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Awami League always believes in non-communalism indeed: Sheikh Hasina

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Awami League always believes in non-communalism indeed: Sheikh Hasina

May 14,2010

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reaffirmed her government's commitment to ensure equal rights of people belonging to all religions and races. "I believe that people of all religions will live in harmony with equal rights and perform their rituals independently," she said when leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad paid a courtesy call on her at her office yesterday. Sheikh Hasina said not only in words, the Awami League always believes in non-communalism in deed. "We are pledge-bound to build a non-communal Bangladesh with the spirit of the War of Liberation," she added. The Prime Minister said the people liberated the country in 1971 after a long struggle under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with an aim to build a non-communal Bangladesh. She said Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) always spoke of performing religious rituals of all religions independently. The Prime Minister said the greatest Bengali of all times Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman tried to stop communal riots in 1964 by taking the risk of life aimed at building a non-communal Bangladesh. Referring to repression on minorities after the 2001 elections, she said the BNP-Jamaat perpetrated atrocities on minority people for casting their votes for Awami League. Sheikh Hasina said the 1/11 was created in the country due to unbridled corruption, terrorism and plundering of public money by the BNP-led four-party alliance government. Besides, they tried to come to power again by using 1.23 crore fake voters. But, their conspiracy went in vain, as all fake voters were discarded from the voter list and for this, they had to face debacle in the last general elections, she added.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 May 2010 01:10
 

Govt has a plan to bring all universities under the fibre optic network: PM Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked vice-chancellors of the public universities to take all-out measurers in maintaining congenial atmosphere on the campuses. "You all have to remain vigilant so that no untoward incident occurs on the campus as our government is determined to ensure peace at all educational institutions across the country," she said. She was talking to standing committee members of the Association of Universities of Bangladesh when they called on her at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday. Association of Universities of Bangladesh is a body consisting of all the vice-chancellors of the country's 31 public universities. The vice-chancellors discussed with the Prime Minister different aspects of university education. Revealing her government's plan to facilitate a modern inter-university telecommunication system, she said it has a plan to bring all universities under the fibre optic network. The Prime Minister directed the university authorities to take necessary steps to stop admission trade at the universities.

Prime Minister also expressed her anger over the reported "admission trade" in the universities saying that there are widespread allegations that a section of teachers are involved in the "shameful" act.
In this context, Sheikh Hasina recalled her university days saying during those days the leaders and workers of different universities used to help the new students to fill their admission forms and complete others official formalities.
Referring to her government's programmes for expansion of education, she said the present government wants to ensure university education for all students living in different districts. She said the quality of education fell drastically as the past BNP-Jamaat alliance government appointed inefficient people in different positions in educational institutions on political considerations.
Adviser to the Prime Minister for Education Affairs Dr Alauddin Ahmed, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister M A Karim, Prime Minister's Office Secretary Mollah Waheeduzzaman and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad were present.

Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof. Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof Dr Pran Gopal Dutta, Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. R.I.M. Aminur Rashid, National University VC Dr Kazi Shahidullah, Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Dr Sharif Enamul Haque, among others, attended the meeting.

 

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Bangladesh Chhatra League বাংলাদেশ ছাত্রলীগ (BCL) is the largest and oldest student political party in Bangladesh. It is the student wing of Bangladesh Awami League. Education | Peace | Prosperity is the motto of the party and Joy Bangla - Joy Bangabandhu is the slogan of the party.

When British India was partitioned and the independent dominions of India and Pakistan were created in 1947, the region of Bengal was divided along religious lines. The predominantly Muslim eastern half was designated East Pakistan--and made part of the newly independent Pakistan--while the predominantly Hindu western part became the Indian state of West Bengal. Pakistan's history from 1947 to 1971 was marked by political instability and economic difficulties. Dominion status was rejected in 1956 in favor of an "Islamic republic within the Commonwealth." Attempts at civilian political rule failed, and the government imposed martial law between 1958 and 1962, and again between 1969 and 1971.

Almost from the advent of independent Pakistan in 1947, frictions developed between East and West Pakistan, which were separated by more than 1,000 miles of Indian territory. East Pakistanis felt exploited by the West Pakistan-dominated central government. Linguistic, cultural, and ethnic differences also contributed to the estrangement of East from West Pakistan. Bengalis strongly resisted attempts to impose Urdu as the sole official language of Pakistan. Responding to these grievances, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in January 4, 1948 formed a students' organization called the Chhatra League. BCL, known as East Pakistan Student League before 1971, Khwaja Naimuddin as its founding convener. Since the inception of the organisation, it contributed a great deal to 1952 Language Movement, 1959 Mass Upsurge, 1971 Liberation War, 1990 Anti-Autocracy Movement and other movements of the country.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 03 May 2010 18:33
 

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The cabinet on Monday assigned two ministers and an adviser to the prime minister to scrutinise a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India on import of electricity.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Planning Minister AK Khandker and Prime Minister’s Finance Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman were asked to submit the report in this regard soon.

The government would ratify the MoU after getting the report, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told a press briefing quoting a regular cabinet meeting at the Secretariat.

He said the cabinet also approved Bangladesh Parjatan Board Bill, 2010 and Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Welfare Trust Bill, 2010.

Ministers, state ministers and secretaries, among others, were present at the meeting.