Kishoreganj, Sept 25 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday urged all political parties to participate in the next national election for the betterment of the country and its people.
He was addressing a mass-reception accorded to him at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Government College playground in Itna on the second day of his five-day visit to his home district of Kishoreganj.
“I think political parties should take part in polls. They should go to people for votes and participate in the election,” he said.
Residents of Itna organised the reception programme as Abdul Hamid paid his first visit to Itna after taking oath of office as the country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24 this year.
Referring to the next national election, the head of the state Hamid reiterated his request to all political parties of the country to nominate good candidates for the next general election in the greater interest of the country. He called upon the voters to elect a person having good character, ideology and strict principle.
“Justify the candidates and vote those who will help develop your locality. You have to choose the government which will help the country to advance in upcoming days.” Hamid added.
He repeatedly requested all voters to evaluate the previous governments and then take the right decision to choose their leaders.
The President, in his nearly 30-minute speech, highlighted different development activities of the haor regions including different infrastructural development of the government.
Recalling his election experience, President Hamid said, “I was elected a lawmaker 48 years back. And voters voted me eighth times for the Jatiya Sangsad. I have become the President twice. I’m really grateful to the people of this area.”
Urging all concerned to take responsibility for maintaining roads, he said he has been working to ensure overall development of the haor areas as well as for the country and its people.
Regarding setting up export processing zone (EPZ) in the haor area, the President laid emphasis on the development of communication with other parts of the country first. He sought further cooperation of all people to ensure more development in this haor area which was once neglected.
Members of parliament engineer Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq (Kishoreganj-4), Afzal Hossain (Kishoreganj-5), Dilara Begum Asma, Kishoreganj Zila Parishad Chairman Advocate Zillur Rahman, Itna upazila chairman Chowdhury Quamrul Hasan, district Awami League president Quamrul Ahsan Shahjahan, and general secretary of upazila unit of AL Advocate Khalilur Rahman, among others, also spoke on the occasion with freedom fighter M Ismail Hossain in the chair.
Earlier, the President inaugurated works of nine development projects of Itna Upazila shortly after arriving in the upazila at 3:50 pm.
Kishoreganj, Sept 25 (UNB) - President on Tuesday witnessed the progress of development works of Austagram-Nawga and Austagram-Kastul-Banshtala Roads in Kishoreganj.
The under-construction Autagram-Nawga road will connect Chatalpar of Brahmanbaria district through a bridge while Autagram-Kastul-Bhantshala road will connect Itna and Mithamain upazilas.
President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB that these road development works once completed would facilitate some parts of Kishoreganj’s connectivity with the capital Dhaka and other parts of the country.
He is also scheduled to attend a public gathering at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Government College Ground, Austagram in the afternoon and exchange views with local elites at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Auditorium at 7 pm today.
This is the second visit of Abdul Hamid to his village home in the remote area of Kishoreganj after he took oath of office as the country’s President for the second consecutive term on April 24.
The President on Monday opened seven development projects in the upazila and attended a mass reception accorded to him at Austagram upazila parishad playground. He also exchanged views with a cross section of people, including local political leaders and distinguished persons at President Abdul Hamid Auditorium-cum-Community Centre in Austagram upazila in the evening.
The President is scheduled to see Itna-Zila road at 11 am in Itna Upazila on Wednesday. He will address a public meeting at the Freedom Fighter Abdul Haque Government Degree College field at 3 pm on the third day of his visit. He will exchange views with distinguished people at Rastrapati Abdul Hamid Auditorium in Itna.
On Thursday, he will visit some development works at Mithamain Upazila at 12 noon. In the afternoon, he will attend Golden Jubilee programme of Hazi Tayeb Uddin School at 3 pm. He will stay at his own home in the night.
On Friday, President Hamid will say Jumma prayers at the mosque adjoining his ancestral home at Kamalpur village in Mithamain Upazila. After the prayers, he will offer Fateha at the graves of his father Md Tayebuddin and mother Tomiza Khatun in front of the mosque.
The President is due to return to Dhaka on Friday afternoon.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - Ambassadors of Germany and North Korea to Bangladesh separately presented their credentials to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.
The resident envoys are Peter Fahrenholtz of Federal Republic of Germany and Pak Song Yop of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
During the presentation of German ambassador’s credential, the President said, "The relationship between the two countries is increasing day by day. Besides, bilateral relationship, trade and investment between the two countries are very excellent."
Abdul Hamid stressed on exploring all possibilities in the interest of their respective countries and boost businesses and trade ties as there is a huge potentiality in various sectors to increase relationship.
Terming Germany a development partner of Bangladesh, the head of state said the relationship between the two countries should be extended further. He also stressed on the visits of government and private level stakeholders in both the countries.
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz praised Bangladesh’s achieving high GDP growth of 7.86 percent in 2017-18 financial year.
The envoy lauded the government’s initiatives taken for rehabilitating over one million Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh from their Rakhine state homeland of Myanmar.
He said "Bangladesh gains the respect from the international community. I hope International community will provide more support and cooperation to solve the Rohingya problem."
On the other hand, President Abdul Hamid praised of the recent development of relationship between South Korea and North Korea. He said this development will help both countries develop the bilateral relationship in the future.
North Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Pak Song Yop said he will prioritize the relationship between Bangladesh and North Korea during his tenure.
The envoys told Abdul Hamid that they would do everything necessary to increase bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh in the days to come.
Praising the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, they sought cooperation of authorities concerned in discharging their duties.
Earlier, on their arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave the envoys guards of honour as part of the ceremony.
Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials of the Foreign Ministry were present.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Sunday urged the members of Bangladesh Bar Council to take steps for enhancing the professional skills of lawyers.
He said this when a 10-member delegation of the newly elected members of the Bar Council, led by its Chairman and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, met him at Bangabhaban.
Abdul Hamid said the role of lawyers is very important in ensuring legal services to people and the Bar Council should take steps for improving the skills of lawyers.
"The President stressed that the Bar Council should conduct proper inquiry before providing the bar council certificate. You should ensure that only skilled and experienced ones get the certificate," President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin quoted him as saying during the meeting.
During the meeting, the delegation apprised the President of the activities of the Bar Council and highlighted various steps taken by it for the welfare of lawyers.
They informed that they have taken a plan for constructing a new building for the bar council with an amount of TK 117 crore.
The delegation sought the President's cooperation for the development of the Bar Council.
The delegation members include its Vice-Chairman Muhammad Yusuf Hussain Humayun, chairman of the legal education committee Kazi Nazibullah Hiru and chairman of the executive committee Syed Rezaur Rahman.
Secretaries concerned to the President were also present.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Sunday urged the people of all religions to resist through social movement any attempt of creating anarchy in the society in the name of religion.
He made the call while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban marking the Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
"Religion leads people to the way to truth and right and inspires people for human welfare. No religion supports militancy, fundamentalism or terrorism," he said.
President Abdul Hamid also urged the people of all religions to remain alert so that no person or group can impede the social discipline using the religion.
The head of the state asked all to build strong social resistance if anyone tries to create anarchy and simultaneously urged all to continue collective endeavour to keep up the trend of national development and progress.
The President also asked people to maintain communal harmony at any cost as the participation of all people irrespective of religions, castes and creeds accelerated victory in all struggles and movements including the country’s great Liberation War.
He stressed utilizing the non-communal spirit to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Communal harmony is our great tradition which strengthens the existing harmony and friendship more in the society to build a happy and a prosperous Bangladesh for the present and future generation,” he said.
The President said that all religious festivals are celebrated with fervor and gaiety in Bangladesh. "Each festival becomes universal with the spontaneous participation of all religious minded people. This spontaneity has helped build social bonding," the President added.
Greeting the people of Hindu community on the occasion, the President mentioned that Sri Krishna emerged as social reformer to thwart evil forces and to protect religion and good people in the society.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman and secretaries concerned accompanied the President during the reception.
Besides, Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception. They presented flower bouquets to the president.
Several lawmakers, judges, ambassadors and high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of Hindu community, among others, also joined the reception at the president palace.
The invited guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall. President went round different corners there and exchanged greetings with them.