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.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government has all preparations to tackle the flood situation.

 

Bangladesh is on the right track to operate Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant following guidelines from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said its Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano after visiting the plant site on Monday.

 

The cabinet has approved a proposal for constitution of the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company (BCSC) Limited to smoothly operate the country's first-ever Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked top bureaucrats of her government to fix strategies for faster implementation of development budget from the beginning of the new fiscal.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given 17 directives at the secretary meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat here. Following are the directives of the Prime Minister:

 

The country's education sector witnessed significant development in some major areas driven by a modern and time-befitting education policy that the government started implementation in 2009.

 

Bangladesh's per capita income would be around US$ 12,000 by 2041 when the size of the economy would be 2.5 trillion dollars.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought Moroccan investment in Bangladesh's economic zones for mutual benefits of the two countries.

 

The Cabinet has approved the draft of "The National Online Mass Media Policy, 2017" that suggested constitution of a National Broadcast Commission to facilitate operations of online mass media in an organized manner.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited the leaders of Swedish business and industry to partner with Bangladesh in investment and trade for a shared prosperity and bringing a change in the lives of millions in both countries.

 

Top Swedish firms have offered to work for the development of Bangladesh's power and readymade garment sectors.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to return to healthy politics and contest the next elections by discarding the politics of killing, plundering and corruption.

 

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has expressed his country's interest to work with Bangladesh in its development efforts as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had an audience with the King.

 

Bangladesh and Sweden have pledged to work together to combat terrorism and identified new areas of cooperation like energy security, technological innovation, trade and development of smart cities between the two countries.

 

Dhaka and Stockholm has agreed to work together for transition of the relation to a broader level in the areas of economic cooperation and encourage more bilateral Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

 

According to a news published in the Voice of America (https://goo.gl/sbqAkN), Bangladesh has begun training thousands of school girls to protect them from being blackmailed or harassed online.

 

Over the years, Bangladesh has achieved laudable successes in the use of clean and renewable energy sources.

 

A new report shows that Bangladesh is a world leader in the use of solar panels, "clean stoves" and biogas plants.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said people have no confidence in BNP as it's an organization of plunderers. The party captured the power through killing, coup and conspiracy and did nothing for changing the lots of the people.

 

The 9th anniversary of release of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from prison is being observed today.

 

A majority of Bangladeshis are satisfied with the situation in their lives and are optimistic about the country’s progress, according to a recent opinion poll commissioned by The Independent and carried out by Research Development Centre (RDC) in the first quarter of 2017.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said as part of modernization of the Bangladesh Railway (BR), process is underway for bringing 700 passenger coaches and 100 meter gauge locomotives in the BR fleet.

 

The government of Bangladesh has decided to provide a cash assistance of US $ 500,000 to support the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka which killed more than 100 people and caused severe damage to livelihood and properties of thousand others.

 

The Cabinet has approved in principle the draft of "The Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Act, 2017" raising the punishment of jail terms by two years for committing crimes disrupting the law and order.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the foundation of her Awami League is deeply rooted in soil of the land, binning BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia's remarks that the ruling party lost grounds under its feet.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the people to maintain natural balance and said her government is taking projects by giving special attention to the Sundarbans so that the world's largest mangrove forest is not affected in any way.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated her extraordinary love and affection to the orphans as she fed them with her own hand.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said activities have been underway for increasing power generation capacity to 24,000 MW by 2021, adding, “34 power plants having 11,363 MW capacity are under construction and these plants would come into operation from 2017 to 2021.”

 

Mentioning that Bangladesh is solidly anchored at its principled position on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the developing countries to forge greater cooperation to draw maximum benefits from the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies through IAEA expertise.

 

Bangladesh and Austria has agreed to boost cooperation in the fields of economy, climate change and combating terrorism as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held bilateral talks with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern at Federal Chancellery at Vienna on Tuesday.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the expatriate Bangladeshis living in Europe to expose the cruel face of BNP and Jamaat beyond the country.

 

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday called for a concerted global initiative to block supply lines of weapons and money to terrorists to ensure the effectiveness of anti-militancy campaign.

 

US President Donald Trump has expressed hope to visit Bangladesh as he exchanged greetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday.

 

Prime Minister and President of Bangladesh Awami League Sheikh Hasina has urged the party leaders and workers to strengthen the organization at the grassroots and vowed that the AL will not stop its struggle until changing destiny of the downtrodden.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced halving the interest rate for fresh agricultural loan for flood affected haor farmers.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government is facing multifarious complexities during implementing new development plans as everything concerned to Dhaka's development was done without proper plan in the past.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her firm determination to take Bangladesh to its desired goal, saying that she doesn't care any conspiracies to this end.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government has been working with an aim to give opportunity for every people irrespective of their creed, colour and caste and none would remain neglected because of topographic feature of any area.

 

Tomorrow is the 37th homecoming day of Awami League President and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) cleared "Tottho Apa: Empowerment of women through ICT to build Digital Bangladesh" project (2nd phase) involving a cost of Tk 544.91crore.

 

The government has undertaken various measures to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply across the country during the upcoming Ramadan.

 

The National Economic Council (NEC) has approved a USD 19.18 billion Annual Development Programme (ADP) for fiscal year 2017-18 (FY18), giving top priority to transport sector infrastructures, energy, education and health.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accepted the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to a summit to be attended by US President Donald Trump and other world leaders in Riyadh on May 21.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on stopping sectarian war among the Muslims, saying that it ultimately benefits the arms traders.

 

Calling upon the people of all faiths including Buddhists to work shoulder to shoulder in establishing Bangladesh as a dignified nation in the world, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government would ensure dignity of the people of all religions.

"Our aim is to build Bangladesh as a dignified nation in the world and we want you to work shoulder to shoulder to achieve this goal," she said.

The prime minister was addressing a view exchange meeting with the Buddhist religious leaders and distinguished persons of the community on the occasion of the Buddha Prurnima at her official Ganabhaban residence on Tuesday afternoon.

The Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust under the Ministry of Religious Affairs arranged the function.

Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman, State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, MP, Sangha Nayak Suddhananda Mahathero, Upo Sanhga Raj Satyapriyo Mohathero, President of the CHT Bouddha Bhikhkhu Sangha Proggyananda Mahathero, Deputy Office Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Barrister Biplab Barua, Director of Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardhy Medical College Hospital Dr Uttam Kumar Barua and Vice-Chairman of the Buddhist Welfare Trust Shupto Bhushan Barua spoke at the function. Trustee of Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust Dayal Kumar Barua delivered the welcome address.

Earlier, the Buddhist religious leaders greeted the prime minister by presenting a flower bouquet to her.

Sheikh Hasina also unveiled a brochure highlighting the activities of Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust.

The prime minister urged the people of all faiths including Buddhists to live in the country with equal dignity and said her government wants to develop Bangladesh involving all in the development process.

"Bangladesh is your country ... we want you to perform your religion with equal dignity and would move with equal dignity. We want development taking all with us, not excluding anybody," she said.

The prime minister also urged the people of all religions to work together to build Bangladesh as a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu

"We want to change the lot of all and build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country. Let's come to establish it as a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government wants that the people of all faiths live together in the country by maintaining communal harmony. "We would ensure that the people of all faiths could move with dignity," she said.

She said her government is trying its best to assist the people of all faiths so that they could celebrate their festivals in a festive mood.

The premier reiterated her call to the people of all faiths, classes and professions to put up resistance against terrorism, militancy and drugs to build Bangladesh as a peaceful nation in South Asia.

"The people of the country are peace-loving and they want to live in this country with peace," she said, adding there won't be any room for corrupts, plunderers, and those who created terrorism and militancy in the country.

The prime minister said Bangladesh achieved its hard-earned independence as the people of all faiths -- Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists -- fought under the leadership of Bangabandhu.

"The aim of the independence was that the people of all faiths would lead a beautiful life and perform their religions peacefully," she said.

She regretted that Bangladesh's image was tainted during BNP-Jamaat alliance government from 2001-2006 when minority people were killed, attacked, tortured as well as their property and religious establishments were destroyed in many parts of the country under the patronage of the state.

Referring to the mindless violence and rampage of the BNP-Jamaat in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sheikh Hasina said innocent people including women and children, buses, rails, trucks -- none were spared from their atrocities.

The premier said it was beyond imagination that a human being could burn to death another human being. "We do politics for the welfare of the people and interest and we want that burning people to death in the name of politics and movement no more happen in the country," she said.

The prime minister said her government's wants to take the country forward peacefully and with the non-communal spirit. "Our goal is socioeconomic development of the country where not a single one would remain homeless and nobody would suffer from diseases and would stay out of education," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government is developing the country in a planned way. "We are advancing the economy in a planned way and have made open the public sector and our economy is strong adequately ... as much as our economy would be strong, the poverty rate would be reduced to that extent," she said.

The prime minister said those who grabbed power through coup and conspiracy after the assassination of Bangabandhu didn't take any steps for changing the lot of the people. "They were only busy to change their own fate by corruption, looting and money laundering," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the lot of the people has changed when Awami League came to power. "The confidence and trust of the people were restored," she said.

The premier said the government wants that the people would move with confidence and trust and stand on their own feet. "As the government, we would ensure all facilities for them," she said.

Photo: Yeasin Kabir Joy

 

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said that there is freedom of speech in the country as the newspapers here are enjoying full freedom.

 

The cabinet has approved in principle the 'One-stop Service Act, 2017' to facilitate domestic and foreign investors in getting various services with regard to their business under a package programme from one centre.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy today called upon parliament members of Awami League to be active in social media to showcase development activities that took place under Prime Minister's Sheikh Hasina's government.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a strong warning against trading of contraband "yaba tablets" in Cox's Bazar saying drug peddlers would be dealt with severely as they also earned a bad name for this southeastern sea resort district.

 

The inauguration of a 91-km gas pipeline from Moheshkhali to Anwara by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today would expedite energy security in the country and meet the growing demand as well.

 

Claiming Cox's Bazar as one of the favourite tourist destinations of Bangabandhu, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to make it more attractive.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the country's first longest marine driveway paving ways for tourists to enjoy the beauty of the world's largest sandy sea beach and socioeconomic development of Bangladesh's far east region.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government wants to ensure access of every child to education to make a poverty free nation.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said no agreement or MoU signed with India during her recent New Delhi visit is detrimental to the country's interest.

 

Renewing her government’s ‘zero tolerance’ stance against militancy and terrorism, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said these menaces will be eliminated from the country at any cost.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated 11 cluster villages in seven districts of the country, expressing her firm determination to ensure housing for all people of the country.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the amendment to the ASHRAYAN-2 project with an additional expenditure of Taka 3,671 crore for constructing houses of 1.70 lakh families and rehabilitation of 40,000 landless families.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the owners and workers of the industries to always keep in their mind the spirit of the immortal May Day and work together for country's industrialization for the development of the country.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina warned against hoarding and increase of the price of food grains in plea of flood in the northeastern haor areas saying tough action would be taken against such malpractice.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the judges and lawyers to be more humanitarian and serve the litigants with extra care to reduce their sufferings in the court of justice.

 

Expressing firm optimism that bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh would continue to grow, former British Prime Minister David Cameron today said there would be no change in this relationship due to Brexit.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged all concerned to promote Chittagong port's goodwill with their sincere efforts saying the facility could bring fortune for Bangladesh because of its strategic location for trade connectivity.

 

Moheshkhali, one of the remotest islands of the country, started its journey as a "Digital Island" as a project in this regard was launched today.

 

Urging the RAB members to obey the rules of the law, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said they should efficiently discharge duties with utmost responsibility, professionalism, patriotism and honesty keeping in mind that they are members of a disciplinary force.

 

Belarus has expressed its interest to set up a joint commission on trade and economy to further boost the economic relations with Bangladesh.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved setting up high-tech parks in 12 districts in the country.

 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a project for construction of 560 model mosques and Islamic Cultural Centres in every district and upazila involving Tk 9,062.41 crore.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused BNP of spreading propaganda about the existence of uranium in flood water of haor areas, saying that they are resorting to falsehood about the issue to misguide the people.

 

The Cabinet today has approved the draft of a new law, Fisheries Quarantine Act, 2017, restricting import of any fish, fish goods, related microorganisms or packaging of fish items without license and prior government permission.

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