Exclusive Interview with Commerce
Minister Mohammad Faruk Khan
Riyadh January7, 2011: Commerce Minister Faruk Khan urged the Saudi Arabian government for relaxing the registering process for Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals companies to help enter into Saudi market.
He also requested the Saudi side to recruit more Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia.
Bangladesh minister made the recommendations to the Saudi government at a bilateral meeting on trade and investment with his Saudi counterpart Abdullah Ahmed Zianal Riza held at the latter’s office yesterday afternoon, according to a message received here yesterday.
The Saudi Commerce Minister showed a very friendly gesture and promised to do the needful to facilitate Bangladesh in these regards.
Bangladesh Minister briefed the Saudi minister about the investment potentials in Bangladesh. He also discussed about Bangladesh’s export products mentioning that those are of international standards and highly competitive in the global market.
Besides, a wide range of bilateral issues, especially in the fields of trade and investment between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, were discussed at the meeting.
Bangladesh Minister was accompanied by Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Md Shahidul Islam. Saudi Deputy Minister for Trade Abdullah Al Homudi and Saudi Vice-Minister for Industries Ehsham Mubasam were also present at the meeting.
BGMEA President Abdus Salam Murshedi was also present in the meeting.
During the talks, Faruk Khan highlighted the quality of Bangladesh ceramic products, frozen fish and leather and leather goods, and said Saudi Arabia could import those for meeting its domestic requirements.
The Minister stated that Bangladesh has developed high quality production facility in pharmaceutical sector and is exporting pharmaceutical products and medicine at competitive prices to 72 countries of the world.
Saudi Arabia can import high quality medicine from Bangladesh at competitive prices, the Minister urged Saudi Minister. On a request from Bangladesh Minister, the Saudi Minister promised to look into the proposal of withdrawing 5 percent tariff on Bangladeshi goods to help enter more Bangladeshi items to that country.
International Mother Language Day
The UNESCO has proclaimed February 21 as the International
Mother Language Day. The proclamation came in the
form of a resolution unanimously adopted at the plenary
of the UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris in November
The first International Mother Language Day event
was opened on February 21, 2000 in Paris by the Director-General
of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura who stressed that
"by deciding to celebrate mother tongues, UNESCO's
Member States wished to recall that languages are
not only an essential part of humanity's cultural
heritage, but the irreducible expression of human
creativity and of its great diversity."
Highlighting the fact that close to 6000 languages
are estimated to be spoken in today's world, Mr Matsuura
said: "They testify to humanity's astounding ability
to create tools of communication, to its perception
and reflection. They are the mirror of the souls of
the societies in which they are born and they reflect
the history of their contacts. In this sense, it could
be said that all languages are cross-bred."
Films of the month
The man who liberated Bangladesh in the Independence War of 1971
Watch Stop genocide by Jahir Raihan
The Great War - a BBC production
Shadhinota shongramer itihash
"Today Bangladesh is a sovereign and independent country. On Thursday 16th of march 1971 night West Pakistani armed forces suddenly attacked the police barracks at Razarbagh and the EPR headquarters at Pilkhana in Dhaka. Many innocent and unarmed have been killed in Dhaka city and other places of Bangladesh. Violent clashes between EPR and Police on the one hand and the armed forces of Pindi on the other, are going on. The Bengalis are fighting the enemy with great courage for an independent Bangladesh. May God aid us in our fight for freedom. Joy Bangla."
Instrument of Surrender
Pakistani Army Comander in the Eastern Command, Lt. General A. A. K. Niazi, signing the Instrument of Surrender in front of General of Officer Commanding in Chief of India and Bangladesh Forces in the Eastern Theatre, Lt. General Jagjit Singh Aurora. 16th December, 1971
On 18 April 1930, young revolutionaries led by Surya Sen in attacked and burned down the British Armory in Chittagong. They fought a heroic battle on the hills of Jalalabad where twelve revolutionaries were killed.
This partition 1947 created both a harvest of bitterness and the basis for further conflict. In 1970-71, Pakistan itself was further divided as East Pakistan became the new state of Bangladesh, a process attended by an enormous human tragedy of war and famine.
Help the victims of SIDR
Dear Friends of Tritio Matra: Our country is in distress and millions have been affected, what can we do? In this crisis moment of Bangladeshi we all are trying our level best to help the victims of sidr. We can donate money, but in which organization? Tritio Matra made a research on sincerity of different organizations those are involve with disaster management. and we do recomend following organizations according to their area of works:
Current A/C No. 33004093 Sonali Bank, Prime Minister's Office Branch,Tejgaon,Dhaka SWIFT Code : BSONBDDH.
The Proclamation of Indepen-dence was read at the village Baidyanathtola, Meherpur known as Mujibnagar, on 17 April 1971. On this day the first provisional government of Bangladesh took oath here. The Pak army killed several hundred people at village Amjhupi on 18 April 1971.
Mujibnagar: Located at a distance of about 7 km. from the town of Meherpur.
Monument of the War of Liberation
National Memorial Monument : Located at Savar, 35, km. from Dhaka city. The memorial designed by architect Moinul Hossein, is dedicated to the sacred memory of the millions of unknown martyrs of the 1971 war of liberation
Mass grave: Meherpur Government College, Jagannathpur, Kazipur and Tengramari; Mass killing site: Jatarpur, memorial monument at Mujibnagar.