PM tells BGB to follow discipline and chain of command



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, I sincerely congratulate those who have been awarded various awards today in recognition of their heroic and meritorious work. This is how you show your skills. May we give this medal more and more. Discipline is the main driving force of an army. Never disturb the order. Follow discipline and chain of command.

She said this at the parade organized on the occasion of BGB Day at Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground in Pilkhana on Monday (March 4) at 9:30 am.

She said, we have sheltered more than 10 lakh Rohingya refugees for humanitarian reasons. Negotiations are underway to send them back to Myanmar. We did not quarrel with the neighbors. We are trying to solve the problem through discussions with neighboring countries.

Using the quote of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who told BGB members, "Work with faith." Act righteously.

   

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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