Bangla Online News Portal Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:43:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 Zia was mastermind of Aug 15, Nov 3 carnages: Quader Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:43:00 +0000 BNP founder military dictator Ziaur Rahman was mastermind of the world’s most brutal carnage of August 15, 1975 and killings of four national leaders inside Dhaka jail on November 3 in 1975, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

“The massacres were carried out to make the Awami League leaderless. If Bangabandhu’s daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana stayed in the country on August 15, they were also killed,” he said.

He added: “Women and pregnant woman and children were killed in the August 15 carnage. No such incident happened in the world’s history.”

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, was addressing the triennial conference of Noakhali district unit of AL at Shaheed Bhulu Stadium here.

AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif addressed the function as the main speaker while Organising Secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, Agriculture and Cooperatives Secretary Faridunnahar Laily and Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi addressed it as special guests.

Noakhali district AL convener Principal AHM Khairul Anam Chowdhury Selim chaired the function moderated by joint convener and Noakhali municipality mayor Sahid Ullah Khan Sohel.

Quader called upon the leaders and workers to refrain from any kind of wrangling and forge unity among all to make the party stronger.

He said game will be played during this December, the month of victory, against corruption and misrule of ‘Hawa Bhaban’.

Pointing to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, he said: “Mirza Fakhrul doesn’t like the slogan ‘Khela Hobe’ (game will be played). Some other leaders of BNP also don’t like it. But people like the slogan and I will continue chanting the slogan.”

Noting BNP’s announcement of occupying streets and Dhaka city on December 10 next, he said AL leaders and workers will remain vigilant at cities, districts, upazilas, unions, wards, alleys and villages.

BNP torched BRTC bus and set fire on a foundation stone of a structure which was laid by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Dhaka-Sylhet highway, he mentioned.

Quader said BNP activists will come to Dhaka with sticks and flammable materials and that is why they want to hold rally at their party office instead of Suhrawardy Udyan.

On the occasion, the AL general secretary dissolved the convening committee of Noakhali district unit and announced AHM Khairul Anam Chowdhury Selim as president of the committee.

Rest of posts will be announced through voting by councilors or holding discussion on December 17 next.

Zilla Parishad newly elected chairman Abdul Wadud Pintu read the death reference in the council while district unit of AL joint convener Advocate Shihab Uddin Shahin presented the organizational report.

Noakhali lawmakers Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, Morshed Alam, HM Ibrahim, Mamunur Rashid Kiron, Ayesha Ferdaus and Farida Khanam Saki addressed it among others.

Don’t be misled by rumour: PM urges countrymen Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:30:42 +0000 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the countrymen not to pay heed to any propaganda over foreign reserve and bank liquidity as Bangladesh is economically stable despite many developed countries face economic crisis for the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine war.

“Inflation has increased globally. Many developed countries are at stake economically and facing trouble—their reserve is declining. But, we can say that we have been able to keep Bangladesh in a stable condition,” she said.

The prime minister was addressing a graduation ceremony of the National Defence Course-2022 and Armed Forces War Course-2022 at Sheikh Hasina Complex of Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) in Mirpur Cantonment in the capital.

Pointing at rumour on foreign currency reserve and liquidity in banks, she said, “Some words will be spread rapidly and you (people) might be misled. But, I will say there is nothing to be misled.”

She said the reserve was only 2.5 billion USD while Awami League assumed power for the first time in 1996 as it was only 5 billion USD when her party came to the power for the second time in 2001.

The reserve increased to 48 billion USD from the 5 billion USD during the tenure of the present government as everything including import was almost stopped during the Covid-19 period, she said.

The premier said her government has taken every possible measure including purchasing Covid-19 vaccines, giving stimulus packages to industries and business establishments, reaching cash to every person up to grassroots level to protect Bangladesh economy and its people from the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said they have purchased the Covid-19 vaccines with giving Tk 12,000 crore in advance while developing of vaccine was on research stage, adding that if the research failed, Bangladesh would have to lose the money.

Bangladesh has administered the Covid-19 vaccines to its people free of cost despite the fact that no rich or developed country did it, she said.

She also said her government did not show any stinginess in spending money to protect Bangladesh and its people, urging people to show austerity in using electricity, gas and water.

She reiterated her call to bring all lands under cultivation so Bangladesh never falls in food crisis as the world is approaching towards serious food problem.

The prime minister said her government attached priority to ensure overall socio-economic advancement of Bangladesh with increasing employments and education rate and giving houses to homeless and landless and thus decreasing poverty.

She said Bangladesh has got recognition as a developing nation for measures taken by the government to reach benefit of socio-economic advancement to the grassroots.

“It has been possible to get the status of a developing nation as the democratic process continues,” she said.

But, it is unfortunate that many people don’t like Bangladesh to march ahead towards economic prosperity peacefully, she said, referring to construction of the Padma Bridge, metro rail, Karnaphuli tunnel and other development projects.

The prime minister said her government has been able to reach the economic growth to 8 percent as the 9 percent economic growth was achieved during the government of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangabandhu government had achieved 9 percent economic growth within a very short period despite he had to rebuild the war-ravaged country, she said, adding that if Bangabandhu had been alive, Bangladesh could be developed country in 10 years after the independence.

Following the footprints of Bangabandhu, the prime minister said her government has taken various measures to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country by 2041.

To materialise the Vision-2041, her government is implementing the 20-year long perspective plan 2021-2041, she said, adding that they also started implementing the Delta Plan-2100 to ensure Bangladesh’s undisrupted development in the next 100 years.

“Bangladesh is a climate vulnerable country. So, we have taken the Delta Plan-2100 to continue Bangladesh’s development spree in the next 100 years. It may require to be made time-befitting, correction, and addition over times. But, Bangladesh will never falls behind if the plan is implemented successfully,” she hoped.

The prime minister said her government is working to transform the armed forces into modern with state-of-the-art equipment and knowledge following the Forces Goal-2030 which was formulated in line with the Defence Policy-1974 by the Father of the Nation.

She said her government also formulated National Defence Policy-2018. The premier greeted the armed forces personnel as they always stand by the people in any disaster.

“In any disaster, armed forces personnel always stand beside the people and thus they have achieved confidence and trust of the masses,” she said.

The armed forces personnel not only attained honour from the country but also from abroad as they are working with utmost efficiency and professionalism in the UN peacekeeping missions, she said.

“Especially the female armed forces and police personnel are getting huge admiration due to their role in the UN peacekeeping missions,” she said.

The prime minister said Bangladesh prioritises solving any problem with any country through discussion and maintains friendly relations following its foreign policy “Friendship to all, malice to none” given by the Father of the Nation.

She said they have resolved enclave issue with India by implementing the Land Boundary Agreement while establishing rights in a vast sea area and on its resources through winning legal battle with two friendly countries, India and Myanmar maintaining friendly relations.

“We don’t want war, we want peace as we know the brutality of war,” she reiterated.

She greeted all the graduates and called upon the foreign military officials to work as ambassador of Bangladesh after going to their country and elsewhere across the globe.

The prime minister later attended the 19th joint meeting of the governing body of the National Defense College (NDC) and Defense Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) held at Sheikh Hasina Complex, DSCSC in Mirpur Cantonment.

Sheikh Hasina, chairperson of the NDC and DSCSC, presided over the meeting.

Mehidy blitz snatches victory for Tigers from jaws of defeat Sun, 04 Dec 2022 17:24:39 +0000 Mehidy Hasan Miraz helped Bangladesh snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat by holding his nerve unbelievably as the Tigers secure a thrilling one-wicket victory against India in the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here today.

With just one wicket at hand and 51 runs needing for an unlikely win, he struck a brilliant 39-ball 38 not out with four fours and two sixes and with the help of No. 11 batter Mustafizur Rahman guided Bangladesh home unbelievably.

Mustafizur also overcame a nervy moment to remain unbeaten on 10 as Bangladesh reached the winning target of 187-9 in 46 overs.

It was Bangladesh’s second 50 plus runs partnership for the 10th wicket but the first one that earned a victory.

Mehidy, however, survived on 15 when wicket-keeper KL Rahul put down an easy catch as Bangladesh was still 32 runs away from the victory. That miss eventually proved costly for India as Bangladesh took 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Mehidy’s match-winning knock from the jaws of defeat put a shed on Shakib Al Hasan’s tremendous bowling performance. The left-arm spinner was key in bowling India out for 186 in 41.2 overs, claiming 5-36.

But with limited total on board, India hit back into the match, thanks to a disciplined bowling of their bowlers.

Fast bowler Deepak Chahar gave the side a breakthrough in the first ball, dismissing opener Najmul Hossain Shanto for duck.

Skipper Liton Das and Anamul Haque Bijoy appeared to recover before another pacer Mohammed Siraj got into act by removing the latter for 14. Offspinner Washington Sundar, 2-17, pegged back Bangladesh further, getting rid of Liton after he scored team’s highest 41 and Shakib (29).

Siraj (3-32) and debutant Kuldeep Sen (2-37) then ripped through Bangladesh’s middle order in gem of pace bowling. Another pacer Shardul Thakur played a key role in slowing down Bangladesh, returning figures of 1-21.

However Mehidy came up with stubborn resistance as India sniffed a victory. He showed a never-say-die attitude when even a die-hard fan of Bangladesh gave the hopes of a victory.

After surviving on 15, he launched spectacular attack on Kuldeep, hitting him two sixes in the space of three balls to reverse the pressure on India. The he came hard on Chahar and scored 15 runs from his over including three fours to edge Bangladesh closer. India lost the momentum as Mehidy confirmed the side’s victory, driving Chahar through cover for a single.

Earlier, pace bowler Ebadot Hossain complemented Shakib’s 5-36 with his career-best 4-47, extending the agony of Indian batters who looked out of sort and jaded against the ruthless approach of Bangladeshi bowlers.

KL Rahul fought hard and was instrumental in helping the side propel past at least 150-run mark with his 70 balll-73, studded with five fours and four sixes. Rahul’s knock proved the wicket was not entirely unforgiving but the Indian batters found it tough to negotiate Shakib Al Hasan who was almost unplayable in his first spell.

After being sent to bat first, India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan looked shaky against spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj who broke through with the wicket of Dhawan (7).

Celebrated pair Rohit and Virat Kohli then saw off the first powerplay without any fuss after which Shakib was introduced.

And the left-arm spinner got immediate success. In his first delivery, he undid Rohit with an unplayable arm-ball that rattled the stump as Rohit was out for 27.

In the fourth ball, Shakib got the prized scalp of Virat Kohli who looked at his sublime touch. But the credit should go to skipper Liton Das who pulled off a stunner to remove Kohli for 9.

With 49-3, India was on back foot but in form Shreyas Iyer and Rahul gave them a hope to hit back.

Ebadot Hossain has the other plan. His strategy to undo India with a barrage of short balls finally worked when Iyer top-edged to be out of 24, ending a 44-run partnership with Rahul.

India’s innings after that could never gain the momentum as Shakib and Ebadot continued their good work to force India loss wickets at regular interval.

Rahul though played exceptionally well and gave India glimmer of hope to go past 200 but that was not to be as he was also victimized by a vicious short ball of Ebadot to be out as ninth batter.

Before that Shakib took the wicket of Shardul Thakur to complete his fourth five-for in ODI cricket.

Govt collecting modern, time-befitting war weapons for armed forces: PM Sun, 04 Dec 2022 17:22:23 +0000 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is collecting ultra-modern and time-befitting war weapons to build the professional and powerful armed forces.

“We’re collecting ultra-modern and time-befitting war weapons for each force—We’re working to build the armed forces as professional and powerful as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said

The prime minister was addressing a ceremony as the chief guest at the parade ground of Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA), Bhatiary, Chattogram marking the President Parade-2022 of the passing out cadets of the 83rd BMA Long Course.

She said her government is implementing the Forces Goal-2030 formulated in line with the Defence Policy-1974 by the Father of the Nation to build a time-befitting technology knowledge based military force.

To make the defence system more strengthened, she said her government has established three infantry divisions, three brigades and 58 small and large units across the country and set up Sheikh Russel Cantonment at Jazira while works are on to build cantonments in Mitamine, Rajbari and Trishal.

The prime minister reiterated that her government is pursuing establishment of peace across the globe, saying, “We want peace, not war. The Father of the Nation formulated the policy “Friendship to all, malice to none” and we’re following it appropriately.”

She asked the new army officer cadets to serve the country and uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation being imbued with patriotism.

Referring to Bangabandhu’s speech at the concluding ceremony of first batch’s training at the BMA on January 11, 1975, Sheikh Hasina called upon the young military officers to develop them as professionally competent, morally motivated and patriotic.

She extended her best wishes and greetings to all the new officers and said by taking oath today they (fresh cadets) are entrusted with serving the country and its people.

Mentioning that Bangladesh army has been able to earn the acclamation of all quarters through their efficiency and professionalism in discharging duties at home and abroad, she urged the new cadets to uphold the dignity.

The prime minister said her government has been able to transform Bangladesh into a developing nation by implanting the Vision-2021 and is now pursuing materialisation of the Vision-2041 to build Bangladesh as a prosperous and developed country by 2041.

“We will build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country by 2041 and the new officers will be the soldiers of 2041 who will transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country within the timeframe,” she said.

Assuming power after 21 years in 1996, she said that the Awami League government adopted the development and modernisation plan for the Armed Forces.

She said they have established National Defense College and Military Institute of Science and Technology in 1998 while Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training and Armed Forces Medical College in 1999.

In addition, she said they’ve established Bangladesh Peace Building Center in 2016 and formulated ‘National Defence Policy, 2018.

The prime minister said her government is working to turn Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) into a state-of-the-art organisation as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.

She also noted that BMA appeared a successful training institute for the officer cadets of Bangladesh Army in providing advanced training and developing capable leadership.

The premier said her government has taken a landmark decision to appoint female officers in the first long-term course in the army in 2000 and to recruit the first female soldiers in 2013 to ensure women’s empowerment and participation in development activities.

She said the Father of the Nation, through his foresight, realized the immense importance and necessity of the well-developed and professional armed forces suitable for an independent-sovereign country.

In this connection, she said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inaugurated the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) in Cumilla Cantonment in 1974 with the aim of building a trained, strong and efficient army.

Sheikh Hasina said her two brothers Sheikh Kamal and Sheikh Jamal were members of Bangladesh Army, adding that Sheikh Jamal joined the army completing regular training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The prime minister said her 10 years old youngest brother Sheikh Russel wanted to be an army officer, but his desire isn’t fulfilled as he along with most of his family members were assassinated on August 15 in 1975.

At the outset of the programme, the invaluable and visionary speech delivered by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Cumilla BMA on January 11, 1975 was aired.

Earlier, on her arrival at the BMA Parade Ground, the prime minister was received by the Chief of Army Staff, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC), the Chattogram Area Commander of Bangladesh Army and also GOC of 24th Infantry Division and the BMA Commandant.

The prime minister took salute and reviewed an impressive march-past as the chief guest at the parade ground.

She was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed and BMA Commandant Major General SM Kamrul Hassan while she reviewed the parade riding in an open jeep.

At the function, the passing-out cadets formally took oath.

Battalion Senior Under Officer of the 83rd BMA Long Course Labib Johair Noor Anan received the coveted “Sword of Honour” as the best all-around cadet, while Company Senior Under Officer SM Jahirul Islam Niloy got the “Army Chief Gold Medal” for the best performance in military subjects.

The prime minister handed over the “Sword of Honour” and the “Army Chief Gold Medal” to them for their outstanding performance.

Vote for ‘boat’ to save country: PM Sun, 04 Dec 2022 17:19:04 +0000 Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina today once again sought vote for her party’s election symbol ‘boat’ to save the country and its people from the fury of the killers and war criminals.

“We want your blessings and cooperation so that the war criminals and killers can’t play ducks and drakes with the fate of Bangladeshi people after coming to power again,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing as the chief guest a grand rally of thousands that turned into a human sea at the historical Polo Ground here this afternoon.

“Before leaving, I want a promise from you that you will vote for boat in the next election as you did in the past and give us the scope to serve you. Raise your hand and say you will vote for the boat,” she said.

The Prime Minister said all should be united as the Jamaat-BNP, the political parties of war criminals, killers of Father of the Nation and their patrons still do politics on the soil of Bangladesh and they may come to power again.

At the grand rally organised by the Chattogram city, north and south district units of the AL, Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated 29 development projects and laid foundation stones of six other schemes to ensure overall development of Chattogram and described those as gifts from her government.

After inaugurating and laying foundation stones of the projects, she said, “All these development projects are gifts from mine,” adding that the Awami League is the only government which has carried out tremendous development of the port city.

Sheikh Hasina said BNP doesn’t want the election as its leaders know well that the people of the country will not vote for the killers.

“People will not vote for the killers if the election is held. So, they don’t want an election. They want something which will help them assume power (violating the country’s laws and democratic process) after dislodging the Awami League government and this is the reality. They never bother people’s desires,” she said.

Referring to the killing of innocent people by carrying out arson attacks in the name of movement from 2013-15 in which over 3000 people were injured and 500 others burned to death, she said, “Can anyone having minimum humanity kill people in such a brutal way?”

She added: “The movement of the BNP means killing people. BNP has two virtues – killing of people and rigging vote.”

The BNP never liked the democratic process for changing the government as its founder military dictator Ziaur Rahman captured the state power illegally after violating the country’s constitution and killing hundreds of military officers and soldiers alongside Awami League leaders and workers to secure his stay in power.

His (Zia’s) wife Khaleda Zia also killed thousands of AL leaders and workers and hid their bodies, she said, adding that the BNP had conducted inhuman torture on the AL leaders and supporters after assuming power in 2001 by giving a bond of selling country’s gas.

Under the patronage of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Zia, she said the August 21, 2004 grenade attack was carried out at the anti-terrorism AL rally to kill her and front ranking leaders of her party.

“I was saved by forming a human shield by the AL leaders. Such heinous attacks cannot take place without state patronage,” she said.

The BNP-Jamaat alliance had given nothing to the people rather gave them an insecure life by patronising terrorism and militancy in the country, she said. “So, we have to save the country from the killers and grenade attackers,” she added.

Referring to arranging treatment for the people who received severe burn injuries in the BNP’s arson attack and giving compensation to the owners whose vehicles were damaged in the arson attacks, she said they have done everything to compensate the people.

“They (BNP-Jamaat) have damaged, but we create. They have done harm to the masses, but we work for their welfare. The war criminals and killers are on their side while the pro-liberation forces are on our side. This is the clear distinction between the politics of the Awami League and BNP,” she added.

When she got on the boat-shaped stage after 3pm, the mammoth gathering welcomed the Awami League president roaring with claps and chanting slogans when she got on the boat-shaped stage while she replied by waving hands.

Not only the Polo Ground, but also its surrounding areas such as Tiger Pass, Lalkhan Bazar, Kazir Dewri and New Market areas was full to the brim as the people as well as the AL leaders and activists started assembling the venue with colourful processions from early in the morning to have a glimpse of Sheikh Hasina as she addressed a public gathering after a long time.

The Prime Minister earlier reached Chattogram at 10 in the morning on a day-long visit to join several programmes including the rally as part of her party’s election campaign that started from Jashore to drum up public support in favour of them.

The next public meeting is scheduled to be held at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on December 7.

At the Chattogram rally, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, its Presidium Members Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, and Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, Joint General Secretaries, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Dr Hasan Mahmud and AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan, among others, spoke at the rally.

Chattogram City Awami League Acting President Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury presided over the meeting while former Chattogram City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Udding moderated it.

Sheikh Hasina said after losing her father, mother and brothers, she had returned to the country risking her life despite knowing that the war criminals and patrons of her father’s killers were roaming freely and they could kill her, with a target to give the people a beautiful and improved life by ensuring food, accommodation, treatment and education.

The Prime Minister sought blessing from the masses to build the country in such a way as it can roam across the globe keeping its head high being a victorious nation in the Liberation War against the Pakistani occupation forces.

She said her government has been working to develop every area across the country to make sure the country’s overall development and Bangladesh has achieved the status of a developing country due to the tireless efforts of her government.

“The country’s overall development has been possible as her government was in power following the democratic process from 2009 till the date and Bangladesh is now becoming a developed country,” she said.

Her government’s target is to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country by 2041, she said.

She assured all that Bangladesh would never fall in any crisis including the food insufficiency as the country has enough stock of food although many countries including the rich nations have been going through the problem due to the Russia-Ukraine war and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister reiterated her call to all for bringing every inch of their land under cultivation to avoid any food crisis as many international organisations have forecasted that the world is going to suffer from food crisis and famine if the war lingers.

Responding to the rumour over foreign reserve and liquidity in the banks, Sheikh Hasina said there is no problem over those as the current reserve of the foreign currency is 36 billion USD while the liquidity in the banks is good enough.

“So, don’t pay heed to the rumour spread by the BNP and Jamaat clique as they like to mislead the people through spreading the rumour,” she said.

But, she asked for caution from the countrymen over withdrawing money from the banks and keeping it home creating a scope for the thieves to steal.

The Prime Minister assured the countrymen that they will arrange everything for their wellbeing, saying, “But you have to be economical in using electricity, water and gas.”

Streams of people will flock together even outside Polo Ground rally of PM: Hasan Sat, 03 Dec 2022 14:38:04 +0000 Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said Chattogran city will witness a human sea with the gathering of eight to ten times more people than expected in the Sunday’s Polo Ground public rally of the Prime Minister.

“Eight to ten times more people will gather than expected outside the Polo Ground after filling up the field. And this will happen in reality as a huge enthusiasm has ignitated among the people of Chattogram,” he said.

The minister told reporters after visiting the place of the public rally of the premier scheduled for Sunday at Polo Ground of the port city along with the leaders of Awami League different units including Chattogram city, South and North.

Expressing his satisfaction over the preparations of the rally Hasan said the Polo Ground is one of the biggest fields in Chattogram. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman held a public rally here while his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also held rally in the field, he added.

He said those public meetings were filled-up with huge gatherings and, even, people were gathered out of the field. It is expected that about eight to ten times more people will gather outside the field after filling the ground, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.

The minister said BNP had built a stage leaving one third place of the field behind during their rally a few days ago and half of the field in front was filled.

Replying to a query, he said, “It is our responsibility to appear before the people as we formed the government with the verdict of the countrymen. It is our duty as a party of the commoners to present that where the country was before, where it has gone now, what we have done for the people and where we want to take the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will raise those issues before the people.”

He said Awami League is a party of mass people and it works for the welfare of the countrymen. Bangladesh has been raised into a new height in the last 14 years under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he added.

He said the country left behind India and Pakistan in per capita income.

He said it is expected that the premier will inaugurate many development activities before the public rally in Chattogram.

The minister said Bangladesh is marching ahead indomitably. On the other hand, BNP is the chief patron of anti-liberation forces and militants and ‘we could not hand over the country to them. We will also explain it before the people’, he added.

He said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday has reiterated that they will hold their rally in Naya Paltan. In fact, their main intention is not rally, but to create chaos and instability in the country, said Hasan.

He said the Suhrawardy Udyan has been allocated for their (BNP) rally as they can hold it smoothly and peacefully. But, they don’t want to go there, he added.

He said the government could not give permission and license to anyone to create anarchy. But, BNP wants to create chaos, he added.

The minister said BNP wants to take the country back as they are chanting the slogan ‘Take Back Bangladesh’. They want the era of Bangla Bhai, Sykh Abdur Rahman and to create ‘Hawa Bhaban’ and ‘Khoab Bhaban’, he added.

AL Chattogram South district unit president Moslem Uddin Ahmed, MP, its general secretary Mafizur Rahman, city unit acting president Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, its general secretary AJM Nasir Uddin, North district unit president MA Salam, its general nsecretary Sheikh Ataur Rahman and Chattogram Zila Parishad chairman ATM Pearul Islam, among others, were present.

Govt cannot be ousted by issuing threat: Quader Sat, 03 Dec 2022 14:37:06 +0000 Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said BNP is giving threat to oust the government but their threats will go in vain.

“There will be no benefit by threatening Awami League. Awami League leaders and workers take position at streets, cities, districts, thanas, wards and alleys to remain alert against any conspiracy during the month of victory,” he said.

Quader was addressing the triennial council of Mymensingh district and city units of AL at Circuit House ground here this afternoon.

He said BNP founder military dictator Ziaur Rahman was mastermind of the August 15, 1975 carnage while his son Tarique Rahman masterminded ghastly grenade attacks on AL rally on August 21, 2004.

The AL general secretary said Tarique went abroad during the caretaker government’s tenure, giving a bond that he would “not do politics anymore and took shelter on the bank of Thames River in London”.

Tarique is only shouting from London now, he added.

Mentioning the massive progress of the country, he said AL’s pledge of this term is to build a Smart Bangladesh as the previous pledge of Digital Bangladesh has been implemented.

Earlier, the minister along with other guests inaugurated the council around 11.30am hoisting national and party flags and releasing balloons.

AL Presidium Member and Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Joint General Secretary and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Organising Secretaries Ahmed Hossain and Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel, Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, Central Working Committee Members Marufa Akter Popy and Raymond Areng, State Minister for Housing and Public Works Sharif Ahmed, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Mymensingh City Corporation Mayor Ekramul Haque Titu, lawmakers Manira Sultana, Fahmi Golandaz Babel, Muslem Uddin and Nazim Uddin Ahmed addressed it, among others.

Mymensingh district unit President Advocate Jahirul Haque Khoka chaired it while City AL President Ehteshamul Alam delivered the welcome address.

PM seeks WHF’s cooperation in basic medical science research Sat, 03 Dec 2022 14:36:12 +0000 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought cooperation from the World Heart Federation (WHF) to conduct research on basic medical science and build skilled manpower in the health sector.

“Help us conduct basic medical science research and give state-of-the-art training for our manpower’s development,” she said when President-elect of the WHF Prof Dr Jagat Narula paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.

PM’s Speech Writer M Nazrul Islam briefed newsmen after the meeting.

Describing basic research as vital for the overall development of the country, the prime minister said her government is laying greater importance on research of medical science for improving the healthcare sector.

Referring to the agri related researches being carried out during her government, she said Bangladesh has attained self-sufficiency in food production along with boosting milk, meat and fish production.

“Research is mainly behind Bangladesh’s success in the agricultural sector, including attaining food autarky,” she said.

Briefly describing her government measures for overall development of the health sector, the prime minister said her government’s main target is to reach healthcare services to the people’s doorsteps.

She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had planned to reach healthcare services to the grassroots level as he started setting up union healthcare centres across the country.

But, he (Bangabandhu) could not finish his work as he was assassinated in 1975 along with most of the family members, the premier said.

Following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Hasina said she mooted the plan and started setting up the community clinics during her 1996-2001 tenure.

But the BNP alliance government in 2001 had stopped the community clinics project, she added.

However, assuming office in 2009, her government again started setting up of the community clinics, she said, adding now, over 18,000 community clinics and healthcare centres across the country are operating to make available healthcare services at people’s doorsteps.
The prime minister said people are getting 30 types of medicines from the community centres free of cost as insolvent and poor diabetic patients are also getting free insulin.

She said her government has already established five medical universities in divisional headquarters to impart higher education and research in medical science, adding that they are mulling establishing medical universities in every division.

She also said many specialised hospitals have been built in public and private sectors at her government initiatives to treat heart, kidney and cancer patients, adding that they have a target to build specialized hospitals in every region.

The prime minister said Bangladesh has attained great success in the pharmaceutical sector as it is currently producing all the life-saving medicines and exporting those abroad.

WHF President-elect Jagat Narula heavily praised the health sector development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina describing the advancement as “impressive progress”.

He said Bangladesh has plenty of talented physicians who need appropriate training and assistance to boost their efficiency.

“I am going to take over the charge of the World Heart Federation as its president in January next and have a target to work first with Bangladesh, India and Mongolia on heart diseases,” he said.

Dr Narula stressed the need for making aware the mothers about the non-communicable diseases as it helps reach its benefit at grassroots quickly.

At the meeting it was informed that non-communicable diseases account for about 50 percent deaths in Bangladesh, of which heart diseases are responsible for 17 percent deaths.

Director of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Prof Mir Jamal Uddin informed the meeting that the prime minister has donated the institute Taka 7 crore from the PM’s Relief and Welfare Fund to help procure valves, stents and pacemakers for poor and insolvent heart patients.

As many as 300 valves, 450 stents and 250 pacemakers have so far been set up in the hearts of the patients, he said.

Prime Minister’s Office Senior Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, President of Bangladesh Society for Cardiovascular Intervention Prof Dr AKM Fazlur Rahman, renowned cardiologist and national professor Brig. (retd) Abdul Malik, Bangladeshi expatriate in USA Prof Chowdhury Hafiz Ahsan, Prof MG Azam and Prof Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik, were present at the meeting.

PM mourns demise of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin Fri, 02 Dec 2022 09:40:36 +0000 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed deep shock and sorrow at the sad demise of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

In a letter wrote to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Sheikh Hasina, on behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh and on her own behalf, extended the deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies for the sad demise of former President Jiang Zemin, said a press release of the Prime Minister’s Press Wing.

“We pray for salvation of the departed soul,” she said, adding, “Our prayers and thoughts are also with the bereaved family, and we pray that they may be able to overcome their irreparable loss.”

She continued: “We, in Bangladesh, stand beside the government and the friendly people of China at this time of mourning”.

In the letter, Sheikh Hasina reiterated that Bangladesh and China are time-tested development partners and enjoy friendly relations with the “Strategic Partnership of Cooperation”.

She recalled that the friendly relations between the two countries were greatly strengthened during the tenure of former President Jiang Zemin.

She expressed her confidence that bilateral relations between the two friendly countries would continue to flourish and strengthen in the days ahead.

Appeals court deals Trump setback in classified documents case Fri, 02 Dec 2022 09:38:18 +0000 A US appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump a fresh blow Thursday, rejecting his effort to keep prosecutors from examining thousands of government documents he held in his Florida home after leaving office.

The federal appeals court in Atlanta, Georgia unanimously overruled a previous order by a Florida judge to appoint a “special master” to review documents seized at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach in August, preventing the Justice Department from using them in its investigation of Trump’s behavior in the documents case.

The seized papers include thousands of White House records that were property of the US National Archives, and over 100 classified documents, some of the marked with the highest secrecy designations.

The appointment of the special master, and related orders by the Florida judge, delayed and threatened to disable the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of Trump for unauthorized possession of national defense information, which falls under the Espionage Act, and for obstruction of justice.

But three Atlanta appeals court justices said there was nothing illegal about the August 8 search and document seizure, and that the Florida judge had no jurisdiction to place limits on the Justice Department’s examination of the documents.

They also rejected Trump’s claim that the search and seizure violated his rights and that as a former president he deserved special treatment to protect his reputation.

“It is indeed extraordinary for a warrant to be executed at the home of a former president — but not in a way that affects our legal analysis or otherwise gives the judiciary license to interfere in an ongoing investigation,” the justices wrote.

The ruling effectively removes restrictions that could have hampered the investigation of Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed on November 18 to take charge of the two major federal investigations into Trump.

One of those is of Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021 assault by his supporters on the US Capitol, and the second is of his alleged mishandling of the Mar-a-Lago documents.

Attorney General Merrick Garland named Smith as an independent investigator in an effort to fend off allegations of a politicized investigation after Trump announced he would run for president in 2024.