BGB, Ansar reach final of Independence Day Handball

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Party reached men's section final of Independence Day Handball (Man's and woman's) competition eliminating their respective rivals in the semifinals held today (Thursday) at Shaheed Captain M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium in the city.

In the day's men's section first semifinal, BGB beat Bangladesh Police Handball Club by 35-22 goals after leading the first half by 22-9 goals while Bangladesh Ansar defeated Team Handball Dhaka by 40-16 goals after leading the first half by 21-8 goals.

In the day's men's section group matches, BGB beat Team Handball Dhaka by 40-13 goals after leading the first half by 21-4 goals while Ansar outclassed Bangladesh Police Handball Club by 42-34 goals after dominating the first half by 21-16 goals.

While on the women's section, Bangladesh Police Handball Club overpowered Jamalpur Sports Academy by 32-2 goals after leading the first half by 18-0 goals while Bangladesh Ansar and VDP defeated Bodolgachi Handball Association by 34-19 goals after leading the first half by 16-9 goals.

Twelve teams of men's and equal numbers of women's teams, split into two group, are participating in the competition, organized by BHF.

The participating teams:

Men's teams:

Group A - Border Guard Bangladesh, Team Handball Club and Ideal Handball Garden Chapainawabganj.

Group B- Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defense Party (VDP), Bangladesh Police Handball Club and Chattogram District Sports Association (DSA).

Women's teams:

Group A - Bangladesh Ansar and VDP, Bodolgachi Handball Association and Tetulia Upazilla Sports Association.

Group B - Jamalpur Sports Academy, Bangladesh Police Handball Club and Handball Training Center, Dhaka

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bijoy stars in Abahani’s big win in DPL

Opener Anamul Haque Bijoy continued his rich vein of form in Dhaka Premier League (DPL) as Abahani Limited sealed a 124-run victory against Brothers Union to make a winning start to the tournament at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today.

Elsewhere Gazi Group Cricketers crushed Mohammedan Sporting Club by 128 runs at khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium Fatullah while Shinepukur Cricket Club recorded a four-wicket win over Rupganj Tigers Cricket Club at BKSP-3 ground.

Abahani vs Brothers

Bijoy who scored a record 1138 runs in the last DPL season struck 118 ball-123 with six fours and as many sixes as Abahani Limited racked up a gigantic 372-6, a total that was enough to seal the deal with ease as Brothers Union were held back to 248-6.

Brothers' decision to send Abahani to bat first backfired with Bijoy and Naim Sheikh providing the side, which secured most titles in the coveted league, a platform to savour.

They put on 157-run for the opening stand, which was broken with the dismissal of Naim Sheikh who hit 85 off 74.

Afif Hossain then continued the pace with 47 ball-65 while captain Mosaddek Hossain Saikat contributed with 46 off 27.

Jaker Ali Anik gave the finishing touch, making 26 off 11 with three sixes.

In reply, Brothers' opener Mizanur Rahman hit 102 and Myshukur Rahman scored 73 that only reduced the margin of the victory as the other batters failed to stand tall against a disciplined Abahani bowling attack.

Ripon Mondol and Tanvir Islam snared two wickets apiece.

Mohammedan vs Gazi Group Cricketers

Despite being bolstered with some big names, Mohammedan, a traditional sports powerhouse of the country, continued their woes in DPL.

Riding on three half-centuries, Gazi Group Cricketers posted a mammoth 349-7 after being sent to bat first and Mohammedan never raised a prospect to hunt it down.

Gazi's Indian recruit Ravi Teja made team-high 66 off 79,hitting three fours and two sixes. His knock was complemented by captain Akbar Ali's fluent 59 and Meherob Hasan's whirlwind 43 ball-62 not, an innings laced with eight fours and one six.

Opener Habibur Rahman Sohan once again showed his big hitting capability, striking 22 ball-34 that set the platform up front for Gazi.

Fast bowler Syed Khaled Ahmed claimed three but conceded 75 runs in 10 overs while his fellow new ball bowler Abu Jayed Rahi returned figures of 2-64.

Rony Talukdar blasted 80 off 61 with a dozen of boundaries to give the side a rapid start but Mohammedan's middle order failed to come with terms. Senior player Mahmudullah Riyad's 57 ball-58 was noteworthy even though it was not enough to gun down such huge total.

Mohammedan eventually were all out for 221 in 39.1 overs with Onik Islam, Anamul Haque and Husna Habib Mehedi snapping up two wickets apiece.

Shinepukur vs Rupganj Tigers

Captain Naeem Islam scored a serene 86 not out and Mominul Haque made a stubborn 65 as Rupganj Tigers compiled 216-6 after being asked to bat first.

Farhad Reza took 2-42 while Nabil Samad, Sangeeth Malindu Cooray and Hasan Murad picked up one wicket each.

Shinepukur overhauled the target with ease, reaching 217-6 in 46.2 overs, thanks to Sri Lankan recruit Sangeeth Malindu Corray's 56 and Aminul Islam Biplob's 50.

Fast bowler Mukidul Islam Mugdho had figures of 4-50 but that was not enough to prevent the side from losing the game.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladesh continues winning streak

Defending champions Bangladesh registered their third successive victories in the Bangabandhu Cup Int'l Kabaddi tournament beating Nepal by 40-24 points held today (Thursday) at the National Volleyball Stadium in the city.

With the day's victory, Bangladesh reached top of the group A and advanced one more step ahead towards the semifinal.

Earlier, Bangladesh beat Poland and Argentina in their first two group matches.

Bangladesh faces England in their fourth match of the group scheduled to be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 pm.

Meanwhile, Kenya tasted their first victory beating Indonesia 65-33 while Thailand also earned their third consecutive victory in outplaying Malaysia 25-14 in the other matches of the day also held at the same venue.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

AL ensures urban facilities for every village: Dr Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said the Awami League (AL) government has turned villages into town by reaching all urban facilities at the grassroots.

"Under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, urban facilities have been made available at villages across the country by transforming those into towns," he said.

Dr Hasan, also ruling AL joint general secretary, said this while virtually addressing a meeting with the dwellers of Rangunia Paurshava at the Paurshava office premises in the district.

Highlighting the AL government's development activities, especially improving the communication system up to village level, he said BNP even does not have the ability to fill the pothole of a road.

Terming the BNP leaders as vote looters, the AL leader said, "But when the vote comes, BNP leaders, wearing beautiful clothes, come and tell voters about many things regarding development. I would like to request the people to remain aware of these seasonal vote looters".

Since the country has already been transformed into digital one, Dr Hasan said, "One now can see and talk through video calls from any part of the world, thanks to the Vision-2021 envisaged by Bangabandhu's able daughter Sheikh Hasina".

Every house across the country is now equipped with television and fridge while many of them have air conditioners (ACs), he said, adding that it could have not been imagined just 14 years ago.

"Previously, only a handful of people had electricity in their households. But due to Sheikh Hasina's utmost efforts electricity facility has reached every houses across the country, changing the image of Bangladesh," the minister added.

Rangunia Municipality Mayor Md Shahjahan Sikdar presided over the meeting while Upazila Parishad Chairman Swajan Kumar Talukder, North District Awami League Organizing Secretary Nazrul Islam Talukder, its Member Idrich Azgar, Upazila AL General Secretary Engineer Shamsul Alam Talukder, North District Krishok League President Shafiqul Islam, AL leaders Aktar Hossain Khan, Iqbal Hossain and Journalist Jigarul Islam Jigar, among others, spoke at the event.

Noting that currently AL government is giving 22 types of allowances to mass people across the country, Dr Hashan said rice is being given free of cost through VGD and VGF cards, five crore people are being given essential commodities at subsidized price through one crore family cards, 50 lakh people are being given essential commodities through OMS cards and rice is being given during Eid and Puja festivals also free of cost.

Textbooks have been given to students free of cost on the first day of every year, he added.

"Free vaccine was given during Covid-19 pandemic and 30 types of medicines have been given free through the community clinics," the minister said.

Though Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia, Ershad and caretaker government were in the state power in the past, he said, such allowances and aids were never given before, but the government of "Boat symbol" has done these.

Pointing that BNP leaders were not available during various calamities including Corona, Dr Hasan said the AL government and its leaders and activists always stand by the people.

The people of Rangunia constituency were deceived by various promises made in previous times, he said, adding, "Allocations were cut from Rangunia and given to other places. And now I have ensured due share of allocations for Rangunia's development. The overall scenario of Rangunia has been changed due to development activities. I have devoted myself to serving you for the last 14 years. My door is open for all," he added.

The minister hoped that the people of Rangunia will keep their doors open too for him in the upcoming elections.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Govt takes elaborate programme on Bangabandhu’s 103rd birth anniversary

The Women and Children Affairs Ministry has taken elaborate programme to celebrate the 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2023 tomorrow in a befitting manner.

On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages today.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj tomorrow.

A contingent of armed forces will give guard of honor on the occasion.

Rich tributes will also be paid to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi road number 32 in the capital.

Marking the day, the national flag will be hoisted atop all buildings of government, semi government, autonomous and private organizations as well educational institutions and Bangladesh missions abroad.

This year's theme of the day is "Smart Bangladesh er Swapne Bangabandhur Janmodin, Shishuder Chokh Samriddhir Swapne Rangin".

Women and Children Affairs Ministry will arrange a programme at Tungipara. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the programme as the chief guest.

The programme includes delivering of speeches by representatives of children, screening of documentary on Bangabandhu and children's rights, dance drama performance and book fair.

The premier will distribute prizes among winners of literature and cultural competitions and financial donations among insolvent but meritorious school-going students.

State Minister for Women and Children Fazilatun Nessa Indira will join the programme as the special guest.

Marking the day, discussion and cultural function will be arranged at district and upazila levels. All ministries and divisions will take respective programmes. Discussions, essay and drawing competitions will also be held.

Special supplement and posters will be published in newspapers, important roads and establishments will be illuminated.

Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations including community radio will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the life of Bangalees.

Special discussion will be arranged on children's health consciousness, nutrition and food.

Bangladesh missions abroad will also celebrate the day in a befitting manner.

Special munajat and prayers will be offered at all mosques, temples, pagodas, churches and other places of prayers.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

‘Covid-19 Telehealth Centre’ of a2i wins UN WSIS award

‘Covid-19 Telehealth Centre’ of the a2i has won prestigious World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Award 2023 of the United Nations (UN) for its remarkable contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Bangladesh.

a2i Project Director Dr Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir and Chief of e-Governance Strategist, Digital Service Accelerator of a2i Forhad Zahid Shaikh received the award on Wednesday at a grand ceremony at the headquarters of international Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, said a press release here today.

‘Covid-19 Telehealth Centre’ has been recognised as the Champion under the category of ‘ICT Application: Benefits in all Aspects of Life.

The WSIS award of the UN is considered as the highest recognition in the information and technology sector.

The a2i in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the ‘Covid-19 Telehealth Centre’ on June 13 in 2020 to deal with the Covid-19 patients over telephone to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The centre rendered the healthcare service through the number 09666777222. It has been able to give treatment to 99 percent of the patients keeping them at their homes while only five percent patient was referred to hospitals.

The telehealth centre provided 15,61,068 kinds of health services to 7,04,890 patients from its inception to November 2021 during the pandemic period.

Like the ‘Covid-19 Telehealth Centre’, a number of digital innovations of the a2i have got the prestigious WSIS award in the recent years.

Of them, Digital Centre won the award in 2014, National Portal in 2015, 'Service Process Simplification' (SPS), Online Clearance of Department of Environment (DOE), Shikkhak Batayan and Krishaker Janala in 2016, Multimedia Talking Book, Telemedicine Project of Dhaka University, Use of Social Media in Citizen-centric Innovation and e-Nothi in 2017, ‘Muktapaath’ and Police Clearance Certificate Management System in 2018, Shikkhak Batayan and Mobile Based Age Verification and Marriage Registration Project in 2019; and ‘ekShop’ under the e-business category and skills, employment and entrepreneurship based integrated intelligence platform got the award under the e-Employment category in 2020.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Six get life term jail for killing man in Joypurhat

A court here today sentenced six people to life term imprisonment for killing a man in Sadar upazila of the district in 2007.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Nurul Islam pronounced the verdict this afternoon.

The convicts are – Ahmed Ali, his wife Mina Begum, their three sons Altab Hossain, Montaz Ali, Entaz Ali and Anwar Hossain, son of Abdus Sattar. They are all resident of Debrail area of Sadar upazila of the district.

The court also fined them Taka 50,000 each, in default, to suffer two years more in jail each.

According to the details of the case, victim Rashid of Debrail village under Sadar upazila was discussing their family matters with the family members. At that time, due to previous enmity on 11 April 2007 the accused gang hit Rashid with spades and iron rods. As a result Rashid was seriously injured and he was admitted to the hospital. He died while undergoing treatment there.

On April 17, 2007 Mizanur Rahman, the victim's son, filed a murder case with Sadar police station as the plaintiff accusing six persons.

Later, police submitted a charge-sheet against six accused to the court.

After examining the record and witnesses, the court found them guilty.

Public Prosecutor (PP) Advocate Nripendranath Mondal confirmed the matter.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Classical music festival enchants audience at BRUR

Excellent performance of musicians in the fourth classical musical festival-2023 exceedingly entertained a huge audience on Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) campus here last night.

The 'Sangskriti Bikash Kendra (SBK)' of Begum Rokeya University organised the festival for the fourth time in the university aiming at flourishing cultural activities through nurturing the rich Bengali culture and heritage.

Vice-chancellor of the university Professor Dr. Md. Hasibur Rashid inaugurated the event as the chief guest and warmly welcomed distinguished guests, participating artists and huge audience.

Coordinator of the SBK and Associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science of the university Md. Atiur Rahman presided over the function.

Pro Vice-chancellor of the university Professor Dr. Sarifa Salowa Dina and Treasurer Professor Dr. Mojib Uddin Ahamed addressed the occasion as special guests.

The audience enjoyed heart-throbbing performances of participating artists with vocal songs, sitar, violin, dance, flute, tabla and ensemble music in a pin drop silence in the classical music festival.

Addressing the occasion, the speakers thanked the SBK authority of Begum Rokeya University for arranging the luminous classical music festival for the fourth time in the city.

The Vice-chancellor said there is no alternative to cultural practices for building a non-communal Bangladesh in line with the spirit of the Great War of Liberation.

"It is possible to create enlightened people only through healthy cultural practices. One of the ways to resist all kinds of evil forces is healthy cultural practices," he said.

He said, "To build a prosperous and non-communal Bangladesh as dreamed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, it is necessary to spread and develop such cultural practices."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Five cultural personalities, luminaries awarded in Rajshahi

Five literary and cultural personalities

were awarded and accorded a reception in recognition of their outstanding

contributions to the cultural arena.

Rajshahi Shilpakala Academy organised the reception programme at its

auditorium on Wednesday evening.

The award winning persons are- Dr Tasiqul Islam Raja (cultural research),

Mostofa Sarker (Folk Culture), Maksudul (musical instrument), Sudhir Chandra

Mondal (Stage drama) and Azahar Uddin (Photography).

Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Liakat Ali Lucky attended

and addressed the ceremony as the chief guest, while Deputy Commissioner

Abdul Jalil was in the chair.

Drama Personality Professor Moloy Bhowmik, Additional Deputy Commissioner

Joya Maria Perera and Cultural Officer of Shilpakala Academy Asaduzzaman

Sarker also spoke.

Each of the recipients was given Taka 20,000, wrapper and crest.

In his remarks, Liakat Ali Lucky said the contribution of the cultural

persons is very significant to nation-building activities. He told the

audience that the present government has been working relentlessly to this

end.

The award-giving ceremony was followed by a cultural function performed by

famous artistes.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

PM inaugurates 50 more model mosques

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated 50 more model mosques and Islamic cultural centres across the country.

She opened those in the third phase joining virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here.

With the new ones, the premier has so far inaugurated 150 mosques out of 564 being built at a cost of Taka 9435 crore all over the country.

She earlier opened 50 mosques each in the first phase on June 10, 2021 and in the second phase on January 16 this year.

The construction of the remaining mosques and Islamic cultural centres is scheduled to be completed by June, 2024.

The model mosques and Islamic cultural centres include separate places for ablution and namaj along with air-condition system.

Besides, there will be registration and training arrangements for Hajj pilgrims, Imam training centre, research centre and Islamic library, autism corner, ritual system before burial, car parking facility, hifzakhana, pre-primary education and Quran learning arrangement, conference room for Islamic cultural activities and Islamic dawat, Islamic books sale centre, boarding facility for local and foreign guests along with the mosques.

State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan and its secretary Kazi Enamul Hassan spoke at the function.

PM's Principal Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah moderated the programme.

Agailjhara Upazila in Barishal district, Fulbaria Upazila of Mymensingh district and Tentulia Upazila of Panchagarh district were also connected to the programme as the local lawmakers, public representatives, political parties' leaders, government officers, alem-ulama and common people were present.

A video-documentary on the model mosques and Islamic cultural centres was screened at the function.

Being imbued with the spirit of Islam and following the footsteps of the country's founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina has come up with the idea of constructing 564 model mosques across the country.

The purpose of the project is to publicize Islamic brotherhood and its values as well as disseminate the essence of Islam against extremism and militancy as the religion never supports those.

It would also put concentration on creating awareness against terrorism and violence against women along with disseminating development activities of the government.

Under category A, some 69 four-storey mosques having the elevator facility and a floor space of 2,360.09 square metres each are being constructed in 64 districts and city corporation areas.

Under category B, 475 mosques are being built with a floor space of 1680.14 square metres each, while 16 mosques under C category in coastal areas will have a floor space of 2,052.12 square metres each.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

PM pays homage to Bangabandhu on 103rd birth anniversary

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking his 103rd birth anniversary and the National Children's Day.

""On the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of the greatest Bangalee of all time, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, I pay my deepest respect to his (Bangabandhu's) memory," the premier said in a message on the eve of the day.

Besides, on the occasion of the 'National Children's Day-2023', she extended her best wishes to all the children of the country and the countrymen.

"I think this year's National Children's Day theme - 'Bangabandhu's birthday in the dream of a smart Bangladesh, children's eyes colored in the dream of prosperity (Smart Bangladesh er Shopney Bangabandhur Jonmodin, Shishuder Chokh Sommriddhir Shopney Rongin) ' is timely," she added.

Recalling the memories of Bangabandhu, the premier said that the main goal of the long political life of this world-renowned leader with a keen memory and far-sightedness was to liberate the Bengali nation from the chains of subjugation.

Gradually, he became the last refuge of the oppressed people of Bengal, she said, adding that this Bengali, the best of a thousand years, led the fight to establish the status of the Bengali language.

In 1948, 'Rashtra Bhasha Sangram Parishad' was formed under his proposal with the help of Chhatra League, 'Tamaddun Majlis' and other student organizations, she said.

On March 11 in 1948, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was arrested during holding a 'Sadharan Dharmakhat' demanding the recognition of Bengali as the state language, she said, adding that he was repeatedly imprisoned from 1948 to 1952.

Sometimes from jail and sometimes from outside the jail, he led the language movement, Sheikh Hasina said.

In the final movement of people-students on February 21, 1952, he gave guidance from prison, she mentioned.

In continuation of this, the Jukto Front elections of 1954, Ayub Khan's anti-military rule movement of 1958, the anti-Education Commission movement of 1962, the six-point of 1966, the Agartala conspiracy case of 1968, the '69's Mass uprising', the elections of '70 and the War of Liberation of '71 were conducted under the undisputed leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the premier continued.

Noting that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib's compassion for children was immense, she said he believed that the children of today are the future of tomorrow.

She went on saying that the children will build the golden Bangladesh of his dream.

From the idea 'Children's future must be ensured first', he formulated the Children's Act in 1974, 15 years before the United Nations Children's Charter (The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), she said.

The premier further said that Bangabandhu nationalized the primary education to ensure development of child-education.

"Bangabandhu always wanted children to grow up as creative and free-spirited ones. That is why Awami League (AL) formed the government in 1996 and declared March 17 as 'National Children's Day' by dedicating his birthday to children," she added.

The Awami League-led government is committed to make the country a safe abode for children, she said, adding:" We have formulated an up-to-date 'National Child Policy' for the welfare of children."

She further said that students are being provided free textbooks at the beginning of the year and almost cent percent of children are going to school today.

"We have published books on the life and works of the Father of the Nation for children and presented the real history of the Liberation War in text books," she said.

Along with paying tribute to the Father of the Nation on National Children's Day, the main goal of the government is to make the children of this country worthy citizens by following the life and ideals of the great leader, she added.

"Our children will be the charioteer to fulfill the dream of Smart Bangladesh by 2041. We all, irrespective of caste, creed and religions, need to work together to instill patriotism in children, build their personality, develop creativity and raise or boost their self-confidence," the premier continued.

Sheikh Hasina wished a bright future for tomorrow's children and youth.

"Let us dedicate our present time to the beautiful future and welfare of the children and together build the golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the father of the nation," she said.

The premier wished all the programmes taken on the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 'National Children's Day-2023' a success.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

No country except Pakistan has caretaker govt system: Quader

Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said there is no caretaker government system in any country of the world except Pakistan.

"Not the Awami League, those who want to restore the obsolete caretaker (system) should be ashamed," he told a food distribution programme in the city's Gendaria area this morning.

AL relief and social affairs sub-committee organised the event at Anjuman Mufidul Islam Orphanage on the occasion of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birthday and the National Children's Day to be observed tomorrow.

Speaking on the occasion, Quader reiterated that no country in the world talks about the caretaker government but BNP is shamelessly talking about the dead issue.

"There is no caretaker government system in the world. The apex court of the country scrapped this system forever. But the BNP is talking about it. They should be ashamed," he said.

The AL general secretary said Bangabandhu had to pay for the conspiracy of some traitors of history. Those who do not recognise Bangabandhu do not believe in the spirit of the country's birth, he added.

He said Bangabandhu loved children and considered them as the future of the country and if anyone wants to know Bangladesh, he or she must know Bangabandhu.

About the letter sent by 40 world leaders over Dr Yunus, Quader said they do not need to think about the person who does not think about Bangladesh.

"He (Yunus) was not found during any disaster of Bangladesh. He broke the law himself. After 60 years, he breached the law by staying by force in the position of the managing director (of Grameen Bank). He has been dishonored by through works," the minister said.

AL organising secretary Sujit Roy Nandi also spoke at the meeting with AL relief and social welfare secretary Aminul Islam Amin in the chair.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha