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Info minister: Steps taken to export surplus rice

  • Published at 08:38 pm May 29th, 2019
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Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud speaks at a memorial event to honour the memory of renowned singer Subir Nandi at the National Press Club on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Focus Bangla

'The country has witnessed tremendous progress as the present government implemented many development programs over the past 10 years'

Mentioning that a vested quarter is creating conspiracies about the agricultural sector, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the government has already taken necessary steps to export surplus rice.

“Bangladesh is now a food-surplus country. However, a vested quarter cannot see this as a success as it is always engaged in making conspiracies,” he said at a memorial event at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote (BSJ) organized the event to honour the memory of renowned singer Subir Nandi, with BSJ President Sarah Begum Kabori in chair.

Former food minister Advocate Quamrul Islam, Awami League Deputy Office Secretary and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Barrister Biplob Barua, AL leaders Kamal Chowdhury and Advocate Baloram Poddar, BSJ General Secretary Arun Sarker Rana, eminent singer Rafiqul Alam, SD Rubel, actor Tarin Jahan, and Subir Nandi’s daughter Falguni Nandi addressed the event, among others.

Dr Hasan Mahmud, also the publicity and publication secretary of the ruling Awami League, said Bangladesh was once a food deficient country, but is now a food exporting country even though it is home to 160 million people.

“Bangladesh has emerged as a unique example of development for the world community under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he added.

The country has witnessed tremendous progress as the present government implemented many development programs over the past 10 years, he said, adding that Bangladesh has exceeded India and Pakistan in many key indicators.

Paying rich tribute to Subir Nandi, the information minister said: “Nandi was not only a legendary singer, but also a good human being. He was polite and had a good soul.”

The minister said the country has lost a number of prominent cultural activists, including Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, Tele Samad, and Ayub Bacchu, this year.

Dr Hasan further said cultural practices help the young generation become healthy citizens, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is always willing to extend support to cultural personalities.