Press release – 14-08-2012

August 14, 2012


            Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Britain and the countries concerned about Rohingya refugees should talk to the Myanmar government regarding the issue instead of pressuring Bangladesh. She said this when British Secretary of State for International Development Affairs Andrew Mitchell met her at her hotel suite in London yesterday. The PM informed the British Minister that Bangladesh despite being an overpopulated country is already hosting over 28,000 Myanmar refugees at two camps in Cox’s Bazar. She said her government is providing them with food, medicine and even some financial assistance before repatriating them to their own country.

President Md. Zillur Rahman reached Saudi Arabia yesterday to attend the 4th Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit to be held in Makkah on August 14-15.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted each other by swapping cards marking Eid-ul-Fitr.

Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed said necessary amendments would be made in the whistleblower protection law so that people feel protected and encouraged to disclose public interest related information including embezzlement of public money. He said this at a roundtable discussion in the city yesterday.

The country’s export earnings witnessed a positive trend in July with over 4.0 per cent growth. The overall export earnings rose to US$ 2.439 billion in July, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) statistics.

Despite facing a number of challenges in producing food grains due to frequent natural disasters, Bangladesh is gradually achieving progress in ensuring food security, according to the National Food Security Monitoring Report 2012. The report indicates that Bangladesh is becoming a more food secure, better nourished and healthier country although challenges remain for many people in terms of access to quality food in adequate quantity, diversity and regularity.

The Election Commission (EC) will begin the task for updating the voter list in the capital from September 15 instead of October, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad told the reporters at the EC Secretariat yesterday. He said the updating task will begin at the same time in the areas of Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations.

The government has decided to appoint Mohammed Abdul Hye, currently serving as a Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the new Bangladesh high commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Dhaka stocks closed lower yesterday. The benchmark general index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) went down by 28.06 points or 0.66 per cent to close at 4,208.39.