Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed shock and sorrow at the death of Awami League Advisory Council member and Bangabandhu Parishad President Dr SA Malek. Malek was also former political adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and former lawmaker from Faridpur-1 constituency. In a condolence message, Sheikh Hasina said that Dr SA Malek was also a very close associate of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She recalled that Dr SA Malek played a very important role in all the movements and struggles for the establishment of independent Bangladesh, including the language movement and the 6-point movement under the leadership of Bangabandhu. She also said that Dr Malek participated in the Liberation War and played an active role in all the political activities of that time. The Prime Minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said BNP is free to hold meetings and processions, but her government will take stern action if the opposition resorts to arson attacks and killings in the name of anti-government movement. “We have no objection to your movement. But we will not spare a single person if there is any incident of arson attacks, burning people alive and hurling grenades on the innocents,” she said in issuing a warning to BNP. The prime minister said this while addressing the sixth triennial national council of Mahila Awami League, an associate body of the ruling Awami League, at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan. Hasina, who is the president of AL, attended the opening session as the chief guest. The prime minister’s warning came as BNP has launched a campaign of divisional rallies to demand that the AL government steps down to pave the way for forming a neutral caretaker administration for holding the next general election. The opposition party is also highlighting the sky-rocketing prices of the essential commodities. The next national election is not due until January 2023. PM Hasina lambasted BNP-Jamaat regime for unleashing a rein of torture and repression across the country after it came to power in 2001. “They came down on the womenfolk. There was not a single place in Bangladesh where their torture and oppression was not done,” she told the conference.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to join an event marking partial end to the construction works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel or Karnaphuli Tunnel and announce the completion of the tunnel’s south side on Saturday. The construction work of the southern end of the tunnel has been completed entirely, while 99 percent work of the tunnel’s northern end has been finished. The PM is expected to join the event organized by the Bridges Division virtually at about 10:00am. Ahmad Kaykaus, Chief Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), made the announcement while talking to journalists at the Patenga End of the tunnel on Friday. Read: PM Hasina foresees no crisis in consumer goods “The Bridges Division is going to arrange a program marking the completion of the tunnel’s southern part. The PM will attend this program virtually. We hope that the entire tunnel will be opened for vehicular movement by the end of next January,” said Kaykaus. According to project sources, two 5.35km approach roads are being constructed on the eastern and western sides of the tunnel. The length of the tunnel is 3.32km. “As of yet, the overall progress of the project is 94 percent. It’ll take two more months to complete the rest of the works,” said Mohammad Harunur Rashid, Project Director of the Karnaphuli Tunnel Project.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned not to design and implement any development project, harming nature and ecology. She made the directive while presiding over a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) held at the NEC conference room here in the city. Briefing the reporters, Planning Minister MA Mannan said the directive came while clearing a Tk 2,580-crore Coastal Town Climate Resilient Project in the meeting. “We’re implementing many projects. But be careful no damage is done to nature,” the PM was quoted as saying. About agricultural production, she stressed not only on raising food production amid the current global situation, but also for ensuring quality food grains and nutrition enriched foods. Hasina asked the concerned ministries to pay attention to the stockpile of food grains in godowns and preserve the food items properly using higher technology. The PM also asked the authorities to complete the projects in time to avoid frequent revision.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday lauded the country’s military for standing by the side the people during natural disasters and other crisis. “I believe that our army is now truly the people's army. The armed forces stand beside the people during any disaster and accident and extend their cooperation to them,” she said. The premier was addressing a civic and military gathering at a reception arranged at Senakunja of Dhaka Cantonment on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2022. Read more: Bangladesh has changed a lot under Awami League govt: PM Hasina We want peace, not war: Hasina said Bangladesh doesn’t want war against anyone, but instead wants peace and friendly relations with all the countries. “We’ll not fight against anyone. We want peace,” she said. The PM said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had framed the policy of ‘Friendship to All, Malice to None’ (the cornerstone of the country’s foreign policy) and this is being followed by her government. On this day during the War of Liberation in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising Army, Navy and Air Force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces which accelerated the victory in the Liberation War. Since the independence of the country, this historic day is observed as the Armed Forces Day. She said her government has relentlessly been working for the socio-economic uplift of the common people of the country by keeping the friendly relations with all countries of the world in line with the policy. Bangladesh out of this situation: PM Sheikh Hasina said her government can take ahead the development programmes since a democratic trend continues now, but unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic affected the progress of the country. She said the prices of commodities and transport cost soared significantly due to the Ukraine-Russia war and sanctions following the pandemic. “Even then we’ve been trying as much as possible so that our people don’t suffer (from price-hikes of essentials),” she said, adding that they are trying to purchase from every possible source to ease their sufferings. Read more: Armed Forces Day: PM pays tribute at Shikha Anirban She focused on the ongoing food programmes run by the government to support the poor people amid this crisis. “We’ve been implementing all sorts of steps to improve the life and livelihood of the people,” she added. The PM said Bangladesh was recognised as a role model for development, but the pandemic, war and sanctions have put the country largely into trouble. Economic recession is now seen everywhere including the UK, the US and Europe, she added. “In this situation, our economy still remains vibrant and is moving. But with cooperation from all, we would definitely be able to take it out of this situation (trouble),” said Hasina. She reiterated her call to grow more foods and cultivate every piece of arable land. Focusing on her government’s steps to modernise the armed forces, the premier said she has developed every force and built up every institute so that the Army, Navy and Air Force can move, keeping the pace with the world as the Armed Forces of Bangladesh are working in the United Nations peacekeeping missions. She said the peacekeepers of Bangladesh have been working in the UN missions for 34 years with dedication and pride. Now Bangladesh is the largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping operations, she added. PM’s Security Affairs Adviser Major Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and the chiefs of the three services were present. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, cabinet members, political leaders, foreign diplomats, leading figures representing different professions, editors, senior civil and military officials and their spouses, among others, attended the reception.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday invited Singaporean investors to set up factories in Bangladesh's special economic zones. She put emphasis on setting up agro-processing industries in these special economic zones. She said this when Singapore's Minister for Transport and Minister in charge of Trade Relations S. Iswaran called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the reporters after the call on. Singapore's minister expressed his country's eagerness to work together with Bangladesh on sustainable and renewable energy alongside exploring new areas of cooperation. Also read: Bangladesh shares its aspirations with Singapore to emerge as facilitator of regional connectivity During the meeting they discussed about the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. PM Hasina appreciated the development of Singapore. Also read: Expedite implementation of Kuwait’s proposed petroleum refinery in Bangladesh: PM The Singapore's minister said both the countries have to explore new areas of cooperation and set up a joint working group to explore potential areas. Iswaran said both the countries have potential to cooperation in tourism sectors. He highly appreciated the development of Bangladesh saying it has grown strongly under the leadership of Hasina. Ambassador at Large M Ziauddin and senior secretary of PMOMd. Tofazzel Hossain Miah were present.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the Fire Service and Civil Defence to focus on boosting the capacity by engaging the common people in its operations. “You should strengthen the disaster prevention system by raising public awareness, enhancing the capacity of the Fire Service and Civil Defence through greater involvement of the common people in its work,” she said. "This will also boost the morale of the members " The premier was addressing the opening ceremony of Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) Week-2022, held at FSCD Training Complex in the city's Mirpur-10 area, through a virtual platform from her official residence Ganabhaban. The week is being observed throughout the country aiming to create mass awareness to prevent fire incidents and other natural and manmade disasters. Read more: Bangladesh committed to path of sustainable development Hasina asked the FSCD members to keep these goals in mind while observing the fire service week 2022. She said everyone should get fire safety training in a bid to protect their lives in case of fire incidents. “I think it is very essential to impart training to all from their childhood --our children and housewives– over how to protect themselves in case of fire incidents,” she said. Focusing on the actions implemented by her government to modernise the Fire Service and Civil Defence, the PM said, “We’ve been able to take the institution, which was once neglected, to a dignified position now in line with the demand of time.” Sheikh Hasina said the government has improved the FSCD significantly in the last 14 years in terms of its service standard and safety and dignity of its members. She said her government took different steps to make the firefighters as a time-befitting force and expand its services further. “We’ve taken measures to transform the fire service into an institute so that it would have full capacity and could deliver the highest services,” she said. The PM said the implementation of her government’s commitment to set up at least a fire station in each upazila is going to be completed. She said the government has taken initiative to set up Bangabandhu Fire Academy aiming at imparting high quality training to the firefighters. A total of 1,184 fire service officers and employees have so far given foreign training, she added. The FSCD manpower was increased to 14,443 now from 6,175 ones in 2008, while the number of fire stations to 491 ones (from 204 ones in 2008). More 52 stations will be opened soon, she said, adding that the number of the stations would cross 700 when the existing projects are completed. Read more: Grow more food, keep enough stock to avert any crisis: PM Hasina Talking about different modern equipment inducted to the FSCD mechanical fleet, the PM said they have purchased a huge quantity of modern and world standard fire dousing and rescue equipment to enhance the capacity of the Fire Service and Civil Defence. She said her government procured a total of 26 small and large Turntable Ladder (TTL) vehicles including five world-highest 68-metre TTL vehicles for the fleet of the fire service. The 68-metre-high TTL vehicles have recently been added to the mechanical fleet of FSCD in a bid to tackle high-rise fire incidents as their ladders can expand up to 24 floors of multi-storied buildings, with a large-capacity to fight fire hazards. The PM said the fire service has been equipped with two remote control fire fighting vehicles while 24 rescue boats and 10 fire floats were purchased to strengthen operational capacity on water way. She said the government has a plan to introduce a lifetime ration for firefighters. Noting that the government had earlier donated Tk 20 crore to the Welfare Trust Fund of Fire Service Staff, Hasina announced that she would donate more Tk 20 crore to the Welfare Trust as the number of its members has increased. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Secretary of Security Service Division Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury and Fire Service and Civil Defence Director General Brig Gen Md Main Uddin spoke on the occasion. On behalf of the PM, the home minister handed over the Fire Service and Civil Defence Medal-2022 to 45 firefighters and relatives of 13 firefighters who were killed in the recent BM Container Depot fire at Sitakunda. A smartly-turned out FSCD contingent, led by parade commander Anwarul Haque presented salute to the prime minister.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday asked the leaders and activists of her party’s youth front Jubo League to go to their villages and work for boosting farm production to offset any impact of global food crisis. “I would like to ask every activist and leader of Jubo League to go to your village and ensure that no land remains uncultivated,” she said. The premier was addressing a grand youth rally arranged in the city’s historic Suhrawardy Udyan to mark the golden jubilee of Bangladesh Jubo League, the youth wing of Bangladesh Awami League. On November 11, 1972, Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani had formed Bangladesh Awami Jubo League at the directive of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Hasina, also the AL president, said the price of every commodity has soared in the world market due to the Ukraine war, sanctions and counter sanctions. Read: PM Hasina credits long stay in power for country’s development “We should not remain dependent on others rather we should be self-reliant. So, I’ve been asking everyone not to leave even an inch of land uncultivated,” she said in her first physical appearance at a public rally since the outbreak Covid-19 pandemic two years ago. She said leaders and activists of Jubo League and other associate organisations of Awami League helped the farmers in harvesting their crops during the Covid-19 pandemic responding to her call. “Now we’ll have to stand beside the people as well,” she said asking Jubo League members to cultivate own lands and help others to produce food and other crops in their lands. “You’ll have to serve the country and its people,” the prime minister told the huge rally, many of its attendants in colourful t-shirts and bandanas. Hasina also asked the Jubo League activists to work for eradicating terrorism, militancy, drug and corruption and keep the youth away from such social diseases. Read: People will talk but Bangladesh is benefitting from AL govt's dev work: PM “Every leader and activist will have to promise and work accordingly as well as develop such spirit among other youths in this regard,” she said. Our economy is still strong: PM The PM criticised those who earlier thought that Bangladesh would face the fate of Sri Lanka. “Our economy is still strong enough. Many individuals thought Bangladesh would be a Sri Lanka….. But ashes fell on their faces,” she said. Coming down heavily on BNP, she said now many BNP leaders are talking about money laundering, plundering and corruption, though their leader Tarique Rahman was convicted in a money laundering case. She said Tarique Zia was sentenced to seven-year jail term and fined Tk 20 crore in a money laundering case as well as awarded life-sentence in the August 21 grenade attack case. “It is not decent for those, whose leader is accused in killing, money laundering, illegal arms smuggling cases, to criticize the Awami League. In an oblique reference to BNP leader Khaleda Zia, the PM said if any country is run by a person who studied only up to Class-8, and failed to pass the matriculation exams, it makes no progress. She said Bangladesh has witnessed massive development in the last 14 years. Now none can neglect Bangladesh in international arena. Read: Forex reserves still enough to cover 5 months' imports: PM The PM said today Bangladesh is marching forward overcoming many hurdles. “We’ve been able to raise the per capita income to 2,824 US dollar,” she said. She said the size of the national budget was only Tk 64,000 crore during the BNP regime, which jumped to over Tk 678,000 crore in the 2022-23 fiscal. “How could we place such a big budget unless there was no progress achieved?” she added. On PM’s arrival at the venue, Jubo League chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash and its general secretary Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil received her. Sheikh Hasina opened the rally by releasing pigeons and balloons. She uncovered a special publication and unveiled a logo on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebration, as well as opened the website of Jubo League. The premier was given a golden jubilee crest and two separate paintings on Bangabandhu. AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, and former Jubo League chairmen Amir Hossain Amu, Fazlul Karim Selim and Jahangir Kabir Nanak also spoke on the occasion. Sheikh Parash presided over the rally, moderated by Nikhil.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that Bangladesh is making commendable progress in development thanks to her government’s long stay in power. “Since we have been in power for three consecutive terms, the country’s development (works) is getting visible,” she said. The premier was addressing an event arranged in her office to receive donation for Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to distribute blankets and other warm clothes among the poor people during in the upcoming winter. Read more: Without physical activity, Dhaka children growing up like ‘farmed chicken’: PM She said the government has been able to keep the momentum of massive development works since it has been in power for the last 14 years in a row winning the 2014 and 2018 elections. She said her government works for the welfare of the disadvantaged communities in the society. “Our goal is to ensure that no one remains as untouchable and neglected, and everyone is able live a decent life. We’ve done it” she added. Read more: Rich countries fail to keep climate finance promise: PM Hasina The PM said the government rehabilitated different disadvantaged communities, including disabled people, transgender, Bedes (gypsy) and leprosy patients providing them with houses. “We’ve been improving the living standard of everyone – not only the common people but also all irrespective of their locations and position in the society,” she said. Sheikh Hasina extended thanks to Bank Association of Bangladesh for coming up with donations during every natural disaster including flood, cyclone and drought. She urged the businesspeople, particularly banks’ authorities to provide larger assistances to the sports and cultural sectors in order to protect the youth from terrorism, militancy, drug addiction and other social diseases. The PM called upon the industrialists to recruit also from the sportspeople and the disabled community. She thanked the financial institutions who have provided donations to the relief fund saying that the government wants to take measures in advance to help the cold-hit people in the coming winter season.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (November 09, 2022) put emphasis on attaining mental strength and self-confidence while training for excellence in sports. “Mental strength and confidence along with training are of utmost importance. The more you train, the more you will attain excellence,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a reception programme for Bangladesh women’s national football team who won the SAFF women’s championship 2022 in September. At the event, prize money and financial honorarium were handed to women footballers for bringing the trophy to Bangladesh. The programme was held at the Shapla Hall of Prime Minister Office (PMO). Read: Outstanding SAFF performance: PM gives away cheques to Bangladesh women’s football team Bangladesh women’s team lifted the SAFF championship 2022 by beating four-times finalist and hosts Nepal 3-1 in Kathmandu on September 19 last. The Prime Minister said that athletes of the country must always remember that as a nation Bangalees have attained a hard-earned victory in the Liberation War. “We are a victorious nation; we have attained independence through the Liberation War. You must remember this. We won in the war and we will win in sports too. You must have this attitude. Only then success will come,” she said. Talking about development in sports over the last 14 years, she said, “We are trying to develop the sports sector from the grassroots level. There is a stadium in every district and that stadium will be used for every sport,” she said. Read: Focusing on sports, cultural activities to create worthy citizens: PM Talking about mini stadium in every upazila, she said that these stadiums will be used for all kinds of sports, and schools can use the venues for holding their annual sports events. Sheikh Hasina said that her government has constructed 125 Sheikh Russel mini stadiums in as many upzilas and work to construct 186 more such mini stadium has started in the second phase. In the third phase, 173 Sheikh Russel mini stadiums will be constructed. She also said that the government will construct indoor stadiums in every district while there will be BKSP in every division for development of the sports sector in the country. The prime minister said that besides studies, sports, cultural activities and literature are crucial to ensure physical and mental wellbeing of children. Read: No megaprojects now but no compromise on welfare-oriented ones: PM She mentioned that during the 1996-2001 tenure, the Awami League government sent players in several countries including Brazil, Portugal and Spain for advanced training. The PM also said that the government is providing patronage to different-abled athletes as part of the “sports for all” policy. The Prime Minister observed that children living in Dhaka city are growing up like “farmed chicken”, cooped up in apartments, with little to no physical activity. She asked parents to pay special attention to their children in this regard and take them to the playgrounds regularly. Read: PM: Encourage children to take to sports to become good citizens “Schools must have arrangements for regular sports activities,” she said. She asked the affluent in the society to come forward and contribute to the development of local sports. “They can at least appoint athletes in their organisations so that their livelihoods are ensured,” she said. State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Md. Salah Uddin, Sabina Khatun and Youth and Sports secretary Mesbah Uddin also spoke at the programme. A documentary was screened at the reception programme for the SAFF championship winner Bangladesh women’s national football team. Read More: 5 SAFF champion girls receive grand reception in Khagrachari