"I hope that the professionals, who have representation at all levels of the society, would take initiative to focus on successes that we have achieved over the years at the national and international level, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the grand national rally of Peshajibi Samonnoy Parishad (Professionals Coordination Committee) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday.
The professionals highly praised the premier as she announced giving 20 percent dearness allowance for the government employees which will be maximum Tk 6,000 and minimum Tk 1,500. The process of constituting a permanent pay commission for civil servants is also going on, she said. Sheikh Hasina said her government fully believes that people are the owner of votes and country's development is possible under a continuous democratic process. ‘To uphold the democratic process, the next election will be held under the present constitutional framework, and the party enjoying people's mandate will come to power,’ she added.
Over the last four years and eight months, her government has done everything required for a sustainable democracy giving people guarantee of their franchise, she said. Hasina said, “I have full confidence in people. If they want constant development and benefit, rid the country off poverty, persisting social peace, keep the nation free from terrorism and above all keep up the spirit of the war of liberation, they must give us vote. If they think otherwise, I have nothing to say.”
With president of the Samonnoy Parishad Justice AFM Mejbahuddin Ahmed in the chair, the rally was addressed, among others, by Parishad leaders, PM’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, vice chancellor of BUET Prof. SM Nazrul Islam, secretary general Dr Quamrul Hasan Khan and divisional leaders of the Parishad. Vice chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddiqui gave welcome address.
“She (Khaleda) had tried to save the killers of Father of the Nation, but couldn’t…We’ve executed the verdicts of the Bangabandhu killing. Inshallah, the same way the verdicts on the war crimes trials would be executed on Bangladesh soil, no matter what attempts she (Khaleda) makes to protect them,”Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a mammoth public rally at Kushtia Government College Ground last afternoon.
Recalling the dark days of terrorism and corruption
"We will have to work unitedly for protecting the sanctity of the holy religion and so that the people could know its main message and teaching," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while she was speaking at a function when a delegation of Bangladesh Jamiatul Modaresin met her at Ganabhaban yesterday. Urging all to protect the purity of Islam, she said, “Islam is a religion of peace, but it’s very unfortunate a vested quarter is out to undermine the religion and hurt the religious sentiment of the country’s people. You’ll have to get united to face them so that the sanctity of this religion is protected,”
Terming Islam as a religion of peace, Sheikh Hasina said there is no room for terrorism, militancy, clash and conflict in it. Mentioning that Islam is moderate religion and no religion has given such dignity to women that Islam did, Hasina called upon all so that no one can confuse people through misinterpretation of this religion. “It’s the duty of all to protect the sanctity of Islam and its dignity,” she added.
Listing various steps of her government for the welfare of Islam, she said that her government has made mandatory the religious education in the education policy, gave recognition and put due importance to madrasah education, formed a commission for finalizing the curricula for the Qoumi madrasahs, introduced Digital Quran Sharif to enable Bangladeshis living across the world to recite holy Quran wherever they stay, introduction of Imam-Muajjin Welfare Trust and ensuring training of imams and introduction of mosque-based education.
Stressing the need for continuation of development work, the Prime Minister assured that her government would gradually do everything for further development of the country’s madrasah education, including raising the salaries and retirement of age of the madrasah teachers if voted to power again.
"I believe it fulfils the nation's dream," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this after laying the foundation stone of Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant on Wednesday in Rooppur, Pabna. “After decades of speculation, plans and programmes, commissioning of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is going to be a reality heralding a new era for Bangladesh. This is indeed a joyful day for the countrymen,” the prime minister said this while inaugurating the project.
"It is a difficult task to bring the perpetrators to trial after more than four decades of the crimes they committed against humanity. But we are determined and we need your support tofinish the task," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a function arranged to honour foreign friends of the Liberation War at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has officially requested the United Nations (UN) to send its delegation to observe the upcoming general election. Prime Minister made the request to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon at the UN headquarters during an official met, reports UNB.
“I’ve requested him (Ban Ki-moon) to send a UN delegation to observe the next general election,” Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a press briefing at UN Bangladesh permanent mission in New York on Saturday afternoon, the Prime Minister mentioned the UN Secretary General’s appreciation about the role of Bangladesh in women’s empowerment towards attaining MDGs as well as the country’s performance in UN peacekeeping missions.
Prime Minister said that many other countries in the world have failed to achieve the successes in attaining the MDGs that Bangladesh did.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the UN Secretary General for appointing a battalion of Bangladeshi peacekeepers to a new peacekeeping mission of the United Nations in Mali. Prime Minister also called upon Ban Ki-moon to appoint the Bangladeshi peacekeepers to the higher posts of the UN. PM also said she would gear up her government’s initiatives to have Bangla as the official language of the United Nations if her party is voted to power again.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Bangladesh Permanent representative to the UN AK Abdul Momen were present at the press briefing.
"The trial is required for the sake of justice, human rights and the rule of law. Successful completion of the trial would heal the wounds of war and move Bangladesh onto the road of peace and progress," Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last Friday.
Today is the 67th birthday of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, eldest of the two daughters and three sons of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Born on this day in 1947 to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib at the remotest Tungipara village in Gopalganj, Sheikh Hasina was voted to power twice in 1996 and 2008.