President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Saturday urged all concerned to remain more vigilant about fake doctors and health institutions. "The government has already started taking legal actions against these. I hope that you will fully cooperate with the government in this regard," he said. He said this while delivering his speech after opening the 'Fourth International Scientific Conference-2024' at a city hotel.Bangladesh Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Interventional Academy of USA organized the conference. He also asked physicians to treat patients with sensitivity and kindness and take utmost care to protect patient dignity and privacy. Saying that "Medical science is ever-changing, as new diseases emerge, medical science advances to overcome those." Lauding the dynamism into medical education, treatment, service and research activities and improved medical management, he said treatment, education and research programs should be conducted keeping in mind the nature of various types of disease. He also underscored the need for raising awareness to prevent heart disease, cancer, AIDS and other fatal diseases. Referring to the government's constant efforts to ensure universal healthcare at people's doorsteps, he said the government aims to create a welfare society and state by ensuring a pollution-free, environment-friendly healthy living for every citizen. He called upon the government, private sectors and physicians to come forward to ensure further development of the country's overall health system as well. Mentioning that providing quality medical services to the country's vast population is a challenge, he said the government has already taken steps for better medical service. "Priority should be given on providing medical services to the poor . It must be ensured that they (poor) are not deprived of treatment or neglected fo want of money," he said. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Samanta Lal Sen, Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) President Dr. Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Vice Chancellor (VC) Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof. Dr. Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, Course Chairman of Interventional Academy, USA, Dr. Rajesh M Deve, Prime Minister's personal physician Prof Dr. ABM Abdullah and President of Bangladesh Cardiovascular Research Foundation Prof. Dr. SM Mustafa Zaman, among others, spoke.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Friday asked all judges to strictly monitor that power is not misused. "Power and responsibility are related to one another. Power must be exercised to perform duties. Again, responsibility should be shown in the exercise of power," he said. He was addressing the inaugural session of the International Conference on South Asian Constitutional Courts in the Twenty- First Century : Lessons from Bangladesh and India at the inner courtyard of Bangladesh Supreme Court in Dhaka. Chief justice of India Dr. Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud spoke at the session as the guest of honour while Chief Justice of Bangladesh Obaidul Hasan presided over the programme. Law, Justice and Parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq, Attorney General Abu Mohammed Amin Uddin, President of Momtaj Uddin Fakir also spoke in the event.President Shahabuddin asked the judges to ensure the rule of law and justice, being responsible towards the country, its people and the Constitution. He also hoped that the people would get justice withinshortest possible time at a very low cost and the judges would ensure justice by applying their intellect and wisdom. Stating that the Judiciary must participate in the overall development and prosperity of the country, the President said the government is strongly committed to ensure transparency, efficiency and accountability to the judiciary. Since its inception on December 18 in 1972, Bangladesh Supreme Court has been working to protect basic human rights of people, establish rule of law and provide justice to litigants within the shortest possible time, the President mentioned. Recalling with deep respect the role of those brave judges and lawyers of the Supreme Court who never bowed down to the gun-point and never sold their conscience, he said whenever necessary during the transitional time of the nation, the Supreme Court has established the basic human rights of the people and protected the constitution by fulfilling the duties assigned to it. Saying that the existing bilateral ties between the neighboring Bangladesh and India in South Asia are excellent , the President said two friendly countries have crossed unique paths in their respective journeys to establish rule of law, develop democracy and protect constitutional continuity. Since independence, bilateral and diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and India are gradually expanding in various sectors, including trade and investment, he added. President Shahabuddin said both Bangladesh and India have witnessed instances where the Judiciary has intervened to protect the rights of marginalized communities, uphold the principles of environment-based sustainable development and good governance. Calling India as our closest neighbor and friendly country, the President expressed sincere thanks and gratitude on behalf of the people of Bangladesh for India's whole-hearted cooperation and solidarity to the Bangladesh War of Liberation in 1971. The judiciary, judges and people of both countries can benefit by exchanging experience and training programs between the judiciary, judges and related officials of the two countries, he opined. The President said through the exchange of experience and training programmes between the judiciary judges and related officials of the two countries, the judges and people of both countries can get benefits.
The English version of the book titled "Bangladesh will Go a Long Way" written by President Mohammed Shahabuddin has been published. Owner and publisher of the Agami Publications and editorial co-coordinator of the book Dr. M Abdul Alim handed over the book to the president at Bangabhaban on Thursday. Amar Ekushey: President, PM lead nation in honouring Language Movement heroes Thanking all those concerned for publishing the English version of the book, the president expressed his hope that through the book, the readers will know about Bangabandhu and the War of Liberation, the history of Awami League, Sheikh Hasina's leadership, the imaginary corruption allegation in the Padma Bridge project and contemporary politics. He also said that if his book can attract the readers, his efforts will see success and he will get interest in writing in the future. Spanish Ambassador presents credentials to President Shahabuddin The book was translated by Dulal Al Mansoor while the cover was designed by Masuk Hatel. President's Military Secretary Major General SM Salah Uddin Islam, Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin and translator Dulal Al Mansoor were present on the occasion. President Shahabuddin calls for imparting quality higher education
The newly appointed ambassador of Spain to Bangladesh Gabriel Maria Sistiaga Ochoa de Chinchetru on Tuesday presented credentials to President Mohammed Shahabuddin at Bangabhaban. President's press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed the reporters after the presenration. Welcoming the new ambassador, President Shahabuddin said that the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Spain are very good and progressing. Mentioning Spain as one of the export destinations of Bangladesh, he praised Spanish investment in Bangladesh and urged investors from the European country to invest in Bangladesh, including in Special Economic Zones. The president expressed hope that the mutual relations between the two countries will increase during the tenure of the new ambassador. The envoy said that the development and progress of Bangladesh is very commendable. At this time, the ambassador said that efforts will be continued to further develop the existing bilateral relations between Spain and Bangladesh. He sought the co-operation of the president in discharging his duties during his tenure. Secretaries of the president's office were present at this time. On arrival at Bangabhaban in the morning, a smart contingent of the Presidential Guard Regiment presented a guard of honor to the ambassador.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to return home on Monday morning after attending the three-day Munich Security Conference in Germany, her first foreign tour since winning last month’s national polls. A regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying her and her entourage members is scheduled to depart München Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich at around 9:10pm on Sunday local time (2:10am on Monday Bangladesh time), according to her itinerary. Stop genocide in Gaza: PM to world leaders She is expected to land at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 11am on Monday. The prime minister arrived in Munich on February 15 on a three-day official visit. During her stay in Munich, Hasina attended the Munich Security Conference and held meetings with several global leaders on the sidelines of the conference. The premier held meetings with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Qatar Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Bangladesh and India need to increase use of their currencies to boost trade: PM Hasina tells Jaishankar Besides, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and former Prime Minister and President of Women Political Leaders (WPL) Silvana Koch-Mehrin, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Pedro's Adhanom Ghebreyesus, President of Global Affairs at Meta and former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK Sir Nick Clegg, among others, met Sheikh Hasina there. The prime minister also joined a community reception accorded to her by Bangladeshi diaspora in Germany and different European countries in Munich.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Thursday called for imparting quality education along with increasing the number of students in higher studies. He said this when a six-member delegation of University Grants Commission's (UGC) led by its acting chairman Professor Dr Muhammad Alamgir met him at Bangabhaban. The delegation handed him UGC's 49th Annual Report, President's press secretary Md Joynal Abedin told UNB. The president asked the UGC to take extra initiatives to promote research activities at universities. He suggested the university regulatory authority form a panel in accordance with the policy for the appointment of vice-chancellor (VC) and pro-vc of public universities. The president welcomed the government's goal of building 'Smart Bangladesh. "Our country is now on the way of being "Smart Bangladesh . To build smart Bangladesh, every student should also be smart." He asked the UGC to strictly monitor the administrative and overall higher education activities of every public and private university. The president directed the UGC to play an effective role for expanding higher education across the country. During the meeting, the UGC acting chairman briefed the president about the overall activities of the commission, future plans and various aspects of the report. The UGC delegation presented 14-point recommendations to the president for spreading higher education in the country. The delegation members thanked the president for extending cooperation in the activities of UGC and sought his direction in future programmes. Secretaries concerned to the president's office were present at the meeting.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Tuesday met with President Mohammed Shahabuddin. President's press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting. During the meeting at Bangabhaban, the Chief Election Commissioner briefed the President about the overall activities of the commission, especially the various aspects of the 12th national parliamentary election. Read: President urges KSA to invest more in Bangladesh He thanked the President for his overall co-operation in conducting the elections. President Shahabuddin also thanked the Election Commission for conducting the 12th National election in a fair and peaceful manner. The President expressed hope that the Election Commission will be able to conduct various elections in the future in a fair, impartial and peaceful manner, including local government elections. Read: President taking three-day retreat in Pabna President's office secretary Sampad Barua, Military Secretary Major General SM Salahuddin Islam and Secretary( attachment) Md. Wahidul Islam Khan were present during the meeting.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia to invest more in various sectors. He came up with the call when a delegation headed by Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim Al -Sheikh, Speaker of the Sura Councilor of Saudi Arabia, met the President at Bangabhaban. President's press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting. Read: Jesus Christ was seeker of truth and peace: President Shahabuddin President Shahabuddin said bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia are very excellent and the religious, cultural and economic ties are also strong. Mentioning Saudi Arabia as the biggest labour market of Bangladesh, he said Bangladeshi expatriates living in Saudi Arabia are making important contributions to the socio-economic development of both countries. President Shahabuddin said that Saudi investment in Bangladesh and bilateral trade is gradually increasing. He expectd that the trade will increase further in the future. President Shahabuddin said tBangladesh strongly supports the demand for the establishment of independent Palestinian state and strongly condemns the Israeli attack on Gaza. Read: Ensure quick delivery of justice: President tells judges The President also praised the leadership of Saudi Arabia in establishing peace and unity of the Muslim Ummah. During the meeting, the speaker of the Sura Councilor of Saudi Arabia said that the Saudi government and people attach great importance to the development of relations with Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the delegation praised the socio-economic development of Bangladesh and said that their cooperation will continue for the development of Bangladesh. Members of Shura Council Khaled bin Mohammad Al Bawardi and Khaled bin Mohammad Al Saif, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh and Secretaries to the President were also present during the meeting.
Newly appointed ambassadors and high commissioners of seven countries to Bangladesh presented their credentials to President Mohammed Shahabuddin at Bangabhaban on Wednesday. The new non-resident envoys are- High Commissioner of Botswana Gilbert Shimane Magole, Ambassador of Cambodia Koy Kuong, Ambassador of the Czech Republic Dr. Eliska Zigova, High Commissioner of Gambia Mustapha Jawara, Ambassador of Hungary Istvan Szabo, High Commissioner of Jamaica Jason K. Hall and Peggy Frantzen, ambassador of Luxembourg. President taking three-day retreat in Pabna President's press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed the reporter after the meeting. The president said Bangladesh attaches importance to developing bilateral ties with all countries of the world. Mentioning that massive development has been achieved in various sectors in the last one and a half decades, he said the current trade and investment situation of Bangladesh is very promising. President invites Sheikh Hasina to form her cabinet The president hoped that the new ambassadors would work with Bangladesh to explore the development potentials of their respective countries and increase mutual cooperation, including trade and investment. During the meeting, the envoys sought the President's full cooperation in fulfilling their assignments. The envoys also expressed their determination to work for enhancing the relations of their respective countries with Bangladesh. Take stern action against graft, reform financial sector: President tells newly elected MPs Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and secretaries concerned to the president were present on the occasion. Earlier, on their arrival at Bangabhaban, in the morning, they were accorded a 'guard of honour' by a horse-mounted team of the Presidential Guard Regiment (PGR).
President Mohammed Shahabuddin on Tuesday urged all concerned to take stern actions against corruption alongside reforming the financial sector. "Uncertainty is increasing in the global economy due to geopolitical instability. In this regard, if the global economic crisis occurs, it will also affect us," he said. He was addressing the opening session of the newly elected 12th Parliament. Earlier, he convened the first parliament session of 2024 exercising the power bestowed upon him as per the Article 72 (1) of the Constitution. Maiden JS session: Speaker nominates 5-member panel of chairmen The president's speech was approved in the cabinet. The current parliament was formed through January 7 national election. He underlined the the necessity to make the required preparations for the upcoming global crisis. He said the production system of the agricultural sector must be sustained, with emphasis on the production of high-value crops. The president also called for the use of advanced agricultural technology to boost production. He also said agricultural storage and agro processing industries should be developed. "It is necessary to sign and implement bilateral and regional trade and investment agreements so that Bangladeshi products can have access to duty-free benefits in the export market, " he said. President invites Sheikh Hasina to form her cabinet He also pointed out strengthening deep sea gas and oil exploration activities in order to ensure energy security. "New labour markets should be explored so that skilled labour can be exported in addition to create skilled human resources," President Shahabuddin said. Concerning the election, he said a group tried to obstruct the peaceful course of democracy by creating violence and conflict. Their anti-democratic and violent activities temporarily left people in a state of anxiety, but the spirit of democracy did not deter voters from voting. "All the measures adopted by the government and the Election Commission have been beneficial due to the spontaneity and active participation of the mass people," he said . He also said the parties abstaining from election participation carried out their political programmes without any hindrance. He hoped that the political parties of the country will shun violence and anarchy and carry out constructive programmes in non-violent ways for the establishment of constitutional rights and the welfare of the people and democracy. "It is expected that the government will also play appropriate role in this regard," he said. Out of 299 seats up for vote, AL won 223, JP 11, Bangladesh Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), and Bangladesh Kalyan Party one each, and independent candidates 62 seats. As many as 58 independent candidates belong to the ruling party. At the beginning of the sitting, the speaker and deputy speaker of the House were elected and were sworn in by the president. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Shamsul Haque Tuku are continuing in their post as speaker and deputy Leader of the House as the AL parlimentary party in a meeting already nominated them for this posts. First lady Rebeka Sultana and secretaries concerned to the president were present at the president box of the parliament.