Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) - Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday said they have asked their two MPs-elect not to join parliament as per their party’s decision.
“We’ve clearly conveyed them (two MPs) our party’s decision of not joining parliament, and they won’t do it,” he said.
Dr Kamal came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting of Jatiya Oikyafront steering committee at his Motijheel chamber.
According to the media reports , Gono Forum’s two MPs-elect --Sultan Mohammad Mansur (Moulvibazar-2) and Mokabbir Khan (Sylhet-2) – are willing to join joining parliament showing respect to people’s mandate given in favour of them.
BNP along with Gono Forum and some other parties joined the December-30 election in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront. BNP bagged six seats while Gono Forum two in the election.
The alliance turned down the election results bringing the allegation of ‘massive vote robbery’ and demanded reelection.
The first session of the new parliament began on Wednesday without participation of the eight MPs-elect of Oikyafront.
Meanwhile, the Oikyafront has decided not to join the tea party at Ganobhaban on February 2, terming it a “mockery”.
Oikyafront spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Our several thousand leaders and activists have been in jail while many others killed and injured centring the election. Many candidates have also been injured.”
He further said, “Under the circumstances, we think arranging such a tea party by the prime minister is nothing but a mockery. So, we think there’s no necessity to join the tea party.”
Later, at a press release issued by the Oikyafront said its steering committee unanimously decided not to take part in the tea party at the invitation of the Prime Minister.
“The government formed through a farce in the name of an election is in no way moral one. People lost their minimum democratic rights and the right to elect their representatives through casting votes on December 30. “Many Oikyafront leaders and activists are still being arrested in new cases. Under the circumstances, it’s not possible to join the Prime Minister’s tea party.”
On January 26, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Jatiya Oikyafront senior leaders to exchange greetings at Ganobhaban over tea on February 2.
Apart from Fakhrul, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Krishak Sramik Janata League general secretary Iqbal Siddiqui and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, joined the meeting with Kamal Hossain in the chair.
Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Huq on Thursday said that memorials will be built at Alokdia, Muslimbari and Zalladkhana in Mirpur area where mass killings were taken place in 1971.
“These projects will be implemented as part of the national plan to reserve the memory of the liberation war,” said the minister at a programme at Mirpur Harunur Rashid Mollah Eidgah field.
Mentioning that the independence of Bangladesh was achieved following the sacrifice of millions of lives, the minister said, “To make this achievement meaningful, the country’s people will have to know the real history of the liberation war and have to own the sense of liberation.”
The minister also said the government will take all necessary steps to reserve the memory of the liberation war as well as the freedom fighters would be remembered for ever.
Mentioning that different initiatives for the welfares of freedom fighters have been taken by the government, AKM Mozammel Huq said that ‘identity cards’ will be provided to the ‘true’ freedom fighters and residential facilities will be provided to freedom fighters without homes to live in.
Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) - Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun called upon the multipurpose companies on Thursday to maintain product quality to grab the global markets.
“We don’t want to stay in our local market only. We want to catch the global competitive markets with our quality products,” he said while addressing the ‘Accreditation Certificate Awarding Ceremony and Laboratory Conclave’ at the ministry.
Bangladesh Accreditation Board certified 16 institutions under local and multipurpose testing laboratory and inspection organizations. Md Monwarul Islam, director general of BAB, said products certified by the accredited laboratories would be acceptable globally.
The recipients include National Meteorology Laboratory (BSTI), Engineer Construction BD Testing Laboratory (Dhaka Cantonment), Calibration Laboratory (Biman Bangladesh Airlines), Pathology Laboratory (Labaid Ltd), Pran Beverage Laboratory (Pran Dairy Limited), NUSDAT-UTS (Walton High-Tech Industries Ltd), and National Control Laboratory (Directorate General of Drug Administration).
Nurul Majid congratulated the recipients. “Remember, making low-quality products is also a form of corruption. Low-quality production and low-quality testing are both serious threats for the nation,” the minister said.
State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumdar said the importance of accreditation management is increasing day by day in export trade activities.
“Your responsibility has increased after getting the accreditation certificates. You have to ensure product quality. The achievement will help deepen [consumer] trust in our products and service quality [abroad] that will play a significant role in increasing our export earnings,” he said.
Md Abdul Halim, acting secretary of the ministry, presided over the function. He described the accreditation awardees as “the lifeline of the country’s economy.” “You should judge the product quality properly,” he said.
Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront on Thursday announced a 2-day programme, including demonstration wearing black badges and holding a public hearing, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery ‘ in the December-30 national election.
Jatiya Oikyafront spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programmes after a meeting of the steering committee of the alliance at Dr Kalam Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.
“Today’s Oikyafront steering committee meeting decided to hold a black badge wearing programme in front of the Jatiya Press club on February 6 protesting vote robbery on December 30,” he said.
Fakhrul said the programme will begin at 3pm and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikyafront leaders and activists.
Besides, he said, their alliance will hold a public hearing with the participation of Oikyafront candidates and victimised voters on February 24.
Fakhrul said they will later announce the name of the venue where the programme will be held.
He said their alliance deferred its national dialogue programme which was scheduled to be held on February 6.
On January 17, Jatiya Oikyafront announced to hold a national dialogue on February 6 in the capital demanding reelection after cancelling the results of the 11th parliamentary election.
Apart from Fakhrul, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Krishak Sramik Janata League general secretary Iqbal Siddiqui and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting with Dr Kamal in the chair.
Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that corruption has now taken a devastating turn in the country, but the media are unable to publish reports on the malpractice due to the government’s control.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud rejected the report of Transparency International (TI) on corruption only to hide facts.
“The information minister has said the TI’s report was accurate during the BNP’s rule, but now it is giving imaginary report…not only the country’s people, but also the international community get surprised when he comes up with such information,” the BNP leader said.
He further said, “The information minister is giving wrong information about the TI report only to protect his portfolio. Actually, corruption has reached a terrible level and taken a serious turn, but all the information are not being public as the media are now controlled”.
According to the TI report unveiled on Tuesday, Bangladesh ranks the second most corrupt country in South Asia, only ahead of war-torn Afghanistan. Its global position is 149th out of 180 countries surveyed last year, which is 13th from the bottom.
Rejecting the TI’s report, Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday claimed that the report was motivated and faulty.
Rizvi said Global Financial Integrity presented a report on Monday about siphoning off money from Bangladesh.
According to the report, he said around Tk 50,000 crore was siphoned off the country only in 2018 while Tk 5.3 lakh corre over the last 10 years. “Awami League leaders and high government officials laundered the money. So, the Information Minister can’t hide the truth with falsehood through the media.”
The BNP leader alleged that Awami league after forming the new government through ‘fake voting’ has brought the legislative, judiciary and the executive branches of the sate under the same centre. “The balance of state power is now in the state to collapse anytime.”
He said the government has continued repressing opposition leaders and activists across the country to suppress its opponents. “People now even get sacred seeing their own shadows as an awful situation has been created in the country.”