Today is Sheikh Hasina's homecoming day



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After the killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family August 15, 1975 Sheikh Hasina had returned to the soil of Bangladeshi after a long exile on May 17,1981. She arrived at the then Dhaka Kurmitola Airport from New Delhi via Kolkata at 4:30 pm on that day.

On the night of August 15, 1975, a group of misled army officers killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family through the most brutal murder in history. Bangabandhu's two daughters, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, survived because they were abroad. After the assassination of Bangabandhu, the killer group started a multifaceted conspiracy to endanger the existence of the Bengali nation by destroying the spirit of the liberation war in independent-sovereign Bangladesh.

In the life of the Bengali nation, the darkness was pressing like a rock. In the same way, in the absence of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina, she was elected the president of the organization in the national conference of Awami League held on February 14, 15 and 16, 1981. The sacred responsibility of leading the struggle for the liberation of the motherland is entrusted to the hands of the eldest daughter of the Father of the Nation. Assassination group fears the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter. The murderous military junta led by Ziaur Rahman created all kinds of obstacles to prevent Sheikh Hasina from returning to her homeland.

Sheikh Hasina returned to her beloved homeland on May 17, 1981, ignoring the bloodshed and restrictions of the military ruler. She returned to Bangabandhu's Bangladesh after a long 6-year exile. That day the capital Dhaka became a city of processions. From morning till midnight, the city of Dhaka vibrated with processions and slogans. Bad weather and heavy rain could not stop the march of millions of people that day. Kurmitola International Airport and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar turned into a sea of people.

Dhaka, the capital, was the destination of people from all over Bangladesh that day to catch a glimpse of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina. The immortal slogan of independence, 'Jai Bangla, Jai Bangabandhu' vibrated the air and air of Bengal. The voice of the crowd thunderously proclaimed 'Hasina, I promised you, I will avenge the murder of my father'; "We are with you in the dark night of storm and rain". "Sheikh Hasina's arrival, welcome with greetings".

Sheikh Hasina assumed responsibility as the President of Awami League with a firm promise to implement the ideals and dreams of Bangabandhu back home, to prosecute the murder of Bangabandhu and four national leaders, to restore the lost democratic rights of the people by ending the dictatorship forever, to establish a sovereign parliamentary system and to establish a government.

When the plane carrying Sheikh Hasina was seen in the sky at 4:30 that afternoon, thousands of people entered the airport ignoring all controls and requests. The plane landed with a lot of risk. The crowd moves right up to the airport tarmac. After several attempts the truck was taken just in front of the cockpit door after the flow of the crowd was somewhat diverted. At this time, Sheikh Hasina waved to the crowd from inside.

At 4:32 PM, Sheikh Hasina came down from the plane to the truck. It took 3 hours to reach Sher-e-Bangla Nagar of Sheikh Hasina from Kurmitola. At this time, city life is almost endangered due to stormy rains. Hundreds of thousands of people wait on the roads when normal life is disrupted. At 7:30 in the evening, she appeared on the public reception stage.

On May 17, 1981, Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina said in response to the reception of millions of people in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar amid storms and clouds and people's tears of joy, 'I came to you after losing everything, I sacrificed my life to avenge the killing of the Father of the Nation by implementing his ideals on the path indicated by Bangabandhu want to do.'

She also said, I have nothing to lose. I have come to you having lost my parents, brother Russell and all, I want to get them back among you. With you, I want to put a smile on the faces of the suffering people of Bengal by implementing it in the way indicated by Bangabandhu. We want to take away the socio-economic as well as overall freedom of the Bengali nation.

The historic homecoming day of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina is a significant event in the journey of restoring the spirit of the great liberation war and establishing a prosperous Bangladesh. After August 15, 1975, when our beloved motherland was torn apart by the perfidious, traitorous, murderous traitors, when our national life was disturbed by the fierce violence of the traitors, Sheikh Hasina's historic homecoming was an eternal inspiration to win the hill like rainwater of Sravan. On that day, the tears of Bangabandhu's daughter's homecoming, the seeds of crisis were planted in the land of birth.

Sheikh Hasina's uninterrupted long struggle began with the historic homecoming. Her fearless struggle against the military junta and dictatorship continued for 16 long years. Jail-tyranny, torture, nothing could sway her from her path even one iota. She was never persevered even in the face of adversity. She repeatedly ignored the bloodshed of autocracy, risking her life to restore the lost rights of the people of Bengal appeared as the ideal of democracy.

After assuming office of the Awami League President, in the long 43 years of political life, under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina, the end of dictatorship, restoration of democracy, Bengali’s right to food and vote has been established. A smile has appeared on the faces of the sad people of Bengal. Bangladesh has achieved self-sufficiency in food. The trial of the murderers of Bangabandhu and the murderous anti-humanity war criminals of 1971 has been completed and the verdict has been executed. Bangladesh, once plagued by poverty and famine, is moving forward in a new journey of world conquest due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's opportune leadership, competence, dedication, talent-mindedness, skill, creativity, liberal democratic vision and visionary leadership. Bangladesh has been established as a self-respecting nation in the World Assembly. Bangladesh has turned from a less developed country into a developing country by overcoming the stigma of a bottomless basket.

Sheikh Hasina has been recognized as one of the best statesmen in the contemporary world for her political wisdom, integrity, talent, skills and qualities. She has become the creator of the new history of Bangladesh in the glory of her work; mountain peak is a symbol of success, a pillar of development. The shape of developed and prosperous Bangladesh is the trustful address of Bengalis' hopes and dreams, the charioteer of Bengali's world conquest the brightest light of world politics - a world-renowned leader as the spokesperson of backward nations and peoples in the international arena. The 'blue bird' who returns from the door of death again and again is a dying free man. She is the mother of humanity's adventurer, the self-empowering truth-seeker. Progress-development is a pure estuary of peace and prosperity. In a word, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's career is rich in achievements like the sea.

Sheikh Hasina's long 43-year movement-struggle was never smooth, it was noisy and fraught with danger. She has been repeatedly attacked by assassins and tortured in prison for the crime of agitating for the liberation of the people. But she was steadfast, firm and courageous like her father in the matter of establishing the rights of the people of Bengal and the principles and ideals. Having been anointed by the people's love, she has been making groundbreaking contributions to the socio-economic development of the country and the welfare of people of all classes and professions.

Like Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina has implemented multi-dimensional initiatives for the welfare of the soil and people of this country whenever she assumed the responsibility of running the country. Her political strength is her immense love and inexhaustible love for the soil and people of Bangladesh.

   

Oppostion protest against the decision to whiten black money



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The Opposition Jatiya Party and Independent Members of Parliament have expressed their anger over the proposal to whiten black money or undeclared money by providing 15 percent tax in the budget. They said that ordinary honest tax payers would be offended and would not want to pay tax which will have an adverse effect on the country.

They said this during the general discussion of the 2024-25 budget session of the Jatiyo Sangsad(JS) on Sunday (June 23). The Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the session.

Jatiya Party Member of Parliament Masud Uddin Chowdhury said in the session that there is no new message of hope in the proposed budget. Instead regular tax payers have been discouraged by giving opportunities to whiten black money. And those who did not pay tax were encouraged.

He said, everyone pays 30-35 percent tax legally. And those who have not paid tax for a long time, that black money will be made white with 15 percent tax. So why do ordinary people pay regular taxes? It is unethical; as a result many people will take this opportunity without paying tax.

He said that this black money is of two types, it is earned illegally, it is not even shown for that. Another type of income is earning, they also did not pay tax. He strongly opposed the legalization of most of them black money, illegally earned money and demanded their punishment. He also spoke about the problems of common people due to inflation.

He said, remittance is a major driving force of our economy. About 1 crore people send thousands of crores money of remittances every year. Among them, there is a lot of writing about Malaysia; they send Tk. 4 thousand crores per month, Tk. 51 thousand crores annually. Many people think that there is a conspiracy about why so much money will come. There is also a syndicate with this. As a result they are also having problems sending remittances, creating instability there. Therefore, he demanded to facilitate remittance warriors and stop corruption, money laundering, bank robberies etc. in the banking sector.

AKM Mostafizur Rahman, another Member of Parliament of the Jatiya Party, said that the budget has kept the privileges of the upper classes. And the middle class will be under pressure. Various policies of the budget did not go in favor of the poor.

He said that the government's income will decrease as the price of cigarettes is not increased. It is the government's responsibility to ensure health care, but there is corruption everywhere, even though thousands of crores of rupees are allocated annually, people are not receiving medical care.

He said that the health system should be reformed to restore order in the health sector. Mega project loans are being taken, a large part of which is being taken up by outside contractor engineers. The young society in our country should be skilled in this regard.

Criticizing the decision taken to whiten black money, he said that as a result common taxpayers will not want to pay tax. So you have to move away from that expectation.

Independent Member of Parliament Abul Kalam Azad demanded that the money of the country has been diverted abroad, they should be identified and the money should be returned and they should be brought under punishment.

He criticized how the sovereign allows the parliament to launder black money. He demanded the identification and punishment of those involved in money laundering, corruption, and non-payment of loans from banks.

Another Independent Member of Parliament Sohrab Uddin said that the list of distressed banks has been prepared recently, and Bangladesh Bank has decided to merge these distressed banks with solvent banks. But because no effective measures were taken, these distressed banks suffered, with customers withdrawing all their money. He condemned the hot decision of Bangladesh Bank for this.

Sohrab Uddin said that the Finance Minister said to whiten the 15 percent tax to give an opportunity to show undisclosed money in the budget. That will not serve the purpose. No one will show this undisclosed amount with 15 percent tax, 10 percent in the past also did not get much response.

He said if it can be taxed at 5 percent then it will show the huge amount of undisclosed money in the country, the objective of the Finance Minister will be achieved. So I will request the Finance Minister to levy 5 percent tax to launder huge amount of money.

He said that development in the country is going at a fast pace, but the problem is corruption. Corruption has increased if it is not curbed then the speed of development will slow down. Today there is no place where there is no corruption. A lot of money is being lost in the bank, corruption has increased, the officials and the chairmen of the bank are immersed in corruption today. There was no trial for them.

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Azim's daughter Doreen demanded Mintu's expulsion



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Jhenaidah-4 (Kaliganj) Constituency MP Anwarul Azim's daughter Doreen said, "I came to know through newspapers and magazines that Jhenaidah District Awami League general secretary Saidul Karim Mintu was the main planner of my father's murder." There is no place for a murderer in Awami League. He should be expelled from the team immediately. Along with this, the followers of Mintu in Kaliganj involved in the murder of the father should also be brought under the law.

She said these things in the rally organized to protest the killing of MP Azim and the 75th anniversary of Awami League organized at Kaliganj bus terminal on Sunday (June 23) afternoon.

Doreen burst into tears on stage in the presence of thousands of people.

She said, "Father did not give much time to the family. He used to run for the welfare of the people of the area all day long. He used to go to funerals of dead people. After the murder of my father, I can understand how popular he was by seeing your presence in this protest meeting today. Because of your love, father became MP three times in this constituency. Today, he was to be killed as a victim of political revenge. I demand exemplary punishment by finding the murderers of my father.

Former President of Kaliganj Upazila Awami League and former Upazila Chairman Jahangir Siddiqui also addressed the rally - Upazila Awami League Joint General Secretary UP Chairman Ohiduzzaman Odu, Upazila Jubo League President and Upazila Parishad Chairman Shibli Nomani, Kaliganj Pourashava Mayor Ashraful Islam Ashraf, Upazila Vice Chairman Shafikuzzaman Russell, General Secretary of Upazila Jubo League Jahangir Hossain Sohel and others spoke in the rally.

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It may be embarrassing to comment before 24 hours: Dr. Zahid



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After 24 hours, BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's personal physician Dr. AZM Zahid Hossain told that it may be embarrassing to comment on the physical condition of the BNP Chief before 24 hours.

He gave this information to reporters at the gate of Evercare Hospital in the capital on Sunday (June 23) night.

Zahid Hossain said Begum Khaleda Zia's latest condition is that, today, a temporary pacemaker has been set first and then a permanent pacemaker will be set. Today, she is currently under close observation in the Critical Care Unit(CCU) under the supervision of doctors. If the next 24 hours are not gone, it may become embarrassing to make any kind of statements and comments about her physical condition. Therefore, I wish prayers to the countrymen on behalf of her family, party and Acting Chairman Tariq Rahman.

He said, 'She was transferred to Evercare Hospital on the advice of his medical board doctors in a very critical condition last Friday. Later (till now) she is under treatment in CCU. By consensus of the doctors, her heart function had reached a point where she had three blocks - you know. I kept saying that anything can happen at any time. That incident was going to happen last Friday night. In that situation, the members of the medical board quickly brought her to the hospital. They started her treatment accordingly.

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‘I will always be committed to the needs of the country and people’: Army Chief



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General Waqar-uz-Zaman took charge as the Chief of Bangladesh Army. After taking charge, he told reporters in his office, "I will always be engaged in the needs of the country and the people." I will fulfill the responsibility given by the government to help the civil administration in various fields including disaster management. Army will also work for world peace.

Regarding the Myanmar border situation, he said, "We are always ready without doing anything provocative."

Outgoing Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed handed over responsibility to the new Army Chief Waqar-uz-Zaman in his office on Sunday (June 23) noon. Then in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina General Waqar-uz-Zaman was given the badge of promotion as General by Chief of Navy Admiral M Nazmul Hasan and Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Hasan Mahmood Khan.

In the afternoon he hold a courtesy meeting with President Md. Sahabuddin at Bangabhaban. On the same day, various farewell ceremonies of the outgoing army chief were completed.

Earlier, General Shafiuddin laid wreath at Shikha Anirban in the morning. He was given a farewell guard of honor at Senakunja. He planted saplings there. Both took part in a photo session after the handover ceremony at the headquarters.

Then, as per custom, the outgoing army chief climbs into an open jeep decorated with flowers. Army officers dragged him with a rope. At this time, officials from both sides of the road started giving flowers. He took them very passionately.

Waqar-uz-Zaman, the new army chief told the journalists, "First of all, I am grateful to Almighty Allah." It is a serious responsibility. Everyone will pray so that I can fulfill that responsibility beautifully.

Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, 'I have worked with her. My working experience with her is very good. Whenever I asked that decision; She made that decision very quickly. Bangabandhu gave us an independent country. Thank you also to Bangabandhu. Thank you to all the martyrs. My gratitude to the freedom fighters. Because, they dedicated their golden days for us.

He said, 'Army works with the help of civil power. When the government gives us the responsibility to deal with disaster, we will fulfill that responsibility. We are working for world peace. I will always be engaged in the needs of the country and people.

He said, 'I will work to keep the army disciplined at all times. We are doing training all the time. I will see that the training continues. The Army is performing challenging duties in UN peacekeeping missions. Whenever we are tasked with building the country and nation; only then will we fulfill that responsibility.

Regarding the border situation in Myanmar, the new army chief said, 'We are engaged with all countries. We are also engaged with Myanmar. Our Defense Attaché is in the country. They (Myanmar) are in a civil war in their own country. I don't think they will do anything aggressive at this point. However, the army is always ready. Navy has increased patrols. The border guard is also ready.

He also said, "We have no unresolved issues with Myanmar except the Rohingya." We want them to take back the Rohingyas. Besides, I don't see any hatred or any other kind of problem towards them. We are continuing to try to solve the Rohingya issue in a peaceful way. We are never disappointed.'

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