Special Correspondent Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said that her government would continue its tireless efforts in reaching the healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people. She termed healthcare as a fundamental right. Healthcare service for the people is a constitutional obligation and her government would do whatever necessary to fulfill this obligation, she said while inaugurating the World Health Day programme from the Cabinet Division meeting room at the Bangladesh Secretariat. The Prime Minister talked through Video Conferencing with Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim and State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur– both of them were in Bandarban. The World Health Day is being observed in the country in a befitting manner as elsewhere in the globe. Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has already made commendable achievement in controlling and eradicating vector borne diseases including Malaria, Kala-Azar, Filaria and Dengue, as her government implemented various effective measures. She mentioned the assistance of concerned development partners and the World Health Organization to make the government’s efforts a success. The Prime Minister said huge number of people – most of them children – die of vector borne diseases across the world. As a tropical country, Bangladesh is affected by various vector borne diseases, she said, adding that such diseases could sometimes be infected to many people causing death to huge number of them. She expressed with satisfaction that these diseases are under control following the effective measures of the government through identification of the diseases and ensuring of proper treatment. The government has been able to make 15 of the affected 19 districts free from Filaria while dengue fever is now under control in the country, she added.
Country must have counter-attack capability: Sheikh Hasina
Special Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Bangladesh must have the capability of carrying out counter-attacks to protect its independence and sovereignty if it is attacked by any enemy. At the same time she termed Bangladesh a peaceful country in South Asia and it never wants to attack any country. She made the remarks while delivering her introductory speech at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Defence at Sher-e-Banglanagar I n the capital city Dhaka. Sheikh Hasina said the main responsibility of the Defence Ministry is to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty, and her government has been working to strengthen and modernize the defence system to this end. The Prime Minister, who also holds the Defence Ministry portfolio, said initiatives have been taken to reform and modernise three services under Forces Goal 2030 in light of the Defennce Policy formulated in 1974 as per directives of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijibur Rahman. Laying emphasis on upholding the country’s dignity and imagetry, Sheikh Hasina said various organisations under the Ministry of Defence will have to work in a coordinated manner. She said a political party comes to power for a particular period of time, but the officials of the republic remain in their positions. Referring to the country’s huge sea boundary and water resources, the PM said Bangladesh won the case against Myanmar in an international court opening up the door of huge potential for water resources. Citing the country’s success in disaster management, she said the world community now considers Bangladesh as a role model in facing the natural and other disasters. She expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh would certainly be a prosperous country by materialising the dreams of Bangabandhu of Sonar Bangla by the year 2021. Prime Minister’s Defense Affairs Adviser Major General (Retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, the chiefs of ten three services, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder, Defense Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal and high officials of the Ministry were present on the occasion. The meeting with officials of the Defence Ministry was special one as the furniture used by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were used in the meeting. Those were used by Bangabandhu when he was the Prime Minister and the President of the country. The Defence Ministry which was the office of the then the head of the government is just beside Ganobhaban. The table and chairs used for the meeting were also used for cabinet meetings during Bangabandhu’s tenure after January 12, 1972.
Poll result not to change India’s Bangladesh policy: Pankaj Saran
Special Correspondent DHAKA: India’s policy towards Bangladesh will not change even if there is a change of regime in New Delhi after the elections, which started Monday, its High Cmmissioner in Dhaka, Pankaj Saran, said here on Monday. “Interest doesn’t really change with the government,” the high commissioner said He was presenting a lecture on India and its relations with Bangladesh at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the capital city.
Mr Saran was replying to a question on whether the relation with Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League-led government would remain same if BJP comes to power in his country.
He replied: Bangladesh-India ties witnessed a wide range of engagements in the last five-years when Awami League and Indian Congress Party ruled their respective countries.
Two fined at airport for stalking
Our Reporter: Two passengers of a flight of Emirates Airlines were fined at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday on charge of stalking two female passengers. The two passengers were identified as Imon, 38, and Minto Shikder, 43. Airport sources said Imon and Minto landed at the airport by an aircraft of Emirates Airlines from Dubai at about 7:30 pm on Friday. They allegedly stalked two female passengers inside the flight. The two male passengers, who seemed to be drunk, followed the two female passengers when the plane landed at the airport and at one stage they gave them an indecent proposal, said an officer of Airport Armed Police (AAP). Members of airport armed police detained them following a complaint by the victims. Later, on Saturday a mobile court at the airport fined them Tk 5000 each. Meanwhile, the executive magistrate also fined two employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines -Md Touhid Miah, 33 and Nazrul Islam Farazi, 30, of Tk 10,000 and Tk 5,000 respectively on charge of harassing one Shahidul Islam, a passenger who came here from Dubai.
Lightning kills 2 in Gazipur
Our Correspondent: Two people were killed by lightning in Kapasia upazila of the district Saturday night. The deceased were identified as Hiron Miah, 25, son of late Alim Uddin, a resident of Charnilaxmi village and Shahnaj Akhtar, 25, wife of Kajal Miah, a resident of Lohadi village of the upazila. Ahsan Ullah, officer-in-charge of Kapasia Police Station, said a thunderbolt hit Hiron at about 8:00pm while he was returning to his home, leaving him dead on the spot. In another incident, lightning struck Shahnaj when she was sitting at the courtyard of her house at night, leaving her dead on the spot.
Pallabi 6-murder case: 3 get death penalty
Our Reporter: The High Court on Sunday confirmed the death penalty of three of the four condemned convicts in the sensational Pallabi six-murder case over seven years ago. Another convict was acquitted. The HC confirmed the conviction of condemned convicts Masum Matabbar, Zakir Hossain Bahar and Kamruzzaman Kamrul. The HC acquitted Mohammad Azim of the murder charge. An HC division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Asaduzzaman and Justice Mohammad Shahidul Karim delivered the judgment after hearing the death references and appeals. Six people were hacked to death by the convicts at a house in the city’s Pallabi area on October 13, 2006. The deceased were identified as Khadiza, 15, Anna, 14, Manir, 12, Bakshi, Rizia, 42, and her son Tofel, 17. Later, Sirajul Haque, owner of the house, filed a case in this connection the following day. The Speedy Trial Tribunal Court-2 of Dhaka awarded death penalty to four people —Masum Matabbar, Zakir Hossain, Kamruzzaman Kamrul and Mohammad Azim — in the case in October, 2008. Advocate Shafiqul Islam stood for the convicts while Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ahmed and Farhad Ahmed represented the state.