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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

PM’s remark won’t influence Aug 21 trial: Law minister

PM’s remark won’t influence Aug 21 trial: Law minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq today ruled out BNP’s allegation that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment involving party chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son with August 21, 2004 grenade attack will influence the ongoing trial. The PM’s made the comment following the inaction of the then BNP-led government over the grenade attack, the minister said while replying to the queries from reporters after a meeting at the capital’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel. “The government played an inactive role when 22 people were killed in the attack and this is ambiguous indeed,” the...

Invite fresh bids for offshore blocks: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday instructed the energy and mineral resources ministry to invite fresh bids for offshore blocks to ensure optimum extraction of oil and gas from the Bay of Bengal. She spoke at a meeting on formulating a strategy and action plan for extracting maritime resources and their smooth management. Prime Minister's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters after the meeting. Chowdhury quoted Hasina as urging the officials to ensure that no particular bidder gets most of the...

PM blasts Zia's 'role' in Mujib killing

PM blasts Zia's 'role' in Mujib killing

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised late president Ziaur Rahman for what she said was his involvement in the Bangabandhu killing, destroying the spirit of the Liberation War and allowing the rise of fundamentalism. "Killer Rashid, in an interview with the BBC, admitted that Zia was behind the killing [of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman]," she...

He says sorry after PM's rebuke

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reprimanded Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali for making derogatory remarks against journalists, forcing him to regret his words. She warned Mohsin against making such “reckless remarks” and advised him to talk as less as possible and concentrate on his work, government sources said. “Upon receiving the instruction [of the prime minister], Mohsin Ali said sorry through a media statement,” said sources close to the minister last night. Meanwhile, many leaders of the ruling Awami League have...

Silence Over Gaza

Hasina slams developed countries

Hasina slams developed countries

Strongly condemning the killings in Gaza by Israelis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily again on the developed nations and the human rights organisations at home and abroad for their silence over the offensive. "I am stunned to see the world conscience remain silent. When one incident of death occurs here (Bangladesh),...

PM hints at DCC polls in November

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hinted at holding polls to the two Dhaka city corporations (North and South) in November, sources say. The government would go for the long-due DCC elections to mitigate public miseries, Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, said at a party meeting and asked her party leaders to make necessary preparations to that end. The directive came at the meeting of the AL Central Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, at Gono...

Dialogue with BNP: Hasina then and now

THOSE who saw Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's press conference on television on Saturday must have noticed her emphatic no to holding any dialogue over the next general election with BNP led by Khaleda Zia. In recent times, she had not made such strong arguments against holding talks with the opposition BNP like she did on Saturday. She even asked: “Why do I have to sit with killers?” Who are the killers? The answer lies in her speech. “It's unfortunate...

Save Buriganga from grabbing

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to take effective measures to reclaim illegally occupied parts of the Buriganga river and free it of pollution. The orders came at a meeting organised yesterday on the recovery of all rivers around the capital, including Buriganga, and introduction of a circular road and a river route around Dhaka. "This is our project and we will have to implement it," the PM said.  After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed...

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Impeachment of Judges

Did Gen Zia abolish Sangsad's power?

The way Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday spoke about the introduction of the Supreme Judicial Council seems to have put the blame squarely on military ruler General Ziaur Rahman for abolishing parliament's authority to impeach the apex court's judges by introducing the new system. She pointed out that after seizing power General Ziaur Rahman brought in the Supreme Judicial Council by amending the constitution through a martial law proclamation in 1978. This part of her statement is true.   But it...

World Cup trophy makes its mark

World Cup trophy makes its mark

The 2015 ICC World Cup trophy made its mark in Dhaka yesterday as part of ICC's programme which entails that the trophy visits each of the 14 participating nations of the mega event due to take place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 next year. The trophy's first stop...

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