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Cabinet reshuffled

10Nurul Islam, Tarana, Nuruzzaman inducted; Kamal, Yeafesh promoted as full ministers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expanded her Cabinet on Tuesday by inducting three new faces: Chittagong city Awami League leader and former MP Nurul Islam BSc, cultural personality Tarana Halim MP, and Lalmonirhat-2 lawmaker Nuruzzaman Ahmed. At the same time, two state ministers—state minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and state minister of science and technology Yeafesh Osman—were promoted to the rank of ministers. President Md Abdul Hamid administered the oath to the new ministers at Bangabhaban’s Darbar Hall. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and senior Cabinet members attended the oath ceremony. With them, the strength of the Cabinet rose to 52 members.
The newly promoted ministers, Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Arch. Yeafesh Osman, have retained their portfolios—respectively the ministries of home and of science and technology. Among the new ministers, MP Nurul Islam received the portfolio of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry, Tarana Halim was appointed state minister for posts and telecommunications, and Nuruzzaman Ahmed became state minister for food. On July 9, local government and rural development (LGRD) minister Syed Ashraful Islam, who is also the Awami League general secretary, was relieved of his portfolio. Expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain was given additional charge of the LGRD ministry. Earlier, former posts and telecommunications minister Abdul Latif Siddique was removed from the Cabinet and expelled from the party for his derogatory comments against Hajj last October. Currently, the number of full ministers stands at 29, with 18 state ministers and two deputy ministers. Within 45 days of forming her new government after the general elections of January 5, 2014, PM Sheikh Hasina had expanded her Cabinet to 51 members.