Expat remittances play key role in national growth

Mohammed Shahriar Alam, M.P, State Minister For Foreign Affairs
Updated 25 March 2017
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Expat remittances play key role in national growth

March 26 is our great Independence Day. This is the day of breaking the shackles of 24 years of subjugation — a day of reaching the enlightened world from the abyss of darkness.
On this very day in 1971, the Bengalee nation started the War of Liberation against the misrule, exploitation and torture of the Pakistani autocratic regime with the clarion call of our Father of the Nation Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On this very day, I recall with deep reverence the great hero and the greatest Bangalee of all time, Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose vigorous leadership inspired the Bengalee nation in the War of Liberation.
I pay my homage to our 3 million martyrs and 200,000 mothers and sisters whose supreme sacrifice ushered us an independent and sovereign Bangladesh colored in red and green.
I remember all the martyrs of all the movements and struggles — from the anti-colonial movement to the historic language movement and mass upsurge of 1969 — whose blood colored our homeland and their memory is shining in our national flag. Achievement of our independence has made these sacrifices glorious and meaningful.
The occupation forces unleashed a sudden attack and started killing innocent and unarmed Bangalees on the black night of March 25, 1971.
They killed thousands of people in cities and towns, including Dhaka.
The present Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on March 11, 2017 to observe March 25 as the “Day of Genocide” marking the brutality carried out by the Pakistani Army on the black night of March 25, 1971.
March 26 is a day to remember Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, war heroes and their contributions as well as to take oath to realize the spirit of our liberation war which motivated the Bangalee nation to make supreme sacrifices.
This is also an occasion to introduce our new generation to the true history of our War of Liberation.
The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working tirelessly to materialize the dream of the Father of the Nation for a secular as well as hunger and poverty-free, prosperous Bangladesh. As a result, Bangladesh is marching forward with a per capita income of $1,466, more than 7.1 percent growth rate and $32 billion of foreign currency reserve.
Today, Bangladesh is a role model to the outer world.
These changes in Bangladesh are toward prosperity and welfare. And, you, my expatriate brothers and sisters are a part of this onward movement.
Today’s remittances worth more than $14.91 billion are the outcome of your love for the motherland as well as your families.
These remittances are contributing significantly to the development process of Bangladesh.
To keep up with this pace of development, we all will be working unitedly under “Vision 2021” declared by the premier to transform Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and follow the path of development to take it to the level of a developed country by 2041.
We pledge this on this day of independence.
Joi Bangla.
Joi Bangbandhu.


King Salman approves health care programs

King Salman
Updated 46 min 5 sec ago
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King Salman approves health care programs

  • Clinical coding licenses and standards will be included in unified national standards for accreditation of health facilities
  • The training program aims to improve the quality of health care and control expenditure

JEDDAH: King Salman on Sunday approved the implementation of an electronic sick-leave system, and directed relevant authorities to coordinate with the Civil Service Ministry in case of any amendments to the terms for granting sick leave.
He also approved a program to train Saudi professionals in clinical coding. The Saudi Health Council and the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) are cooperating to implement the training program, whose aim is to encourage the private health sector to hire the program’s graduates by leveraging the funding provided by Hadaf.
The training program aims to improve the quality of health care and control expenditure. The Health Ministry’s General Directorate of Licenses will establish an electronic network linked to the licensing system of the Clinical Coding Department at the National Center for Health Information.
The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance will work with the Saudi Health Council to develop controls and find ways to employ graduates at private health care institutions.
Clinical coding licenses and standards will be included in unified national standards for accreditation of health facilities.
This initiative is part of the Saudi Health Council’s efforts to contribute to achieving the Vision 2030 reform plan, whose objectives include the Saudization of certain professions that are vital for the national economy.