Kathmandhu, Aug 30 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had a meeting here on Thursday and they agreed to work together for the welfare of the people of the two countries.
PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting held at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Tahachal Marg.
"They both agreed to work together for the development of the fate of the people of the two neighbouring countries ," said Ihsanul Karim.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude to India for their support to Bangladesh from its Liberation War to development activities. "We want to take this friendship to a newer height," the Prime Minister was quoted as saying.
Narendra Modi said both the countries want to help each other for their mutual benefits.
The two Prime Ministers hoped that Bimstec will go a long way in economic development of its member countries through enhanced cooperation among themselves.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque were, among others, from Bangladesh side.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday said their party will form a commission, if it returns to power, to investigate all the incidents of enforced disappearance and put those responsible on trial.
“BNP as a party will be committed to identifying those involved in such killings and enforced disappearances, and ensuring punishment of them one day. We’ll do it surely if we get a chance,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We need to form a commission to do that. The Commission will identify those who are involved in the incidents and thus ensure punishment to them.”
BNP arranged the programme at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium, marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
Moududl, also a former Law Minister, said the violation of human rights in the country has become so acute that it cannot be described in words. “The country is going through continuous unjust, torture, arrest, abduction and extrajudicial killings,” he said.
“If we get the chance, we’ll try to bring fair politics and an environment for fair democratic practice in the country,” he added.
Moudud also alleged that the government does not observe the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances recognised by the United Nations because it has been ‘patronising’ the abductions of the 1972-75 period and from 2009 to till date.
He further alleged that the government is using ‘state tools’ for violating the human rights.
The discussion programme was presided over by BNP Vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman while BNP Joint Secretary General Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Human Rights Affairs Secretary Advocate Asaduzzaman also spoke on the occasion.
Sylhet, Aug 30 (UNB) – Referring to the party’s debacle in the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) polls, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said actions will be taken against the leaders and activists who acted against the party.
“Those who were engaged in self-destructive activities during the SCC polls won’t be spared. They’ve to face exemplary punishment,” he said while addressing rally organised by district and city units of Awami League at Registrar ground marking the National Mourning Day.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, further said, “I haven’t come here to deliver speech, but to look into the allegations raised about the SCC election.”
In the SCC polls, BNP's Ariful Haque Chowdhury defeated Awami League mayoral candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran. Many blamed the defeat on the betrayal by some Awami League leaders.
Sherpur, Aug 29 (UNB) – Detectives in a drive arrested three leaders of BNP and its youth wing Jubo Dal from different parts of the district town on Tuesday night in connection with a case filed under Anti-terrorism Act.
The arrestees are Shafiqul Islam Masud, 38, president of district unit Jubo Dal, Abdul Malek, 53, joint convener of Sadar unit BNP and Rashiqul Islam Riyel, 42, joint convener of town unit BNP.
Inspector Nawajesh Ahmed of Detective Branch of police said all of them were arrested in connection with a case filed under the Anti-terrorism Act.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are going to meet on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) that begins on Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam came up with the disclosure at a press conference on Wednesday at his ministry.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave here for Kathmandu on Thursday morning to attend the two-day Bimstec summit with the theme of ‘Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous and Sustainable Bay of Bengal Region’.
Shahriar said the heads of state or government of the Bimstec member countries will get a chance for holding bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit. “It’s expected that our Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other regional leaders.”
Shahriar said Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will formally inaugurate the summit on Thursday. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to address it just after the welcome address by the Nepalese Prime Minister.”
He said two important documents on enhancing cooperation and development of the Bimstec region are likely to be signed at the retreat session of the summit to be joined by top leaders of the seven member countries of the regional forum on Friday.
The Rohingya issue is also expected to come up for discussions at the retreat session, the state minister said. “If any country raises the issue Bangladesh will be happy to facilitate that.”
He, however, said there is no possibility for talks on the Rohingya issue at the main summit as political issues are not mandated to discuss there.
Besides, the state minister said the Bimstec leaders will exchange views on the different issues of regional cooperation and give various directions to strengthen it further.
Shahriar also said the leaders of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal will also assess the progress in mutual cooperation regarding the expansion of trade and investment, formation of a free trade zone, enhancing regional connectivity, alleviating poverty, checking climate change impact, increasing cooperation in power sector, and the development of culture.
He said two MoUs and Convection--one is on The Establishment of Bimstec Grid Interconnection’ and the other is on Bimstec Convention on Mutual Legal and Assistance in Criminal Matters-- are expected to be signed at the summit.
A joint declaration will be issued at the end of the summit while Sri Lanka will take the charge of the next chair of Bimstec from Nepal.
The Prime Minister is expected to return home on Friday.