PM mourns Samaresh’s death

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of renowned Indian writer Samaresh Majumdar.

In a condolence message, the premier said Samaresh Majumdar, the author of countless novels including "Uttaradhikar", "Kalbela", "Kalpurush", has occupied a place of deep love in the hearts of the Bengali speaking people in Bangladesh, Kolkata and different places across the world.

Mentioning that various aspects of Bengali culture reflected in many ways in his writings, Sheikh Hasina said, "The literary world especially Bengali literature suffered an irreparable loss at the death of this eminent novelist".

The premier prayed for salvation of the departed soul and expressed profound sympathy to the bereaved family members.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Speakers laud PM’s visionary leadership, farsightedness

Speakers at an event today lauded highly the visionary leadership, farsightedness, wisdom, courage, firm commitment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her pursuit of steering ahead the nation towards prosperity and thus turning Bangladesh as a smart developed country.

They came up with such observations at a book introduction and publication ceremony titled "Desh Rupantorer Karigar Sheikh Hasina" held at the NEC Conference Room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area this afternoon.

The speakers also suggested for making this book as a reference for the students, researchers, and others.

Presided over by Economic Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Mashiur Rahman, former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Mohammad Farashuddin spoke on the occasion as the chief guest.

Former Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Prof Abdul Bayes and Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) Dr Binayak Sen spoke as discussants.

State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam is the editor and publisher of the 521-page book. The book features some 42 write ups by eminent personalities of the country on the farsightedness and visionary leadership of the Prime Minister. The book will be available at Nimphia Publications.

Speaking on the occasion as the chair, Prime minister's Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman said that the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very much loyal to the constitution of the country as well as very firm and stable.

He said that the incumbent Prime Minister does not want to go to any confrontation without any reason as well as she has a very compromising attitude having patience and tolerance.

The Adviser also said that Sheikh Hasina also stays strong where she needs to become strong as well as always stays in favour of the country's agriculture sector through providing necessary subsidies.

Dr Mohammad Farashuddin, former central bank governor and also private secretary to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said that Bangabandhu had enlisted the country as an LDC while her worthy successor Sheikh Hasina has graduated the country as a developing nation from the LDCs.

He said that Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has been materializing each and every pledges which had been given by Father of the Nation during his term before the nation.

Dr Farashuddin also praised highly about the courage of Sheikh Hasina for her return to the country braving many obstacles prior to her assumption of office in 2009 as well as handling cautiously the situation of the BDR mutiny in 2009.

"Sheikh Hasina has now become a global leader," he said, adding that due to the courageous and bold steps of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh was able to hold trials and execute the verdicts of the Bangabandhu killing and the war criminals.

He said that under the dynamic leadership of the Awami League chief, Bangladesh has been able to maintain an excellent balance among the regional superpowers like China, India and Japan alongside the USA.

The country's renowned economist also suggested for ensuring that the allowances of the social safety net beneficiaries go to the real ones, increasing the tax-GDP ratio, reducing the tendency of time over run and cost over run of projects, developing the Cooperatives movement and if possible slowing down the repayment of mega projects.

Shedding lights on the experiences of editing the book, State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam said that the period from 2009 to till date is a "golden period" for the nation because of various considerations.

He noted that under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has attained various socio-economic developments over the years like high literacy and education rate, women's empowerment, reducing trend of maternal and child mortality rate.

Former Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Prof Abdul Bayes said that Sheikh Hasina has lifted Bangladesh into a place of dignity in the global arena over the last one and a half decade.

Listing some salient characteristics of the current Prime Minister, he said that due to her huge courage and inclination for taking risks, Bangladesh was able to build the much hyped Padma Multipurpose Bridge and performed much better in various fronts braving the shocks of the pandemic.

Director General of BIDS Dr Binayak Sen said that it would not be possible to understand the transformative changes of Bangladesh over the last 14 years unless anyone considers the leadership role of Sheikh Hasina.

BTRC Chairman Shyam Sundor Sikder, former IGP AKM Shahidul Haque, Rear Admiral (Retd) Admiral Khurshed Alam, former Adviser to the caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury, former University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam, Bangla Academy Director General Nurul Huda, Meghna Guhathakurata, renowned media personality Shykh Seraj, Pro Vice Chancellor of North South University Prof Ismail spoke, among others, at the event.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Evil-force wants to oust govt thru conspiracy: Nanak

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak today said that an evil force inside the country wants to overthrow the government through conspiracy both at national and international levels.

"An evil power within the country maligns the government. They are thinking of throwing out the government. Staying inside the country, they are trying to hatch conspiracy both at national and international levels," he said.

He was addressing a memorial programme and a doa-mahfil at Mohammadpur Town Hall Market here organized by the Scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah Smrity Pathagar on the occasion of Dr MA Wazed Miah's 14th death anniversary.

He issued a note of warning to the conspirators, saying that Awami League cannot be moved through hatching conspiracy and in the name of movement.

Pointing out at the BNP men, he said there will be no benefit in groveling and complaining to foreign masters.

He urged them to avoid undemocratic path and advised them to follow the path of democracy as the election is the only tool to change the government.

Recalling the memories of the internationally reputed nuclear scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah, husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Nanak said even being a life partner of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, he never interfered in her politics.

"Dr MA Wazed Miah gave her courage and strength in politics," he added.

With President of Scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah Smrity Pathagar Managing Committee and former Member of Parliament Chobi Biswash in the chair, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Former Secretary Shaheed Ullah Khandkar, Vice-Chancellor at the Islamic Arabic University in Dhaka Professor Mohammad Abdur Rashid and Member of Scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah Smrity Pathagar Managing Committee and Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) Director General Dr Md Abul Kalam Azad.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

BSTI includes 37 more products under mandatory quality certificate

The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has included 37 more products under the mandatory quality certificate.

The products include sweetmeat, pressure cooker, LPG gas cylinder, microwave oven, bitumen and bituminous binder-polymer modified bitumen and UPS.

The BSTI took the decision at its 38th council meeting at its office in the city today with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun in the chair, said a press release.

State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Mojumder, Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana and Director General of BSTI Md Abdus Sattar were present at the meeting, among others.

Other products are: green tea, soy sauce, chutneys, decorated cakes, malt based food, malt drinks, milk chick, cheeses, whey cheeses, cream cheeses, extra hard grating cheeses, hair creams, kajol, face packs, glycerin toilet soap, liquid toilet soap, transparent toilet soap, clean cook stoves and cooking solutions, industrial safety helmets, hessian jute bags for rice and pulse, hessian jute bags (laminated/inner liner) for poultry feed and fish feed, hessian jute bags for packing 30kg food grains, jute bags for packing 50kg food grains, textile light weight jute sucking bags for packing 50kg food grains, nonwoven wipes, silk fabrics, synthetic mosquito nets, towels and toweling, lead-acid traction batteries, single face motors and tooth brushes.

Currently, the number of products, covered by BSTI's mandatory quality certificate, is 239.

Speaking at the meeting, Nurul Majid said BSTI has created a place of trust for all.

"BSTI should play more active and important role in controlling the product quality," he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha