Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover, hitherto the largest road infrastructure in Bangladesh, was opened to traffic today, fulfilling a long-cherished dream of the city people and opening up a new horizon in the country's communication system. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the much-awaited 11.8 kilometer flyover, terming it as a gift of the upcoming Eid- ul-Azha for the city dwellers meaning the countrymen from the present Awami League government. "Before Ei- ul-Fitr, we had opened the Kuril Flyover, which was a gift of Eid-ul- Fitr. Today we are inaugurating the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover, the largest flyover in the country and it is a gift of Eid-ul-Azha for the city dwellers," she said.
"Garment owners and workers have to maintain good relations. You have to look into the advantage and disadvantages of each others. The government is always ready to provide you all necessary support,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating this year’s Bangladesh’s textile exposition (BATEXPO) today. She urged garment owners, manufacturers and workers to work together to protect the garment sector from the conspiracy.
"Recent bomb blast in a den of Hefajat at Lalkhan Bazar, Chittagong, posed the question, where they want to push the country,",. The Prime Minister said this in her inaugural speech in a meeting with leaders of eight districts at her official residence Gonobhaban. Expressing her deep concern over the recent incident of bomb blast in a Chittagong madrasa, she urged the countrymen to remain careful about the resurgence of militancy and terrorism.
"You gave vote to Awami League in the last election. In exchange, Awami League has given you peace and security. You have got food surplus, free books for your kids, free treatment facilities and free medicine. All those measures were taken by Awami League," Prime Minister Sheikh Haisna said this while addressing a huge public rally organized by Awami League Jhenidah district unit at Jhenidah Government High School yesterday. Urging all to give another chance to serve the nation, she said, "The way you've achieved peace and development by voting AL to power in the previous election, I'll urge you to give us another chance to serve the nation by casting your votes for 'Boat' in the next election,"
Criticizing the tyrannical rule of the BNP government, she said, ‘BNP closed the community clinics introduced by AL in its last spell in power saying that those clinics would only benefit AL politically. But by doing this BNP deprived the whole nation of healthcare services,’ ‘Awami League, taking office in 2009, revived the project and constructed as many as 15,000 community clinics from where people are getting healthcare services at their doorstep,’ she added,
‘In 1996, we stamped out terrorism from Jhenidah to restore peace in the life of the people. But, in 2001, killing spree came back in the district with the return of BNP to power,’ she said.
BNP never wanted better life of the people of Bangladesh as they only believe in making their own fortune, she said adding, ‘I came here several times and observed fright in public faces. Scores of party leaders and workers of AL were murdered in the hands of killers associated with BNP-Jamaat.’
Hasina said, BNP never gave due importance to development, rather devoured public wealth, smuggled money and played ducks and drakes with the fate of people as the party wasn’t born from the core of the people. On the other hand she said, AL was born for serving people.
Agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, post and telecommunication minister Sahara Khatun, Awami League joint secretary Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif and central Awami League leader BM Mozammel Haque addressed the rally among others. Earlier, the PM inaugurated a statue of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Chuadanga bus stand square. She also inaugurated number of development projects along with laying foundation stone at some others.
“Physical punishment and unnecessary chiding put psychological pressure on the children and this will hamper their proper growth," the PM said this while addressing the inaugural function of World Children's Day-2013 at Osmani Memorial Hall in the city Monday. She urged the guardians and teachers not to put excessive pressure on children as this might hinder their proper growth.
Saying that 'children are like soft mud', the PM said, they will groom up as we behave with them. They need affection, love and physical and mental care for their normal growth. "Children always expect friendly attitude from elders. Corporal punishment impedes their creativity. So we have to come out of the mentality of giving the children physical punishment," she said
"I hope that the professionals, who have representation at all levels of the society, would take initiative to focus on successes that we have achieved over the years at the national and international level, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the grand national rally of Peshajibi Samonnoy Parishad (Professionals Coordination Committee) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday.
The professionals highly praised the premier as she announced giving 20 percent dearness allowance for the government employees which will be maximum Tk 6,000 and minimum Tk 1,500. The process of constituting a permanent pay commission for civil servants is also going on, she said. Sheikh Hasina said her government fully believes that people are the owner of votes and country's development is possible under a continuous democratic process. ‘To uphold the democratic process, the next election will be held under the present constitutional framework, and the party enjoying people's mandate will come to power,’ she added.
Over the last four years and eight months, her government has done everything required for a sustainable democracy giving people guarantee of their franchise, she said. Hasina said, “I have full confidence in people. If they want constant development and benefit, rid the country off poverty, persisting social peace, keep the nation free from terrorism and above all keep up the spirit of the war of liberation, they must give us vote. If they think otherwise, I have nothing to say.”
With president of the Samonnoy Parishad Justice AFM Mejbahuddin Ahmed in the chair, the rally was addressed, among others, by Parishad leaders, PM’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, vice chancellor of BUET Prof. SM Nazrul Islam, secretary general Dr Quamrul Hasan Khan and divisional leaders of the Parishad. Vice chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddiqui gave welcome address.
“She (Khaleda) had tried to save the killers of Father of the Nation, but couldn’t…We’ve executed the verdicts of the Bangabandhu killing. Inshallah, the same way the verdicts on the war crimes trials would be executed on Bangladesh soil, no matter what attempts she (Khaleda) makes to protect them,”Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a mammoth public rally at Kushtia Government College Ground last afternoon.
Recalling the dark days of terrorism and corruption