Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina supervised overall measures
The cabinet yesterday adopted separate obituary resolutions on the devastating Chawkbazar fire incident in the capital, in which 71 people were killed and 55 injured, and on the death of 98-year-old founder and promoter of the “book reading movement” Polan Sarker.
The cabinet secretary said the cabinet expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Chawkbazar fire victims and Polan Sarker, and prayed for them.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina supervised overall measures like arranging appropriate compensation, distributing bodies and also arranging their burial and ensuring proper treatment for the injured in Chawkbazar fire, he said.
Agriculture institutions get nod
The cabinet in principle approved the draft law of “Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan Act, 2019.”
The cabinet secretary said: “Everything in the draft law is almost like the ordinance of 1983. Some changes have been made in section 5 of the law. There were earlier 10 members of the Board of Governors headed by the minister in-charge of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Board of Governors will now have 20 members.”
PM visit briefs
The cabinet has been informed of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s tours to Germany from February 14-16, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 17-19.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina participated as panel discussant in roundtables “Health in Crises- WHO Cares” and “Climate Change and Security: Too Hot to Handle?” in the Munich Security Council during her last Germany tour.
The PM informed the conference that a third of her population are at risk of becoming homeless due to climate change, particularly for the rise in sea level.
During her UAE visit from Feb 17-19, the premier attended the opening session of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
She met Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and held bilateral talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai on February 18.
The premier and Sheikh Nahyan recalled the memories of friendly relationship between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder and inaugural president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi during their talks.
Four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have been inked between the two countries during PM Hasina’s visit to UAE.
The cabinet also informed Bangladesh Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali’s participation in the 5th meeting of the “Joint Consultative Commission” in New Delhi from February 7-8 and participation of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shahab Uddin at the “Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific” in Singapore from January 23-25.