Newly appointed administrator of Chattagram City Corporation Khorshed Alam Sujon on Saturday pledged to put in his best efforts to serve people in the city keeping no scope for corruption.
He said there will be no scope of corruption for anyone-- big or small-- in Chattogram City Corporation.
Sujon was addressing a meeting with the press, organized by the Chittagong Journalists Forum, Dhaka (CJFD) at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) auditorium.
"Some 180 days are not enough to solve all problems. But I want to empower 40 lakh inhabitants of the city and make everybody as an administrator of the city," said the CCC administrator.
He said he was on the road and will remain so. "I wish to die on the road."
Sujon talked about traffic jam and waterlogging in the port and highlighted reasons behind it.
He said container terminals will not be allowed in an unplanned way in the city corporation area.
About waterlogging, he said, waterlogging is not a problem of Chittagong only, it is a problem for the whole country.
“Being a natural city of rivers and seas, waterlogging occurs here. New projects have been taken to remove this waterlogging which is going on.”
Sujon hoped all the problems in Chattogram will be solved gradually.
“I was with ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for around 17 years and I will work using the experiences," he said.
Sujon encouraged journalists to bring it to notice if he does anything wrong. "I promise that I will never get angry for any negative news."
CJFD President Shahed Siddique delivered the welcome remarks while General Secretary Morshed Noman moderated the programme.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday congratulated Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on the victory of ruling SLPP party in the country’s National Assembly polls held on August 5.
In a message to Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sheikh Hasina said the victory of the Sri Lankan ruling party is a reflection of the trust and confidence of the people of Sri Lanka in the present leadership of the country, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.
She said Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have been working based on their close relations on various issues of common interests like accelerating inter-country connectivity, containing terrorism and militancy as well as climate change.
Hasina described the living of a huge number of Sri Lankans in Bangladesh as an example of excellent bilateral ties between Dhaka and Colombo.
In her message, the Prime Minister especially recalled her bilateral meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa during his official visit to Bangladesh and exchange of views between the two countries in various international events to accelerate bilateral issues.
She said Dhaka has been working to give the bilateral relations a stronger footing during the tenure of Mahindra Rajapaksa in the government.
Hasina said both Bangladesh and Sri Lankan will work together to establish peace, harmony and prosperity in South Asia.
The Prime Minister invited her Sri Lankan counterpart Rajapaksa to visit Bangladesh at his convenient time.
Fourteen Bangladeshi Tabligh -e-Jamaat members returned home on Friday night after languishing in an Indian jail for 40 days.
Mohsin Khan, officer-in-charge of Benapole Check-post Immigration Police said that Indian immigration police handed them over to Bangladesh authorities through Benapole check-post around 11:30pm.
The 14 Bangladeshis are residents of different areas including Dhaka, he said.
After completing their medical tests, they will be kept in institutional quarantine at Jhikargasa of Jashore for 14 days, he said.
According to immigration police, 265 Tabligh Jamaat men went to India in February this year. They were staying there during the coronavirus outbreak.
Indian police arrested them along with others who attended a Tabligh event in Nizamuddin of Delhi, on charges of spreading the infection while Indian court sentenced them to 40-day jail terms.
They managed to return home after serving their 40-day sentence.
One news dengue case was reports in last 24 hours until Saturday morning while a total 16 dengue patients are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the matter in its regular update.
Currently, 16 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the capital.
The health authorities reported 367 cases since the beginning of this year. Among them, 350 made recovery.
Bangladesh witnessed a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised and among them 101,037 made full recovery.
According to official figures, the mosquito-borne disease killed 179 people last year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib sacrificed her personal desires and demands in many ways to create a scope for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to fully work for the country.
“Nothing can be bigger than sacrificing one’s personal desires and demands. My mother set that example,” she said while addressing a programme arranged to celebrate the 90th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
The Prime Minister joined the virtual programme from her official residence Ganobhaban, while other participants got connected from Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Gopalganj.
Mentioning that Bangamata had no personal demand and never annoyed Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with family matters, she said, “So, my father had got the scope to fully work for the country.”
Sheikh Hasina urged the womenfolk of the country to follow the ideology of Bangamata to build a family, an organisation and the country as nice ones.
Recalling the role of Bangamata in the country’s independence, she said Bangamata had taken the right decisions in various critical times in politics.
“When a matter of taking a tough decision came in politics on various occasions, it’s very sad to say many of our senior and experienced leaders had failed to take the right decisions or about to take wrong decisions. My mother had taken the right decisions at the right time. Alongside dealing with family affairs, Bangamata used to take care of the families of the detained and ailing leaders, and arrange their treatment,” said the PM.
Hasina said her mother used to guide the organisation (AL) with competence (particularly when Bangabandhu was in jail) and give the right decisions.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned her role, particularly in three historical events, saying that Bangamata asked Bangabandhu to turn down his parole granted by Pakistani rulers to join the discussion in Pakistan in the late 1960s after Bangabandhu had been arrested in the Agartala “Conspiracy” Case.
“If my father had gone there on parole, you could understand what would have been the fate of the others (33) detained accused (of the Agartala Conspiracy Case). But my mother had taken the decision, risking the life. Since we had taken the right decision, the case was withdrawn and the political history of Bangladesh changed,” she added.
During the 1970 general election, her mother supported her father’s decision for joining the election, though many leaders were against the participation in the polls, the Prime Minister mentioned.
She said her mother also played a big role in persuading Bangabandhu in delivering the speech with whatever comes from his mind on the historic 7th March, 1971.
Sheikh Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said attempts were made to implicate her mother in the Agartala “Conspiracy” case and even she was quizzed by the Pakistani intelligence on several occasions about it.
She said her mother played a big role in creating public opinion, organizing the party, waging movements, particularly the movement of students and workers during the Agartala “Conspiracy” Case and after the Six-Point Demand. “She was very competent in waging any movement and struggle,” Hasina added.
The Prime Minister said Bangamata sacrificed her life rightly nurturing the ideology of the Father of Nation.
Reiterating that her mother always led a simple life, Hasina said Bangamata never boasted of being the wife of the Prime Minister. “She herself cooked food despite being the Prime Minister’s wife and her cooked food items were very tasty.”
Bangamata never lived in the official residence of the Prime Minister as she never wanted her children to be habituated to a lavish life. “She never had any demand,” Hasina said.
Matia Chowdhury, MP presented the keynote paper at the function focusing on the life and works of Bangamata, held with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, MP, in the chair.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry Meher Afroze and Women and Children Affairs Secretary Kazi Rowshan Akhter also spoke on the occasion.
At the function, a documentary was screened highlighting the life and works of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
The state minister, in her speech, said the day is being celebrated in all districts and Bangladeshi missions abroad across the world for the first time.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, Deputy Commissioner of Gopalganj Shahida Sultana distributed sewing machines among insolvent women and laptops among meritorious students in addition to providing cash to destitute women through mobile banking channel in the ancestral district of Bangamata.
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Bangamata, some 3,200 sewing machines and 100 laptops were distributed as well as cash support was provided to 1,300 destitute women.