Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Ruling Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the enemies of the country's Hindu community are also the enemies of the nation.
“Those who are your (the Hindu community) enemies and hostile to you are communal forces ... They’re the enemies of the state,” he told a rally at Palashi intersection in the city on the occasion of Janmashtami.
Quder, also the transport minister, said there is no reason for the Hindus to worry about their safety as long as the incumbent government, under leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is in power.
He said the Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship is at an all-time best.
“We’re enjoying the best relation with India,” he said.
He mentioned that the Prime Minister will visit Delhi in October to meet her Indian counterpart.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Terming communal harmony a great tradition of the nation, President Abdul Hamid on Friday urged people of all religions to strengthen it to attain national development and progress through collective endeavor.
“Bangladesh is a land of communal harmony. All religious festivals are celebrated here with fervour and gaiety. I urge people of all religions to maintain it through collective efforts and utilise it for attaining development of the country,” he said.
He made the call while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban, marking Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
President Hamid also stressed the need for utilising the appeal of Janmashtami to establish a welfare state instead of keeping it limited to ceremony and festival only.
"Man is a social animal. Therefore, all have to play responsible role for eradicating misdeeds, injustice and superstition from the society without remaining busy with own selves.”
The President also stressed the need for strengthening family ties to prevent violent incidents and build a peaceful society.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception. They presented bouquets to the President.
Lawmakers, judges, ambassadors and high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of Hindu community, among others, also joined the reception at the president palace.
The invited guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall. President went round different corners there and exchanged greetings with them.
Satkhira, Aug 23 (UNB) – A housewife died of mosquito-borne disease dengue in Sadar upazila early Friday.
The deceased was identified as Shahanara Khatun, 37, wife of Khalilur Rahman of Choygharia village in the upazila.
Dr Abu Shaheen, Satkhira Civil Surgeon, said Shahanara was admitted to Sadar Hospital after being diagnosed with dengue on August 18.
On Thursday night, the physicians referred her to Khulna Medical College Hospital following deterioration of her condition but she died around 1 am while being taken to Khulna.
Some 292 patients infected with dengue are taking treatment at different hospitals and clinics in the district.
According to the government, 59,592 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised across the country and 53,398 of them discharged after treatment since the beginning of this year.
Currently, 6,147 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services.
The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 47 people but unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) - The Hindu community of the country is observing Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, on Friday with due religious fervour.
According to Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bengali calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga in order to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.
Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.
Members of the Hindu community will bring out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and hold other programmes on the occasion.
Different social, cultural and religious organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe Janmashtami.
The day is a public holiday.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion.
In his message, the President said Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where people of all religions perform their own religious rituals freely.
In her message, the Prime Minister hoped that the ideals and teachings of Krishna will inspire his disciples to further consolidate the ties of communal harmony, friendship and fraternity.
Besides, national dailies have published special articles while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Lord Krishna.