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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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...

Maritime Boundary

Disputes resolved only for AL

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that if the Awami League was not voted to power in the 2008 and 2014 general elections, Bangladesh could not win the international courts' verdicts over maritime boundary disputes with Myanmar and India. "Questions could be raised whether the previous governments except the one led by the Awami League and myself would ever dare file cases over maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar. The BNP didn't have the courage even for demanding the...

PM to brief on her UK tour tomorrow

PM to brief on her UK tour tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will brief press tomorrow about her recent official tour to the UK. The press conference will be held at Gono Bhaban at 11:30am. The premier left Dhaka for London on July 21 to attend the first-ever Girl Summit held on July 22 and hold talks with her British counterpart David William...

PM returns home from London

PM returns home from London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Dhaka from London after wrapping up her three-day official visit there at the invitation of her British counterpart David Cameron and Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake. A VVIP flight of Bangladesh national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines that took off from the Heathrow Airport carrying the prime minister...

Girl Summit

PM reaches London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is leading a 57-member delegation, reached London yesterday to attend the first Girl Summit there and hold a meeting with her British counterpart David Cameron. The summit, which is scheduled to be held today, is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to improve the lives of girls and women and to end female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage. On the sidelines of the summit, Hasina will hold a bilateral meeting with British...

Dismantle Rab

Dismantle Rab

Human Rights Watch in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated its call for disbanding Rapid Action Battalion as it believed the elite force is “beyond reform.” Until it is disbanded, Rab should be made into an entirely civilian force by withdrawing all military officers and soldiers from its membership, the New York-based rights organisation said. The government, however, rejected outright the call of HRW, while National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) saw “politics” in the demand of the global watchdog and questioned its jurisdiction over raising such a demand as a foreign organisation. “The Bangladeshi government has promised to reform Rab and hold it accountable, but it has utterly failed,”...

PM's UK visit to cement ties with West

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said relations between Bangladesh and the western world were moving ahead at a good pace and a visit by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the UK would take it to a 'new height'. He said Hasina would hold bilateral talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Girl Summit 2014 to be held in London. “The Hasina-Cameron talks will be held at 10 Downing Street when the two leaders...

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