The government has officially launched the 999 emergency helpline after a year in the testing phase.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated "Sheikh Hasina Software Technology Park" in Jessore, expressing her firm optimism that the ICT sector would make the biggest contributions to the country's export.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that her government will illuminate every house of the country, saying that desired development is not possible without electricity.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the country's womenfolk to keep confidence on their inherent talent and power and work together with their male counterpart to build a developed nation.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ruled out possibilities of any special initiative on her part to ensure BNP's polls participation unlike the past saying the 2018 polls would be held as parliamentary democracy is practiced in other countries.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened a four-day Digital World expo in the capital urging youths to be 'Ready for Tomorrow' to turn in reality of Bangladesh's dream with the ICT sector.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh and Cambodia have developed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership and now work together to foster greater regional cooperation for development, peace and stability in the region.

 

Bangladesh has sought Cambodian support towards a "durable solution" to Rohingya crisis as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held official talks with her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the Cambodian business community to explore all avenues to do business in Bangladesh for the prosperity of the two countries.

 

Bangladesh and Cambodia have signed 10 instruments -- an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) -- to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in various fields like tourism, agriculture, civil aviation, ICT and technical education.

 

Pointing out the construction of Padma Bridge with the country's own funding, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here said the world people's outlook towards Bangladesh has changed for the implementation of the mega project.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought the cooperation of Chittagong Hill District Regional Council to resolve the land dispute problems in the hill districts to expedite the peace and development process in the region.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main construction work of the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the maiden nuclear plant of the country.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has renewed her call to the international community, including the United Nations, to put more pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.

 

The cabinet has approved in principle the draft of "The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) Law, 2017" aimed at bringing the organisation under a legal structure.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the ambassador and high commissioners working abroad to regard their job as a great assignment to protect the nation's interest.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought people's alertness against distorters of history who opposed the 1971 independence to prevent their return to power as she joined the official celebration of the UNESCO recognition of Bangabandhu's 7th March speech.

 

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said she has been trying to run the country with utmost honesty and working for changing the lot of the people as well as ensuring their socioeconomic development.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced that the government would provide allowance from January next to the members of different forces who took part in the Liberation War.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2017.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged members of the armed forces to work with the people for crafting a happy and prosperous Bangladesh with the spirit of the Liberation War.

 

The Cabinet approved the drafts of the proposals for constituting two separate laws for formation of metropolitan police in Gazipur and Rangpur cities of the country.

 

Germany, Sweden and the European Union extended their strong support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.

 

Japan will provide more 18.6m US Dollars assistance to the priority areas for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who took shelter in Bangladesh following violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 25.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said UNESCO acknowledgment of Bangabandhu's 7th March speech as a world heritage proved the history could never be erased while she sought nation's vigilance to keep upheld the nation's pride.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina deplored BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia for her festive and luxurious visit to Cox's Bazar in the name of seeing the woes of the Rohingyas.

 

The government launched a project to establish "Sheikh Hasina Cantonment" at Lebukhali along the Payra River in Barisal involving an estimated cost of Taka 1,699 crore.

 

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh's existence and history are involved with Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech.

 

The government is set to repeal the existing 'Sugar (road development cess) Ordinance to relieve sugarcane growers from paying taxes for development of the roads in the sugar mill catchment areas.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh wants collaborative engagements with India and other neighbours for regional peace and prosperity and benefit of the people in South Asia.

 

The tenure of "Tannery Estate, Dhaka," project has been extended for two more years (third times) to shift tannery industries from the city's Hazaribagh area as the relocation tannery industries to Savar do not pollute the river Dhaleshwari.

 

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A Shannon reassured continued US support to Bangladesh in handling the Rohingya crisis as he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest.

The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at a function at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Sunday.

(Watch the full speech here: https://youtu.be/Ed_DR0FVsyM)

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given temporary shelter to a huge number of Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. Her government is maintaining relations with foreign countries on the policy 'friendship to all, malice to none'.

Especially, her government is eager to maintain good relations with neighbors, Sheikh Hasina said adding that her government has resolved many outstanding issues with India and Myanmar.

"But inhuman persecution meted out on the Rohingya population in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond," she said.

"I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution of its citizens and take them back at the earliest," Sheikh Hasina said.

Over 6.22 hundred thousand Myanmar nationals have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution. After 1978, another five hundred thousands of Rohingyas came to Bangladesh at different times, she added.

Reiterating her call to Commonwealth countries to be united to get rid of militancy and terrorism the Prime Minister said thoughtless acts of a section of people are claiming innocent lives. Recent terror attack in New York claimed eight precious lives. Militancy is not a problem of a particular country, rather it became a global phenomenon, she said.

Chairperson of CPA and Speaker of Jayita Sangsad of Bangladesh Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury gave welcome address while Secretary-General of the CPA Akbar Khan, Commonwealth youth representative Aiman Sadique and treasurer of CPA Vicki Dunn spoke, among others, on the occasion.

Messages of Queen Elizabeth (II) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Patricia Scotland were read out on the occasion.

The magnificent inauguration of the 63rd CPA Conference was marked by presenting of a number of documentaries on Bangladesh's history, nature and livelihood of the people as well as brilliant performances by artists of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and dance troupe 'Nrithanchan'.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expected immediate implementation of the promises made at different times to offset the adverse impacts of climate change. Bangladesh as one of the worst victims of the climate change is experiencing its colossal effects. Excessive precipitation and recurrence of flooding washed away vast localities and damaged standing crops in recent times, she pointed out.

Sheikh Hasina said she was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to inaugurate the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in this historic city of Dhaka.

Welcoming the distinguished guests on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also the vice patron of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference said she was confident that CPA conference would give the countries a clearer insight into democratic values and practices.

"We Parliamentarians, being the people's representatives, have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and parliamentary institutions," she said.

The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly hosting the conference with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians. More than 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries joined the conference.

Sheikh Hasina said it was the pragmatic and far-reaching decision of the Father of the Nation Bangabhandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in 1973. And, Bangladesh was proud of having first woman Chairperson of the CPA in 2014, now a forum of total of 52 countries which once were territories of British Empire.

"This is a testimony by the honorable members of the parliament across the Commonwealth towards our commitment to democratic practices and values," she noted.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has become a sovereign and an independent democratic country through huge sacrifices as a cherished desire of the people of this land. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had led the struggle from the forefront.

Highlighting Bangladesh's topsy-turvy democratic journey since independence the Prime Minister said the reactionary defeated forces of 1971 assassinated Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975 when he was engaged in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country.

But, she and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the incident as they were abroad on that fateful night. Later, they were barred from returning home. With the killing of Bangabandhu, she recalled, democracy in Bangladesh was assailed and the era of military dictatorship started.

Sheikh Hasina said she engaged herself in the struggle for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh while she was in exile. Ending six years in exile, she returned home in 1981. Since then she had to endure huge sufferings while struggling for establishing people's rule.

She said repeated attempts were made on her life along with house-arrest and internment and thousands of workers and leaders became victims of massive repression of the rulers after 1975. But none could restrain her from the struggle for the restoration of democracy as she thought that only a democratic polity can ensure uplift of people's living standard through fulfilling their basic needs.

The Prime Minister said after long 21 years, her party Awami League returned to state power in 1996 and engaged in fulfilling the basic needs of people not as a ruler but as a public servant.

Sheikh Hasina said the foremost aim of her government is to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh through strengthening the foundation of democratic rule. To fulfill the goal, she said, the government has framed 'Vision- 2021'. The government is working to achieve the visions with specific plans, she said.

The Prime Minister said her government has strengthened various democratic institutions, including national parliament and local government bodies.

Elected representatives are leading the local government bodies. Bangladesh is now at the top of the countries in South Asia in terms of women empowerment and achieving gender parity, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has ensured the freedom of mass media and people's right to information as independent and strong mass media are the vigilant watchdog of democracy. In the past few years Bangladesh have witnessed huge expansion of mass media, she said.

Underlining the socio-economic development of Bangladesh the Prime Minister said her government is implementing the SDGs in continuation of the successes of the MDGs. The subjects of SDGs have been incorporated in our 7th 5-year plan.

"Bangladesh has been in a journey through the roads of peace, democracy, development and prosperity." she said adding that Bangladesh will emerge as a middle incoming country by 2021 when it will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its Independence. Bangladesh will be a developed one by 2041, she optimistically said.

She urged the Commonwealth leaders to work together to make the planet a peaceful, happy and prosperous abode for the entire humanity and hoped that stay of the CPA dignitaries in Bangladesh would be joyful and memorable one.

Photo: Saiful Islam Kallol

 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised the historic 7th March Speech of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as part of world's documentary heritage.

 

Describing poverty as the main enemy of South Asia's development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her call to work together by all countries of the region to root out the poverty.

 

Mentioning that the government wants peace and security of the people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said continuation of the government is very much needed for development of the country.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid the foundation stone of the first-ever rental-based flat construction project for slum-dwellers in city's Mirpur.

 

Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover, a major structure and country's longest elevated road, was opened for traffic today with a hope that it would ease the nagging traffic congestion in the capital.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a Taka 16,901.32 crore project for constructing a 'Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway'.

 

Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said that the young entrepreneurs, who are working in remote areas for Bangladesh’s development, are the future leaders of the country.

 

Global online payment system PayPal has launched its cross-border payment service 'Xoom' to enable freelance remittance earners to receive their payments in 40 minutes from overseas.

 

Renewing her vow to further strengthen the foundation of democracy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Awami League wants that the next general election be held in a free and impartial manner.

 

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has sought the utmost cooperation of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for creating of a safe zone in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's proposal for a quick and permanent solution to Rohingya crisis.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government gave a befitting reply to insults heaped upon Bangladesh over so- called "corruption" by constructing the giant Padma Bridge with own funding.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ruled out possibility of any political understanding with BNP, saying that nobody should come up with such a proposal.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought expeditious UN and global interventions to protect all civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine State irrespective of religion and ethnicity and take effective steps for a permanent solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the private sector needs to be taken on board to address the financing gaps in implementing the SDGs as mobilisation of financial resources for the purpose appeared as a major challenge for governments.

 

Comparing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Malaysia’s former leader Mahathir Mohamed, her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said the premier was leading from the front.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the International Organisation on Migration, or IOM, to pressure Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees.

 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today met the top brasses of the leading American conglomerates urging them to be partner of the economic prosperity of Bangladesh.

 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the developed country leaders to bring their historical responsibilities and the issue of climate justice to the forefront of a robust and effective legally binding agreement to address the issues of climate change.

 

 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said women should be supported with education, training, right tools and access to equal opportunities for their empowerment for a successful realization of the sustainable development for all.

 

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who are now in New York to attend UN General Assembly, have discussed the Myanmar crisis and sufferings of thousand of Myanmar Rohingya Muslims.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the protection of human and labour rights as the working conditions and the labour market is going through fundamental changes globally, creating new challenges and opportunities.

 

Referring to Bangladesh's experience worst form of sexual violence during its War of Liberation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said, "We believe all victims of sexual exploitation and abuse deserve justice and also opportunities for rehabilitation".

 

Accusing again the BNP of committing unbridled corruption and siphoning off money abroad during its rule, Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina today warned that proper action must be taken against those who plundered public property.

 

Bangladesh has called on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingyas as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits refugee camps in the southeastern part of the country.

 

Bangladesh will take the Rohingya issue up with the United Nations General Assembly with a renewed call on Myanmar to take back the refugees, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

 

Expressing her government resolve to raise the Rohingya issue in the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, as the creator Myanmar should resolve the crisis.

 

Reiterating her call to the people to be economical in using electricity, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is going to introduce pre-paid meters across the country to check misuse of power and pilferage of its bill.

 

Prime Minister Sehikh Hasina has inaugurated the country's second international internet gateway (IIG) through submarine cable line paving the way of getting uninterrupted broadband internet services with cheaper price and better quality.

 

Asserting that next general election must be held in a free, fair and impartial manner in the country and on time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said none will be allowed to play ducks and drakes with the voting rights of the people.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said all manufacturing and exporting industries would be brought under the central fund of the Ministry of the Labour and Employment created to provide financial support to the families of the workers who die or receive grave injuries in their working places.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her government's commitment to continue support for the flood victims, saying that nobody will suffer for food.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said "We have taken the steps so that no land would fell uncultivated." She said that "not a single person would go hungry… we would ensure food security of every people."

 

Japan has assured that the country would continue its assistance for Bangladesh's development.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come down hard on Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for his observations in the 16th constitutional amendment verdict and his responses to criticism that followed.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured the flood-hit people of the country of providing food assistance to them for three months until harvesting of the next crops and said that all the affected people would get relief goods.

 

It came as quite a shock to Radwan Mujib Siddiq, when he was told by his family that there was a law in the country protecting the killers of his grandfather Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Ziaur Rahman's role in blocking a British investigation into the assassination of Bangabandhu proves that he connived in the 1975 killings.

 

The nation today once again remembered the supreme sacrifice of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with observing the National Mourning Day and paying glorious tribute to him on his 42nd anniversary of martyrdom.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his mazar here this morning on the occasion of his 42nd martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.

 

Taking a swipe at those who deny Bangabandhu's contributions to the Liberation War, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said there are some people in the country who always try to present distorted history before the nation.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a Tk 5,616.50 crore project to free the port city of Chittagong from vexing water logging.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the assailants had brutally killed Bangamata on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 sensing her role in shaping the decisions of Bangabandhu.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has welcomed European Union (EU) willingness to send an election observation team during the next elections in Bangladesh as outgoing EU ambassador Pierre Mayaudon called on her at the PMO.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked authorities concerned to take steps to conserve the capital's archaeological sites in required cases with appropriate renovation at a meeting with officials having stake on the issue.

 

Accusing again Ziaur Rahman of his involvement in the killing of Bangabandhu, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the August 15 massacre was aimed to kill independence and the ideology with which Bangladesh was born.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said all old canals in Dhaka would be re-excavated for preserving surface water and water management apart from excavating new one.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for a massive restructuring of the country's education system integrating the knowledge-based and practical learning to further advance the overall development of the country.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the incumbent government's continuity of tenure ensured a steady development campaign directly benefitting people and earned Bangladesh a dignified status in international arena.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has urged the youths to vote for the Awami League and motivate others to vote in the next general election for the continuation of 'ongoing development'.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given 23- point directives to the deputy commissioners (DCs) while inaugurating the three-day DCs Conference-2017 at the Prime Minister's Office here.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on the filmmakers to produce quality films by upholding the country's history, culture and tradition and assured that her government will do whatever is necessary for it.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged civil servants to work with innovative ideas in resolving problems of their respective areas and implementing development programmes keeping in mind local perspectives.

 

Describing the results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations as overall good, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government has given highest attention to enhancing the quality of education so that future generations could move keeping pace with the time.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the hajj pilgrims to seek mercy of Almighty Allah while offering their prayers in the holy mosques for allowing the Muslims as well as people of other faiths in the country to live peacefully to continue the nation's progress.

 

Pointing to huge potentials of country's fishery resources, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged everybody related to fish culture, processing and export to shun fraudulent practices in this sector with an ill motive of profit maximization.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid importance on giving agricultural education to students in the field to allow them know about the cultivation system and sources of foods and fruits they take round the year.

 

Dhaka and Colombo today signed one agreement and 13 memorandums of understanding (MoU) to boost up cooperation between the two countries in the areas of economy, agriculture, shipping, higher education, information and technology and media.

 

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh Awami League has now been turned into a "symbol of confidence and support" of 16 crore people as the party is taking the country to the path of prosperity.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid importance on strengthening economic cooperation with Madrid as Bangladesh values the relation with Spain.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a project for construction of elevated expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Shah Amanat Airport in the port city Chittagong at a cost of Taka 3,250.84 crore.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given financial assistance of Taka 35 lakh to the families of a slain Bangladesh Student’s League (BSL) leader and two late Awami League leaders.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all concerned to ensure the optimum utilization of service infrastructures at grassroots in the case of reproductive healthcare, family planning, maternal and child healthcare services.

 

Seeking another term to complete the work of the mega projects, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her firm resolve to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country's independence during the tenure of the next Awami League government.

 

Putting emphasis on continuation of the healthy democratic trend in the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh will advance further if Awami League stays in state power.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said every political party intends to go to power should have an effective economic policy to take forward the nation and country's bureaucracy must act with all sincerity to achieve the goal.

 

Militants and their propaganda will have no place in Bangladesh, thanks to a combined effort by security forces and ordinary people, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

 

Visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has assured all out support and cooperation to Bangladesh in the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

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