News Updates

15th Sep, 2018 - 30th Sep, 2018
  • Myanmar's delaying tactics blocking Rohingya return - Bangladesh PM, Bangladesh’s leader accused neighboring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year, and said in an interview that under no circumstance would the refugees remain permanently in her already crowded country. (Reuters, September 26, 2018)
  • Bangladesh cabinet approved a draft agreement to allow India to use Chittagong and Mongla ports to transport cargo to its northeastern states. The decision came at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office, with PM Sheikh Hasina in the chair. (The Daily Star, September 18, 2018)
  • BNP: Get ready for street movement from Oct 1. 'We won't give the government any chance this time to score on an empty field. We won't' allow this regime to go unchallenged'. BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday called upon their party leaders and activists to take all-out preparations to take to the streets from October 1 to force the government to hold a credible election. (Dhaka Tribune, September 25th, 2018)
  • Awami League hopeful of victory despite ‘national unity’ attempts. Although the ruling party has publicly welcomed the initiatives of AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain, privately the party leaders are feeling uneasy considering that BNP may get an opportunity through the national unity. (Dhaka Tribune, September 17th, 2018)
07th Sep, 2018 - 14th Sep, 2018
  • 9,000MW power to be imported by 2041, Hasina, Modi jointly open electricity interconnection
    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has planned to import 9000 MW electricity from neighbouring countries by 2041 to maintain the country's high economic growth. She was addressing a ceremony marking the inauguration of 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh through Behrampore-Bheramara interconnection, reports UNB.
  • The Bangladesh PM, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee jointly inaugurated the power supply via videoconferencing from Dhaka, New Delhi and Kolkata respectively. (The Daily Star, September 13, 2018)
  • Despite being sick, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was forced to appear at special court. (The Daily Star, September 8, 2018)
  • BNP ready to make sacrifices for national unitySays Fakhrul; 'opposition parties must realise the need for greater alliance'. (The Daily Star, September 9, 2018)
  • Road safety campaigner sent to jail
    A Dhaka court sent Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, to jail rejecting prayers for bail and remand in a case filed for extortion. Safe Road and Transport Alliance, meanwhile, expressed concern over his arrest and called on the government to release him. (The Daily Star, September 10, 2018)
  • Take steps against Myanmar
    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the international community to come up with specific effective steps to force Myanmar to take back their over one million forcibly displaced nationals living in Bangladesh as per the agreements signed between the two countries.
  • “Bangladesh and Myanmar have inked bilateral agreements for the safe and permanent repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. To continue the pressure on Myanmar for implementing the agreements, I urge the international community to take specific effective steps,” she said. (The Daily Star, September 11, 2018)
  • PM slams traffic rules violators
    Even after the recent vigorous students' movement for road safety, people are still not conscious, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament. (The Daily Star, September 13, 2018)
  • BNP wants UN's effective role in polls, The BNP yesterday told the UN that it wants the global body to play an effective role to help hold the upcoming parliamentary elections in Bangladesh in a free and fair manner. (The Daily Star, September 14, 2018)
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