Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Welcoming the move of Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and others to form an alliance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said it will give the anti-Awami League people a new platform to stand in.
"I welcome their alliance. Let the unity prevails… this is good. This will be a great relief for the anti-AL people," she said.
The Prime Minister further said, “There’re two parties in Bangladesh -- Awami League and anti-Awami League. The anti-Awami League people will have to have somewhere to go."
She was addressing a press conference arranged at her official residence Ganobhaban to brief the media about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th Bimstec summit.
Recently, Dr Kamal, B Chowhdury, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, ASM Abdur Rob and Kader Siddique agreed to forge a national unity ahead of the general election.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said the new combine will be a good one at least. "We’ll contest the election. I hope they’ll also take part in the polls in alliance."
She said there should be an alternative in the country. "I convey my good wishes to them."
Replying to a query, the Prime Minister questioned whether Dr Kamal Hossain and his associates really want the election. “There’s a section of people in Bangladesh who always sit there thinking that if there’s any unconstitutional and unelected government, they’ll get the flag… they’ll get some importance," she said.
Referring to Dr Kamal's recent remarks that there will be no election in the country, she said that means they are waiting for this. "If anything happens in our country, all look at Uttarpara. This is the reality. Anything might happen. My father was killed and there were attempts to kill me in broad daylight," she said.
The AL chief said Dr Kamal and his ‘companies’ do not want healthy democracy. "They utter democracy only in mouths but want to go to power through an undemocratic way."
She also said a section of political parties wants to cash in on any sort of movement, even a non-political one. "I watch the movement first and allow it to advance. When I see any other party tries to capitalise on that movement, I separate the movement and the vested party stumbles on the ground."
The Prime Minister said if anyone wants anything from her, he or she has to go for movement to realise it. "I won’t give anything without a movement. Mr Kamal and his associates have to go for a movement," she said, adding that if they become successful in their movement and if anyone comes from Uttarpara, they will attain success.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday said the government will not allow anyone to create any chaos in the country by doing politics in the name of religion.
“We believe religion is for individuals, but the festival is for everyone,” he said while speaking at a discussion in Faridpur.
Faridpur Puja Celebration Committee arranged the programme at Sridham Sree Angan, marking Janmashtami, the birth celebration of Lord Sri Krishna.
The minister also inaugurated a colourful rally brought by the Hindu community members on the occasion.
Mosharraf said people of all regions and colours have been living in the country in peace for ages.
He said Lord Krishna appeared on the earth from heaven on this day to remove evil acts and suppress the devils.
The minister hoped that Sri Krishna’s ideals and teachings will strengthen the bonds, communal harmony and brotherhood in the country further.
The country’s Hindu community celebrated Janmashtami on Sunday 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 to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) – Traffic Department under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) filed 2921 cases and collected fines amounting to Tk 15.46 lakh (over 1.5 million) during the daylong drive against traffic rules violators in the capital on Friday.
Besides, 30 vehicles were dumped and 510 other vehicles were put on the wrecker during the drive.
Sources at the DMP said traffic police filed cases against vehicles for various charges, including violation of traffic rules, using hydraulic horn, beacon light, dark-tinted glass, as well as for plying their vehicle on the wrong side of the road.
Among the cases, 205 cases were filed for plying the vehicles on the wrong side of the road, 24 for using hydraulic horns, four for beacon light and 13 microbus for using dark-tinted glass.
Besides, cases were also filed against 992 motorcycles for violating traffic rules and 49 other motor cycles were detained during the time, said Deputy Commissioner (Media) of the DMP Masudur Rahman.
He said 12 cases were filed in connection with talking over mobile phones during driving vehicles.
The Traffic Department of the DMP conducted special drive as part of its routine initiatives, he said.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) – The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed October 1 for hearing two petitions filed by the government seeking stay on the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail.
The full bench of the Apex Court will hear the petitions, said Deputy Attorney General Kamrul Ahsan Khan Aslam.
After hearing the petitions, chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique sent the petitions to the full bench for their hearing on October 1.
Earlier on August 19, the government filed two petitions seeking stay on the HC orders that granted bail to Khaleda in the defamation case of Narail on August 13 and that of Dhaka on August 14.
On December 21, 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs, saying, “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.”
Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case with the Cognisance Court on December 24, 2015, in Narail.
Besides, president of pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed another defamation case against Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on January 5, 2016.
Natore, Aug 30 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sent the driver and helper of 'Challenger Paribahan' bus to jail in a case filed over the killing of 15 people in a road accident in Lalpur upazila of the district.
Judicial Magistrate Sultan Mahmud passed the order after sub-inspector of Banpara Highway Police Station Tariqul Islam, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced them before his court seeking a five-day remand.
The court also fixed September 5 for hearing the remand petition.
Earlier, Detective Branch of police handed over driver Shamim Hossain and helper Abdus Salam Kamol to Natore highway police.
At least 15 people were killed and 15 others injured when the Bogura-bound bus of ‘Challenger Paribahan’ from Pabna hit a human-hauler carrying 15 passengers in Lalpur upazila on August 25.
A case was filed against seven people over the fatal road accident.