Oct 20, 2016 | Issue 131


Bangladesh Awami League’s 20th National Council begins on 22nd October

The 20th national council of the country’s oldest and largest political party Bangladesh Awami League will take place this week to illustrate plans and goals that the party has set to implement and achieve by 2021. This national council is the culmination of another thousands of such councils held within the local units—from division to union level--- with the democratic participation of activists to elect fresh leadership. With the theme “Bangladesh is speeding quickly on the development super-highway., now is the time to hold our heads high,” this council is expected to set another milestone towards the transformation of Bangladesh.

Chinese President Xi’s visit further elevates Bangladesh-China partnership

History was set in motion last week when the Chinese President Xi Jinping flew to Bangladesh in a two day visit, ushering in a new chapter of hope in the bilateral ties to a newer height. The visit witnessed the signing of 27 instruments and unveiled plaques of six projects. On the other hand, Bangladesh has formally joined up China’s “One Belt One Road" Initiative which was said to be the focus of his visit. Upon his arrival in Dhaka, Xi was accorded a red-carpet welcome on Friday morning, when President Md Abdul Hamid received him at the airport.

Bangladesh is a model for poverty reduction: WB chief

Last week saw World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim coming in Dhaka on a two-day visit to see firsthand the progress Bangladesh has made in its transition to a lower-middle income country. During his stay, Jim Yong heaped praises upon Bangladesh, its people and leadership of Sheikh Hasina for turning Bangladesh into a model for poverty reduction despite being saddled with a long list of hardships. In addition, the World Bank has pledged to provide Bangladesh with a record $2billion climate fund.

Dhaka's crackdown on terror a model template for others to follow: Indian Premier

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly lauded her Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina for putting in place comprehensive crackdown on terrorism that lifted Bangladesh as a template for other countries on how to tackle the menace of terror. The comments were made when Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Goa. In response, the Bangladesh Premier said that now public awareness is very high in Bangladesh against terrorism.

HPM Sheikh Hasina urges BIMSTEC leaders to strengthen anti-militancy cooperation

In her address at the summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), HPM Sheikh Hasina urged BIMSTEC leaders to find out the mentors, masterminds, abettors, financiers, arms suppliers and trainers of terrorists and extremists to defeat terrorism. Being one of the four founding leaders who had inspired the launching of BIMSTEC way back in 1997, she said all the leaders should aim to develop regional projects which will effectively connect BIMSTEC to the peoples as well as ensure the organisation's sustainability and visibility.

Bangladesh appoints six local, foreign consultants for Karnaphuli tunnel project

The government has signed contracts taking on board six local and foreign firms as consultants to the project to construct a tunnel under the river Karnaphuli in Chittagong. Having two tubes with two lanes each linking the two banks of the river, the project will emanate 'One City, Two Town' like China's Shanghai. Works to acquire land on the east bank of the river are at the final stage.

Bangladesh in better position though jobless rate high in South Asia

Bangladesh's economic growth helps job creation although there has been rise in growth of the jobless in other South Asian countries despite technological changes and reform measures over past decades, economists observed. The observations came in a session of the ninth 'South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX): Reimagining South Asia in 2030'. All the experts acknowledged that Bangladesh stands as an exception as employment in the manufacturing sector was significant in the country, which largely remained absent from other South Asian countries.

OPCW DG lauds BD’s commitment to chemical safety

Satisfied with the efforts by Bangladesh authorities in ensuring implementing various provisions of the Convention, Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü has commended Bangladesh's strong commitment to chemical safety. The appreciation came during his meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in the capital. As a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Bangladesh has remained pledge bound to continue to promote peaceful use of chemicals and create a world free of chemical weapons.

Country’s biggest IT fair Digital World kicks off

The three-day mega information and communication technology fair Digital World 2016 kicks off at International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka. Inaugurated by HPM Sheikh Hasina, the event has seen some 400 software companies registered for the event with an expected 500,000 visitors. A total of 12 seminars on software showcasing, E- governance exposition and other ICT topics will be held.

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