Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Friday afternoon from Kathmandu warping up her two-day official visit to Nepal to attend the 4th summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 2:35pm (BST).
Earlier, the flight took off from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at 1:15pm (local time).
Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel and Bangladesh Ambassador in Kathmandu Mashfee Binte Shams saw her off at the airport.
Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hasina attended the Bimstec retreat and closing session.
On Thursday morning, the Prime Minister went to Kathmandu and addressed the opening session of the two-day Bimstec summit on the same day.
Bimstec having seven Member States -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand -- came into being on June 6, 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration.
During her stay in Kathmandu, Sheikh Hasina held meetings with her Indian and Nepalese counterparts Narendra Modi and KP Sharma Oli.
She also had meetings with Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Bhutan's Chief Adviser or interim government chief Dasho Tshering Wangchuk there.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday asked the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to do politics upholding the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“You’ll have to do politics with the ideology of the Father of the Nation. Because, Chhatra League is an organisation which was established in the hands of the Father of the Nation,” she said while addressing a discussion at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city.
BCL, the student wing of ruling Awami League, arranged the programme marking the National Mourning Day.
Noting that BCL has made sacrifice in every achievement of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, asked the BCL men to work for people’s wellbeing.
Terming education the ‘biggest asset’ of a person, she directed every leader and activist of BCL to acquire knowledge first. “With this knowledge, you’ll have to do politics following the ideology shown by the Father of the Nation,” she added.
It is not enough to utter ideology in mouths; rather following and exercising it is very important, the Prime Minister said.
She said it was possible for her government to establish Bangladesh as a role model for development as it followed the ideology of the Father of the Nation.
Pointing at the BCL leaders, Sheikh Hasina said, “If you build yourselves as leaders having ideology, you’ll establish yourselves (in the politics). If you indulge in greed to make assets, you’ll be lost (from politics).”
She asked the BCL leaders to work for implementation of the goals her government fixed to establish Bangladesh as a developed, prosperous and peaceful country in the world.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said those spread falsehood against Bangabandhu immediately after the Liberal War still continue their conspiracy.
She said when children took to the streets following the death of two students in a road accident, a vested quarter tried to make political gains using anger of the children. “Many of them (group) are very knowledgeable, dignified, intelligent and internationally renowned persons as well.”
The internationally renowned personalities instigated people to carry out propaganda and falsehood in social media taking the advantage of Digital Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said. “They wanted to get personal gains cashing in on the anger of children,” she added.
“But whenever we took actions against them, there was lamentation all around and pressure came from international levels,” she said.
Mentioning that there was an evil attempt for 21 years after 1975 to remove the name of Father of the Nation from the history, Sheikh Hasina said no one can erase or hide the truth. “Now, Bangabandhu's 7th March historic speech is internationally recognised as the best speech.”
Talking about her mother Fazilatunnesa Mujib's contribution to the country's liberation, she said when Bangabandhu was in jail, she used to convey his instructions to the leaders and activists of Awami League and Chhatra League.
“I found my mother firm in taking decisions,” the Prime Minister said, adding that when there was division among the political leaders about the Six-point Programme, it was Fazilatunnesa who had firmly said it must be a Six-point one, not Eight-point one.
She said despite being the wife of a minister and the President, Fazilatunnesa used to lead a very simple life and help Bangabandhu take right decisions in the critical times.
BCL President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon presided over the discussion conducted by its General Secretary Golam Rabbani.
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.
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.
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.