‘13 years in power as elected by the people’: Prime Minister



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that those who have played tricks with the people of Bangladesh in the past have been punished. The people of Bangladesh have been deprived of their power. And we have been able to complete 13 years of being elected by the people and have come to power three times in a row. It would not have been possible if it had not been elected by the people.

She said this while addressing a discussion meeting of Awami League on Tuesday (January 11) on the occasion of Bangabandhu's return to home. Sheikh Hasina presided over the discussion meeting at the party's central office on Bangabandhu Avenue by joining a video conference from Ganobhaban.

Mentioning that if Awami League is in power, the wheel of development of this country will remain dynamic, the Prime Minister said, there will be no place for murderers, war criminals and corrupt people in Bangla. They need to make this clear. "We will not allow anyone to play tricks with the rights of the people," she said.

The head of government said, "I will tell those who are looking for corruption today to see how much corruption has taken place since 2001." I would say to those who talk about debt defaulters, take the news first of all that the culture of creating debt defaulters has been created in this country to create elite class after Ziaur Rahman had come to power.

The Prime Minister said it is the habit of a class of people to stick against the Awami League only if it does a good job. Because those who did not want the independence of this country, who wanted to completely destroy Bangladesh, the development of Bangladesh by forming a government with murderers and war criminals, still have some ghosts in the society.

Sheikh Hasina said, "I would like to remind those who raised questions about the election today about the election on February 15 and Khaleda Zia's resignation. How do those who question the election today forget the February 15, 1996 election? What was the percentage of the vote? Four percent of the votes were not cast. Khaleda Zia is the third Prime Minister to fill the ballot box with seals by deploying army everywhere. The consequences of stealing people's votes! Their third prime minister has not been in power for three months. There was a mass uprising.

She said the BNP had a budget of Tk. 64,000 crore during its tenure, from which the present government has been able to give a budget of over Tk. 6 lakh crore which would not have been possible without economic development.

She also said that if there is no money to be spent then how can there be so much work. So those who do not see these are blindfolded. They do not see the development of the country, all praise Bangladesh as a role model of development in the international arena but it does not come to their notice. Because they can't eat by looting, that's their big deal. Their goal is to show the bones and skeletal people of the country and bring money from abroad and just loot and eat it.

Party presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury MP, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman and AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Joint General Secretary and Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Central Member and Freedom Fighter Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya Bir Bikram, Organizing Secretary Mirza Azam MP, Metropolitan Awami League South and North President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Sheikh Bazlur Rahman.

Bangladesh condemns attack by Huthi Militia in UAE



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Bangladesh has strongly condemned the drone strikes by Huthi militias in the United Arab Emirates. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in Musaffah, causing extensive damage to civilian property.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the latest attack was "an intense form of aggression by Huthi militias that has escalated tensions in the region."

This is a repeat of the terrorist attack after the hijacking of the UAE-flagged cargo ship Rawabi off the coast of Al Hudayah Governorate on January 2.

The statement said that Bangladesh considers the recent drone strikes targeting civilian installations and killing of innocent civilians an illegal, cowardly act of terrorism and a clear violation of international law and civil code.

Noting that such irresponsible actions could escalate tensions in the region, Bangladesh has called on Huthi militias to refrain from repeating such illegal activities and deliberately escalating tensions.

Dhaka expresses its strong solidarity against any threat to the security and safety of the people of the United Arab Emirates and its brotherly people.

The statement further said that Bangladesh is firmly committed to all efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.

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DU Professor Tazmeri Islam gets bail



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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser and former professor of chemistry department of Dhaka University Dr. Tazmeri Islam arrested in the sabotage case filed at Uttara West police station has been granted bail by the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Ahmed on Tuesday (January 18) granted her bail on a bond of Tk. 10,000 after a court hearing.

Relevant police court General Registration Officer (GRO) Liaquat Ali confirmed the news to Jago News.

Earlier, Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder applied for bail of Tazmeri Islam. Bail was opposed by the state. After hearing both sides, the court granted bail. General Registration Branch Officer of the cour Liaquat Ali confirmed the information.

The case was filed at Uttara West Police Station on September 23, 2018 on the charge of sabotage. Professor Tazmeri and 133 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat were accused in the case. On November 26 of the same year, the High Court granted bail to Professor Tazmeri until the investigation report in the case was submitted.

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‘Our family lives on people’s money’: President to the DCs



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President Abdul Hamid

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President Abdul Hamid addressing the Deputy Commissioners said that we  have to remember that our family lives on people's money. So people have the right to receive services. He said that serving the people is not a matter of kindness or generosity.

The president made the remarks while addressing a video conference from Bangabhaban at the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday (January 18).

"You are acting as the coordinator and supervisor of various government activities at the field level, which is playing an important role in the development of the country as a whole," he said.

The President, as a servant of the people, advised to put the interests of the country and the people above all, and said, "We and you are the servants of the people." So do your duty as a servant of the people. Deliver government services to the doorsteps of the people.

He said social security programs are an effective means of alleviating poverty and establishing social justice. Through these programs, DCs need to provide effective leadership in meeting the basic needs of the country's poor, ensuring social security and empowerment of the people, especially women.

The President directed the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to build a culture of transparency and accountability at every level of field administration.

President Hamid said corruption is the biggest obstacle to development. Sustainable development is being hampered by corruption. Therefore, a culture of transparency and accountability must be built at every level of field administration.

Noting that responsibilities and powers are vested in every level of bureaucracy and political leadership, the President said that exercise of power is essential for proper and efficient discharge of responsibilities, but it is more important to ensure that power is not misused.

He said the DCs need to provide effective leadership in ensuring that the basic needs of the poor, social security and empowerment of the people, especially women, are met through these programs.

The President said that the Deputy Commissioners should make efforts so that the real poor could enjoy the benefits of this program.

He said the government has given special importance to eco-friendly rural development, which is different from previous years. In villages like cities, all kinds of facilities have to be ensured. In order to ensure civic amenities in Mofussil areas, President DCs should take special initiative to develop Upazila Sadar and growing industrial centers as modern cities and suburbs through housing, education, expansion of agro-based industries, medical services, electricity, gas, drinking water and sewerage system.

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More 10 people die, 8407 get covid & 475 recovered



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Ten more people died from deadly virus corona while 8407 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Tuesday ( January 18) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28164 and 1632788 respectively.

The release said that 475 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1553795 so far.

During the period 35916 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 11929321 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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