Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said it is her duty to unchain people from deprivation and a plan is underway to provide urban facilities to villagers.
"So many years have been wasted…we have lost times from 1975-96… we didn’t see any development in those 21 years, a handful of people managed to make their own fortune, while the rest were deprived…it’s my duty to free these people from their deprivation," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day 22nd National Council of the Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) at Ganobhaban with the theme 'Global Competitive TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) for Challenges of IR (Industrial Revolution) 4.0'.
She said her politics is for the people of Bangladesh and she utilises every second of her life for the country’s development. "I’m not here to make my own fortune, I’m here to build the fortune of the common people. As a result, the country is making progress.”
The Prime Minister said her government wants to develop villages further aiming to reduce the tremendous pressure of people on the capital city.
Sheikh Hasina said the government wants to provide urban facilities to rural people so that they can live a decent life. "We’re taking a plan to build the villages as townships and ensure all sorts of job in rural areas."
She said the government has given a special attention to rural areas so that people living there could build their houses as they like. “Special loan facility is there to this end.”
The Prime Minister said the government has taken a plan to construct multi-storey buildings at the upazila and union levels.
Briefly listing the programmes taken by her government to improve the vocational education, Hasina said the government always gives importance to vocational and science and technology-based education.
Hasina asked the diploma engineers not to indulge in the calculation what they get and what they did not. "You have to build the country so the future general can get a beautiful life… I’m urging you all to devote yourselves to that purpose."
She said it is the duty of the diploma engineers to implement the development programmes and maintain its quality at the field level.
The Prime Minister said the government has taken a programme to establish one technical school and college in each upazila. "The work to construct 100 technical schools and colleges has already started."
She mentioned that the Education Ministry is working to set up 23 world-class new polytechnic institutes in the country.
Chaired by Central Executive Committee President of the IDEB AKMA Hamid, the function was also addressed by its General Secretary Shamshur Rahman.
A robot, TVET, manufactured by diploma engineers, welcomed the Prime Minister at the stage and had a parley with her.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the council by hoisting the national flag and releasing doves and balloons.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that the government is actively considering the formation of a commission to identify other conspirators behind the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“The matter of formation of a commission to identify other masterminds of the assassination of the Father of the Nation is now under government’s active consideration,” she said replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Mohd Abdullah (Laxmipur-4).
The Prime Minister said many information regarding the conspiracy behind the killing of the Father of the Nation got exposed during the two consecutive terms of the Awami League government.
“According to the information, some people and organisations from both home and abroad had indirectly been involved in the conspiracy,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said efforts are on to bring the killers of the Father of Nation, who are now hiding abroad, back home.
An inter-ministerial committee formed in this regard comprising the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Home Ministry is working in a coordinated way over the issue, she said.
A petition has been placed before the Canadian Federal Court of Justice for providing information about how fugitive convicted killer Noor Chowdhury is living in Canada, the Prime Minister added.
Diplomatic and legal measures have been taken to bring another fugitive convict, Rashed Chowdhury, back from the USA, she said, adding that lawyers have been appointed there for taking the legal measures.
Besides, the taskforce is working to bring other fugitive convicts back home and red alert has been issued through the Interpol to arrest them, Hasina added.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Dr Bandar MH Hajjar on Sunday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of his bank’s continued support to Bangladesh in its development efforts.
“The IsDB will always remain proactive over Bangladesh. Dhaka will be its first Regional Hub as the bank has decided to set up such hubs in different countries," he said.
The IsDB President met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Hotel Radisson after the inaugural ceremony of IsDB Regional Hub.
PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Dr Hajjar appreciated the economic development of Bangladesh and said its high successes in all indicators should be replicated in other member countries, particularly Africa.
The IsDB President also appreciated the financial management system of Bangladesh as it is successfully improving the social aspects along with economic development.
He mentioned that IsDB will work for improving the lifestyle of people and committed to continuing its support to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended her thanks to IsDB for its continued support to Bangladesh keeping it on the top of the list. “The IsDB support is very crucial for development,” the PM was quoted as saying.
She said the government has attached importance to development of the country from rural level.
“We’ve already ensured food security and reduced poverty to 22 percent, which would be further declined,” she said.
She sought more IsDB investment in various sectors, particularly in agro and food-processing industries, and hoped that the IsDB regional hub would help strengthen mutual cooperation.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan, Principal Secretary M Nojibur Rahman, Chief Coordinator in PMO on SDG Affairs Abul Kalam Azad, ERD Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan attended the meeting.
CEO of International Trade and Finance Corporation Engineer Hanisalem Sanbol, Lead Executive Coordinator of IsDB in Asia Dr Jafor Iqbal and Director, CRS Asia Ifran Bukhari accompanied the IsDB President.
Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the common people are now getting the benefits of her government’s development programmes as it has been able to lower the inflation rate with sustainable GDP growth.
"Bangladesh economy has made a good progress...we’ve been able to lower the inflation rate…it’s now 5.4 to 5.6 percent, and the economy is strong as we’re maintaining 7.78 percent GDP growth. Now the grassroots are getting the benefits," she said.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the 6th National Convention of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) its premises here.
Agriculture Minister MatiaChowdhury was present as a special guest at the programme held with KIB President AMM Salehin the chair. KIB Secretary General MdKhairulAlam delivered the welcome speech.
Returning to power in 2009, Sheikh Hasina said, the Awami League government has taken long-, mid-, and short-term programmes to take the country forward. "We’re now marching ahead with the programmes."
She said the government wants to lead the country towards prosperity as Bangladesh is now the third largest vegetable-producing country, while 8th in potato, 7th in mango and third in fish production.
"Our country is now totally self-reliant…now we’ve to go for value addition to our products…we’ve to go for food processing as well," the Prime Minister said.
Hasina said the socioeconomic status of people is improving while the local market is expanding. "We can sell our processed foods within the country as well as export those after fulfilling the local demand and earn foreign exchange."
Hasina said the government has given a special attention to food processing and encourage investment in this sector. "We’ll produce more foods, process those, meet our own local demand and export the surplus ones to fetch foreign currencies."
The Prime Minister said the government has also given importance to research to enhance production. “Through research, the government has improved the production of rice, fish and vegetable. We also decoded the jute genome," she added.
Hasina said the government is providing all-out support to farmers through investing in research and giving all agri-related facilities.
Describing irrigation as the important component of agriculture, she said the government wants to encourage the use of renewable energy for this purpose.
Hasina said she requested the Agriculture Minister to encourage cooperative system for using solar panel in irrigation as its use by a single person is costlier.
The Prime Minister said the Awami League government is in power for the two consecutive times. "If people cast their votes for us, we’ll be in power again, if they don’t we won’t be there in power," she said.
Referring to some natural disasters like floods in the past, Sheikh Hasina said the agriculture sector is first affected by various calamities like early and long-lasting floods, draughts, landslides, tidal upsurge and earthquakes.
Keeping these in mind, she said, the government has been developing modern food storages and silos in the county to ensure up to 22 lakh metric tons of food storage to meet crisis during any crisis.
She sharply criticised the post-75 governments like of Zia, Ershad and Khaleda who never wanted Bangladesh to be self-sufficient in food.
Governments after 1975 violated the agriculture policy framed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and they never wanted development of the farmers and improvement of the lifestyle of the common people.
They destroyed institutions like BADC for which the country could not achieve desired development in the agriculture sector, she added.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the convention by hoisting the national flag and releasing doves and balloons.
President and CEO of IFDC Scot J Angel also spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the new book containing the secret documents of Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB) on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will provide an immense opportunity to people to know about the Father of the Nation properly and elaborately.
"To me, it’s the diamond out of a coalmine. We’d been able to find the diamond mine inside the coalmine," she said.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the publication ceremony of the first edition of 'Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Emeritus Professor Rafiqul Islam chaired the function while Bangla Academy Director General Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan was the discussant.
Sheikh Hasina, the elder daughter of the Father of the Nation, said there is a priceless depot of information in these books.
"The IB reports are against Bangabandhu. There’s nothing in favour of him, everything is against him. Why have we published these reports? It’s my interest that by this publication, people will know each and every activity, move and speech of the Father of the Nation from 1948-71. There’re so many information there," she said.
The Prime Minister also said the IB reports will give the readers, researchers and others an opportunity to find out the most valuable information about Bangabandhu. "Country’s people will be able to know a lot about the Father of the Nation."
Mentioning that there are some questions about how Bangabandhu had contributed to the Language Movement as he had been in jail at that time, Hasina said, “The hostile attitude of a section of people will be removed after reading these documents."
Explaining the reason behind the publication of the IB reports, she said, “I took the step to publish those as country’s people will be able to divulge truth from these. They’ll know the history of Bangladesh. They’ll be able to know how we got the independence."
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary, Golam Mostafa of Hakkani Publishers, Father of the Nation Bangbanadhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust Member Secretary Sheikh Hajizur Rahman and Curator Nazrul Islam Khan also spoke at the programme.
Bangabandhu Memorial Trust is funding the publication of the book. Hakkani Publishers will publish the book in 14 volumes.
Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB) used to make reports on Bangabandhu every day.
The book will contain different information on the country’s War of Liberation and founding of Awami League, letters written to Bangabandhu by his party leaders and workers, relatives and speeches delivered by him at different meetings and public rallies.