President reaches London to attend 9th WIEF

President reaches London to attend 9th WIEF


President Abdul Hamid reached London on Monday on a three-day official visit to the UK to attend the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF). The President reached the Heathrow Airport at 9:20 am (local time) by a regular Emirates flight, according to a message received here from London. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Mohamed Mijarul Quayes and his wife Naeema Quayes received the President at the airport. Earlier, the President left Dhaka for London on Sunday night. The 9th WIEF will be held in London on October 29-31 with the theme, ‘Changing World, New Relationships’, to encapsulate the emergence of new economic linkages between nations across borders, religions and cultures in a fast changing world. The WIEF is a world-class business platform showcasing business opportunities in the Muslim world. Abdul Hamid will deliver a special address at the opening ceremony of the WIEF at ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre on Tuesday. The President is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of other Islamic nations on the sidelines of the international conference. On the same day, he will attend a reception followed by a gala dinner hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak at Capitol Hill in London. Prince of Wales Charles will also join the dinner with the leaders of Muslim nations. President Hamid is also scheduled to meet expatriate Bangladeshis on October 30. The President is expected to return home on October 31. The President is accompanied by his wife Rashida Khanam, secretaries of his office and other high officials of Bangabhaban. – UNB

Politics Qawmi Madrasah Bill draft dropped The draft of the much-talked-about Qawmi Madrasah Authority Bill was not placed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday despite being on the agenda. Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said, “The education ministry suggested that it be dropped from the agenda. The ministry took it back for further scrutiny.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.

Hifazat-e Islam, a forum of Qawmi madrasas, at a press conference on Sunday warned the government against the enactment of the law.

Addressing the government, Hifazat chief Shah Ahmad Shafi said at the press meet: “Don’t try to make these (Qawmi) madrasas like government-run madrasas. If you try that, there will be a civil war.”

“Alia madrasa education has become coeducational. Boys and girls are studying there together,” he said in obvious disapproval.

“If the Qawmi madrasas go under the control of the government, they too will become like Alia madrasas. Religion will go away.” –


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