News brief for the 9th of September 2018


The Jatiya Sangsad of Bangladesh goes into its 22nd session this afternoon after 58 days of recess. Prior to the session, the business advisory committee of parliament will hold a meeting with Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. The committee will fix the duration and businesses of the session.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurates a Regional Head Office of the Islamic Development Bank in Dhaka at a function which would also be attended by IDB President Dr Bandar MH Hajjar.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the agriculturists to give special attention on increasing agricultural production so that the country does not need to beg to others for food in the future. The PM made the call while opening the 6th National Convention of the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday.

The third book written by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be published in the next Amar Ekushey book fair. Bangla Academy is publishing the travelogue book titled 'Naya Chin Bhromon' (A journey to new China). Earlier, Bangabandhu's two autobiographical books 'Ausamapto Atmajiboni' and 'Karagarer Rojnamcha' were published.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said, Bangladesh has attained the ability to continue trade competing with the developed world. The Minister said this while speaking at the 35th founding anniversary of Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services at MIDAS centre in Dhaka yesterday. The Minister at the function handed over the 'MIDAS Entrepreneurship Award-2018' to eight entrepreneurs. 

Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman has said, the country’s literacy rate, which is now 72.9 per cent, is increasing rapidly keeping the pace with the global rate. The Minister said this while addressing a discussion marking World Literacy Day in Dhaka yesterday.    

Bangladesh will be nominated as a member of the WHO Executive Board at Geneva Headquarters for a 3-year period beginning from 2019. The information was disclosed at the 71st Regional Committee Meeting of the Health Ministers of the WHO of the South-East Asia Region in New Delhi on Friday.

Bangladeshi scientists have successfully decoded the genome sequence of hilsa, opening up a new era in sustainable production and conservation of the national fish, of which Bangladesh is the world’s largest producer. Professor Dr. Md. Samsul Alam of the Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics of Bangladesh Agricultural University led the research programme.

North-West Power Generation Company Limited and German based Siemens AG signed a joint development agreement for building 3600 MW LNG-based power plant at Payra in Patuakhali district. Secretary of NWPGCL and President of Gas and Power, Siemens signed the agreement on behalf of the respective institutions at hotel Westin in Dhaka on Friday.

An agreement between Bangladesh and the Asian Development Bank for US$357 million assistance package will be signed tomorrow for a project to develop two power lines in support of Bangladesh’s national target of electricity for all by 2021. ERD and ADB will sign the agreement on ‘The Southwest Transmission Grid Expansion Project’ in Dhaka.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will invest US$270 million in a water supply and sanitation project in Bangladesh. The objective of the project titled 'Bangladesh Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation Project' is to increase access to safe water supply, ERD sources informed yesterday.

Press Wing