Munich (Germany), Feb 16 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Germany on Saturday night for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on an official visit to attend the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) to be held in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The Prime Minister along with her entourage is scheduled to depart Munich International Airport for Abu Dhabi by a flight of Etihad Airlines at 9:40pm, local time, (BST 2:40 am on Sunday).
Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed will see her off at the airport.
The aircraft carrying the Prime Minister is scheduled to reach Abu Dhabi International Airport at 6:45 am, local time, (BST 8:45 am) on Sunday where she will be received by Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran.
During her stay in the UAE, two MoUs on investment are likely to be signed with the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum.
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will sign an MoU for undertaking projects on the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal, Power Plant and any other project of mutual interest.
Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) will sign the second MoU for setting up a Special Economic Zone on 300 acres of land in Matarbari.
Sheikh Hasina will attend the Opening Session of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) at 10 am on Sunday.
She will hold a meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.
The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Later, she will attend a dinner programme to be hosted by the Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE.
On Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister will take audience with the Wife of Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder and the Inaugural President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi at Al Bahar Palace.
Later, she will attend a community event at the Ball Room of the St Regis Abu Dhabi.
On Wednesday (early hours), the Prime Minister will fly from Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran will see her off at the airport.
The Prime Minister will arrive in Dhaka at 7 am on the same day.
Earlier on Thursday morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Germany to the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019.
Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB)- Sajid Hussain, the Commandant of Bangladesh Marine Academy, has been selected for the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award in Marine Education 2019’ of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) in London.
This prestigious award recognises the achievements of those who contribute to improving marine education.
IMarEST is a professional body of about 22,000 marine professionals from 120 countries, including Bangladesh. It has a Consultative Status at International Maritime Organization of United Nation.
Sajid’s selection was confirmed by an official letter on Friday. He will receive the Award Trophy at the IMarEST council session on March 15 at Guildhall of London, according to a press release.
Sajid has been working as a Chartered Engineer of UK Engineering Council since 2017 and Chartered Marine Engineer & Fellow of IMarEST since 2006, a Governor of the Board of Governors of World Maritime University since 2013, Sweden and a Maritime Ambassador of International Maritime Organization of UN since 2016.
His publications include 21 books, 20 research papers and 250 features.
Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) - Young Japanese language learners impressed the audience with their unique topics, rich expression and fluency in the language at the final round of the ‘10th National Speech Contest in Japanese Language’ held in the city on Saturday.
Amongst the 15 final contestants, Firoza Ashravee with the speech title ‘Decision of Life’ got the biggest applause from the four Japanese judges and won the first prize.
Anika Begum and Nuruzzaman also delivered splendid speeches and were awarded the second and third position.
Firoza and Anika will participate in the South Asian Federation of Japanese Universities Alumni Association (SAFJUAA) Japanese Language Speech Contest later in this year, representing Bangladesh, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
The speech contest is one of the flagship cultural events which is annually organised by the Embassy of Japan and the Japanese Universities Alumni Association in Bangladesh.
The contest was sponsored by Japanese corporates and organisations, such as Grameen UNIQLO, Japanese Restaurant Nagasaki, Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center, Rohto Mentholatum Bangladesh and Japan Commerce & Industry Association in Dhaka.
Currently, there are approximately 4,800 Japanese language learners in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) - Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said the government is working relentlessly to establish an inclusive, just and equitable society through addressing inequality.
The government, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has taken initiatives for addressing inequality mainly through poverty eradication; access to education, health, employment and social security; and financial inclusion, he said.
Ambassador Masud made the remarks at the General Debate of the 57th Commission for Social Development (CSocD), held at the UN Headquarters, recently, said a press release on Saturday.
In his statement, the PR also highlighted numerous endeavours of Sheikh Hasina’s government, such as: “whole-of-society” approach aiming to ‘no one is left behind’, advancing women’s participation, achieving gender parity in primary and secondary school enrollment, rendering government’s support to women and youth to contribute to country’s mainstream economic activities and providing equal care to elderly.
Ambassador Masud said Bangladesh has been doing remarkably well in advancing its overall socio-economic development with sustained improvement in the human development index.
“To boost income growth, we recently reviewed twice the minimum wages of our ready-made garments, the largest export earning sector, where women constitute 80% of the 4.5 million workers. Women in Bangladesh are now working side by side their male counterparts in almost every sphere of life," he said.
According to the Global Gender Gap index 2018, Bangladesh has closed over 72% of its overall gender gap, Ambassador Masud mentioned.
Theme of the 57th CSocD is “addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies”.
Bangladesh is a member of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD).
The 57th CSocD commenced on 11 February and will end on 21 February.
Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh has strongly condemned the dastardly terrorist attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in Pulwana District of Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a message addressed to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi said, “On behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh, and on my own behalf, let me convey our heartfelt condolences for the loss of lives of more than 37 CRPE troops......"
Bangladesh strongly condemn dastardly terrorist attack on Army personnel in the district of Jammu n Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/I1sJyhUQY1— Md. Shahriar Alam (@MdShahriarAlam) February 15, 2019
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, who is now in Geneva, tweeted the message that was sent from Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
“We stand by the people and the government of India. We offer our condolences to the members of the families who lost their dear ones. Our thoughts and prayers are for speedy recovery of those who got injured," reads the message.
Bangladesh, according to the message, remains steadfast in its commitment against terrorism of all forms and manifestations and maintains a zero tolerance policy against all kinds of terrorist activities.
“Bangladesh would continue to work and cooperate with international community including India to eradicate menace of terrorism," the message reads.
The message, dated February 14, was sent through Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
On Thursday, suicide bombers carried out attacks on a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir leaving 41 people dead.