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News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the private entrepreneurs to recruit educated and talented physically-challenged people to their business houses for the welfare of all. She said this while addressing a function yesterday marking the 10th World Autism Awareness Day in Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.

The Premier also distributed awards among the successful persons with autism and successful organizations and institutions working for the development of autistic people.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday conveyed her strong stance against terrorism and informed Speakers of National Parliaments of 19 countries her government’s initiatives for ensuring public welfare. She said this when the visiting Speakers of National Parliaments of 19 countries of the IPU member states and UN Assistant Secretary General met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday extended her heartfelt thanks to Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for passing the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh unanimously and amid festivity. The Prime Minister told the Indian Speaker when she made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at her Ganobhaban residence in the evening.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all Muslims of the world to remain alert about militancy and terrorism. She made the comment as visiting United Arab Emirates (UAE) Speaker Dr Amal Al Qubaisi raised the terrorism issue when she met Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reaffirmed her government’s commitment that the soil of Bangladesh would never be used against any neighboring country. The Prime Minister said this when visiting Chief of Staff of the Indian Army General Bipin Rawat made a courtesy call on at her official residence Gonobhaban in the city yesterday evening.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on the eve of National Film Day-2017 in separate messages, yesterday called for making film a major weapon to root out terrorism and militancy to build a non-communal society imbued with the spirit of Liberation War. The President, in his message, said film is a powerful medium and its role is immense in creating awareness and development of society. Prime Minster said the government has implemented massive programs for the development of film industry in the last 8 years.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday urged United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to extend technical cooperation to boost modern technology based industries in Bangladesh. The Minister said when a UNIDO delegation called on him at the Industries Ministry in the city.

The Foreign Minister and the delegation leaders and members discussed various bilateral and international issues when a number of delegations participating in IPU conference yesterday called on Foreign Minister at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.

Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud yesterday said regional cooperation is a must to ensure fair share of water and resolve water disputes in South Asian countries, including Bangladesh. The Minister said at a seminar at IEB conference hall in the capital.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Md Fazle Rabbi Mia said that Bangladesh will become a developed country by 2041. He said this when a delegation of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea yesterday called on Deputy Speaker at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.

Col (retd) M Faruk Khan, who joined the debate as Bangladeshi delegate, told the media that most member states of IPU yesterday stood against external interference by any country in internal affairs of a sovereign nation. He said the resolution drafted by IPU will finally be adopted through voting on Wednesday.

Border Guard Bangladesh yesterday urged Myanmar Police Force to take ‘meaningful’ action against the supply chain of drugs from Myanmar. A 16-member border guard team expressed concern in the border-talks with a six-member Myanmar police delegation began at the border guard headquarters in Dhaka yesterday.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will invest $129 million in two projects to support small farmers and develop a community-based flood information system in the country. IFAD has already started project designing with the concerned Ministries and Departments of the government.

 – Press Wing  London, 03 April 2017

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