Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated her call to the international community and the United Nations (UN) to play intensified role in solving the Rohingya crisis by repatriating the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their motherland.
The premier made this call while UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi paid a courtesy call on her at the bilateral meeting room of Lotte New York Palace hotel here.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen briefed the newsmen about the activities of the Prime Minister on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In the meeting with Grandi, Sheikh Hasina also emphasised enhancing UNHCR's activities in Myanmar on Rohingya issues.
In reply, Grandi said that he would visit Myanmar soon.
The Prime Minister restated that the Rohingya crisis can only be resolved through repatriating the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their motherland Myanmar.
The UNHCR High Commissioner also agreed with her on this matter.
During the meeting, they discussed in details the present activities of UNHCR to help the Rohingyas who took shelter in Cox's Bazar and Bhashanchar in Bangladesh.
Later, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim A A Khan QC also called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the same venue here.
They discussed various aspects of cooperation between Bangladesh and the ICC.
The Premier has assured the ICC Prosecutor that Bangladesh will continue cooperation with all ongoing efforts at the ICC to ensure justice and accountability for the Rohingya victims in Myanmar.
Khan in the meeting expressed his interest to visit Bangladesh early next year.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of the UN Habitat Maimunah Mohd Sharif also paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
In the meeting at bilateral meeting room of the Lotte New York Palace hotel here, they discussed Bangladesh government's steps considering the importance of sustainable urbanization and the areas of future cooperation.
In this connection, the Prime Minister informed him about the success of the Ashrayan Project undertaken by her government for the landless and homeless people of Bangladesh.
Coming down heavily on BNP, PM Sheikh Hasina has said they raise questions about election and human rights, but during their regimes, human rights were violated at every step.
The premier was addressing a civic reception on Saturday, accorded to her by the Bangladeshi community in New York, US.
“They (BNP) are champions in vote-rigging. Starting from incorporating 1.23 crore fake voters, there’s no misdeed they haven’t committed,” she said.
The PM said Awami League believes in people’s rights and protects those rights.
“Awami League ensured the voting rights of people in this country,” she said, adding that AL gave back voting rights to people, which once remained confined in the cantonment.
Social development happened in Bangladesh thanks to the continuation of the democratic system since 2009, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said BNP tried time and again to disrupt the democratic system by unleashing arson attacks and killings, and imposing blockades.
Blasting Zia’s family, PM Hasina said Khaleda Zia was convicted in a graft case for misappropriating funds for orphans while his son Tarique Rahman for money laundering and 10-truck arms haul case.
She said Bangladesh government had also brought back the money that was illegally siphoned off by Zia’s other son, the late Koko.
She said her government has been working for the welfare of Bangladeshi expatriates after giving a brief description of the efforts.
Praising the expatriates, Sheikh Hasina said they always stand by Bangladesh during its times of need.
Awami League has expelled Asaduzzaman Asad, chairman of Natore's Naldanga Upazila and executive member the party's upazila unit, from all posts for his alleged involvement in the murder of Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Jamiul Islam Jibon.
A letter signed by Naldanga Upazila Awami League President Abdus Shukur and General Secretary Mushfiqur Rahman Muku announced the decision on Saturday night (September 24, 2022).
Earlier, District Awami League general secretary Shariful Islam Ramzan, who attended Jibon's Janaza, asked to expel Asad from the party.
On September 19, Chhatra League leader Jibon and his father were beaten up by Asad on the basis of giving a status on Facebook. Jibon died of his injuries last Friday afternoon.
Naldanga Upazila Parishad Chairman Asaduzzaman Asad was called in this matter but he did not receive the call. It is known that he is on the run on fear of getting arrested.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon Bangladeshi expatriates to give a befitting reply to the propaganda against Bangladesh and its government.
"Give an instant befitting reply to the propaganda being carried out against us," she said while addressing a reception accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in the USA, joining virtually from her place of residence on Saturday.
The premier also urged the expats to present the true picture of the country's unprecedented development that took place during the Awami League (AL) government and move around the world keeping their head high and maintaining the dignity and honour Bangladesh achieved globally.
She said relatives of the war criminals and killers of the Father of the Nation alongside the people who fled the country committing various crimes that included money laundering are behind the anti-state propaganda.
"The people, who are orchestrating the propaganda on the social media, are mostly sacked from the jobs for their involvement in misdeeds or fled the country committing crimes," she said.
The premier called upon all to make public the characters and misdeeds of the people who are now giving lessons to others by spreading false and fabricated information about the government and Bangladesh using social media.
"Don't pay heed to their words, rather present the development scenario carried out by us to the people," she added.
Sheikh Hasina called upon all Bangladeshi expatriates to spread her government's development picture everywhere.
"Inform congressmen, senators and elected representatives in your locality about the development of Bangladesh and maintain communication with them," she said.
To this end, she said you can judge how much development was carried out by them after seeing the comparative picture of the size of the budget during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government and the Awami League government.
"The size of budget during the BNP tenure was only Tk60,000 crore while the last budget of the AL government was taka six lakh crore," she said.
The prime minister reiterated her call to the expats to move around the world keeping Bangladesh's image intact, saying, "I urge you all to uphold the dignity and honour that Bangladesh has now achieved from the world."
She thanked the Bangladeshi expatriates for taking a stand against the World Bank's decision of withdrawing their funds from the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project bringing false and fabricated allegations which were later proved by a Canadian court.
The decision of constructing the Padma Bridge by Bangladesh's own finance has changed the image of the country to the world and proved that Bangladesh has the ability to do what it said, Sheikh Hasina said.
The prime minister once again alerted the countrymen about the impending severe food crisis in the world due to climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, sanctions and counter-sanctions, urging them to grow more foods to ward off the future crisis.
"As a severe food crisis is approaching the world, ask your relatives not to leave a single inch of land uncultivated using the digital divide as Bangladesh has already been transformed into a digital country," she asked the Bangladeshi expatriates.
Rahima Begum (55), who was recovered from Boalmari in Faridpur, has been handed over to the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).
Rahima Begum was handed over to the investigating agency PBI on Sunday.
Earlier, Rahima Begum was rescued from Faridpur's Boalmari on Saturday night. Rahima Begum and two other people are being interrogated by the police in this incident.
It is known that Rahima Begum disappeared from the second floor of her house in Khulna Maheswarpasha at around 10 pm on August 27. Police and RAB arrested six people in this incident after a case was filed at Daulatpur police station. The case was later handed over to PBI from Daulatpur police station on September 17.
Meanwhile, the accused's family claimed that Rahima Begum's voluntary absconding was abduction. They demanded a fair investigation of the case filed against them alleging harassment.
Khulna Metropolitan Police DC (North) Molla Jahangir Hossain said that Rahima Begum was in Chittagong and Moksedpur of Gopalganj after she disappeared from her home on the night of August 27. On September 17, she went to Quddus's house in Syedpur, Faridpur. Quddus and another person have been taken into police custody for questioning from the house where Rahima Begum was staying. In the interrogation, the police confirmed that Rahima Begum was voluntarily hiding in that house.
The Hindu community has been celebrating Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion of heralding the advent of Goddess Durga, across the country today, Sunday (September 25).
With the beginning of “Devipaksha”, Mahalaya is observed six days before Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community. Usually, the Devi Paksha commences with Mahalaya Amavasya.
According to Hindu mythology, Mahalaya marks the last day of “Krishnapaksha”, which is a dark fortnight of the month of Ashwin.
Hindus believe that the earth prepares itself and welcomes the coming of the Goddess and her children, through the celebrations.
Durga Puja will begin on October 1 on the day of Maha Shashthi. Goddess Durga will come to the earth (Martyalok) riding an elephant (gaja) through the Maha Sashthi Puja this year.
On Mahalaya, the Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee has arranged special programmes at Dhakeshwari Temple from 6am.
On this day, Hindus remember and pay homage to their deceased ancestors by performing a puja, and offering Brahmins clothes, food and sweets in their names.
This year there will be 32,168 Puja mandaps across the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon Bangladeshi expatriates to give a befitting reply to the propaganda against Bangladesh and its government. "Give an instant befitting reply to the propaganda being carried out against us," she said while addressing a reception accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in the USA, joining virtually from her place of residence on Saturday.
Rahima Begum (55), who was recovered from Boalmari in Faridpur, has been handed over to the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI). Rahima Begum was handed over to the investigating agency PBI on Sunday. Earlier, Rahima Begum was rescued from Faridpur's Boalmari on Saturday night. Rahima Begum and two other people are being interrogated by the police in this incident.
The Hindu community has been celebrating Mahalaya, the auspicious occasion of heralding the advent of Goddess Durga, across the country today, Sunday (September 25). With the beginning of “Devipaksha”, Mahalaya is observed six days before Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community. Usually, the Devi Paksha commences with Mahalaya Amavasya.