Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – The newly elected Members of Parliament to the seats reserved for women in the 11th parliament were sworn in on Wednesday morning.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath to the newly elected MPs at the oath-taking room of the Jatiya Sangsad.
The Speaker first administered the oath to the elected MPs of the ruling Awami League and then MPs of Jatiya Party in separate functions.
On Sunday, the Election Commission published an official gazette with the names of 49 elected candidates for the parliamentary seats reserved exclusively for women.
Of them, 43 elected women MPs are from ruling Awami League, four from Jatiya Party, one from Workers Party and another is independent.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Wednesday morning, wrapping up her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6:28am.
The flight departed Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka at early hours (12:45am, local time) on Wednesday where Mohammad Imran, Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE, saw her off.
On February 14, the Prime Minister left Dhaka for Germany on her first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office to attend a security conference in Munich and a defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
She joined the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 held in Munich, Germany, while the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
During her stay in Munich, Hasina also attended a community reception given by the European Awami League, a dinner programme hosted by President of the World Economic Forum and CEO of Jigsaw Borge Brende Jared Cohen.
Besides, President and CEO of the Siemens AG Joe Kaeser, CEO of the Veridos Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Beatrice Fihn, Chief Prosecutor of the ICC Dr Bensouda, separately met her separately during her stay there.
Following the meeting of Siemens CEO with the Prime Minister, the Power Division of Bangladesh and Siemens of Germany signed a document for the construction of a 3600MW LNG power plant at Payra in Bangladesh.
On Saturday night, Sheikh Hasina left Munich for Abu Dhabi and visited the International Defence Exhibition on Sunday, which was arranged by the UAE.
A UAE business delegation, led by its Economic Minister Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, met the Prime Minister on Sunday and expressed interest to expand the UAE business in Bangladesh making investment in various sectors like energy, port and industrial zone, in a newer way.
During her stay in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on establishing port, industrial park, supply and setting up LNG terminal, power plants and a special economic zone in Bangladesh.
The government of Dubai and Public Private Partnership (PPP) authority under the Prime Minister's Office signed the first MoU to set up a port, dry port and industrial park in Bangladesh.
The second MoU was signed between Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh to supply LNG to Bangladesh on a long-term basis and develop a land-based LNG receiving terminal in Payra.
The third MoU was signed between Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Power Development Board of Bangladesh (PDB).
The fourth MoU was signed between the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA).
On Monday, Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan at his Royal Palace.
On Tuesday, Chairman and Managing Director of Lulu Group Yusuff Ali and Founder and Chairman of NMC Dr B R Shetty called on the Prime Minister at her hotel suite in Abu Dhabi.
During the meetings, the two UAE business giant, Lulu Group International and NMC, expressed their keen interests to make their investment in different sectors of Bangladesh, including healthcare, shopping mall, hotel and tourism sectors.
Abu Dhabi, Feb 19 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the Awami League government will surely fulfill the expectations of people for which they voted the party to power for the third consecutive term.
"We’ll surely fulfill the expectations of people and take the country forward through ensuring balanced development," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a views-exchange meeting with the expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates.
The Bangladesh embassy organised the programme at St Regis hotel.
Sheikh Hasina said the people of the country, especially the youth and women, spontaneously cast their votes for Awami League.
"People put their trust and faith in us as they witnessed tremendous development in the country in the last 10 years," she said.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated her firm stance against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption. "To eliminate these social menaces, the government will do whatever is needed."
The Prime Minister said the drive against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption will continue.
Talking about the Rohingya issue, she said they are the citizens of Myanmar and they have to take back their nationals. The government has taken a number of steps to send the Rohingyas back to their homeland, she said.
The Prime Minister said the government has been taking numerous development activities for the last 10 years so that people can live keeping their heads high.
Hasina said the government wants to send skilled manpower to various countries and set up a number of training centres in the country for that purpose.
She urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to abide by the laws, cultures and customs of the respective countries they are living.
"Please don't do anything that may force you to land in jail," she said adding that the expatriates should remain careful so the country’s image does not get tarnished in any way because of their activities.
Terming her visit to the UAE very successful, the Prime Minister said she got a positive response from the UAE government about investment and other issues.
Hasina said the expatriates contributed a lot to the economic development of the country and requested them to invest in Bangladesh as the present world is of economic diplomacy.
Stare Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed, Prof Habibul Haque Khandakar of Zayed University and President of Bangabandhu Parishad in the UAE Iftekher Islam Babul also spoke on the occasion.
The programme began with playing the national anthems of the UAE and Bangladesh. Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran conducted the function.
Leaders of Bangladesh Mohila Samity in the UAE, led by Jakia Hasnat Imran, leaders of different organisations of Bangladeshis expatriates, officials of Janata Bank UAE branch, Bangladesh Biman and two Bangladeshi schools, Bangladeshi Commercially Important Persons (CIPs) living in the UAE presented the Prime Minister with bouquets.
Abu Dhabi, Feb 19 (UNB) - Two UAE business giants -- Lulu Group International and NMC -- on Tuesday expressed their keen interest to invest in Bangladesh’s different sectors, including healthcare, shopping mall, hotel and tourism.
Chairman and Managing Director of Lulu Group Yusuff Ali and Founder and Chairman of NMC Dr B R Shetty expressed their eagerness during separate meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite in Abu Dhabi.
PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the two meetings.
He said the Lulu Group chairman mentioned that Bangladesh has emerged as a very potential area for investment in the tourism and hyper shopping mall.
Yusuff Ali sought land in Dhaka and adjacent areas for the construction of the infrastructure.
Ihsanul said the Lulu Group has a plan to construct a shopping mall which will create employment opportunities for about 5,000 people and has a convention centre and car parking facilities for 3,000 vehicles.
Yusuff Ali highlighted some of the projects implemented by his group in different countries.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is ready to welcome foreign investment for the country's development.
She assured the Lulu Group of land allocation and urged them to visit Bangladesh to have first-hand experiences for implementing their business plans.
Prime Minister called upon the Lulu Group chairman to set up food processing industries and invest in the special economic zone in Bangladesh.
She said Bangladesh offers attractive packages and facilities, including duty-free regime, for foreign investors.
NMC Group Founder Dr BR Shetty showed interest to expand its humanitarian activities and healthcare services in Bangladesh based on company's policy- 'free treatment, quality, affordability and ethical practice’.
Sheikh Hasina welcomed the interest of the NMC Group and urged them to come up with a proposal for construction of hospitals for treatment of cancer and cardiac problems.
The NMC chairman said they will visit Bangladesh to talk to the officials for executing the plans.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Md Nojibur Rahman were present.
Jagannath University, Feb 19 (UNB) – The Jagannath University (JnU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has been dissolved following a factional clash on the campus.
A press release signed by BCL president Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and its general secretary Golam Robbani was issued in this regard on Tuesday night.
According to the press release, all the activities of BCL on the campus will remain suspended.
Earlier on Monday, at least 40 people, including three journalists, were injured during a turf war between two groups of BCL on the campus.
Witnesses said members of BCL’s suspended committee were attacked by their rival group in the morning at Shanto Chattar, triggering a pitched battle.
The clashes started around 11am and continued intermittently until the evening.