"Our manpower including engineers and officers will have to be given scope for work with foreign firms so that they could gather experiences and prepare themselves through work. I would like to tell the authorities concerned to strengthen the Bapex further and train up its manpower so that we could ourselves explore gas and oil," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while while inaugurating the Bapex Bhaban at Karwan Bazar and laying the foundation stone of the Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) Bhaban at Sher-e- Bangla Nagar in the capital this morning.

 

The government is going to prepare a National Population Register (NPR) to create a comprehensive database with full identification and other details of every sector and person. The cabinet in its regular meeting today has approved a planning document in this regard titled 'National Strategy for the Development of Statistics'.

 

A meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) was held at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Ganobhaban last night.

Prime Minister and ALPB President Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.

ALPB members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Kazi Zafarullah, Syed Ashraful Islam and Dr Alauddin Ahmed were present at the meeting, among others.

 

Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina today invited Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia to a dinner at her official residence Gonobhaban on Monday. The Prime Minister extended the invitation during a telephone conversation with the Leader of the Opposition from Gonobhaban this evening, Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam told a press briefing.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated that the Rampal coal-based power plant would not cause any harm to the ecology of the Sundarbans and its surrounding areas. Referring to the present status of a same 500-MW power plant in Boropukuria, Dinajpur, the Prime Minister said, her government during its last stint constructed the first coal-based power plant at Boropukuria.

 

"Agriculture sector is one of the driving forces of economic development of Bangladesh. But the quantity of farm land is declining fast due to booming population, urbanization and setting up of mills and factories, On the other hand, the demand for agri produces is soaring world-wide. "So we will have to produce more foods from limited lands to counter this two-way challenge," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) Complex at Farmgate in the capital here this morning.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the country will run according to the constitution which was earned through the supreme sacrifice of millions. Urging the people to cast vote for Awami League like 2008 to complete the unfinished works of the present government, she said "We want to move the country forward while BNP is out to push the country back. "People of the country gave us vote to go ahead. Bangladesh as a democratic country will march forward. None will be able to impede the progress," the Prime Minister said this while addressing a huge public meeting organized by Dinajpur district unit of Awami League yesterday.

 

"Without new innovation in the agriculture sector to produce more food and its diversification, it's not possible to maintain the present pace of food production, "We have to maintain the growth in the agriculture sector to protect our agri-based economy, ensure food security of the people, improve their living standards and rural employment," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while distributing Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puraskar-1418 at a function at Osmani Memorial yesterday.

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