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Wednesday January 17, 2018 03:10 AM

Tower Hamlets speaker praises Bangladesh’s development

  • Published at 11:33 AM January 12, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:08 PM January 12, 2018
Tower Hamlets speaker praises Bangladesh’s development
Visiting Tower Hamlets Council Speaker of London Sabina Akhtar meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her officePID

The Tower Hamlets speaker informed Sheikh Hasina that nearly 100,000 Bangladeshis are living in her area

Visiting Tower Hamlets Council Speaker of London Sabina Akhtar has highly praised Bangladesh’s stunning development in different sectors, especially education and women empowerment, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“I am very much amazed to see the development activities in Bangladesh under your leadership,” the Tower Hamlets speaker told Sheikh Hasina when she called on her at her Jatiya Sangsad office on Thursday.

After the meeting, prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

Councillor Sabina Akthar, the first-ever Bangladeshi woman speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, said she witnessed the proceedings of Bangladesh Parliament on Thursday, saying that she is impressed with the performance of the prime minister in the House.

The Tower Hamlets speaker informed Sheikh Hasina that nearly 100,000 Bangladeshis are living in her area. “We are running a number of Bangladeshi schools in Tower Hamlets area,” she said.

Sabina Akhtar said she is visiting Bangladesh to promote relations between the two countries.

The premier congratulated Sabina Akhtar on her election as the first Bangladeshi-origin speaker of the Tower Hamlets in London.

She also appreciated her contributions to the wellbeing of Bangladeshi community in London as a whole and in Tower Hamlets in particular.

Pointing out her government’s strides for development of the education sector, the premier said: “We are promoting education at all levels”.

The prime minister said her government is providing stipends to primary-level students by distributing the money among 13,000,000 mothers through mobile phones.

She also said the local people have come forward to supplement the government’s school-feeding programme.

While elaborating her government’s measures for tackling terrorism and militancy, Sheikh Hasina said her government has involved cross section of people including teachers, students, public representatives and religious leaders to create awareness against these social menaces.

“We have received a positive response from the people in this regard,” she said.

Prime miniter’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Chairperson for Centre for NRB MS Shekil Chowdhury were also present on the occasion.

Councillor Sabina Akhtar was elected unopposed to serve as the Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council for the new municipal year at the Council’s annual general meeting on May 17, 2017.

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