"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.
"A strong political leadership and diversion of funds from armaments to education are the solution to real peace," Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a function at the ECOSOC chamber in the UN headquarters on the first anniversary of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's "Global Education First Initiative" last Wednesday.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is honoured to be one of the "Champion States" of this initiative. "It matches with the Bangladesh's Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's declaration- "Education would be our first and foremost tool for national development". “Education is one of the topmost priorities of current Bangladesh government for making Bangladesh a middle income country by 2021,” she added.
Bangladesh government, she said, has taken massive programs for school feeding programme funded by local donors, modernization of the curriculum of madrasas and education of boys and girls with "autism" and other developmental disorders.
Bangladesh has achieved gender parity in primary and secondary schools, a target of MDG-3, by providing ICT to schools, stipends to 11.90 million students every year, 915 million free textbooks to students, financial support from the Prime Minister's Trust Fund to poor students for higher studies.
In her speech, honourable PM urged world leaders and development partners to redouble their efforts to place education at the heart of global development mission.
"The world leaders must recognize the two issues and providevisionary leadership and sincere commitment for achieving commongoals for the sustenance of our world," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a discussion titled "Leaders Dialogue: High Level Political Forum-From Vision to Action" in the UN Headquarters on Tuesday.
Sheikh Hasina said that being a country vulnerable to the climate change, Bangladesh is obliged to give emphasis on the three pillars of sustainable development -- economic, social and environmental -- with adaptation and mitigation programs."Sustainable development is imperative for Bangladesh for its national survival, particularly due to climate change," she added.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has made notable success in some MDGs due to efficient use of available resources, local leadership, indigenous capabilities and innovations. "Our experience has been that expectations as well as commitments are important for sustainable development," she added.The Prime Minister said the Forum should recognize the special needs of the LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS in realizing sustainable development goals. Most countries in these groups are lagging behind in attaining the various Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), she said.
She concluded her speech saying , "Our decisions must be aimed at ensuring the welfare of each and every human being and encompass all living species to have a sustainable world - a world that we would like to leave to our children and to the future generations,"
The Forum was established with the mandate of Rio plus 20 to build on the strengths, experiences, resources and inclusive participation modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development.
In a bid to curb the power outage, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated a 412MW combined cycle power plant at Haripur in Narayongonj. The plant is part of the projects aiming to fully eliminate power shortage in the country. Bangladesh now has only 500 MW electricity deficit which was 2000 MW before the AL govt took office.
State-run Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) under the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has set up this power plant with the financial support of Taka 369,593.85 lakhs from Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and Bangladesh government.
The Haripur Power Project includes the installation of a 412 MW combined cycle power plant, extension of a 132 KV substation, construction of 1.6 KM gas pipeline and relocation and demolition of old substations. The plant will need 64 million cubic feet natural gas a day to run at full capacity. Electricity generated at this plant will be sold to the Power Development Board (PDB) at Tk 1.7154 per unit.
The plant is expected to go in commercial power generation by September 20,2013.
In the last 22 years Bangladesh has improved in its children survival rate and the credit goes to the improved healthcare system by the current Awami League government.
“They killed our people, they raped our women, they tortured, especially those who were Bengali. They are war criminals, killers. So, they should get punished.” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told to the legendary journalist David Frost in a documentary aired on Al-Jazeera early Saturday Bangladesh time.
Starting from the history of 1947 partition, the documentary covers a range of issues including the situation that led to Bangladesh’s independence and the role of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the struggle and events in Hasina’s life till date including assassination of Bangbandhu and attempts on her life.
When the interviewer pointed out the claims of BNP that, “War Crime trial” is “frauds show trials”, Sheikh Hasina said that war crime trial is not an act of revenge, these war criminals are a curse to the nation and they should be punished.
She also told Sir David the harrowing story of the nights of August 15,1975. "These Bengali people, my father loved them so much. How could they kill him, how could they assassinate him?" she asked.
The renowned journalist also took a historic interview of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib in 1972.