Dhaka, Aug 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed deep satisfaction over the progress and development of the National Defence College (NDC) and Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC).
She made the appreciation at the 16th joint governing body meeting of NDC and DSCSC, held at the conference room of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Armed Forces Division of Dhaka Cantonment.
The Prime Minister attended the meeting as the chairman of Joint Governing Body of the two prestigious military institutions of the country, said a release of Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate.
She welcomed the newly appointed members of the governing body and thanked the governing body for their active participation and valuable contributions during their tenure.
Sheikh Hasina urged the college authorities to be in constant pursuit in updating course curricula and modules so as to fit in local security and development needs.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for a knowledge-based civil-military leadership and the best use of national assets.
“We’re continuing the development and modernisation of Armed Forces by formulating ‘Forces Goal 2030’ in light of the policy introduced by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the two military institutions --NDC and DSCSC-- are contributing significantly by training the officer of home and abroad to take higher responsibilities. Trained officers are performing their duties successfully at home and in overseas countries including the UN Mission, she added.
Prime Minister’s Adviser (Security Affairs) Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division, Secretaries of Public Administration, Finance Division, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Secondary and Higher Education Division, Vice Chancellors of Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, National University and Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) were present at the meeting.
The Commandant of the NDC and Commandant of the DSCSC briefly highlighted the activities of their respective college.
The Governing Body reviewed the progress of previous decisions and discussed on issues in the agenda of the current meeting.
At the end of meeting, both the Commandants of NDC and DSCSC expressed their deep gratitude to the Prime Minister for her presence and providing constant support and guidance for development of both the institutions.
Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) – BNP on Friday demanded changes in the draft Road Transport Bill approved by the Cabinet in consultation with experts to ensure safe roads as per demands of the students.
“All stakeholders, but the transport owners, turned down the draft Road Transport Bill the Cabinet approved as it won’t help fulfill the students’ demand for safe roads,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “We demand the government reform the bill through discussions with those working for ensuring road safety to implement the students’ demands.”
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
On Monday, the Cabinet approved the draft Road Transport Bill with a provision of maximum 5 years’ jail for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless or negligent driving, while death penalty for intentional murder by driving.
The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair amid the student movement demanding safe road.
Justifying their demands for reform in the bills, Fakhrul said there are neither any specific guidelines in the bill to avoid killings or unexpected incidents caused by reckless driving nor any provision of stern action for it.
“Everybody knows the accident takes place for the crime committed by drivers. But it’s the responsibility of owners to appoint drivers, maintain the fitness of vehicles, pay drivers' salary and put them on necessary rest. There’s no provision of taking any action against the owners for their negligence in the bill,” he observed.
The BNP leader said there is also no provision kept in the bill to take action against those BRTA officials who indulge in corruption and irregularities. “Besides, the High Court's observations in this regard are not given importance in the bill.”
Fakhrul came down hard on the government for what he said arresting and torturing the students who waged the movement for safe roads and demanded their immediate release.
He accused ruling party men of attacking students during their demonstrations, and urged the government to arrest the attackers.
“We would like to clearly say that BNP had no involvement in violence during the student movement. We demand the arrest of those terrorists wearing masks and helmets brutally attacked journalists and demonstrators in presence of police,” the BNP leader said.
He trashed Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that BNP-Jamaat activists attacked their party president’s Dhanmondi office and students, saying even any mad does not believe it.
Fakhrul said their party extended their support to the student movement as it was justified one. “If our support is an offence, then the Prime Minister and police officials also committed the same crime.”
About the rumours on social media during student movement, he said it is happening as the government is obstructing presenting the truth and repressing those who are speaking the truth. “If you want to check rumours, you will have to allow people to talk and present the truth.”
He alleged that the ruling party always remains in fear of BNP. “Awami League gets panicked hearing the name of BNP like people suffering from rabies fear water. That’s why it (AL) sees BNP‘s involvement with every incident. It seems to me they (AL leaders) can’t sleep at night out of the fear of BNP.”
The BNP leader criticised the government for arresting Drik Gallery Managing Director Shahidul Alam for what he said giving an interview with Al Jazeera Television. “Now people have no right to talk or express their views. The government is regulating the media and freedom of expression as it’s an unelected one.”
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Nazrul Islam Khan were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government is working for strengthening democracy in the country and accelerate its development.
She made the remarks when visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland met her at her office in the city.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
The country’s GDP growth is now 7.78 percent, while the inflation rate 5.5 percent, she said adding that her government is working for women empowerment at the grassroots level and now a large number of women is participating in socio-economic development.
“We’re encouraging young entrepreneurs -- both men and women,” Ihsanul Karim quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
About the Rohingya issue, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is having discussions with Myanmar. The biggest worry for the government is safety of the displaced Rohingyas who took shelter in Bangladesh.
She said the influx of 1.1 million Rohingyas has created burden on Bangladesh and local people are also suffering as the Rohingyas occupied their lands in Cox’s Bazar.
Turning to terrorism, Sheikh Hasina said her government has successfully combatted terrorism and involved the people from all walks of life in the movement against the social menace. “It almost turned into a social movement. We don’t want to allow our children to indulge in terrorism.”
Talking about the election, she said more than 6000 elections – local body polls and parliamentary by-polls – were held during the current term of her government and all the elections were free and fair.
About sports, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh Women Cricket Team has recently clinched the Asian Championship, while the Bangladesh National Cricket Team is also doing well. The government is promoting sports as a whole, she added.
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland stressed the need for trade facilitation among the Commonwealth countries.
She said it will have to reduce trade barriers among the Commonwealth countries and enhance the connectivity for the SMEs network.
Patricia Scotland said the Commonwealth is ready to extend cooperation in upholding the democratic process in Bangladesh.
Talking about cricket, the Commonwealth Secretary General stressed the need for creating Commonwealth Cricket Club and introduction of Commonwealth Cricket League with the participation of both male and female teams.
“We should create Commonwealth Cricket Club...and introduce Commonwealth Cricket League,” the PM's Press Secretary quoted Patricia Scotland as saying.
She said the participation of women in the Commonwealth League will enhance their confidence and determination.
Patricia Scotland highly appreciated the women empowerment in Bangladesh and said women should be involved in trade. She also suggested engaging women and girls in the SMEs.
Mentioning that the displaced Rohingyas are burden on Bangladesh, she also praised the Prime Minister for hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas calling it a 'great compassion'.
Scotland also appreciated the role of Bangladesh in combating terrorism and presented a copy of the Commonwealth Charter to the Prime Minister.
Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office Md Nojibur Rahman was present.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the government is carrying out a brutal aggression through conducting a ‘combing operation’ on the students to take revenge on them as they demonstrated seeking safe roads.
“The government has got sacred as the children and adolescent students woke up against misrule. Their movement was different and unique type of one, but now the government has been on a revenge spree on them, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said the government did not stop its repressive acts even after shedding blood of children and adolescents with the ‘goons’ of Chhatra League as now it is conducting a crackdown on them.
“Government forces conducted a combing operation at different parts of the capital, including Bashundhara, last night (Wednesday night). This drive is a direct and brutal aggression on students,” he observed.
Rizvi demanded the government immediately stop such drives and harassing the children and adolescent students.
The BNP leader alleged that around 35 cases were filed with 18 police stations in the capital accusing thousands of unanimous students.
“Police have admitted that they arrested 45 students while 22 of them were taken on remand. The innocent students are being repressed by taking them on remand,” he said.
The BNP leader said the guardians are passing their days in deep panic due to the filing of cases against students and continued drives by police.
Rizvi said Bashundhara area turned into a scary scene on Wednesday night due to law enforcers’ overnight drive to suppress students’ apolitical and justified movement.
The BNP leader said the government will not be able to suppress the students with its repressive acts as they woke up against its misrule.
He criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for what she said not going to see the students and journalists who were injured in the attacks by ruling party cadres. “She went to see Chhatra League activists who attacked students and journalists.”
Rizvi also alleged that though the High Court directed the authorities concerned to send detained photographer Shahidul Alam to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for his treatment, the medical authorities declined to admit him at the behest of the government.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday provided Tk 10 lakh as financial assistance to the family of Joupurhat Jubo League (JL) leader Towhidul Islam Sabuj who was brutally killed by BNP-Jamaat terrorists in 2013.
Victim’s father Afzal Hossain received a cheque for the amount from the Prime Minister at her office in the city.
Sheikh Hasina also handed over cheques for financial assistance amounting to Tk 60 lakh to four other individuals.
Sabuj was the organising secretary of Matrai union Jubo League in Kalai upazila of Joypurhat.
BNP-Jamaat terrorists armed with lethal weapons, including knives and pistols, stormed his house around 7:30am on April 7, 2013 and set the house on fire after vandalising and looting it.
Later, they picked up Sabuj and killed him beating him in broad daylight. They also cut his tendons to confirm his death.
Sabuj's family is facing financial crisis as his brother Rezwan Hossain, 25, died in cardiac arrest in 2016.
Besides, the Prime Minister gave financial assistance of Tk 20 lakh each to former national footballer Jalal Uddin Molla for meeting his treatment costs and Shabrina Khatun, wife of late Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ramizur Rahman Molla, for meeting education costs of her children.
Sheikh Hasina also provided Tk 10 lakh each to Farzana Yeasmin Merry, wife of late BCS cadre Mohammad Nazrul Islam for meeting livelihoods and educational costs of her children as well as Sultanara Begum, wife of freedom fighter Amir Hossian.
Jalal Uddin Molla hails from Boalia upazila in Rajshahi while Shabrina from Boraigram in Natore, Merry from Motijheel AGB Colony in the capital and Sultanara Begum from Madaripur.