Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public representatives to work for the welfare of people, not for making own fortune.
“You’re elected representatives. People cast votes for you. You’ll have to evaluate every voter. You’ll have to be sincere so that all can enjoy civic amenities,” she added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this at the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected mayor of Barishal City Corporation Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah held at Shapla Hall of her office. She administered the oath.
Local Government Division Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.
Later, the newly elected 30 councillors of general wards and 10 female councillors of the reserved seats of Barishal City Corporation were also sworn in at the same venue.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain administered the oath to the councillors.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister urged the newly elected mayor and councillors to be sincere so that every penny of development allocations can properly be used for the wellbeing of people.
“We've taken massive development programmes. You’ll have to be sincere so that every penny of the development allocation we provide is used for the welfare of people,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Awami League has been in power for nearly 10 years from 2009-2018. “We announced ’the Charter of Change' in the election manifesto. Today, the change has truly come in the lives of people. The poverty rate has declined, while the per capita income increased.”
She said now 90 percent of the national budget is implemented with the country’s own financing.
Hasina also urged them to work for protecting the young generation from terrorism, militancy and drugs. “We want to build terrorism-, militancy- and drug-free Bangladesh.”
Thanking those who cast votes for Awami League’s election symbol 'Boat' in the city election, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL President, urged the public representatives to convey her message to people that she seeks their votes for the Boat in the next general election.
AL general secretary and Road Transport and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader was present.
Awami League mayoral candidate Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah was elected mayor in the Barishal City Corporation election held on July 30 last.
Sadiq Abdullah won the election with a big margin defeating his nearest rival BNP contestant Mujibur Rahman Sarwar.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday granted anticipatory bail to Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr ZafrullahChowdhury in two cases filed in Savar on charges of grabbing a land and demanding extortion.
An HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice MohiUddin Shamim passed the order when Dr Zafrullah appeared before the court and sought bail.
Senior lawyer Advocate Zainul Abedin, said the High Court granted bail to Dr Zafarullah till submission of police report in the cases.
Earlier on October 19, Hasan Imam,a resident of Savar, filed the cases against Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on charges of occupying a land and demanding extortion with Ashulia Police Station.
Mohammad Ali, a resident of Harirampur upazila in Manikganj, filed another case accusing Zafrullah and three others with the same police station allegedly for attempting to grab a piece of land and demanding extortion on October 15.
The accused allegedly had been trying to occupy a 4.24-acare land, owned by Mohammad Ali, at Pathalia union. They threatened and put pressure on Mohammad Ali in a bid to grab the land, and demanded Tk 1 crore from him as extortion.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday issued warrant for the arrest of Barrister Mainul Hosein in a case filed for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk show.
Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after recording the statement of Masuda Bhatti in the afternoon.
The court also fixed November 22 for submission of the records regarding the arrest of Barrister Mainul.
Earlier in the day, Masuda Bhatti filed a defamation case against Mainul Hosein in this connection.
Besides, a Jamalpur court issued a warrant for the arrest of Barrister Mainul Hosein in a defamation case.
Judge Solaiman Kabir of Jamalpur Cognizance Court issued the warrant after hearing on the case. Farzana Yasmin Lita, convener of Jamalpur district unit Jubo Mohila League, filed a Tk 20,000 crore defamation case against Mainul.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk show programme ‘Ekattorer Journal’ through a videoconference aired on a private TV channel, Ekattor TV, hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an ‘offensive comment’ against Masuda Bhatti on October 16. He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement says.
During the talk show, Masuda Bhatti told Mainul, “You say that you in the Jatiya Oikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying said that you are there as a representative of Jamaat.”
Angered at the comment, Mainul said, “I’m thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as ‘characterless’. There’s no question about Jamaat link’s with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me.”
Sylhet, Oct 20 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront has been denied permission again for its rescheduled public rally in the city’s Registry field on Wednesday.
“We didn’t give Oikyafront permission for its rally here on security grounds,” Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Commissioner Golam Kibria told UNB on Saturday evening.
Earlier in the day, a BNP delegation submitted an application to the SMP authorities around 1:20pm seeking permission for the rally.
Nearly one-and-a-half hours later, the authorities informed the delegation that the rally cannot be held for security reasons, said Sylhet district BNP president Abul Kahar Shamim.
He said Oikyafront leaders’ scheduled visit to Sylhet on Wednesday will remain unchanged though they were denied permission for the rally.
On Friday, Jatiya Oikyafront leaders at a meeting in the capital deferred its maiden public rally in Sylhet to October 24 as it was denied permission to hold the programme on October 23.
After the meeting, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu said the Oikyafront leaders would go to Sylhet on October 24 even if they were not given permission to stage their rally.
Montu said senior Oikyafront leaders would offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) and at the grave of General MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces during the War of Liberation, in Sylhet on October 24.
On October 13, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
Savar, Oct 19 (UNB) - Another case has been filed against Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on charges of occupying a land and demanding extortion.
Hasan Imam filed the case accusing Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, 85, registrar of Gono University Delwar Hossain, 57, Gonoshasthya Kendra director Saiful Islam Sishir, 55, and Aulad Hossain, 48, with Ashulia Police Station on Friday, said its officer-in-charge Rizaul Haque Dipu.
“Not influenced by the pressure from the government, police are taking up the cases against him after getting complaints from the victims,” said the OC.
Earlier on Monday night, the one Mohammad Ali, a resident of Harirampur upazila in Manikganj, filed a case accusing Zafrullah and three other named and three to four unnamed persons with the same police station allegedly for attempting to grab a piece of land and demanding extortion.
The accused have long been trying to occupy a 4.24-acare land, owned by Mohammad Ali, at Pathalia union. They threatened and put pressure on Mohammad Ali in a bid to grab the land, and demanded Tk 1 crore from him as extortion, he said.