Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Outgoing Iranian Ambassador Dr Abbas Vaezi Dehnavi called on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Sunday.
During the meeting the President spoke of excellent bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Iran, said the President's press secretary Joynal Abedin in a post-meet media briefing.
Referring to cordial support of Iranian government on Rohingya issue, President Hamid expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Iran.
Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh and Iran extended mutual support and cooperation to each other in different regional and international forums.
The outgoing Iranian envoy lauded the overall development and progress, especially, in ensuring the women empowerment in Bangladesh.
The envoy also praised the time-befitting role of Bangladesh in giving shelter to the forcibly displaced Rohingya people.
He also thanked the President for his cooperation during his time here.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday urged the people of the country to accept the good aspects of satellite culture excluding the evil sides.
The President was speaking as chief guest in the inaugural ceremony of International Folk Festival 2018 at Muktarpara field of Netrokona organised by Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum.
President Abdul Hamid said “Do not get influenced by the cheap trend of satellite culture. Rather, you will have to accept the good aspects of it and you will have to exclude the evil sides.”
“Information-technology has affected everyone's life in the village and city. The whole world has become a village because of the free flow of information. As a result, the sky culture is now reality. The influence of the culture of different countries and nations is spreading very fast. The cultural pattern is also changing at the same pace,” the President said.
The President stressed on the need for establishing an international institution for preserving folk culture. He said “The precious components of folk culture which is now scattered should be preserved in an organised way. An international standard folk culture institution should be established for the preservation of folk culture.”
He added "I am happy hear that the Cultural Forum has already taken a timely step to establish this type of institution with the collaboration of cultural ministry.”
The President said “This international folk festival will intensify the relationship among the local and foreign researchers and artists and play a vital role in developing this region’s history, heritage and lifestyle. This festival will be considered as a milestone in the national history.”
Calling upon the countrymen to spread own culture abroad, he said “There are various components of our culture across the country. You should collect these and will have to spread those abroad. I hope that many people including poets, writers, dramatists, producers, collectors, researchers, and institutions will come forward in this regard.”
Visva-Bharati University Professor Sabuj Koli Sen, and Dinesh Chandra Sen's great grand-daughter Debkanya Sen were also present in the programme.
Renowned folk researcher Jatin Sarker presented the keynote speech in the programme chaired by Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad were present.
Earlier, the President laid the foundation of Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centre in the district.
Kishoreganj, Sept 26 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday called upon the voters not to elect the candidates who give priority to their own interest and deceive people.
He was addressing a mass-reception accorded to him at his home town Mithamain on the third day of his five-day visit to Kishoreganj.
Mithamain Upazila Parishad hosted the reception at Muktojouddha Abdul Haque Government College premises as Abdul Hamid was reelected country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24 last.
Referring to upcoming general election, he called upon the voters to choose the party which ensures people welfare when it goes to state power.
“Don’t vote those who do politics for their personal interest,” the President told the gathering without mentioning anybody’s name.
He reiterated his request to all political parties of the country to nominate good candidates in all stages of polls including Jatiya Sangsad and local government elections.
“All people of Bangladesh will have to think of it (candidates’ nomination),” he added.
President M Abdul Hamid also asked countrymen to aspire for the welfare of the country and its people.
“Each of you have to put relentless effort to materialize the dream of development,” he said.
Referring to his longtime political career coincided with the various developments in haor regions, President Hamid urged all to dream of future development.
“I am son of a farmer. I never forgot my childhood memories. A man cannot be a real one if he forgets his root,” the President also said.
He added, “I’m President Hamid. You’ve voted me Member of Parliament (MP) eighth times. I am trying my level best to ensure the development of haor regions as well as of the whole country.”
Member of parliament engineer Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq, Kishoreganj Zila Parishad chairman Advocate Zillur Rahman, Kishoreganj district Awami League general secretary freedom fighter Advocate M A Afzal, college principal Freedom Fighter Mohammad Abdul Mithamian sadar union parishad chairman Sharif Kamal Advocate, among others, also spoke on the occasion.
Mithamian Upazila Chairman M Abdus Shaheed Bhuiayan presided over the programme.
Earlier, the President opened works of six development projects shortly after arriving in the afternoon.
Kishoreganj, Sept 25 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged all political parties to participate in the next national election for the betterment of the country and its people.
He was addressing a mass-reception accorded to him at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Government College playground in Itna on the second day of his five-day visit to his home district of Kishoreganj.
“I think political parties should take part in polls. They should go to people for votes and participate in the election,” he said.
Residents of Itna organised the reception programme as Abdul Hamid paid his first visit to Itna after taking oath of office as the country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24 this year.
Referring to the next national election, the head of the state Hamid reiterated his request to all political parties of the country to nominate good candidates for the next general election in the greater interest of the country. He called upon the voters to elect a person having good character, ideology and strict principle.
“Justify the candidates and vote those who will help develop your locality. You have to choose the government which will help the country to advance in upcoming days.” Hamid added.
He repeatedly requested all voters to evaluate the previous governments and then take the right decision to choose their leaders.
The President, in his nearly 30-minute speech, highlighted different development activities of the haor regions including different infrastructural development of the government.
Recalling his election experience, President Hamid said, “I was elected a lawmaker 48 years back. And voters voted me eighth times for the Jatiya Sangsad. I have become the President twice. I’m really grateful to the people of this area.”
Urging all concerned to take responsibility for maintaining roads, he said he has been working to ensure overall development of the haor areas as well as for the country and its people.
Regarding setting up export processing zone (EPZ) in the haor area, the President laid emphasis on the development of communication with other parts of the country first. He sought further cooperation of all people to ensure more development in this haor area which was once neglected.
Members of parliament engineer Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq (Kishoreganj-4), Afzal Hossain (Kishoreganj-5), Dilara Begum Asma, Kishoreganj Zila Parishad Chairman Advocate Zillur Rahman, Itna upazila chairman Chowdhury Quamrul Hasan, district Awami League president Quamrul Ahsan Shahjahan, and general secretary of upazila unit of AL Advocate Khalilur Rahman, among others, also spoke on the occasion with freedom fighter M Ismail Hossain in the chair.
Earlier, the President inaugurated works of nine development projects of Itna Upazila shortly after arriving in the upazila at 3:50 pm.
Kishoreganj, Sept 25 (UNB) - President on Tuesday witnessed the progress of development works of Austagram-Nawga and Austagram-Kastul-Banshtala Roads in Kishoreganj.
The under-construction Autagram-Nawga road will connect Chatalpar of Brahmanbaria district through a bridge while Autagram-Kastul-Bhantshala road will connect Itna and Mithamain upazilas.
President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB that these road development works once completed would facilitate some parts of Kishoreganj’s connectivity with the capital Dhaka and other parts of the country.
He is also scheduled to attend a public gathering at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Government College Ground, Austagram in the afternoon and exchange views with local elites at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Auditorium at 7 pm today.
This is the second visit of Abdul Hamid to his village home in the remote area of Kishoreganj after he took oath of office as the country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24.
The President on Monday opened seven development projects in the upazila and attended a mass reception accorded to him at Austagram upazila parishad playground. He also exchanged views with a cross section of people, including local political leaders and distinguished persons at President Abdul Hamid Auditorium-cum-Community Centre in Austagram upazila in the evening.
The President is scheduled to see Itna-Zila road at 11 am in Itna Upazila on Wednesday. He will address a public meeting at the Freedom Fighter Abdul Haque Government Degree College field at 3 pm on the third day of his visit. He will exchange views with distinguished people at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Auditorium in Itna.
On Thursday, he will visit some development works at Mithamain Upazila at 12 noon. In the afternoon, he will attend Golden Jubilee programme of Hazi Tayeb Uddin School at 3 pm. He will stay at his own home in the night.
On Friday, President Hamid will say Jumma prayers at the mosque adjoining his ancestral home at Kamalpur village in Mithamain Upazila. After the prayers, he will offer Fateha at the graves of his father Md Tayebuddin and mother Tomiza Khatun in front of the mosque.
The President is due to return to Dhaka on Friday afternoon.