Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Stressing the importance of the unity of Muslim countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Muslim countries should solve their problems, if any, through talks.
"The Muslim Ummah should remain together…if there’s any problem among themselves that can be solved through discussions," she said.
The Prime Minister said this when newly appointed Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar met her at her office.
PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the Prime Minister mentioned that it is the people who suffer if there is any conflict among Muslim countries.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has reduced the poverty level in Bangladesh to 21 percent and has a target to reduce it by 4-5 percent further in near future.
She said the development policy of her government is centred at the rural level.
Talking about the existing religious harmony of the country, Hasina said Bangladesh has this harmony as every person here participate in all religious festivals.
Terming Iranian people courageous, she highly appreciated their economic progress.
Welcoming the new Iranian Ambassador to Bangladesh, she assured him of her all-out cooperation during his tenure here.
Hasina also conveyed her regards to the Iranian President through the Ambassador and recalled her visits to Iran in 1997 and 2012.
Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar highly greeted the landslide victory of Awami League in the recent national election and described Hasina as a wise and prudent Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The people of Iran are very much fond of her, he added.
Nafar appreciated the balanced policy in Bangladesh’s socioeconomic areas and hailed the Prime Minister for the country’s graduation from the LDC to developing country group.
He mentioned that the religious and cultural bonds between Bangladesh and Iran are very excellent and hoped to move that forward further during his tenure in Bangladesh. "Our cooperation at the regional and international level is very good; cultural relation is excellent, political relation is at the good level," Nafar said.
But he emphasised enhancing the volume of trade, which is $135 million. “It’s not satisfactory at the moment.”
The Ambassador also mentioned that Iran is moving forward despite sanctions by western countries.
He also mentioned that the Iranian government is working to reduce tensions in the region. "We aren’t a war-monger country…we would like to have the best of relations with the countries in the Gulf," he said.
To reduce the tension in the region, he said, if the Bangladesh Prime Minister take any initiative’, they will welcome that.
Principal Secretary to the PM M Nojibur Rahman and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were also present.
Munshiganj, Jan 16 (UNB) – At least 20 people went missing as a soil-laden trawler capsized in the Meghna River at Charjhapta in Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
Faruk Ahmed, UNO of Sadar upazila, said a soil-laden trawler with 34 workers from Cumilla sank in the river after being collided with an oil-laden tanker while heading towards Fatulla in Narayanganj in the morning.
A total of 14 workers managed to swim ashore while 20 remained missing, he added.
All of the workers hailed from Pabna and Sirajganj districts.
On information, police, fire service and coast guard members went to the spot and started the rescue operation.
Shahjalal University, Jan 16 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said Sylhet will be the country’s first digital city where its residents will get free WiFi access at each and every point of it.
The minister said this while addressing a two-day freshers' reception at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) here.
“Skilled manpower is needed to turn the city into a digital one as well as to manage the system, and you (students) will have to take the responsibility to maintain it,” he said.
Calling upon the newcomers, Abdul Momen said, “You've to build yourself as self-confident citizens as we're a victorious nation and we can be successful through boosting our confidence.”
“The country's financial status has improved greatly. There's no ‘Monga’ in the country any more. We've established ourselves as a developing country and we also have moved up a lot more in social index compared to our neighbours,” he mentioned.
SUST Vice-chancellor Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed presided over the programme while Treasurer Prof Elias Uddin Biswas, President of the admission committee Shamsul Haq Pradhan, its member secretary Zahir Ahmed and Registrar Ishfaqul Hossain were present as special guests.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Police on Tuesday night arrested the main suspect from Tongi in Gazipur district in a case filed over the murders of LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tanoy in 2016.
Tipped off, a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducted a drive in the area and arrested the accused in the night, said DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.
However, police did not disclose the identity of the arrestee immediately.
Xulhaz Mannan, editor of LGBT magazine Roopbaan, and his friend Mahbub Tanoy, an activist of theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants at an apartment in the capital’s Kalabagan area on 25 April, 2016.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Eminent journalist Amanullah Kabir passed away at a hospital here early Wednesday. He was 72.
The veteran journalist was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and breathed his last around 1:00 am.
Amanullah Kabir was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the BSMMU on January 2 with different disease including diabetics and other complications.
Earlier on January 5, he was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases after suffering a massive heart attack. He was later taken to the coronary care unit from the emergency unit.
He left behind his wife, two daughters, three sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
He has been working as the Senior Editor of the online news portal bdnews24.com.
He served as executive editor of the Independent, news editor of The Daily Star, editor of Bangla Daily Amar Desh, and chief editor and managing director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).
His namaz-e-jnaza was held at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) premises at noon.
Amanullah Kabir, also the former member of Press Club Managing Committee, will be buried at his village home in Jamalpur, said a press release of the JPC.
Meanwhile, JPC President Saiful Alam and General Secretary Farida Yeasmin expressed deep shock at the demise of the journalist. They also conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.