Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday told Parliament that the government has a plan to set up 22 new missions in 21 countries considering multiple requirements.
“The government has a plan to open new missions in some countries,” he said.
Momen came up with the remarks while responding to a question from ruling party MP Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury (Sylhet-3) in the House.
As per the plan, the minister said, new Bangladeshi missions will be set up in Guangzhou and Shanghai of China, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Laos and Kazakhstan in Asia while Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Tanzania and Ghana in Africa.
Momen said the new missions will also be opened in Ireland, Scotland, Frankfort of Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary and Ukraine in Europe, while Melbourne of Australia, and New Zealand in Oceania and Argentina, Chili and Sao Paulo of Brazil in South America.
He said Bangladesh has 77 missions in 58 countries out of 193 member states of the United Nations.
The foreign minister said all the administrative processes have already been completed to set up the country’s missions in Chennai of India and Bucharest of Romania.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Stating that he returned to parliament from a ‘political prison’ after 18 years, Jatiya Oikyafront MP Sultan Mohammad Mansur on Thursday sought the cooperation of the Leader of the House and the Speaker to allow him to raise his voice in favour of the people and play a constructive role in the House.
“As I became an MP from the opposition alliance, I may not make most of you happy with my speeches and role in parliament. But I seek your (Speaker’s) cooperation so that I can talk in favour of the people and tell white as white. I hope the Leader of the House will also take it into consideration,” he told the House.
Speaking on a point of order, Mansur started his speech paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the historic March 7. “I thank the Speaker for allowing me to address the House on this historic day.”
Mansur said people of his constituency elected him as their MP amid serious adversities on December 30.
He, however, thanked the Prime Minister for ensuring a fair election in his seat without any major incident unlike in many other constituencies.
Mansur said he returned to parliament after 18 years. “I was supposed to be there in the Treasury benches as I did politics of that camp… but I had been in a political prison for the last 18 years.”
He said although he contested the election from Oikyafront, he still maintains the ideals and political philosophy of Bangabandhu.
The Moulvibazar-2 MP said he never compromised on the issue of ‘Joy Bangla’ and Bangabandhu, even though he is now in the opposition bench.
Mentioning that the Prime Minister is taking the country forward following the path Bangabandhu showed, he hoped that Sheikh Hasina will unite the entire nation.
Hours after taking oath, Mansur joined the ongoing session of the 11th Parliament.
Mansur sat in the second row of the opposition bench in the House as the day’s proceedings of the Jatiya Sangsad resumed at 6:37 pm with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Earlier in the day, Mansur, who won the December 30 election with BNP’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ from Moulvibazar-2, took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath around 11 am at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
However, Gono Forum expelled him from the party for taking oath going against the party’s decision.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday told Parliament that the historic 7th March Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is an invaluable asset for the nation as it still motivates the people.
“They (who once used to obstruct playing of this speech) could never understand its value. Today it’s a priceless asset for the Bangalee nation,” she said joining an unscheduled discussion on the historic speech in the House.
The Prime Minister said the appeal of this speech is still very strong. “The people are still being motivated when they hear it (the speech),” she said.
She said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken the Bangalee nation to an armed war and got victory finally making the nation united from the non-cooperation movement, which is a rare example in the world history.
Hasina, eldest daughter of the Father of the Nation, said the people got all sorts of instructions from his speech. “The people had become excited getting the desired instructions from his speech to take preparations for the war.”
She said the speech depicted all necessary instructions for the war and motivated the people very much. “Following the speech, the people of the entire Bangladesh indulged in war and we achieved the victory,” she added.
Bangamata Begum Fazilatunessa Mujib suggested that Bangabandhu deliver whatever comes from his mind saying no one knew better than him about public expectations and the fate of the people was in his hand. “Deliver what words come from your (Bangabandhu) mind,” Bangamata was quoted by Hasina as telling Bangabandhu.
The Prime Minister said the playing of this speech was prohibited after the brutal assassination of the Father of Nation. But leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies, and the student society tried to play this speech on different important days defying all bans, she said.
Mentioning that all the historic speeches were written and pre-prepared ones, she said but the historic 7th March Speech of the Father of the Nation was an extempore one.
As the sitting of the Jatiya Sangsad resumed with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, Tofail Ahmed stood on point of order and initiated the unscheduled discussion on Bangabandhu’s historic 7th March Speech 48 years back.
Recalling the epoch-making speech of independence by Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on this day in 1971 at the then Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardhy Udyan), he paid deep homage to the memories of Bangabandhu, four national leaders and 30 lakh martyrs of the Liberation War.
Tofail said Bangabandhu through his speech gave the nation an outline for the independence of the country which finally encouraged unarmed Bangalees to take arms in their hands for liberating the nation from the occupation of Pakistani forces. “The nation had got the independence through the speech.”
Amir Hossain Amu said Bangabandhu actually declared the country’s independence through his 7th March Speech. “The 7th March Speech was the formal or informal proclamation of the country’s independence.”
He said through the speech, the nation got the inspiration to take the right path of emancipation and get ready for waging the Liberation War. “The nation liberated the country through initiating the war on March 25, 1971 following the guidelines of Bangabandhu.”
Amu said Bangabandhu liberated the country while his daughter has now built a prosperous Bangladesh implementing the dreams of the Father of the Nation.
Sheikh Selim said in his 18-minute speech on March 7, 1971, Bangabandhu had given all the directives to liberate the country. “This speech will never turn old and will encourage the nation to protect the hard-earned independence.”
He said the defeated forces of the Liberation War pushed the country backwards by killing the Father of the Nation in 1975, but his daughter is now taking the country forward following his ideals. “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are the identical entity.”
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu said Bangabandhu is the leader who established Bangladesh and opened a door for the nation for its development and welfare. “The 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu changed the history. It remains immortal and will remain so forever.”
Senior ruling party MPs Matia Chowdhury, Asaduzzaman Khan, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal MP Moinuddin Khan Badal and Gono Forum MP Sultan Mohammed Mansur, among others, joined the unscheduled discussion.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB) – The envoys of five countries, including India and Italy, presented their credentials to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Thursday.
President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed after the meetings.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Italian Ambassador Enrico Nunziata separately presented their credentials to the President at 3pm and 3:30pm respectively.
Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh attaches importance to bilateral and friendly relations with all.
Bangladesh always gives priority to the expansion of the bilateral relations in the field of trade and investment, he said.
The President expressed the hope that the bilateral relations with these countries will further be expanded during their assignments here.
During the meeting with the Indian envoy, Hamid expressed his gratefulness to the people and the government of India for their heartfelt support during the 1971 Liberation War. "The existing relations with India are very excellent. The ties in different sectors, including commerce and investment, are increasing day by day," he said.
Referring to the road-water-airway connectivity between Bangladesh and India, he said this has helped enhance the relations between the peoples of the two neighbouring countries strengthening the bilateral base.
The Indian high commissioner lauded the tremendous development of Bangladesh in various sectors, especially socioeconomic, communication and infrastructural ones.
She said India will stay by Bangladesh for its socioeconomic development.
During the meeting with the Italian ambassador, the President said Bangladesh has a lot of scope for investment and urged Italy to explore the potentials here.
He also mentioned the existing excellent relations between the two countries and hoped that the relations will reach a new height in the days to come.
Baraka Haran Luvanda, Ashraf Farhad Shikhaliyev and Farhod Arziev, ambassadors of Tanzania, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan respectively, also presented their credentials to the President at 4:30pm, 4:45pm and 5pm respectively.
Mentioning the foreign policy -- "friendship to all and malice to none", Hamid said Bangladesh gave importance to the increase of the bilateral and multilateral relations with all.
He said the investment in medicine, agriculture and leather sectors is very bright in Bangladesh.
The President also emphasised on visits at both the government and private levels for utilising the potential of investment.
He also hoped that the envoys will work for enhancing the mutual relations during their tenure in Bangladesh.
The envoys said they will also make all-out efforts to strengthen the relations with their respective countries.
They also sought cooperation for completion of their tenure successfully.
Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials of Foreign Ministry were present.
On their arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the President Guard Regiment (PGR) offered the envoys guards of honour.
Dhaka, Mar 7 (UNB)— March 7, a memorable day in Bangalis' long and bloody struggle for freedom, was observed across the country on Thursday.
On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered an epoch-making speech at a massive rally at the Racecourse Maidan, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.
In 2017, Unesco recognised the speech as a world documentary heritage.
In his 19-minute extempore speech, Bangabandhu made a clarion call for a non-cooperation movement, asking the nation to prepare for the war of independence.
“Since we have given blood, we will give more of it. But, God willing, we will free the people of this land,” he said. “The struggle this time is the struggle for emancipation. The struggle this time is the struggle for independence."
Millions of people from all walks of life responded to his call and joined the Liberation War which ended on December 16 with the surrender of the Pakistani occupation forces.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the nation’s independence hero by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
She stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of Bangabandhu.
Hasina placed another wreath as Awami League president. Awami League and different socio-political and cultural organisations organised elaborate programmes to observe the day.
State-run radio and television as well as private channels aired special programmes while national dailies published supplements marking the day.