 to 14 at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. On the occasion, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefed media at his ministry yesterday detailing PM's involvements during the visit. Mahmood Ali said, the Premier will hold bilateral meeting with her Singaporean counterpart and also attend Bangladesh-Singapore Business Forum. During the visit, six deals and MoUs are likely to be inked between the two countries for further enhancing cooperation in different sectors, the Minister added.

Health Minister Mohammad Nasim has said, most favorable environment for the foreign investment is now prevailing in Bangladesh in compared to any other times in the past. He said this while a delegation of the noted Indian hospital construction company, Shapoorji Pallonji Company, showed its interest to provide cooperation to the health infrastructure construction of country at a meeting held at the Secretariat in Dhaka yesterday.

The International Women's Day is being observed in the country today with a call to help forge a better, inclusive and gender-equal world. President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate massages on the occasion.

The UN Human Rights Council has decided to ask the General Assembly to establish a new independent and impartial mechanism to prepare criminal proceedings against those responsible in Myanmar for launching ethnic cleansing. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said this while addressing the 37th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday.

Press Wing