"You gave vote to Awami League in the last election. In exchange, Awami League has given you peace and security. You have got food surplus, free books for your kids, free treatment facilities and free medicine. All those measures were taken by Awami League," Prime Minister Sheikh Haisna said this while addressing a huge public rally organized by Awami League Jhenidah district unit at Jhenidah Government High School yesterday. Urging all to give another chance to serve the nation, she said, "The way you've achieved peace and development by voting AL to power in the previous election, I'll urge you to give us another chance to serve the nation by casting your votes for 'Boat' in the next election,"
Criticizing the tyrannical rule of the BNP government, she said, ‘BNP closed the community clinics introduced by AL in its last spell in power saying that those clinics would only benefit AL politically. But by doing this BNP deprived the whole nation of healthcare services,’ ‘Awami League, taking office in 2009, revived the project and constructed as many as 15,000 community clinics from where people are getting healthcare services at their doorstep,’ she added,
‘In 1996, we stamped out terrorism from Jhenidah to restore peace in the life of the people. But, in 2001, killing spree came back in the district with the return of BNP to power,’ she said.
BNP never wanted better life of the people of Bangladesh as they only believe in making their own fortune, she said adding, ‘I came here several times and observed fright in public faces. Scores of party leaders and workers of AL were murdered in the hands of killers associated with BNP-Jamaat.’
Hasina said, BNP never gave due importance to development, rather devoured public wealth, smuggled money and played ducks and drakes with the fate of people as the party wasn’t born from the core of the people. On the other hand she said, AL was born for serving people.
Agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, post and telecommunication minister Sahara Khatun, Awami League joint secretary Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif and central Awami League leader BM Mozammel Haque addressed the rally among others. Earlier, the PM inaugurated a statue of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Chuadanga bus stand square. She also inaugurated number of development projects along with laying foundation stone at some others.
“Physical punishment and unnecessary chiding put psychological pressure on the children and this will hamper their proper growth," the PM said this while addressing the inaugural function of World Children's Day-2013 at Osmani Memorial Hall in the city Monday. She urged the guardians and teachers not to put excessive pressure on children as this might hinder their proper growth.
Saying that 'children are like soft mud', the PM said, they will groom up as we behave with them. They need affection, love and physical and mental care for their normal growth. "Children always expect friendly attitude from elders. Corporal punishment impedes their creativity. So we have to come out of the mentality of giving the children physical punishment," she said
"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.