Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday announced that there will be no hunger and poverty in the country if Awami League is voted to power again in the upcoming general election.
"If people cast their votes for Boat, if we get the chance to serve the country through forming the government, I can tell you, without any hesitation, there’ll be no hunger and poverty by 2020," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating 66 Sheikh Russel Mini Stadiums in 66 upazilas, Youth Training Centes in six districts and a multi-sports indoor complex in Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Pratisthan (BKSP) through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban.
She mentioned that the government has been able to reduce the poverty to 21 percent and will be able to reduce more in the coming days.
Sheikh Hasina said the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th anniversary of the Independence will be celebrated in a hunger- and poverty-free atmosphere in the country. "We’ll be able to march forward further towards development."
Talking about the development of sports in the country, the Prime Minister said sports are closely related with education. "The more students will involve in sports the more they will be able to gain courage and get healthier. “It’ll also help bring more pride for the country and the nation."
Hasina said the government has given special attention to it so that the students and youths get involved in sports. "We want the sports to be flourished in the country further."
The Prime Minister said the more the youth will get involved in sports and cultural activities the stronger they will be in their character. "They won’t be involved in drugs and militancy."
She said the government has planned to establish BKSPs in all divisions and the Finance Minister has shown adequate interest in this regard. "We’ll provide funds and the students who will come out from there will get involved in sports."
Hasina said youths are the future of the country and the government wants them to build them as skilled ones.
She briefly described various steps and programmes taken by her government for the welfare of the youths of the country.
State Minister for Youths and Sports Dr Biren Sikder also spoke at the videoconference.
Later, the Prime Minister spoke to a cross-section of people through the videoconference.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Mentioning that science and technologies are like flowing rivers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government will do whatever is needed to cope with the fast-changing world to ensure a brighter future for the young generation.
"To cope with the fast-changing world, we’ll surely take the steps which are needed for the brighter and beautiful future of the young generation," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while officially inaugurating the mobile number portability (MNP) service at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said she has sacrificed her present and future of her life for the young generation who will lead the country in the coming days.
"The pace of the country’s progress what we have achieved must not stop…we want to maintain it," she said.
Hasina mentioned that the youth is the biggest strength of a country and if they can be built with proper education they will have a beautiful life.
She said new technologies have opened an immense scope for the socioeconomic development of the country. "We’re utilising these and will do the same in the future, too."
The Prime Minister said science and technologies are like flowing rivers as newer technologies are coming up. "And we’ll have to follow that as the new generation needs to be groomed in that way so that they can build the modern technology-based ‘Golden Bengal’."
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Md Jahirul Haque also spoke on the occasion.
Speaking at the programme, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder said the Finance Ministry has agreed to waive the SIM tax for getting the new SIM for availing of the MNP service.
He also said the National Board of Revenue (NBR) will issue a circular very soon in this connection.
The MNP service allows a subscriber to change telecom carrier keeping the same phone number. The much-awaited MNP service was launched on October 1.
BTRC has fixed Tk 50 for availing of the service at the customer level.
The operator will be changed 72 hours after applying for the MNP and a customer will have to wait for 90 days if they want to change operators again.
Las Vegas, Oct 21 (AP/UNB) — Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke of working class struggles and said President Donald Trump is shredding American values as the Democrat rallied union members in Las Vegas to support Jacky Rosen and other Nevada Democrats.
Rosen, a freshman congresswoman from the Las Vegas-area, is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and the race is seen as one of Democrats' best chances to flip a seat this November.
Heller is the only Republican senator seeking re-election in a state Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. He's a former Trump critic who has become an ally of the president and rallied with him in the northern, rural Nevada city of Elko Saturday.
In Las Vegas, Biden criticized Trump for his approach to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, his equivocating on white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his immigration policies, including the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border
American values, "are being shredded," Biden said. "They're being shredded by a president who is all about himself. It's all about Donald."
The crowd was dominated by members of the powerful, heavily immigrant Culinary Workers Union Local 226. The union represents about 57,000 housekeepers, bartenders, bellmen and other workers in the city's casino-hotels and has been credited with giving Democrats key wins in the state in 2016.
Democrats are counting on Latino mobilization driven by the union this year to avoid a repeat of the 2014 elections, when Democratic turnout in Nevada faltered.
Trump in Elko later scoffed at the idea of a "blue wave" of heavy Democratic turnout this November and mocked the smaller crowd at Biden's event.
Culinary Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said later Saturday organizers checked in more than 500 people for the Las Vegas rally, including some who filled in overflow areas away from the stage.
The rally outside the union hall north of the Las Vegas Strip included appearances from comedian Billy Eichner and a mariachi band and came as two weeks of early voting kicked off in the state.
Former President Barack Obama, who won Nevada during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, will be visiting the battleground state Monday with a get-out-the-vote rally in Las Vegas.
Biden also touted the candidacy of other Democrats, including Steve Sisolak, the powerful chairman of the county commission overseeing the Las Vegas Strip who is running for governor, and Susie Lee and Steven Horsford, who are seeking seats to Nevada's 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts, both of which are considered swing seats.
"This election is literally bigger than politics. It's bigger than politics," Biden said. "No matter how old or young you are, you have never participated in an election that is as consequential as this election national and locally."
Biden, who has said he won't decide until at least next year whether he'll seek the presidency in 2020, has been keeping a presence in early voting states like Nevada.
He's scheduled to return Dec. 1 to speak to a fundraiser for the law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday called upon the government to come to the straight path to find out an acceptable way for holding the next general election in a fair and credible manner.
“We would like to tell the government you please come to the straight path and release our leader Khaleda Zia, hold talks with her and all other opposition parties to find out a way for holding a fair election,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the call while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiya Ganotantrik Party (Jagpa) at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail, and annulment of the Digital Security Act.
He said there is no alternative to engaging in talks for ensuring people’s welfare and peace and building a democratic and prosperous Bangladesh.
Or else, the BNP leader warned, the government will have to shoulder all the responsibilities for the emerging situation.
Fakhrul said the country’s people have got united as they want a change in power through a credible election. “The next election must be held in a neutral manner with the participation of all parties. Or else, no election will be acceptable.”
He called upon all parties, including the left ones, to get united to ensure a change in power and restoration of democracy.
The BNP leader said the nation is now facing another crisis as the current Election Commission has already got divided. “The Election Commission has itself got divided. The crisis in the Commission is also the crisis of the state.”
Referring to media reports, he said, “An Election Commissioner said he presented some proposals for a fair election, but those were not considered. Another Commissioner said the proposals are unconstitutional. This remarks exposed the Commission has got divided.”
Fakhrul said the government is making various rules and regulations to hold another lopsided election like 2014 one by the Election Commission.
He said the Election Commission cannot hold a unilateral election to put a particular party in power. “If they do it, they’ll violate their oaths and the Constitution. It’ll undoubtedly be a crime of sedition.”
The BNP leader said they have long been saying that the current Election Commission has no capability to work independently as it fully depends on the government and its officials. “The way the EC secretary speaks, it seems he is the Chief Election Commissioner while the Chief Election Commissioner’s statements give an impression that he is the most hapless person.”
He said there is very little difference between Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and CEC KM Nurul Huda as he frequently changes his stances. “How will a fair election be possible under such a Commission?”
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said their party will repeal the 'Digital Security Act' and approved the 'Broadcast Bill' within seven days, if it is voted to power, to ensure press freedom.
“These two laws have been enacted so that our newspapers and media can’t present news independently. Their (journalists’) hand and legs are tied and their voice gagged while the freedom of speech is snatched through the laws,” he said.
Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “I would like to say these two laws will be revoked within seven days if we return to power.”
Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the withdrawal of ‘dictated’ verdicts against BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman in August-21 grenade attack cases.
On Monday, the cabinet approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018.Under the bill, if anyone broadcasts false or confusing information in a discussion programme or anything against the spirit and principles of the Liberation War or against the state policy, he or she will face a maximum jail term of three years or a fine of Tk 5 crore, or both.
Earlier on October 8, President Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Bill turning it into a law.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation is now united under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront as it was formed as per the desires of people of all walks of life.
He said the ruling party leaders’ unguarded comments against the Jatiya Oikyafront have demonstrated that BNP's decision of forging the unity is right one.
“We’ll intensify our unity further and ensure our leader (Khaleda’s) release and force the government to hold the election under a neutral administration through it,” he said.
The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be allowed to hold another unilateral election like that the 2014 one.
He criticised the government for denying Oikyafront permission to hold its maiden rally in Sylhet on October 23. “A party (Jatiya Party) is holding a rally today (Saturday) with much enthusiasm without any obstruction. They allow all, except us, to hold rallies as it’s a fascist and autocratic regime. It fears people and doesn’t believe in the rule of law.”
Claiming that Tarique was convicted in August-21 cases ‘unlawfully’ out of political vengeance, Moudud said people do not accept such ‘dictated’ verdicts.
He said Tarique will appeal in the High Court against the verdicts once he returns home. “He’ll prove wrong the verdicts given against him. I believe he’ll be acquitted from the High Court through the appeal.”