Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday expressed his sorrow over a few 'false and fabricated' reports published in a section of media centring some agreements signed with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent Delhi visit, reports BSS.
"We will export excess bottled LPG to Tripura of India . . . India is giving grant to set 20 rudders for our Coast Guard in the Bay of Bengal," he said, addressing the biennial conference of Chattogram Bibhag Sangbadik Forum (CBSF), a platform of working journalists from Chattogram division in Dhaka, at the auditorium of Jatiya Press Club here.
Hasan said a leading newspaper of the country published that India will set 20 rudders in the Bay of Bengal to monitor Chinese activities which is totally false and fabricated.
"But the reality is that India will give us grant for 20 rudders. Those will be property of the Coast Guard and they will conduct those," he added.
The minister hoped that the newspaper will publish a corrigendum to this end and will be more cautious in future to publish any important news.
Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Muhibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel and senior journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury addressed the meeting as special guests with CHSF President Mahmudur Rahman Khokan in the chair.
Hasan, also publicity and publication secretary of Awami League, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is not sheltering any type of injustice, irregularities and corruption. She is taking tough actions wherever irregularities or corruption take place, he added.