Khulna, Feb 7 (UNB) – The workers of a jute mill staged demonstrations at Labanchora Main road protesting the retrenchment of four workers of the factory on Thursday.
Sources said the workers of Wahab Jute Mill took to the streets in the morning and staged demonstrations following the retrenchment of four fellows without any prior notice.
Earlier, the some of the workers of the factory, including the four, staged demonstrations demanding wage hike on January 19.
When the news of their retrenchment spread, the workers of the mill stopped production and took to the streets.
The workers also said they will continue their protests until the retrenched workers are reinstated.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the Armed Forces to play the due role in advancing the nation as well as maintaining democratic and constitutional stability in the country.
“Bangladesh Armed Forces are making significant contributions to peacekeeping in various countries under the emblem of UN mission. The Armed Forces will also have to play an important role in the progress of the nation and in maintaining democratic and constitutional stability so that we can keep up the country’s ongoing trend of development,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while delivering her speech at the graduation ceremony of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) 2018-2019 at Sheikh Hasina Complex of Mirpur Cantonment in the city.
Sheikh Hasina said the Armed Forces have earned name and fame in foreign lands with their honesty and professional efficiency.
She said the Armed Forces are the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty.
“Alongside the noble responsibility of protecting our sovereignty, the members of our patriotic Armed Forces are also making significant contributions to the fields of tackling any crisis and disasters, construction of infrastructures, socio-economic development and maintaining law and order,” the PM added.
Mentioning that her government wants to build Bangladesh as developed and prosperous country, she said the Armed Forces continue its contributions to various arena in this development journey.
Talking about the country’s development, Hasina said her government has accomplished tremendous developments activities in all sectors in the last 10 years. “People are now enjoying the fruits of our development programmes. Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world.”
“Being highly happy with the development works of her government, have made us victorious again in the 11th parliamentary election. We'll fully implement all the pledges made to the country’s people,” said the Prime Minister.
She said the government has a plan to set up a nuclear power plant in the country’s southern region on completion of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project.
About Padma Bridge project, Hasina said the World Bank has failed to prove corruption allegation brought against her government.
Bangladesh started constructing the Padma Bridge with 100 percent finance from own fund. “I think that this decision has changed the image of Bangladesh in the whole world. We've proved that we also can do,” she added.
Hasina extended her sincere felicitations to all the graduates of DSCSC 2018-2019 course, and wished success in their professional, social and family life.
Pointing at the graduating officers, she said, “This course will make you more confident in discharging assigned duties and in facing any challenge more efficiently. You all be prepared to undertake a higher leadership role. You all will perform your duties with integrity.”
Noting that a total of 11 female officers are graduated this year, the Prime Minister said it is encouraging to see the remarkable number of female officers graduating every year. “I hope, the enrolment of female officers will augment in the future.”
Sheikh Hasina said Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman put special emphasis on building disciplined and professional Armed Forces for independent Bangladesh. In line with it, this College was established for the higher training of Armed Forces officers.
Mentioning that the world is moving forward today she said, “We'll have to take training programmes keeping consistency with it (the changing world).”
Pointing at the overseas graduates, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh is a peace-loving country and its trust and respect for world peace is aptly echoed in its foreign policy - ‘Friendship to all and malice to none on the basis of equality’.
“We, thus, continue to maintain warm and friendly ties with your countries,” she said.
Commandant of the College Major General MdEnayetUllah delivered the welcome speech.
A total of 215 officers, including 118 officers from Army, 29 from Navy and 23 from Air Force, and 45 overseas officers from 19 countries of the world graduated from this college this year. The 19 countries include the USA, China, India, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister distributed the certificates among the graduating officers.
On her arrival, the Prime Minister was received by the Commandant of the college.
The college was set up aiming to prepare selected mid-level officers of the three Services for the assumption of increasing responsibilities both in command and staff appointments.
So far, 3,902 Bangladeshi officers, five police officers and 1,111 overseas officers from 42 friendly countries have graduated from this college.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed India’s commitment to work with Bangladesh to build on the existing momentum during the new term in office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"Bangladesh-India relations have been on an upward trajectory in the last few years," he said when Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen met him in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Modi mentioned that the partnership between Bangladesh and India is flourishing under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He reaffirmed India’s sincere commitment to Bangladesh’s prosperity and development, according to the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
Modi viewed that the Bangladesh-India relation is a model between the two neighbouring countries which needs to be showcased for wider audience around the world.
While thanking Prime Minister Modi for India's humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister requested India’s support for early repatriation of the Rohingys to Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Prime Minister Modi reiterated that India is always with Bangladesh and assured of India’s cooperation in this regard.
The Prime Minister congratulated Dr Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister.
He appreciated Dr Momen's gesture of selecting India as the destination for his first foreign visit, according to the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of India.
Dr Momen briefed the Prime Minister on recent development in the bilateral relationship.
Indian Prime Minister Modi was the first among the global leaders to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after her party Awami League’s absolute victory in the December-30 general election.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also conveyed her appreciation to Prime Minister Modi for extending congratulations upon the victory of Awami League in the parliamentary elections, held in December 2018 as the first foreign leader.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen expressed his satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two countries which have grown and prospered, especially with the statesmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Modi.
He stressed that Bangladesh would continue her resolve in further strengthening and deepening her relations with India in the coming days.
He recalled that the two countries amicably resolved the longstanding problems which is much appreciated by the respective peoples.
The Foreign Minister mentioned about the remarkable progress Bangladesh has achieved during the last few years in the socio-economic sectors under the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also elaborated on the road map of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realise the dream of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build Bangladesh as Sonar Bangla.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen also met former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Dr Anand Sharma.
He conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Dr Manmohan Singh.
They expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India.
Dr Manmohan conveyed congratulations to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for being elected as the Prime Minister for the third time.
He noted that thecearly repatriation of Rohingyas is a priority and assured that they will be supporting the government of India in any initiative to expedite repatriation of Rohingyas to Rakhine State.
He hoped that both the countries would be able to resolve the remaining outstanding issues between the two countries, including the Teesta Water sharing soon.
5th JCC Meet Friday
Foreign Minister Dr Momen is visiting New Delhi on his maiden official tour abroad as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh to attend the 5th meeting of India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission on Friday.
Dr Momen and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead Bangladesh and Indian delegations respectively at the 5th JCC meeting.
Bangladesh and India have planned to sign five MoUs during the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks on Friday, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to a newer height, an official told UNB.
The documents that are likely to be signed are MoU between the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh and the National Medical Plants Board, India on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, MoU between National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India and Ministry of Public Administration, Bangladesh on tanning and capacity building programme for Bangladesh Civil Servants and MoU between Hiranandani Group and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) for developing Indian Economic Zone in Mongla, Bangladesh.
Two more MoUs between Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Prasar Bharti of India are also planned to be signed.
The 5th JCC meeting will review the progress made in areas such as trade and investment, security, connectivity, border management, power, energy, shipping, people-to-people exchanges, apart from Rohingya issue, said a diplomatic source.
The two countries will also discuss the common challenges and find ways on how the two friendly countries along with other like-minded nations can continue fighting the scourge of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation, the source indicates.
Dr Momen will leave New Delhi for Dhaka on Saturday morning after wrapping up his first foreign tour as Foreign Minister.
The 4th Joint Consultative Commission between Bangladesh and India, led by former Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj respectively, was held in October 2017.
Chattogram, Feb 7 (UNB) – The authorities resumed an eviction drive for the 4th consecutive day on Thursday to free the Karnaphuli riverbanks from encroachers.
The local administration resumed the drive around 10:30 am which will end around 5 pm.
A total of 120 structures were bulldozed in the three days and five acres of land were reclaimed in Sadarghat Lighterage Jetty, Majhirghat, AnuMiarMajhirghat, Laban Ghat and adjoining areas.
Among the demolished establishments, there were 52 salt factories, said executive magistrate and assistant commissioner (land) of PatengaTahmilur Rahman.
Tahmilur Rahman said the total area stretching from Chaktai to Patenga has been divided into three zones to make the eviction drive easier and a total of 2,187 illegal establishments will be bulldozed.
Around 200 structures stretching from Sadarghat to Barik Building area will be removed in the first phase, he said.
Fire Service, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members and police are taking part in the eviction drive, the AC (Land) said.
Chapainawabganj, Feb 7 (UNB) – Memebers of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people along with one pistol, five bullets, two magazines from Sadar Bazar in Shibganj upazila on Wednesday night.
The arrestees are Mamun Rashid, 20, son of Gazlur Rahman, Janibul Islam, 30, son of Shafiqul islam and Nur Alam, 20, son of Shahjahan of the upazila.
Tipped off, a team of Rab-5 conducted a drive in the area and arrested them.
A case was filed with Shibganj Police Station.