Bangladesh Government Official Press Release 8th August 2012

August 8, 2012

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged all to remain vigilant so that the situation like the post-2001 election does not come back to the country. She made the appeal when leaders of Janmashtami Udjapan Parishad and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad met her at her official residence Ganobhaban yesterday. She said the government is holding the trial of war criminals and unearthing various graft case taken place during the previous government tenure. She mentioned that the people of the country gave AL-led grand alliance the mandate in the last general election. The PM said every person is enjoying his or her rights and each religious community is performing its religious activities freely.

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni asserted that Bangladesh attaches great importance to its relationship with the Maldives and expressed satisfaction at the pace of development of the relations. She made the remarks when the Maldives Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Hameed paid a courtesy call on her at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.  She thanked the government of the Maldives for its initiative for registration of Bangladeshi expatriate workers in the Maldives and requested the Maldives government to look after their welfare. The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Maldives expressed his appreciation for the government of Bangladesh for organizing the Conference on People’s Empowerment and Development.

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday said  steps are underway with the assistance of Interpol to bring back from abroad the six absconding killers of Bangabandhu to face execution. She made the comment at a discussion marking the 37th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

China has moved to replace the preferential treatment that it offers to exports from Bangladesh under the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) by zero tariff treatment under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) system, officials said. Last week it sought Bangladesh’s comments on an urgent basis on the proposed change in trade preference. “The tariff lines under the zero-tariff treatment will cover all preferential tariffs Bangladesh can enjoy under the APTA,” Commercial Councilor of the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh, Wang Zijian wrote to commerce secretary Ghulam Hossain.

The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) has said it will introduce new GDP (Gross Domestic Product) base to give a more accurate reading of the country’s economic structure.  Director of national accounting wing of the BBS, Satya Ranjan Mondol told a news agency yesterday.

The government is planning to formulate a policy to lease out the state-owned enterprises (SoEs) to the private entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of privatization. Privatisation Commission Chairman Mirza Abdul Jalil told the reporters at the end of the 55th meeting of the commission at its office in the city yesterday.

Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the woman behind the successes of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Ruling Awami League has arranged elaborate programmes to mark the day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend discussion at Osmani Memorial Auditoriumin the city.

The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has formed a nine-member committee to formulate the mechanism of launching a settlement guaranteed fund to avoid uncertainty in share trading settlement, officials said.Dhaka stocks ended flat yesterday. The benchmark general index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) went down slightly by 0.12 points or 0.02 per cent to close at 4,092.16.