Dhaka, July 31 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Sheik Hasina as she has been on a long tour of London when the country is facing a serious flooding and dengue prevalence.
Speaking at a discussion, he also demanded the government announce some public and private hospitals as dengue centres on emergency basis as the country is now in the grip of the mosquito-borne viral disease.
“The Prime Minister has been staying in London without any reason. Had she been the Prime Minister of a democratic government she couldn’t have stayed aboard after the way flood and dengue situation turned critical in the country,” he said.
He also bemoaned that the Home Minister is also abroad amid the deteriorating dengue situation.
Mosharraf, a former health minister, said their chairperson Khaleda used to cut short her foreign trips and returned home whenever the country faced natural disaster during BNP’s rule.
He also highlighted how their party-led government tackled dengue from 2001-2006 when he was the health minister.
Doctors Association of Bangladesh (BAB), a pro-BNP body of physicians, arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
The BNP leader said the government should urgently engage the doctors of both private and public hospitals in providing dengue patients with necessary treatment as the number of people diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus have marked a sharp rise.
Besides, he urged the government to immediately import effective medicines to eliminate the growing mosquito menace.
The BNP leader said the government also should fix the treatment cost of dengue and take action against those public and private hospitals and clinics violate it.
Dhaka, July 30 (UNB) - BNP on Tuesday submitted its annual financial statement to the Election Commission (EC) for the 2018 calendar year, showing a fund of Tk 6, 13, 27, 237 in reserve.
A BNP delegation, led by its joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, handed over the financial report to Election Commission Secretary Md Alamgir at Nirbachon Bhaban in the city.
The other members of the BNP delegation are party organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad and assistant office secretary Monir Hossain.
According to the report, BNP earned Tk 9, 86, 56,380 while spent Tk 3, 73, 29, 143 in 2018.
The party’s deposit marked a slight rise that last year’s as it stood Tk 6, 13, 27, 237 from Tk 5, 26, 52, 948 in 2017.
In 2017 calendar year, the party showed Tk 4, 19, 41, 954 as expenditure against its income of Tk 9, 46, 24, 902.
Talking to reporters, Alal said the major sources of their party’s income are party members’ subscriptions, donations and nomination paper sale. “We’ve collected most of our revenue from selling party nomination papers during elections.”
He said the salaries and festival bonus of employees of their office, political programmes, iftar parties, poster printing, and distribution of relief materials and financial assistance to repressed party leaders and activists were the main heads of expenditures.
As per the law, each registered political party is obliged to submit its financial statement of the previous calendar year by each July 31.
Jhenidah, July 30 (UNB)— At least 15 ruling Awami League activists were injured in a clash between two factions at Doharo village in Shoilakupa upazila on Tuesday.
Bazlur Rahman, Shoilakupa Police Station’s officer-in-charge, said followers of Hakimpur union’s former member Golam Ali Morad clashed with supporters of incumbent member Mosharraf Hossain Musa in the morning over construction of a house.
They attacked each other with sharp weapons and sticks leaving Asharaful Islam, Shariful Islam, Nizam Uddin, Muktar Hossain, Tofazzel Hossain, Shahidul Islam and nine others injured, the OC said.
Police later brought the situation under control. It stemmed from a long-running dispute between UP members, he said.
The injured were taken to Shoilakupa Upazila Health Complex and other local hospitals.
Police personnel have been deployed in the area to prevent further escalation of violence.
Dhaka, July 30 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Tuesday demanded the government waive agricultural loan of the flood-affected farmers and take steps for their rehabilitation.
“We visited the northern region to distribute relief where we saw little amount of relief materials sent from the government. Only an amount of Tk 27 lakh was given for 5 lakh flood victims,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “Bank loan is now a big concern for the farmers whose seeds and paddy plants were washed away. So, it’s not possible to repay the agricultural loan by them. So, their loan must be waived fully.”
He said it is justified to waive the loan of the poor and flood-hit farmers when the government has written off the unpaid loan of Tk 30,000 crore of the businessmen.
Khosru, a BNP standing committee member, said their party during its rule waived Tk 4,000 crore of farmers.
He said the government should also take necessary steps for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit farmers alongside waiving their loan.
Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum arranged the programme at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and her proper treatment.
The BNP leader alleged that the government is trying to downplay the dengue outbreak and growing crimes branding them as rumours to hide its failure.
“Is it a rumour that dengue has turned epidemic? Is it a rumour that women are being raped regularly and children are being tortured? Around Tk 27,000 crore was plundered from the share market in a week while the banks are facing liquidity crisis due to widespread plundering. Are these rumours? They (govt) are trashing everything as rumours as they’ve failed to deliver on all fronts,” he added.
Khosru said the release of Khaleda Zia from jail has become a mass demand, but the government will not free her without facing a strong movement. “It‘s almost not possible to free Khaleda Zia from jail through the legal process. “We must force the government to free her by waging a strong movement.”
Dhaka, Jul 29 (UNB) - BNP on Monday demanded resignation of the Health Minister and the two Dhaka city mayors for their failure to check the outbreak of dengue and eliminate Aedes mosquito.
“Dengue has spread like epidemic across the country. We’re observing with disappointment and anger that the government messed up the dengue crisis. The city mayors are making various remarks that don’t match the reality,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the demand at a press briefing after a meeting of BNP standing committee member at its chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“The two mayors should quit for their miserable failure to eliminate the mosquito. We also demand the health minister, who has failed to monitor the situation and take effective preventing steps, also resign.”
He said though icddr,b warned about the ineffectiveness of the insecticide the two city corporations used to kill mosquitoes, the authorities did not take any step to procure the effective one.
As the dengue situation turned critical, the BNP leader said, their party has decided to distribute leaflets among people to make them aware of the disease.
Besides, he said, they have decided to take part in the by-polls to Rampur-3 constituency that fell vacant with the death of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.
Fakhrul said their standing committee entrusted party acting chairman Tarique Rahman with all the responsibilities to pick the party candidate for the by-election.
He said their meeting voiced deep concern over the flood situation as well and demanded the government provide the affected farmers with free seeds, fertilizer and other necessary agro-inputs.
They also demanded that the agricultural loan of the flood-hit farmers be waived.