Mar 21, 2019 | Issue 211


Bangladesh to be 30th largest economy soon: MIGA

Bangladesh is likely to emerge as the world’s 30th largest economy in the next few years if the current pace of growth continues, said a top official of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) S Vijay Iyer .“For the better part of a decade, Bangladesh has seen above-market economic growth and is poised to emerge as the world’s 30th largest economy over the next few years with a trillion-dollar GDP,” the vice-president and chief operating officer of MIGA said in a statement. Iyer came to Dhaka with the aim to enhance private sector investments in key industries such as energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and agricultural development.

HPM Sheikh Hasina wins award for women empowerment

Honourable Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina was awarded “Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award” on the occasion of International Women's Day in Berlin. Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the award given by the Institute of South Asian Women. HPM Sheikh Hasina won the award for her outstanding contribution to the field of women empowerment as well as her dynamic leadership in the South Asian region.

Solar energy reduces rural poverty

Solar home system (SHS) is helping reduce poverty in remote areas of Bangladesh through income-generating activities. The number of SHS installation reached 6.8 million in 2018, which provides electricity in the remote areas through off-grid power services. SHS prices have fallen within the reach of low-income people in rural areas in the last three/four years due to the availability of products and government subsidy.

Indo-Bangla ties a role model: PM

HPM Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship is a role model of good neighborliness for the rest of the world. As a result of such multifaceted and multi-dimensional cooperation, our bilateral relations have become a role model of good neighborliness for the rest of the world. I strongly believe this momentum will continue, she told her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Earlier, the two prime ministers jointly inaugurated four projects in Bangladesh, including supply of 1,100 buses and trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), from their respective capitals.

1.85 lakh women received legal help through Nat’l helpline ‘16430’

The present government as part of its vision to ensure equal protection of the law for all has provided legal help via toll-free national helpline ‘16430’ to a total of 1,85, 286 women, subjected to physical and mental tortures, free of cost. HPM Sheikh Hasina on the National Legal Aid Day on April 28, 2016, launched the service, helping the justice seekers to get access to free legal aid by dialing the number. In the age of modern technology, people can avail legal aid services through dialing the number from their mobile phones and land phones, sending text, and using mobile app or facebook messenger.

Govt implementing Tk 2,279cr project to materialize Delta Plan-2100

State Minister for Water Resources Jahid Faruk told parliament today the government in first phase has been implementing a project involving Taka 2,279,54 crore as part of the plan of materializing Delta Plan-2100. The project has been taken to re-excavate the small rivers, canals and water bodies across the country. Taken up in last November, the scheme aims at increasing navigability of the small rivers, canals and water bodies in 64 districts and to increase water-holding capacity and conduct research on underground water and preserve biodiversity.

HPM Sheikh Hasina directs to introduce specialised outdoor service at all public hospitals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to introduce the facility of outdoor services for specialised doctors at all public hospitals across the country. She came up with the directive while approving a project on 500-bed extension of Sarkari Karmachari Hospital at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), held at the planning ministry in Dhaka. Among other directives, the PM asked the authorities to launch intensive care unit (ICU) at all government hospitals so that underprivileged people can easily avail the service. The PM also instructed management of the hospitals to run separate blocks for patients of cancer, paralysis, kidney and heart diseases.

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