Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) - At least 10 people were injured when a gas cylinder of a pickup exploded in the city’s Banani area on Thursday afternoon.
Eight of the injured were identified as Md Khokon, 32, Abdur Rob, 45, Abul Quashem, 50, Mozammel, 35, Saidul, 30, Md Billal, 24, Md Karinm, 32, and Md Sohel, 33. They were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Sub-inspector (SI) Md Abdul Baten of Banani Police Station said the gas cylinder of the Mohakhali-bound pickup went off around 2:30 pm on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway near the Navy headquarters, leaving its 10 passengers injured.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – Mentioning that the country belongs to all, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the trend of change they introduced should be taken forward.
She came up with the remarks in her introductory speech at the high-profile dialogue between the Awami League-led 14-praty alliance and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, including BNP, being held at Prime Minister’s official residence Ganobhaban.
The Prime Minister said their main aim is to change the fate of people, take the country forward and ensure its overall development. “I can say we’re working for the country’s overall development and maintain democracy after a long struggle.”
“I’ll leave it to you to judge it. You’ll certainly consider how much development the country witnessed in the last nine years and 10 months. I can say Bangladesh’s general people are now having good days as their fate has changed. The trend of change we introduced is on,” she further said.
Sheikh Hasina said they were working to take the fruits of independence to every doorstep.
Earlier, the Prime Minister welcomed the Oikyafront delegations to Bangabhaban. “I welcome you to the Ganobhaban.”
The dialogue between the ruling and opposition alliances began at 7am in a bid to reach a consensus over holding the next general election in a fair and credible manner with the participation of all parties.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading 23-member 14-party delegation while Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain 20-member Jatiya Oikyafront team in the discussion.
Through the talks with the Oikyafront, the Prime Minister opened her door of discussions over the 11th parliamentary polls before the announcement of its schedule as Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, Jatiya Party and some other parties and alliances are interested in dialogue with the Prime Minister.
Political analysts think the dialogue will not only determine the mode of the next general election, but also the country’s future politics. They also think the success of the talks depends on sincerity and liberal stance of both the ruling and opposition sides on their current positions.
Meanwhile, Awami League announced the names of the 14-party’s 23 delegation members through a press release signed by party office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap.
Of them, 19 leaders, including the Prime Minister, are from Awami League while four others from its alliance partners.
The other AL leaders are Obaidul Quader, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, Abdur Razzak, Kazi Zafar Ullah, Abdul Matin Khosru, Ramesh Chandra Sen, Advocate Anisul Huq, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanonk, Abdur Rahman, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Dr Hasan Mahmud and SM Rezaul Karim.
The four 14-party leaders are Samyabadi Dal leader Dilip Barua, leader of Workers Party of Bangladesh Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader (JSD) Hasanul Huq Inu and JSD-faction leader Moinuddin Khan Badal.
On Tuesday night, Jatiya Oikyafront sent the names of its 16-member delegation, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, to Awami League for the talks. The names of the last five delegation members were added today.
The other Oikyafront delegation members are BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob, vice president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya’s Mahmudur Rahman Manna and SM Akarm, Gono Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Jatiya Oiky Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed, ABM Mostafa Amin, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP standing committee members Dr Abdul Moyeem Khan, Gano Forum leaders Mokabbir Khan, Jaglul Haider Afrik and AHM Shafiq Ullah.
In favour of Jatiya Oikyafront, Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue over the national election.
In response to it, Sheikh Hasina sent a letter to Dr Kamal on Tuesday morning and invited Oikyafront leaders to join the dialogue.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand.
The Oikyafront’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) - Internationally renowned Bangladeshi photographer, academic and social activist Shahidul Alam has been awarded Lucie Humanitarian Award, 2018.
He was honoured with the award for his extraordinary contribution in photography, and society, said a press release.
Eminent professor and scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak received the award on behalf of Shahidul at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York .
In a press release issued by the Lucie Foundation, it stated, “On 28th October 2018 evening, New York hosted the 16th Annual Lucie Awards in a gala black-tie ceremony and awards program, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The Lucies – the world’s most esteemed photography awards ceremony, honored the greatest achievements in the field – presented awards ranging from Achievement in Fine Art and Documentary, to Achievements in industry support categories, including Photojournalism and Advertising.”
Shahidul Alam, also Chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, was arrested from his Dhanmondi residence on September 5 and then sent to jail allegedly for spreading propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – Describing the youth as the driving force to take the country forward, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government has taken numerous programmes to build them as worthy citizens.
"We think, the youth is the source of power to develop a country…their merit and creativity can greatly help build the country," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a function organised marking the National Youth Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
This year’s theme of the day is ‘Youth Awaken to Build Bangladesh, Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh’.
She said the government has taken numerous programmes and projects to create a scope for the youth to flourish their merit and talents.
Terming the laborious youths as precious assets for the country, the Prime Minister said, "Our aim is to make them good human resources through proper training."
She urged the youth to stand on their own feet shunning the mentality for getting jobs from others. "You have to take such entrepreneurship where you’ll be able to provide jobs to many others."
The Prime Minister briefly listed the various programmes taken by her government to develop the youth as worthy citizens of the country to achieve the desired target.
Talking about the Delta Plan 2100, Hasina said the country needs a large number of skilled youths in the coming days to materialise that.
She urged the youths to avail of the various opportunities that the government is offering and build themselves as the agents of the developed and prosperous Bangladesh which was the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Youth and Spirts Zahid Ahsan Russel and Youth and Sports secretary Muhammad Abdullah also spoke on the occasion.
SM Shahjalal Siraj and Humaira Latif Panna expressed their feelings on behalf of the award recipients.
The Prime Minister also distributed Youth Awards among 27 youths in different categories.
She later witnessed the colourful function performed by the youths.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday sought the cooperation of people in completing the development projects taken by her government to create jobs and improve their lifestyle.
"Our tenure is now at its fag end as the election is getting closer. The election schedule will be announced anytime soon…we’ll get back to people and seek their votes for Boat," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating 297 projects and laying the foundation stones of 24 others in 56 districts under 20 ministries and divisions through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said her party urges the people of the country to cast their votes in favour of Boat, the election symbol of Awami League, to complete the projects after getting back to power through the next election.
Recalling the horrible days of 2001 to 2008, Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of Awami League, mentioned that it was another era of darkness like the post-1975 period.
At that time, she said, Bangladesh had become champion in corruption for five times apart from the spread of militancy, terrorism, bomb attacks, grenade attacks and killing of Awami league MPs and thousands of its activists.
The Prime Minister said Awami League participated in the 2008 election and came to power as people cast their votes for the party.
She briefly described the atrocities unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat clique in the name of resisting the January-5 election in 2014.
"They had killed people setting fire to them, destroyed public and private property…people witnessed those…what horrible misdeeds they (BNP-Jamaat) had committed," she said.
Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat nexus again started killing people and destroying public and private property by unleashing ‘fire terrorism’ for 92 days starting from January 5, 2015.
"They (BNP-Jamaat) had burnt 500 people alive and left some 3,800 other victims," she said.
Defying all the odds and the world economic recession t that time, the Prime Minister said, her government had been able to maintain the pace of development. "The fact is that there has been a real change in the lives of people … there’ll be more development in their lives…we want that, we are working for that."
From the programme, the Prime Minister declared Sundarbans as a zone free from pirates as all groups involved in such acts surrendered to law enforcement agencies gradually.
The Prime Minister said the government provided Tk one lakh to each of those who surrendered in addition to providing other necessary support.
While talking to officials and people in Bagerhat through the videoconference, she also asked the authorities concerned to extend all-out cooperation to those who returned to normal life leaving piracy so that they could led a decent life.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the newly constructed National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Centre and laid the foundation stone of the vertical extensions of the National Institute of Mental Health Hospital, Suharawardi Hospital, Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology Hospital, Mugda Hospital-Dhaka, Asthma Center-Dhaka and Health Management Institute in Savar.
She asked the administrative officials, doctors and all other concerned for proper operation and maintenance of the medical institutes and hospitals to ensure people getting healthcare services.
She said that the government is striving hard to reach the health services to the doorsteps of people.
Finance Minister AMA Abdul Muhith, Housing and Public Works Minister
Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul
Quader, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain,
Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, Law Minister Advocate Anisul Haque,
Railways Minister Md Mazibul Haque, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Cultural
Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Post and Telecommunications and ICT
Minister Mustafa Jabbar, among others, were present.
The projects included 17 schemes under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, 31
under the Ministry of Textiles and Jute, two under the Health
Ministry, 98 projects under the Home Ministry, 11 projects under the Road
Transport and Bridges Ministry, six projects under the Public Works Ministry,
three schemes under the Liberation War Affairs Ministry, 1 scheme under the
Post and Telecommunications and ICT Ministry, 112 schemes under the Power,
Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, four projects under the LGRD Ministry,
three schemes under the Information Ministry, two schemes under the Railways
Ministry, five projects under the Education Ministry, 13 schemes under the
Water Resources Ministry, two schemes under the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, and one under the BEPZA.