"Agriculture sector is one of the driving forces of economic development of Bangladesh. But the quantity of farm land is declining fast due to booming population, urbanization and setting up of mills and factories, On the other hand, the demand for agri produces is soaring world-wide. "So we will have to produce more foods from limited lands to counter this two-way challenge," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) Complex at Farmgate in the capital here this morning.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the country will run according to the constitution which was earned through the supreme sacrifice of millions. Urging the people to cast vote for Awami League like 2008 to complete the unfinished works of the present government, she said "We want to move the country forward while BNP is out to push the country back. "People of the country gave us vote to go ahead. Bangladesh as a democratic country will march forward. None will be able to impede the progress," the Prime Minister said this while addressing a huge public meeting organized by Dinajpur district unit of Awami League yesterday.

 

"Without new innovation in the agriculture sector to produce more food and its diversification, it's not possible to maintain the present pace of food production, "We have to maintain the growth in the agriculture sector to protect our agri-based economy, ensure food security of the people, improve their living standards and rural employment," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while distributing Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puraskar-1418 at a function at Osmani Memorial yesterday.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday held discussion on the current political situation and the ways of holding a free, fair and credible election with participation of all political parties. The two-hour long discussion was held at Prime Minister's official residence Gonobhaban last evening where senior leaders of the both parties were present.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, general secretary of Awami League Syed Ashraful Islam and secretary general of Jatiya Party Ruhul Amin Hawlader said the discussion was held on current political situation, poll-time government and next general elections. On the other hand Ruhul Amin Hawlader said Jatiya Party would take part in the next elections as a component of the grand alliance if main opposition comes to the polls. In a different situation, they will take decision to vie in the polls separately, he said.

Syed Ashraf said the meeting discussed the Prime Minister's proposal for an all-party government for overcoming the present political crisis, which was welcomed by different quarters at home and abroad and country's civil society members. Prime Minister's address to the nation could be a basis for discussion to resolve the current political stalemate, he said. Ruhul Amin Hawlader said the Prime Minister discussed very clearly about the next elections. She responded to our different queries on her speech to the nation and we have got satisfactory replies. The Prime Minister assured us continuing the talks to reach decision on the 'unclear' matters. "Besides, we have discussed on election schedule and date of holding the polls and formation of the interim cabinet of the poll-time government, he said, adding the Prime Minister will talk to all political parties and main opposition BNP on election issues.

Syed Ashraful said Awami League will go for dialogue with other political parties of the grand alliance and want to reach a consensus as far as the next elections is concerned. We are agreed to face any situation unitedly, he added. He said they have discussed the issues of poll-date and how the elections will be held. The Prime Minister said, she will take decision about the poll-date after consultation with the political parties.

 

"I have firm belief that we could form the government again through the mandate of people by earning their trust and confidence," Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said this in her introductory speech at a view exchange meeting with the AL-backed elected mayors of city corporations and pourasabhas and chairmen and vice-chairmen of upazila parishads at her official Ganobhaban

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today proposed a polls-time all-party interim government comprising parliament members from both treasury and opposition benches. In an address to the nation this evening, she urged the opposition party to propose names of their parliament members for the cabinet of the election-time interim government. "Our aim is to hold a free, fair and peaceful election. We want to hold the next general election with all political parties represented in the parliament," she said.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the injured Freedom Fighters (FFs) with flowers and presented them with various gifts on the occasion of holy Eid-Ul Azha.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen and the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha set to be celebrated on Wednesday.

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