Replying to another question on two new provisions as incorporated in the 9th wage board award for journalists and media workers, the prime minister said Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has been tasked to address the issue.

She said “It is the matter of journalists and their owners. We have done our job. You should ask newspaper owners to take measures in this regard.”

Turning to the Teesta river issue, the PM said talks over the sharing water of Tessta and other seven rivers are continuing. “As NRC in Asam is yet to create any problem, so I informed Naredra Modi about Asam. However, there is nothing to be worried about this”.

Informing that Bangladesh is going to import diesel from India’s Nomalighar in Asam through pipeline to Dinajpur and Parbatipur which will cut the transport cost of oil, the premier said that she has already directed the authorities concerned to build a power plant there which would help the country’s northern region get industrialized.

As a result, she said, arable land will be protected side by side with industrialization, minimizing sufferings of the local people.

Replying to a question, she said, no country can use its ports alone and this is the reality. “We are always saying that they (Nepal, Bhutan and India) can use Mongla and Chattogram ports… we will get revenue,” she added.