Those who hide goods should be given mass beating away: PM



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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In response to a question about price control, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "Don't you think that those who are agitating for the ouster of government are also manipulating here?" Even before this, there was a shortage of onions. But later sacks of rotten onions were thrown into the water. What do you say to these people? They should be given mass beating. If the government does something, it will say that the government is doing it. If the public does something then no one can say anything.

She said this at a press conference held on Friday (February 23) morning at Ganabhaban to share her experience of participating in the security conference held in Munich, Germany.

The Prime Minister said that things will be hidden and rotted and the price of things will increase. Onion we are producing enough that we are producing it. In future we will not have to import from outside. But when it comes to imports, when the news is being imported, those who hide it quickly find it out. And because it has an effect on the market, it is a fact that the price adjusts in the market. Speaking openly, there is nothing to hide here.

In response to the question that famine may come in March, Sheikh Hasina said that there was a conspiracy, there is a conspiracy. Since I came to the country, I have not been able to come to power, nor have I spared even little Russell in the murder of seventy-five. Why? So that no one from this family can come to power. I survived because of my younger sister abroad. I came back and took responsibility. My dream is to fulfill the dream with which the Father of the Nation made the country independent. In that case, conspiracy is happening again and again. We established voting rights through the movement. I have brought back the democratic rights of the people which are benefiting the people. There was a big conspiracy to prevent the election from happening.

The Prime Minister said that the incidents of October 28, 2014 were not done suddenly, those were planned. Those who are in favor of disrupting the election, when they saw that the election cannot be disrupted in any way, people have spontaneity and then they conspired to increase the price of goods. When the government is separated from the people, the government will be overthrown by agitation. It is part of their plan. You know who it is. I don't want to name anyone. But there is this plot.

She said, but I can say one thing, don't you see it rained yesterday, there is a saying 'If the year is the end of Magh, the blessed king will give it' that it rained at the end of Magh, it rained at the beginning of Falgun too. Mango buds are getting fresh. Planting rice seedlings, irrigation will not be required if it rains. Even if there is a little flower problem, there will be no problem in production. Ever since Covid came but I have been saying we have to produce our own food. Not an inch of land should remain uncultivated. I'm not just saying it, I'm putting it into practice.

She also said, in my own village, we cleared the land of our family as well as the land of our neighbors and cultivated it. But we have started them. But I am encouraging. So we have taken initiative in this way. There is an attempt. Once in Bangladesh, if there was a shortage, they would say that there is no rice in their stomach, now they talk? Don’t say now say the price of eggs, the price of fish, the price of meat, or can't eat the belly of fish? Does it make a difference? You will admit that this change is coming in fifteen years. 15 years ago there was a lamentation for rice. 

   

The deadline for submitting nominations for upazila polls is Monday



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The deadline for submitting nomination papers for the first phase of the upcoming Sixth Upazila Parishad election ends tomorrow, Monday (April 15).

Election Commission (EC) deputy secretary of the election management section Atiyar Rahman said that according to the schedule of the first phase, the last date for submission of nomination papers is April 15. Scrutiny of nomination papers on April 17. Appeal against Returning Officer's decision from 18 to 20 April. Appeal disposal 21 April, last date for withdrawal of candidature 22 April. Symbols will be allotted on April 23, and voting in 152 upazilas will be held on May 8.

District Election Officers and Upazila Election Officers as Assistant Returning Officers have been appointed as Returning Officers in this round of elections. The appeal filed against the decision of the Returning Officer will be disposed of by the Deputy Commissioner as the appellate authority.

EC Secretary Md. Jahangir Alam said that nomination papers should be submitted online. Candidates can also deposit the security deposit through mobile banking. So the entire system will be online.

As per the schedule for the second phase, last date for submission of nomination papers is 21 April, Scrutiny of nomination papers is 23 April, acceptance of appeals is 24-26 April, disposal of appeals is 27-29 April. Last date for withdrawal of candidature is 30th April; Allotment of Symbols is 2nd May. Voting in 161 upazilas will be held on May 21.

Additional Deputy Commissioners have been appointed as Returning Officers and Upazila Nirbahi Officers as Assistant Returning Officers in this round of elections. The number of voters is more than 5 lakh where more than one Assistant Returning Officer will be deployed.

The two-phase elections after the four-phase upazila polls may be held on May 29 and June 5.

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'Remittance fighters will be served more sincerely in the new year'



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'Remittance fighters will be served more sincerely in the new year'

'Remittance fighters will be served more sincerely in the new year'

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State Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury wished the country's remittance fighters on Bangla New Year and said that more sincere service will be provided to the remittance fighters in the New Year.

He said this while exchanging New Year greetings with the local public and political leaders in Sylhet on Sunday (April 14).

Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury wished the countrymen a happy Bengali New Year and said, 'Bangla's progress is unbreakable harmony-tradition, worn out and forgotten, in a new day of possibilities'- wish everyone "Happy New Year 1431".

According to the instructions of the Prime Minister, arrangements are being made to install modern equipment in the technical training centers in the new Bengali year.

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Ransom bags of dollars were dropped into the water from small plane



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The Somali pirates disembarked the Bangladeshi-flagged vessel MV Abdullah about 8 hours after receiving the ransom. After receiving the liberating dollars, they came aboard and counted them. The bandits left the ship late at night after getting the dollars as per their demand.

A video of the bandits explaining the ransom has been found. It shows how the ransom money is being handed over to the pirates, watched by the sailors standing in a row from the deck of the ship. They were being videoed from behind. Perhaps the person who interceded for the bandits was the one making the video. Armed bandits were also with him. In the beginning, a small plane comes and first drops a bag full of dollars next to the ship. Already the bandits in two small speedboats were alongside the ship. One of the bandits burst out laughing as he read the bag. The bag was later retrieved from the water by a small speed boat. Thus three bags were dropped. About eight hours after receiving the ransom, the pirates left the ship late at night. Before that, however, the owner of the ship, KSRM Group, spoke to all the sailors as per the terms and confirmed that they are healthy.

However, the owner did not say anything about how many dollars were given to the bandits as ransom. After the ship was freed from the bandits, a press conference was organized at KSRM's corporate office in Agrabad, Chattogram city on Sunday afternoon.

Shahriar Jahan, deputy managing director of KSRM Group, said in a press conference, "Our ship left the Somali coast at around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday." We were able to release the ship exactly after 31 days. Basically our ship was about 600 nautical miles away from pirate prone area. The area has not been attacked by ship pirates in the last 8-10 years. That is why the armguard was not kept. Other ships were moving in the same way. But in a war situation, as the warships were busy on the other side, the pirates took the opportunity. But we are able to bring the sailors back to health very quickly, thanks to everyone. The Prime Minister has observed the situation very seriously. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Education have also shown considerable sincerity. The vessel is expected to arrive at Al Harmia port in the United Arab Emirates on April 19 or 20. There is a formality of 4-5 days. After that, the sailors will be brought back to the country.

Mehrul Karim, CEO of KSRM said, "We lacked knowledge when Jahan Mani fell into the hands of bandits. Then the rescue took more time. Now after taking possession of the ship we continue to track the location of the ship. After starting contact, we were talking every day. How the sailors are doing, how soon the bandits will leave the ship etc. Two days ago we demanded that every sailor should be given video before getting ransom. Accordingly we took a video of each sailor. Every act of ransom is done legally. International norms are followed. We cannot say how many dollars for various reasons. The rules of the USA, UK, Somalia and Kenya have to be obeyed. KSRM DMD Sarwar Jahan, Director Karim Uddin, Media Advisor Mizanul Islam were present at the press conference.

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Eid holidays are over; office-courts are opening on Monday



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After the holy Eid-ul-Fitr and Pohela Boishakh holidays, offices-courts, banks-insurance and stock market will open today Monday (April 15).

Before this, last Thursday (April 11), the main religious festival of the Muslim community, Eid-ul-Fitr, was celebrated across the country. On the occasion of Eid, April 10, 11 and 12 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) were public holidays. After Eid, 13th of April on Saturday weekly and 14th of April on Sunday on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh, Bengali New Year holiday. As a result, employees are spending holidays from 10th to 14th. After five consecutive days of Eid holidays, workers will join the office on Monday.

However, many of those who went outside Dhaka for Eid took optional leave. Due to the large number of them, it will take a few more days to start the proceedings in full swing in the office court. Besides, schools and colleges will also open next week. Then the capital Dhaka will return to normal.

Meanwhile, on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, for the first time, the journalists, officials and employees working in the newspaper are spending 6 consecutive days off. The Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) announced a continuous holiday from April 9 to April 14.

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