University student’s hanging body recovered

The hanging body of a student of Metropolitan University in Sylhet was recovered from a private hostel in the Tilagor area on Thursday afternoon.

The deceased was Sharmi Rani Nath,20, daughter of Shatendra Chandra Nath of Jalalpur Union in Dakshin Surma upazila of the district. She was a second year student of Computer Science and Electronics Department of the university.

She used to live on the 2nd floor of Syed Manjil Mahila Hostel in the Titlagarh area for a year.

On information, police recovered the body from the hostel on Thursday noon, said Syed Anisur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sylhet Shahporan police station.

Woman burned to death in Chattogram fire

OC Anisur Rahman said, “After a primary investigation, we are suspecting that Sharmi Rani committed suicide. However, we sent her body to Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.”

“We will be sure about the cause of her death when we get the report,” he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Momen urges int’l community to help ensure Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar

Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen today urged the international community including the G20 to help ensure repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar without further delay.

"The prolonged stay of Rohingyas is creating huge security problems with ramifications across the region and they may also be a potential target group for radicalization and recruitment by terrorist groups," he said.

The foreign minister made the remarks while addressing a session at the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting here today under the presidency of India.

India's External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar chaired the meeting.

Momen, however, said that in addition to help displaced Rohingyas, Bangladesh continues to stand ready to respond to any emergency to save lives and protect people inhumanitarian crises.

In this context, he referred Bangladesh's support to some neighbouring countries during the trying times of Covid-19.

The today's sessions began with the recorded video speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As many as 40 delegations including nine specially invitee countries including Bangladesh and 13 international organisations attended the meeting began last evening following a gala dinner.

The theme of this year's meeting is-- "One Earth, One Family, One Future". India got presidency of the world's major economic grouping last December.

Describing terrorism is one of the gravest challenges, Momen said the challenges is not only to international peace and security but also to human security.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said Bangladesh government maintains a 'zero-tolerance' policy towards terrorism in its all forms and manifestations.

"We also do not allow any terrorist outfit to use Bangladesh's soil against any other countries," he said adding that due to our government's pro-active initiatives, India, particularly the Northeast India, is currently enjoying the benefits of continued development, peace and security.

Referring to Russia-Ukraine crisis, he said that the crisis is causing hardship to many, especially to women and children across the nations.

Many governments are finding nightmares to control price spiral and inflation due to disruption of supply chain, and financial transactions mechanism owing to sanctions and counter sanctions, he added.

The minister urges India, as the President of G20, to impress the leaders of G20 to end the crisis and resolve the issues through peaceful means.

Considering the crisis, he said the G20 leadership should make it mandatory for those companies that are making runaway profits owing to the crisis to allocate at least 20 per cent of their profits to the most affected countries.

Addressing a separate session in G20, Momen reiterated Bangladesh's call for a universal, rule-based, open, transparent, predictable, inclusive, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral system in order to respond to the growing global challenges.

He said the COVID-19 crisis has already proven the importance of multilateral solutions and keeping this living experience in mind, we reiterate our call to this end.

Referring to the global warming, the foreign minister requested the G20 presidency to impress the leadership of the world's important economic grouping to dedicate at least 10 per cent of their defense expenditures to climate fund to save this planet for the future generations.

He underlined the need for implementation of the 2030 Agenda should remain on top of the agenda of all multilateral initiatives, including the G20.

In this connection, he said, India as a major country of the Global South and as the President of the G20, may urge the G20 leadership to allocate sufficient funds and means of implementation to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

About global peace, Momen said Bangladesh remains at the forefront of promoting development, peace and security through meaningful multilateral cooperation.

The peace-centric foreign policy, spearheaded by our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, continues to guide us in our engagements with all multilateral fora and initiatives, including the G20, he added.

The minister thanked Indian government for inviting Bangladesh as a Guest Country to G20 saying that this gesture clearly reflects the depth and warmth of the unique bilateral relationship that exists between the two nations.

Foreign ministers of G20 member countries and specially invitees also made remarks at the two separate sessions.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Registration now open for Joy Bangla Concert 2023

Registration for Joy Bangla Concert has kicked off, with an overwhelming rush among young music lovers to avail the opportunity to enjoy one of the biggest live music events in the country.

This year, Joy Bangla Concert will be held on March 8 at Dhaka’s Army Stadium, under the supervision of Centre for Research and Information (CRI). Young Bangla, one of the leading youth networks of Bangladesh, has been holding the rock concert since 2015 to instill the spirit of the Liberation War among youths.

Concert-goers are requested to log into ticket.youngbangla.org to avail their e-tickets. For registration, the participants will require their passport-sized photos and images of their ID cards. NIDs, ID cards of their educational institutions, passports, and driving licenses will be accepted.

Continuing the previous years' trend, the concert this year is set to feature iconic and emerging bands of the country such as Artcell, Avoid Rafa, Lalon, Chirkutt, Cryptic Fate, Karnival, Meghdol, Nemesis and Arekta Rock Band.

The youths who jumped, screamed, and danced to rock music and the wartime patriotic melodies are eagerly waiting for the concert that is returning after a gap of two years due to the pandemic.

“The last edition in 2020 is a memorable experience for me — that concert so vividly created a unique blend of history and music. The idea of rendering songs that were aired on the wartime radio station called Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra 50 years ago — inspiring the freedom fighters to free the country — is really awe-inspiring,” said Rajin, a university student.

Young music lovers rejoice as Joy Bangla Concert is back after a two-year gap

“What better way to pay tribute to the historic March 7 speech by the Father of the Nation!… Expecting a bigger and better return this time”, added another university student Sujon.

With a call to roar like the nation did on March 7, favorite bands presented several Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra songs before an audience of this generation at previous editions.

Starting in 2015, in successive years, the country’s biggest concert for youths added some special features such as presentation of the coloured version of the speech in 2016.

The speech, transformed from black and white into colour, appeared onscreen before an audience of 30,000 youths at the concert.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Govt mulls to resume country’s 5 STOL airport: Ali

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali today that the government is mulling to resume operations of the country's five STOL airport in phases as socio-economic condition of the countrymen has been improving day by day.

He made the remark while speaking at a seminar titled "Capacity building of international airports and opening of stalled domestic airports in Bangladesh" at a city hotel this afternoon.

STOL airport means a short takeoff and landing (STOL) airport with a conventional fixed-wing aircraft that has short runway requirements for takeoff and landing.

The five STOL airports of the country are situated in Ishwardy, Thakurgaon, Lalmonirhat, Shamshernagar and Cumilla but flight operations in those airfields were suspended gradually over the years.

The seminar was organized by the Bangladesh Monitor with a view to promote smart aviation in the country and was supported by Eastern Bank Ltd.

Alam said the present grown of the country's aviation sector is the highest in this region and the growth in the country's aviation market will increase to triple in the next 15 years.

Country's socio-economic status will be developed and huge employment will be generated if we can tap this prosperity, he added.

The seminar was presided over by Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal M. Mafidur Rahman and moderated by Bangladesh Monitor Editor Kazi Wahidul Alam.

CAAB chairman said they are planning to take measures to reopen the country's all STOL airport.

He also highlighted the government's ongoing activities to upgrade the country's different airports and runways to make Bangladesh as a regional aviation hub.

The keynote paper was presented by Wg. Cdr. (Retd.) A.T.M. Nazrul Islam, Managing Director, United Airways (BD) Ltd while the discussant panel included Mofizur Rahman, Managing Director, Novo Air; Air Cdr Dr. Md. Mahbub Zaman Khan, Director Corporate Training and Planning, Biman Bangladesh Airlines among others.

Novoair managing director stressed the need for having a parallel runway at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to tap the prospect of additional capacity of passenger handling due to third terminal.

The seminar was attended by representatives from local and foreign airlines, regulatory authorities, other stakeholders and media.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Carbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2022

Communities around the world emitted more carbon dioxide in 2022 than in any other year on records dating to 1900, a result of air travel rebounding from the pandemic and more cities turning to coal as a low-cost source of power.

Emissions of the climate-warming gas that were caused by energy production grew 0.9% to reach 36.8 gigatons in 2022, the International Energy Agency reported Thursday. (The mass of one gigaton is equivalent to about 10,000 fully loaded aircraft carriers, according to NASA.)

Carbon dioxide is released when fossil fuels such as oil, coal or natural gas are burned to powers cars, planes, homes and factories. When the gas enters the atmosphere, it traps heat and contributes to the warming of the the climate.

Extreme weather events intensified last year’s carbon dioxide emissions: Droughts reduced the amount of water available for hydropower, which increased the need to burn fossil fuels. And heat waves drove up demand for electricity.

Thursday’s report was described as disconcerting by climate scientists, who warn that energy users around the world must cut emissions dramatically to slow the dire consequences of global warming.

“Any emissions growth — even 1% — is a failure,” said Rob Jackson, a professor of earth system science at Stanford University and chairman of the Global Carbon Project, an international group. “We can’t afford growth. We can’t afford stasis. It’s cuts or chaos for the planet. Any year with higher coal emissions is a bad year for our health and for the Earth.”

Carbon dioxide emissions from coal grew 1.6% last year. Many communities, primarily in Asia, switched from natural gas to coal to avoid high natural gas prices that were worsened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the IEA said.

And as global airline traffic increased, carbon dioxide emissions from burning oil grew 2.5%, with about half the surge resulting from the aviation sector.

Global emissions have grown in most years since 1900 and have accelerated over time, according to data from IEA. One exception was the pandemic year of 2020, when travel all but came to a standstill.

Last year’s level of emissions, though a record high, was nevertheless lower than experts had expected. Increased deployment of renewable energy, electric vehicles and heat pumps together helped prevent an additional 550 megatons of carbon dioxide emissions, the IEA said.

Strict pandemic measures and weak economic growth in China also curtailed production, helping to limit overall global emissions. And in Europe, the IEA said, electricity generation from wind and solar power exceeded that of gas or nuclear for the first time.

“Without clean energy, the growth in CO2 emissions would have been nearly three times as high,” Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director, said in a statement.

“However, we still see emissions growing from fossil fuels, hindering efforts to meet the world’s climate targets. International and national fossil fuel companies are making record revenues and need to take their share of responsibility, in line with their public pledges to meet climate goals.”

Though emissions continue to grow at worrisome levels, a reversal that would help achieve the climate goals that nations have committed to remains possible, said John Sterman, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Sustainability Initiative.

Nations must subsidize renewables, improve energy efficiency, electrify industry and transportation, set a high price for carbon emissions, reduce deforestation, plant trees and rid the system of coal, Sterman argued.

“This is a massive, massive undertaking to do all these things, but that’s what’s needed,” he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

India can be a mediator in resolving the Ukraine war: Momen tells Indian media

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said that India can play a mediator's role and help end the Russia-Ukraine war.

Momen, now in New Delhi to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, also said India can play a significant role in resolving the Rohingya issue.

On Bangladesh-India ties, the foreign minister said they have resolved their issues without “firing a single bullet” as he spoke about border issues.

Geographies have destined us to take benefit of nature, including rivers: Momen

"We maintain a balanced foreign policy," he said when talking about maintaining ties with both India and China.

He, however, said India is a friendly country to Myanmar.

The foreign minister made the remarks in an interview with Indian media outlet WION.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

PM to leave Dhaka for Doha on Mar 4 to attend LDC5 Conference

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Doha on March 4 to participate in the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), to be held on March 5-9.

Prime Minister’s participation at the conference is very important to share Bangladesh’s amazing graduation experience with all the stakeholders including the UN and ensure a smooth and sustainable graduation, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Seheli Sabrin in a weekly briefing on Thursday, sharing the PM’s schedule during her stay in Doha, Qatar.

Bangladesh will call for global support for smooth transition in Bangladesh's LDC graduation.

This will be the last LDC summit where Bangladesh will be attending as the country will be graduating from least developed country (LDC) status by 2026.

The premier will be visiting Qatar at the invitation of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and Education Minister Dipu Moni, among others, will be accompanying her during the visit.

The prime minister will lead a high-level delegation and will hold bilateral meeting with her Qatari counterpart apart from her participation at the LDC5 conference. She will also have meeting with the Emir of Qatar.

Bilateral issues including cooperation in the areas of energy sector will come up for discussion.

On March 5, the PM will deliver a speech at the opening plenary meeting as a special guest.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, UN General Assembly President and current chair of LDC Group will also speak at the plenary meeting.

The Prime Minister will also deliver a speech at an event on the sidelines, titled “Sustainable and Smooth Transition for the Graduating Cohort of 2021”.

Govt to focus on labour-intensive industries along with technology: PM Hasina

On March 6, she will speak as the chief guest at a business summit, titled “The Rise of Bengal Tiger: Potential of Trade and Investment in Bangladesh.”

On March 7, the Prime Minister will attend a high-level dialogue on “Enhancing the participation of LDCs in International Trade and Regional Integration”.

She will also attend an event, titled “Global Partnership for Smooth and Sustainable Graduation: Marching towards Smart Bangladesh” as the special guest.

The LDC5 is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to accelerate sustainable development in the places where international assistance is needed the most — and to tap the full potential of the Least Developed Countries, helping them make progress on the road to prosperity.

Over five days of the LDC5 Conference in Doha, world leaders will gather with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians, and young people to advance new ideas, raise new pledges of support, and spur delivery on agreed commitments, through the Doha Programme of Action.

At the conference, it is expected that specific initiatives and concrete deliverables will be announced that will address LDC-specific challenges.

The conference will feature plenary sessions, parallel high-level thematic roundtables, and a series of parallel and side events on various thematic priorities of the DPoA.

A Summit level meeting of the LDC Group, chaired by the President of Malawi, will be held on the day before the conference.

A commemoration event on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Group of LDCs will be held after the opening session on March 5, 2023.

There will also be dedicated events for the private sector, CSOs, youths, parliamentarians and South-South tracks on the margins of the conference.

The world’s Least Developed Countries are in a race against time to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The remaining years need to usher in a new global partnership to ensure these 46 countries benefit from social, economic and environmental development, according to the UN.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave Doha for Dhaka on March 8.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Romanian consular mission due March 5

A consular team of Romania is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on March 5 as the country is likely to issue visas to more than 15,000 Bangladesh citizens from March to September this year.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Seheli Sabrin confirmed this during a weekly briefing on Thursday.

Required steps have already been taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help conduct the Romanian consular mission in Dhaka, she said.

India can be a mediator in resolving the Ukraine war: Momen tells Indian media

Last year a consular team from Romania stayed in Dhaka for three months and issued around 5,400 visas.

As the mission was run successfully, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen sent a letter to his Romanian counterpart requesting him to operate another consular mission.

After that, Romania showed interest in running a consular mission in Dhaka for six months from March to September to facilitate the issuance of visas to Bangladeshis.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making all the arrangements for the operation of the consular mission of Romania in Dhaka.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

UN-Myanmar expert calls on member states to reverse the cuts to food rations for Rohingyas

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews on Thursday made an urgent appeal to member mtates to reverse “the shameful, catastrophic cuts” to food rations for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that began to be implemented on Wednesday.

“These rations cuts are a stain on the conscience of the international community,” said Andrews.

“I have spoken with desperate families in the camps who have already had to cut back on essential food items due to a spike in prices. Reversing these cuts in food aid is literally a matter of life and death for Rohingya families,” the Special Rapporteur said.

He said many UN member states have offered rhetorical support for the Rohinyga but Rohingya families cannot eat political rhetoric.

"It is past time for UN member states to replace empty declarations of support with life saving action,” Andrews said.

“Unless they are quickly reversed, the impact of these cuts will be catastrophic and long-lasting,” he said.

According to the expert, malnutrition and adverse health outcomes could spike in the community and the development of Rohingya children could be severely impaired.

India can be a mediator in resolving the Ukraine war: Momen tells Indian media

The consequences of these cuts are likely to be carried by the Rohingya people for generations.

The UN expert issued the plea in a letter to UN member states to what could be a series of cuts in food rations for Rohingya refugees in Bangaldesh by the World Food Programme (WFP).

The cuts could exceed 30 percent of current allocations to Rohingya refugees.

“These cuts will be devastating for a traumatised population that is already suffering from widespread malnutrition,” Andrews said.

“The impact of the already inadequate level of food support for Rohingya refugees is unconscionable: 40 percent of Rohingya children are currently suffering from stunted growth; 51 percent of Rohingya children and 41 percent of pregnant and breastfeeding Rohingya women are anemic; 45 percent of all Rohingya families in the camps are living with insufficient diets.”

Andrews said the food ration cuts will impact nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar who fled genocidal attacks by the Myanmar military.

“Tragically, the WFP has announced that cuts to the already insufficient food rations will be only the first round of ration reductions if additional funding is not forthcoming. The value of the monthly food ration allocation for each Rohingya refugee in the Bangladesh camps has been reduced by 17 percent,” the Special Rapporteur said. “Without additional support, these cuts will be even deeper over the next two months, with food rations reduced by a third. That would mean that, on average, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps would need to try and survive on $0.27 USD per day,” the Special Rapporteur said.

“The consequences of these additional cuts will be catastrophic for a population that has already been forced to endure immense suffering,” he said.

The World Food Programme reportedly needs $125 million USD immediately to halt the ration cuts.

Andrews noted that the food crisis was merely “the tip of the iceberg,” as the overall Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis Joint Response Plan (JRP) has been sorely underfunded for a number of years, and remains at risk of significant underfunding in 2023. The 2023 JRP will likely be published next week.

Andrews told member states that he will be closely monitoring all contributions by governments to food and nutrition for the Rohingya refugees and how these amounts compare to previous years’ contributions.

He announced that he will provide regular updates to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

A look at some of Europe’s train disasters in recent times

A head-on collision between a passenger train and a freight train in Greece has killed dozens of people and injured scores more. Rail travel in Europe is a common and relatively affordable and convenient way for many Europeans to travel.

It also has a good safety record overall, growing safer in past years. Yet the tragedy in Greece is a reminder of how deadly crashes can be when they happen. Here is a look at some of the most deadly train crashes in recent years.

FUNICULAR FIRE

In November 2000, a cable car on a funicular railway caught fire in a mountain tunnel in Kaprun, Austria, killing 155 people. Those who died were skiers and snowboarders heading to the slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain.

Rescuers comb wreckage of Greece’s deadliest train crash

HIGH-SPEED TRAIN HITS BRIDGE

In June 1998, a high-speed train traveling at 200 kph (125 mph) collided with a bridge at Eschede, Germany, causing it to collapse, a crash that killed 101 people and injured more than 100. It was Germany’s deadliest postwar rail disaster.

SPANISH COMMUTER TRAIN

In July 2013, a commuter train hurtled off the rails as it came around a bend near the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing 80 and injuring 145 others. An investigation showed the train was traveling 179 kph (111 mph) on a stretch with an 80 kph (50 mph) speed limit when it left the tracks and smashed into a wall. The case finally went to trial in October with the driver and a former railway security director accused of professional negligence. A verdict is expected in the coming months.

SPANISH SUBWAY TRAIN

A subway train traveling at excessive speed crashed in an underground tunnel in the eastern city of Valencia in July 2006, killing 43 people and injuring scores more. It took 13 years for a court to find four managers of the city’s subway system guilty of negligent manslaughter for not taking the necessary safety measures needed to prevent the tragedy.

Fiery Greece train collision kills 32, injures at least 85

TRAIN PLUNGES INTO RAVINE

In January 2006, a failure of the braking system in a train caused it to derail and plunge into a ravine outside the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica. The crash killed 45 people, including five children, and injured a further 184. It was the worst train disaster in Montenegro’s history.

EXPLOSION AT STATION

In 2009, a freight train carrying gas derailed at the Viareggio station, near the Tuscan city of Lucca, and exploded, killing 32 people. Poorly maintained axels of the train were blamed.

HEAD-ON CRASH IN LONDON

The worst rail crash in Britain in the past 30 years happened in October 1999, when a train heading out of London’s Paddington station went through a red light and crashed into an incoming high-speed train, killing 31 people. Around 400 people were injured.

COMMUTER TRAINS CRASH

In July 2016, two Italian commuter trains collided head-on in late morning between towns in the southern region of Puglia, killing 31 people and injuring scores more. An investigation found an error of communication between the stations that each train had departed from.

RUSH HOUR CRASH NEAR BRUSSELS

On Feb. 15, 2010, two commuter trains slammed into one another just outside Brussels during morning rush hour when one ran a red light. In all, 19 people were killed and 171 injured in the nation’s worst train crash. Compounding the tragedy was that a similar red-light crash had happened years before and that promises to add security measures weren’t fully implemented.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Pedestrian dead being hit by covered van in Dhaka

A 30-year-old pedestrian was killed after a covered van knocked him down in Gopalbagh area of the capital early Thursday.

The deceased, Md Jahidul Islam Mollah, was son of late freedom fighter Mostafa Mollah of Paschim Krishnapur village under Rajoir upazila in Madaripur.

Mostakim Patowary, a sub-inspector of Jatrabari police station, said the covered van hit him after a speeding bus of Shyamoli Paribahan rammed it from behind at the foot of Gopalbagh Bridge, leaving him dead on the spot.

On information, the body was recovered from the spot and sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, he said.

Though the bus and covered van were seized, drivers of the vehicles went into hiding, the SI said.

The victim’s paternal cousin said Jahidul was a painter by profession and used to live in a mess in Madhubagh area.

He was supposed to go to the village from Dhaka on Thursday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

AL can never be a pro-liberation force: Moyeen Khan

BNP Standing Committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan on Thursday said Awami League can never be a pro-liberation force since it had established a one-party rule obliterating democracy.

“Awami League used to say it is a pro-democracy and pro-liberation force, but they established a one-party rule,” he said.

Speaking at a views-exchange meeting, the BNP leader said Awami League does not let people exercise their right to express their opinions freely whenever it comes to power.

“So, can they be a pro-liberation force? I will say everywhere that Awami League can never be a pro-liberation force,” he observed.

As part of its ongoing talks with the party’s grassroots leaders, BNP organised the views-exchange meeting with the party-backed current and former union parishad chairmen under Dhaka division at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office.

Dr Moyeen questioned the role of Awami League it played when the Pakistani occupation forces swooped on the nation like hyenas in the darkest night of March 25, 1971.

“They played the role of an escaping political party. They ran away and took shelter elsewhere like cowards. What did Ziaur Rahman do? He declared independence. He was not afraid of Pakistanis. These words should be conveyed to the new generation,” he observed.

Dr Moyeen alleged that the government is trying to mislead people by spreading propaganda and portraying false history against Ziaur Rahman. “We must present the real history before the young generation.”

He voiced high hope that they will achieve success in their current movement for the restoration of democracy by ousting the current regime. “We’ll surely end the misrule of the present government and establish a democratic government.”

The BNP leader urged the grassroots leaders to play a significant role in making the ongoing anti-government movement a success.

BNP acting Chairman Tariq Rahman joined the meeting virtually from London.

Source: United News of Bangladesh