Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)— Bangladesh is planning to celebrate the 100th birthday of its founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman locally and internationally.
“We’ll use the local and international media to celebrate the occasion,” Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said on Sunday.
He is the convener of the media, publication and documentation sub-committee formed ahead of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.
Mahmud was speaking at the first meeting of the sub-committee in Dhaka’s International Mother Language Institute.
He welcomed various proposals presented by the participants and urged them to submit the proposals in writing to the member secretary within five days.
The proposals include publishing special supplements in local newspapers, running special articles on Bangabandhu in internationally acclaimed newspapers and holding discussions at home and abroad on the nation’s independence hero.
Bangabandhu’s birth centenary celebration national implementation committee chief National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam, chief coordinator Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, publication sub-committee member secretary Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Bangabandhu Memorial Trust’s chief executive Mashura Hossain, and Dhaka University Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, among others, spoke at the programme.
Chuadanga, Apr 21 (UNB) – Two schoolgirls were admitted to Sadar Hospital on Sunday as they were reportedly raped in separate incidents in Chuadanga and Jhenaidah district.
Assistant Superintendent of Police of Jhenaidah Mirza Salauddin said a 13-year-old schoolgirl was raped by a village doctor in the morning in Sejiya village of Maheshpur upazila.
Victim’s family members said the sixth-grader victim who had fever went to a local doctor-Saiful Islam for treatment where he violated her finding her alone.
Locals rushed to the spot after hearing screams of the victim but the rapist doctor managed to flee.
Officer-in-charge of Moheshpur village Rashedul Ama said they later in a drive arrested Saiful.
Meanwhile, a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was kidnapped and raped by local miscreant Sakhawat Hossain Shahid and his accomplices in Nischintapur village of Jibannagar upazila.
Officer-in-charge of Jibannagar Police Station Sheikh Goni Mia said Shahid and his friends abducted the girl who was later rescued in a drive in the afternoon.
Police also arrested the rapist, he said.
Bandar Seri Begawan, Apr 21 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday strongly condemned the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and urged everyone to be vocal against terrorists.
“Terrorists are terrorists. They've no religion, caste and state. They're terrorists. So, all will have to be vocal against them,” she told a mass reception accorded to her by the Bangladeshi community in Darussalam at the Empire Hotel and Country Club here.
Regretting the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, Sheikh Hasina said there will be no room for any terrorist, militant, corrupt or drug addict in Bangladesh.
She said Bangladesh has not only announced zero tolerance policy against such terrorism and militancy but also took actions immediately by keeping its intelligence agencies alert.
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad, State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russell, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid were present.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Mahmud Hussain presided over the reception event.
The Prime Minister termed the torching and vandalism of the BNP-Jamaat allies in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as terrorism. She called upon all to remain alert so that such arson terrorism cannot recur.
She also elaborated her government’s steps for the development of various sectors, including food, power, health and education.
The government aims to ensure housing and food for everyone, she said adding that the poverty rate came down to 21 percent, while the extreme poverty rate was reduced to 11 percent.
About expatriates, the Prime Minister said whenever her party comes to power it works for the wellbeing of the expatriates. “Since the expatriates largely contribute to our economy, we think it’s our duty to work for their wellbeing,” she said.
Hasina said massive development works are going on in Bangladesh and 100 special economic zones are being developed to create huge jobs.
She said the government is going to introduce e-passport to check cheating and frauds in recruiting Bangladeshi workers abroad. She urged the workers to remain alert so that they do not fall victims to any cheating or fraud.
She suggested the overseas jobseekers not to go abroad by selling their homestead or other land, rather they can take loan from Probasi Kalyan Bank completing the registration process at digital centres to get overseas jobs at low cost.
The Prime Minister also suggested the overseas jobseekers to receive training and develop skills so that no one can neglect them in foreign lands.
Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Apr 21 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of former MP from Lalmonirhat-3 Engineer Abu Saleh M Sayeed.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister, now in Brunei on a three-day official tour, prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and extended sympathy to the bereaved family.
Sayeed breathed his last at about 3:30pm at United Hospital at the age of 73. He left behind his wife, two sons and a host of relatives and well-wishers.
He was the elder son-in-law of national leader AHM Kamruzzaman. He was an MP in the 10th parliament.
Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB) – At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Natore, Manikganj and Rangamati on Sunday.
In Natore, a businessman was killed when a truck hit a motorcycle at Bonpra Bypass area of Boraigram upazila.
The deceased was identified as Liton, 30, transport trader of Bhobanipur village, said Officer-in-Charge of Bonpara Highway police Abdul Alim.
Police seized the truck and detained its driver after the accident, he said.
In Manikganj, another man was killed as a Dhaka-bound covered van hit him while he was crossing the road in Chorerdanga area of Shibaloy Upazila in the early hour.
The deceased was identified as Azad Talukdar, 55, son of Aktar Uddin Talukdar. He was a transport worker of Sakura Paribahan.
Sub-Inspector Amir Hossain of Boronggail Highway Police outpost said they seized the covered van but its driver managed to flee.
The body was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy, he said.
In Rangamati, a day labourer died and four others were injured when a tree laden tractor overturned at Sajek of Baghaichhari upazila on Saturday night.
The deceased was identified as Tonoy Chakma, 27, son of Ushar Kanti Chakma.
The injured were taken to Dighinala Health Complex.
Officer-in-charge of Sajek Police Station Nurul Anowar confirmed the matter.