Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called for full utilisation of mutual cooperation between Bangladesh and India and hoped that both the countries would continue this trend of cooperation in the future. "The 'far beyond strategic relationship' between Bangladesh and India is often considered as a 'model of bilateral relation' for the rest of the world. So, we can firmly declare that both the countries will continue this trend of cooperation in the future," she said. The prime minister said this while inaugurating the newly constructed Bangladesh Bhavan jointly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bisva Bharati University here this afternoon. The premier said Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan would enhance the cultural bond between Bangladesh and India which would further strengthen bilateral relationship. "This is a small piece of Bangladesh in Tagore's Santiniketan from where the spirit of Bangladesh will be reflected ... this spirit influenced by Rabindranath will be unique in its own way," she said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that Bangladesh Bhaban would be a symbol of cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India. He thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for coming to Santiniketan and have the opportunity to inaugurate Bangladesh Bhaban with her. On the very outset of the programme, students in Santiniketan performed the national anthems of Bangladesh and India while the function began with playing song of Rabindranath "Anandaloke Mongolaloke". West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bondopadhya and Vice Chancellor of the university Sabuj Koli Sen were present on the occasion. Prime Minister's sister Sheikh Rehana and a number of dignitaries from both counties including litterateurs, academics, poets, singers and artistes were present. Sheikh Hasina said as a neighbour Bangladesh wants to move together with India and in view of this all problems between the two countries have been resolved. "However, we have still some problems unresolved which I don't want to raise here in the interest of congenial atmosphere of the inaugural function," she said. "But, I firmly believe that any sort of problems can be resolved through friendly attitude," she noted. "At present, cooperation between the two countries in various traditional and non-traditional sectors is increasing and multifaceted relationship of the countries has reached a new height in the last nine years," she said. Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh and India will be able to achieve socio-economic development through full utilisation of mutual cooperation. Sheikh Hasina said she believes that Bangladesh Bhaban will play a significant role in increasing the cultural exchanges and the people-to- people contact between the two countries. "Bangladesh Bhavan will be a centre of excellence where students can study and conduct research on the glorious Liberation War of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Rabindranath and history and culture of Bangladesh as well," she said. As a citizen of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said, she is overwhelmed at the establishment of 'Bangladesh Bhavan' on the premise associated with the memories of Rabindranath Tagore. Sheikh Hasina thanked Visva Bharati University authority, government of West Bengal, government of India and the friendly people of India for giving us the opportunity to establish Bangladesh Bhavan on Visva Bharati premises. Bangladesh government spent about 25 crore rupees for the construction of this two-storied building, she said, and declared giving one-time corpus fund equivalent to Rs 10 core for the maintenance of the building and conducting its activities. To facilitate the researchers, the building has a library, auditorium, cafeteria, museum with digital features, archive and other necessary amenities. Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath kept Bangladesh close to his heart and although he was born in Kolkata, he spent a considerable time of his life in Patisar, Shilaidaha and Shahjadpur of Bangladesh. "Rabindranath used to visit those places to oversee his zamindari, however, he was more concerned with the welfare of his poor subjects and he was always with them in their happiness and sorrows," the prime minister said. Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath observed closely the nature of the riverine rural Bengal and their agro-based society and created extraordinary songs, poems, novels and short stories in those places. In Patisar he established agro-cooperative and introduced microcredit initiatives. Sheikh Hasina said her relationship with Visva-Bharati dates back quite a few years. Since receiving the 'Deshikottom' award from the institute in 1999, Sheikh Hasina said she was longing for a separate centre for Bangladesh Studies in Santiniketan. Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath is associated with all the stages of Bangladesh's freedom movement. In 1948, under the leadership of the then young student leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the Bengali nation started its struggle to keep intact the dignity of their mother tongue. "Our struggle for independence originated in our language movement. In 1961, during the birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore Pakistani ruling elite undertook a notorious move to ban the songs and works of Rabindranath. The people of our land stood against that conspiracy," she said. "We struggled to uphold the spirit of Rabindranath in our heart. During our glorious Liberation War, Tagore Songs inspired us immensely and provided us with courage and strength," she said. The premier said the greatest Bengali of all time Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt throughout his life to establish a poverty, hunger and exploitation free liberal society. Like Tagore, she said, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman also believed that the world will never prosper unless hostility is eradicated. Hence, he adopted, "Friendship to all, malice to none" as the Foreign Policy of Bangladesh. Following his principle, she said, Bangladesh has built close friendship with all its neighbours particularly with India. Since ancient times, the people of these two land have shared common historical, social, linguistic, cultural and emotional bonds. Sheikh Hasina said she personally is owed to the people of India as late Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi had given shelter to her and her sister Sheikh Rehana after killing of their parents on August 15, 1975. People of Bangladesh would remember this support forever. [i]BSS[/i]
India and Bangladesh are two separate countries bonded by cooperation and understanding, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today. Modi, who was here to attend the convocation ceremony of the Visva Bharati University, shared the dais with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the university Vice Chancellor Sabujkoli Sen. "India and Bangladesh are two separate countries, bonded by cooperation and understanding. Be it culture or public policy, the people of the two countries get to learn a lot from each other," the prime minister said. One such example is Bangladesh Bhavan, Modi asserted. Modi, who is the 'acharya' or chancellor of the central university, is scheduled to inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhavan, a "symbol of cultural ties between India and Bangladesh", with Hasina and hold a bilateral meeting there, varsity officials said yesterday. [i]Source: economictimes[/i]
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to hold a separate meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. Besides, she can attend the meeting scheduled between India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina after the Visva-Bharati convocation. Mamata herself confirmed the news on Thursday, saying the Teesta river water sharing issue would not be discussed in the meeting. "We will be meeting in Kolkata before she (Hasina) leaves for Bangladesh. There is no place for discussion on Teesta river," Mamata told newsmen. The chief minister said that she shared a very cordial relationship with Hasina and no geographical or political boundary can create differences between West Bengal and Bangladesh as they have the same culture and language. "I admire Hasina-di most and she loves me. Our relationship is very honest and everlasting. I hope the relation between India and Bangladesh will grow stronger with time," she said. Mamata had earlier said that the Teesta river was the lifeline of north Bengal and there was very little water in it. She had said other transnational rivers could be diverted to meet Bangladesh's water needs. The Teesta water sharing issue was discussed by the two countries in New Delhi on April 9. The chief minister is in Shantiniketan to participate in the Visva-Bharati convocation on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina will address the programme. [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday filed two separate petitions with the High Court (HC) seeking bail in two more cases. Khaleda Zia’s lawyer filed the petitions with the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sahidul Karim after taking prior permission from the court. Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Khaleda Zia while Barrister Kaiser Kamal and Advocate Masud Rana accompanied him. The hearing might be held tomorrow (Wednesday), said Masud Rana after filing the bail pleas. One of the cases was a defamation suit filed by Bangladesh Jananetri Parisad President AB Siddik on November 3, 2016 against Khaleda Zia for distorting history of Liberation War, demeaning the national flag and map. Later, an arrest warrant was issued on November 12 in 2017. The other was filed by Journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam on August 30, 2016 accusing Khaleda of observing birthday on August 15 on false information. Later on November 17, 2016, an arrest warrant issued against her. Earlier on Sunday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed three separate petitions with the HC seeking bail in three separate cases filed in Cumilla on charge of vandalising vehicles on January 25 in 2015 and killing seven persons and injuring 25-26 persons by setting fire on a passenger bus at an area of Chauddagram on February 2, 2015 and a Narail court on September 24, 2015, for making a statement about the number of freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Supreme Court began on Wednesday morning for the second consecutive day the hearing on the leave-to-appeal petitions challenging BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail that the High Court granted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, is hearing the appeals which began around 9:25am. Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali, Supreme Court Bar Association President Advocate Zainul Abedin, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and other senior lawyers stood for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam moved for the state. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee member Dr Abdul Moin Khan and others attended the court house. Earlier, on March 19, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia's bail till May 8 in the graft case. The SC also allowed the State and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda. On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman is no longer a citizen of Bangladesh. Ahead of the celebration of National Legal Aid Day on April 28, the minister came up with the remark while talking to reporters at the secretariat on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here tomorrow (Thursday) on a three-day official visit to Australia to join Global Summit of Women in Sydney. In the Summit the Prime Minister will be conferred Global Women's Leadership Award-2018. The Prime Minister will depart Dhaka by a Thai Airways Flight tomorrow afternoon and reach Sydney in the morning on April 27. Sheikh Hasina will receive the Global Women's Leadership Award-2018 on Friday at a ceremony at International Convention Centre (ICC) with Vietnam Vice President Thi Ngoc Thinh and former President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga. US-based Global Summit of Women is giving the award for Sheikh Hasina's leadership in women's education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh. Global Women Summit is an annual international gathering of women leaders from around the world on business/economic issues, and Chair of Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI), promoting the increased participation of women on corporate boards globally. In the Summit the Prime Minister will highlight the government's initiatives for women's empowerment and mainstreaming them in the national development, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) sources said. The Prime Minister will hold bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia Malcom Turnbull on April 28. Julie Bishop, foreign minister of Australia will call on Prime Minister in the Intercontinental Sydney Hotel where she will be staying during the visit. Sheikh Hasina will also visit Western Sydney University and join a community event at Sofitel Hotel on April 28. She will leave Australia for home on April 29, 2018 and reach Dhaka on the next day. [i]Source: BSS[/i]
A court has rejected the bail petition of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed for instigating an arson attack in Chauddagram that killed eight persons. Senior Judicial Magistrate Mustain Billah of Judicial Magistrate Court-5 rejected the bail prayer on Tuesday after holding a hearing on the petition. On February 3 of 2015, an attack in Comilla's Chauddagram upazila left eight passengers dead and 20 others injured. Later, Nuruzzaman, sub-inspector of Chauddagram police station lodged a case against 78 persons, where 6 BNP senior leaders, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, were shown instigators, giving orders of bombing.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam said his party will bring reformation in quota system if the party goes to the power again. The BNP leader made the disclosure while addressing a press conference at BNP central office in Nayapaltan in the capital on Monday noon. Meanwhile, expressing concern over the attack on students, he demanded immediate release of the detained students. Fakhrul said there is no alternation of merit to build the country. "Quota system will be reformed keeping only quota for children of freedom fighters, women and marginalized ethnic group," he said.
The High Court (HC) will deliver its order Sunday on an appeal filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Shahidul Karim set the date on Thursday. On February 25, the HC bench heard the bail petition of Khaleda and said that it will pass an order on it after receiving the case records from the lower court. On February 8, Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment after it had found her and five others guilty in the graft case. The court also sentenced Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment each, and fined them a total of Tk 2.10 crore.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, "Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has no right to stay in Bangladesh as the party is the enemy of the country." "The anti-liberation force is again hatching a conspiracy to push the country towards anarchy," he said. The finance minister came up with the remarks while speaking at a meeting with the officials of BCS Economic Cadre Association at the secretariat on Monday following the attack on eminent writer and educationalist Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet.
BNP has announced two days fresh programmes on Tuesday and Thursday demanding release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmmes at a press briefing held at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Sunday. The party will form human chains from 11.00am to 12.00pm on Tuesday across the country including the Dhaka city. They will observe sit-in programmes across the country on Thursday. Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.