Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - BNP on Monday chalked out a two-day programme to celebrate its 41st founding anniversary on September 1.
The programmes include rallies, discussions, hoisting party flag, placing wreaths at the grave of party founder Ziaur Rahman.
The programmes were worked out at a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office with its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.
After the meeting, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes.
As per the founding anniversary programmes, the party flag will be hoisted atop its Nayapaltan central office and all other offices of BNP across the country at 6am on September 1.
Besides, the party leaders and activists will place wreaths and offer fateha at the grave of its founder Ziaur Rahman at 10 am on the day.
Speaking at the programme, Mirza Fakhrul said they want toke out rallies across the country, including in the capital, the same day.
He said they will not take out the rallies only to mark their founding anniversary, but also to push for their demand for the ‘restoration’ of democracy.
Fakhrul said their party will also arrange a discussion in the city on September 2.
He said they will highlight the issue of keeping their chairperson in jail ‘unfairly through the programmes of their founding anniversary.
In the 40 years’ journey of their party, the BNP leader claimed it has played outstanding contributions to establishing democracy in the country.
He also recalled their party’s various steps for socioeconomic development of the country.
On September 1, 1978, Ziaur Rahman formed BNP with a 19-point programme to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. BNP ruled the country for several terms.
BNP’s associate all units across the country will mark the day with holding various programmes, including discussion meetings and rallies.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain’s Gonoforum will hold a discussion in the city marking the National Mourning Day and the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s presidium members at Dr Kamal’s Motijheel chamber on Sunday afternoon.
The discussion is scheduled to be held on August 24 at the Jatiya Press Club, said a party press release.
It said the meeting discussed the country’s latest political situation and celebration of the party’s 25th founding anniversary and the plight of Mirpur fire victims.
The meeting demanded the government provide the fire victims with compensation and rehabilitate them.
It also worked out different programmes, including discussion across the country, to mark the founding anniversary Gonoforum on August 29.
The party will centrally celebrate its founding anniversary on September 7 at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the capital.
Gonoforum general secretary Dr Reza Kibria, executive presidents Dr Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, presidium members Mokabbir Khan, MP, Jaglul Haider Afrik, AMSA Amin, Advocate Mohsin Khan and joint general secretary Amin Ahmed Afsari were, among others, present at the meeting held with Dr Kamal in the chair.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – A total of 108 leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal have bought nomination papers to vie for its president and general secretary posts in the council slated for September 14 next.
Of them, 42 leaders collected the nomination forms to fight for the president post while 66 others for the general secretary post of the BNP’s student body, said JCD’s ex-office secretary Abdus Sattar Patwari.
The sale of nomination form began on Saturday and ended at 4pm on Sunday.
As per the schedule announced by JCD election steering committee, 580 councillors of the student body’s 117 organisational units will elect their president and general secretary through direct balloting on September 14.
Three female JCD leaders-- Nadia Pathan Pabon of Begum Badrunnesa Govt Women College, Mansura Alam of Dhaka University and Dalia Rahman of private university--collected nomination forms to vie for the secretary post. However, no female leader showed interest to be a candidate for the post of JCD president.
As per the schedule, Sattar said, the nomination papers can be submitted on Monday and Tuesday. “The nomination papers will be scrutinised on August 22-26 while the final list of candidates will be published on September 7.”
Earlier, BNP had announced to hold the council of JCD on July 15, but the party was forced to reschedule it amid a movement by a group of leaders of the student body’s dissolved committee demanding the withdrawal of a specific age limit in forming the new committee.
JCD's last committee was formed on October 14, 2014, with Rajib Ahsan as its president and Akramul Hasan as general secretary, and it was dissolved on June 3 last.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she does not want the protocol that creates an obstacle to her way to get close to people.
"It’s true people have elected me Prime Minister by casting their votes. But I'm the daughter of the Father of the Nation. So, I think I’ve a duty and responsibility towards the country. Being the Prime Minister, I never allow that protocol which creates a barrier, and I don't want to allow this as well," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said this while exchanging Eid greetings with officials at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
"I want to mix with all, know them and work with them. We'll work as a team so that the development of the country is expedited," she further said.
Pointing at the PMO officials, the Prime Minister said anyone can contact her directly, if needed.
Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – BNP has decided to draw the attention of the international community to the issue of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release and proper treatment.
Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir informed journalists about the decision after a meeting of its standing committee members at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“We’ve taken a decision to inform the democratic countries about the issue of our leader’s release and her health condition. We’ll also take necessary steps to bring it to the international community that she has been unfairly kept in jail,” he said.
Referring to the rejection of Khaleda’s bail petition by the High Court in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, Fakhrul said the ‘negative’ order of the apex court has strengthened their perception that the judiciary now cannot work independently.
“The government is ‘regulating’ the judiciary. So, it has become a bit uncertain as to whether we’ll get justice,” he observed.
On July 31 last, the High Court denied bail to Khaleda in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case in which she was sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment by a lower court.
Fakhrul said they have also decided to continue to hold their party’s divisional rallies to intensify their movement demanding the release of Khaleda. “As the government doesn’t allow taking any programme in August, we’ll begin it on September 1 marking our founding anniversary.”
BNP held divisional rallies in Barishal, Chattogram and Khulna last month to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda from jail.
About dengue outbreak, he said experts are saying the situation will deteriorate further in the next one month, but the government is yet to procure any effective insecticide to annihilate mosquitos.
He said the dengue-affected patients are not getting proper treatment at the hospitals. “We demand the government take steps for providing free treatment to the dengue-infected people.”
The BNP leader said their meeting denounced the government’s failure and indifference to ensure the fair prices of the rawhides.
He said they also blamed the ruling party business syndicate for the drastic fall in the prices of rawhides. “They did it to destroy the leather industry. We urge the government to take immediate steps to save this industry.”
Fakhrul said their meeting also discussed the programmes chalked out to celebrate their party’s founding anniversary.
Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Selima Rahman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were present.