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Hasina determined not to depend on donors for prosperity

Special Correrspondent
 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said with determination that Bangladesh as a sovereign country would not bow its head to any foreign country or donors as it is not dependent on them to make its way to cherished prosperity.
Pointing out the World Bank’s false allegation of corruption in Padma Bridge Project she said, “Padma Bridge issue is a big lesson for them who want to blame us recurrently to keep us in pressure to bow our heads to them.”
“The World Bank’s allegation of corruption against us was a blunt lie which has been proved in the Federal Court of Canada,” she said adding that her challenge to the bank and decision to construct the Padma Bridge with own finance has brightened Bangladesh’s image giving them a message that they should not neglect Bangladesh. 
The Prime Minister said this addressing the Independence Award 2017 handing over ceremony in a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday.
“In 2008 election we have floated our charter for changing days with a goal to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence as a middle income country by 2021. We certainly don’t want to beg to others to celebrate our golden jubilee,” Sheikh Hasina said.
“We are working with the aim to celebrate of independence with honour and dignity,” she added saying Bangladesh is going ahead and it will continue as we have earned capacity to implement ninety percent of our development programme with our own resources.
This year the government named Bangladesh Air Force and 15 persons for the Independence Award 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the War of Liberation, literature, culture, development and other areas of national life. 
Group Captain (retd) Shamsul Alam Bir Uttam, former Bangladesh Betar official Ashraful Alam, former police super late Shaheed Md Nazmul Huq, former minister late Syed Mohsin Ali, Shaheed NM Nazmul Ahsan, Shaheed Faizur Rahman Ahmed and Bangladesh Air Force were given the Independence Award 2017 for their outstanding contribution to the War of Liberation.
The other persons received the Independence Award 2017 are- Prof AHM Touhidul Anowar Chawdhury (Medical Science), Begum Rabeya Khatun and late Golam Samdani Koraishi (Literature), Prof Enamul Huq and Ostad Bazlur Rahman Badal (Culture), Khalil Kazi OBE (Social Service), Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan and former Dhaka University teacher late Prof Lalit Mohan Nath (Research and Training) and Prof Mohammad Asaduzzaman (Public Administration).
Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar received the Independence Award 2017 for Bangladesh Air Force while family members of late awardees received their award which contains a gold medal, a certificate of honour, and a sum of cash. 
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the function and read out the citation of the Independence Award recipients with their brief life sketch.
Professor Enamul Huq, who spoke on the occasion on behalf of the award recipients, thanked the government recognizing their contribution to the society. He hailed the relentless efforts of the Prime Minister to stamp out hunger and poverty from Bangladesh and urged everybody to work together to materialize the dream.
Deputy Speaker, ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, PM’s Special Envoy, judges of the Supreme Court, parliament members, chiefs of three services, diplomats, former Independence Award laureates, academicians of different universities and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
The Independence Award is the highest state award given by the government of Bangladesh given individuals and organizations in the categories of War of Liberation, the Language Movement, Education, Literature, Journalism, Public Service, Science and Technology, Medical Science, Social Science, Music, Sports, Fine Arts and Rural Development.

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Special Correrspondent
 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said with determination that Bangladesh as a sovereign country would not bow its head to any foreign country or donors as it is not dependent on them to make its way to cherished prosperity.
Pointing out the World Bank’s false allegation of corruption in Padma Bridge Project she said, “Padma Bridge issue is a big lesson for them who want to blame us recurrently to keep us in pressure to bow our heads to them.”
“The World Bank’s allegation of corruption against us was a blunt lie which has been proved in the Federal Court of Canada,” she said adding that her challenge to the bank and decision to construct the Padma Bridge with own finance has brightened Bangladesh’s image giving them a message that they should not neglect Bangladesh. 
The Prime Minister said this addressing the Independence Award 2017 handing over ceremony in a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday.
“In 2008 election we have floated our charter for changing days with a goal to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence as a middle income country by 2021. We certainly don’t want to beg to others to celebrate our golden jubilee,” Sheikh Hasina said.
“We are working with the aim to celebrate of independence with honour and dignity,” she added saying Bangladesh is going ahead and it will continue as we have earned capacity to implement ninety percent of our development programme with our own resources.
This year the government named Bangladesh Air Force and 15 persons for the Independence Award 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the War of Liberation, literature, culture, development and other areas of national life. 
Group Captain (retd) Shamsul Alam Bir Uttam, former Bangladesh Betar official Ashraful Alam, former police super late Shaheed Md Nazmul Huq, former minister late Syed Mohsin Ali, Shaheed NM Nazmul Ahsan, Shaheed Faizur Rahman Ahmed and Bangladesh Air Force were given the Independence Award 2017 for their outstanding contribution to the War of Liberation.
The other persons received the Independence Award 2017 are- Prof AHM Touhidul Anowar Chawdhury (Medical Science), Begum Rabeya Khatun and late Golam Samdani Koraishi (Literature), Prof Enamul Huq and Ostad Bazlur Rahman Badal (Culture), Khalil Kazi OBE (Social Service), Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan and former Dhaka University teacher late Prof Lalit Mohan Nath (Research and Training) and Prof Mohammad Asaduzzaman (Public Administration).
Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar received the Independence Award 2017 for Bangladesh Air Force while family members of late awardees received their award which contains a gold medal, a certificate of honour, and a sum of cash. 
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the function and read out the citation of the Independence Award recipients with their brief life sketch.
Professor Enamul Huq, who spoke on the occasion on behalf of the award recipients, thanked the government recognizing their contribution to the society. He hailed the relentless efforts of the Prime Minister to stamp out hunger and poverty from Bangladesh and urged everybody to work together to materialize the dream.
Deputy Speaker, ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, PM’s Special Envoy, judges of the Supreme Court, parliament members, chiefs of three services, diplomats, former Independence Award laureates, academicians of different universities and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
The Independence Award is the highest state award given by the government of Bangladesh given individuals and organizations in the categories of War of Liberation, the Language Movement, Education, Literature, Journalism, Public Service, Science and Technology, Medical Science, Social Science, Music, Sports, Fine Arts and Rural Development.

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Niko corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will continue

Special Correspondent
 
The Appellate Division has cleared the way for the Niko corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, scrapping a stay on the trial granted by the High Court.
A three-member appeals bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order after hearing a petition from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday.
The appeals court also scrapped the HC rule asking why the case should not be dismissed.
There are no longer any hurdles to stop the trial at the judicial court, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told bdnews24.com.
Lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali represented Khaleda Zia at the hearing.
The former prime minister is accused of corruption, along with ten others, for awarding contracts to Niko Resources for gas exploration.
The case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2008 accused them of incurring a loss of Tk 137 billion to the state exchequer by claiming three gas wells were abandoned before handing them over to the Canadian firm.
The case was put on hold on Jul 9, 2008 after Khaleda moved a motion in the High Court. A rule too was issued asking defendants why the charges should not declared beyond legal purview and annulled.
Last year, the ACC revived the case.
The High Court then put a stop to the legal proceedings in the Niko case on Mar 7 of this year.
According to ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan, the stay order had not come from the High Court bench assigned to handle the case. The ACC took up the matter with the Appellate Division, arguing the stay had been outside the jurisdiction of the court.
“The court took our argument into consideration and scrapped the stay and the rule,”  Khan said.

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Special Correspondent
 
The Appellate Division has cleared the way for the Niko corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, scrapping a stay on the trial granted by the High Court.
A three-member appeals bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order after hearing a petition from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday.
The appeals court also scrapped the HC rule asking why the case should not be dismissed.
There are no longer any hurdles to stop the trial at the judicial court, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told bdnews24.com.
Lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali represented Khaleda Zia at the hearing.
The former prime minister is accused of corruption, along with ten others, for awarding contracts to Niko Resources for gas exploration.
The case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2008 accused them of incurring a loss of Tk 137 billion to the state exchequer by claiming three gas wells were abandoned before handing them over to the Canadian firm.
The case was put on hold on Jul 9, 2008 after Khaleda moved a motion in the High Court. A rule too was issued asking defendants why the charges should not declared beyond legal purview and annulled.
Last year, the ACC revived the case.
The High Court then put a stop to the legal proceedings in the Niko case on Mar 7 of this year.
According to ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan, the stay order had not come from the High Court bench assigned to handle the case. The ACC took up the matter with the Appellate Division, arguing the stay had been outside the jurisdiction of the court.
“The court took our argument into consideration and scrapped the stay and the rule,”  Khan said.

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PM’s India visit without Teesta deal is unworthy

Special Correspondent
 
The BNP says that the prime minister’s upcoming visit to India will be meaningless without the Teesta River Water Sharing Agreement sealed, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will begin her three-day tour of the South Asian giant on Apr 7.
The fate of the Teesta water-sharing treaty has long been uncertain despite promises made by the government.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Wednesday that the unsettled issues between the countries, especially water sharing of common rivers, is the prerequisite for the visit to be a success.
“The major issue now is Teesta. After this government was formed, the people hoped that the matter will be resolved. It’s not only Teesta, we are not getting water from the 54 common rivers. 
“Any other deal will be meaningless without the Teesta pact,” he told the media after paying homage to BNP-founder Ziaur Rahman at his grave in the capital.
The Teesta deal was supposed to be signed in 2010, during the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit.
But it was stalled as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee backed out in the last minute, opposing the deal.
It seems that the matter may remain unsolved during Hasina’s upcoming visit to India.
On Tuesday, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said that the deal was still uncertain.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul came down hard on the government over the stalled deal.
“Those who are in the government in Bangladesh, negotiating the matter have already given up against India. They are trying to protect other nation’s interest ignoring the country’s interest.”
 
Obaidul trashes India phobia
Meanwhile, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has brushed aside as ‘unfounded India-phobia’ the BNP leaders’ concern that the government may sign a ‘secret defence deal’ with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to Delhi.
“The prime minister is going to India in April. There is a group in our country; they are saying: ‘Everything is gone! Our country is becoming India!’ This baseless India-phobia works in our country,” said Quader.
BNP leader Abdullah Al Noman demanded last week that the government should publicise the issues to be discussed in India during the prime minister’s visit. Referring to reports published in the Indian media, another BNP leader, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, alleged the government would sign a defence deal by going against Bangladesh’s interests.
Denying the allegation, Obaidul Quader on Thursday said, “There will be no secret in this era of information flowing like explosion. And I don’t think it is right to conceal information from the people - whether it relates to military or not.”
He also said any deal can be signed by safeguarding national interests and maintaining sovereignty. “We have many defence deals with many countries, including America and Russia. But crying: ‘Everything is gone! The country is becoming India!’ over this (the deal) - this India-phobia is not right.”
Quader said politicians should act ‘responsibly’ over such matters. “Please keep in mind that Sheikh Hasina is a leader who never bows down,” he added. 
In his speech, he mentioned the implementation of the land boundary deal with India and signing of the deal to share the Ganges water during Hasina’s tenures.
Quader, who is also the road transport and bridges minister, was speaking at the 14th national council of Roads and Highways Diploma Engineers’ Association at the Sarak Bhaban.

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Special Correspondent
 
The BNP says that the prime minister’s upcoming visit to India will be meaningless without the Teesta River Water Sharing Agreement sealed, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will begin her three-day tour of the South Asian giant on Apr 7.
The fate of the Teesta water-sharing treaty has long been uncertain despite promises made by the government.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Wednesday that the unsettled issues between the countries, especially water sharing of common rivers, is the prerequisite for the visit to be a success.
“The major issue now is Teesta. After this government was formed, the people hoped that the matter will be resolved. It’s not only Teesta, we are not getting water from the 54 common rivers. 
“Any other deal will be meaningless without the Teesta pact,” he told the media after paying homage to BNP-founder Ziaur Rahman at his grave in the capital.
The Teesta deal was supposed to be signed in 2010, during the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit.
But it was stalled as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee backed out in the last minute, opposing the deal.
It seems that the matter may remain unsolved during Hasina’s upcoming visit to India.
On Tuesday, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said that the deal was still uncertain.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul came down hard on the government over the stalled deal.
“Those who are in the government in Bangladesh, negotiating the matter have already given up against India. They are trying to protect other nation’s interest ignoring the country’s interest.”
 
Obaidul trashes India phobia
Meanwhile, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has brushed aside as ‘unfounded India-phobia’ the BNP leaders’ concern that the government may sign a ‘secret defence deal’ with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to Delhi.
“The prime minister is going to India in April. There is a group in our country; they are saying: ‘Everything is gone! Our country is becoming India!’ This baseless India-phobia works in our country,” said Quader.
BNP leader Abdullah Al Noman demanded last week that the government should publicise the issues to be discussed in India during the prime minister’s visit. Referring to reports published in the Indian media, another BNP leader, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, alleged the government would sign a defence deal by going against Bangladesh’s interests.
Denying the allegation, Obaidul Quader on Thursday said, “There will be no secret in this era of information flowing like explosion. And I don’t think it is right to conceal information from the people - whether it relates to military or not.”
He also said any deal can be signed by safeguarding national interests and maintaining sovereignty. “We have many defence deals with many countries, including America and Russia. But crying: ‘Everything is gone! The country is becoming India!’ over this (the deal) - this India-phobia is not right.”
Quader said politicians should act ‘responsibly’ over such matters. “Please keep in mind that Sheikh Hasina is a leader who never bows down,” he added. 
In his speech, he mentioned the implementation of the land boundary deal with India and signing of the deal to share the Ganges water during Hasina’s tenures.
Quader, who is also the road transport and bridges minister, was speaking at the 14th national council of Roads and Highways Diploma Engineers’ Association at the Sarak Bhaban.

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Mobile towers emit excessive harmful radiation

Holiday Report
 
The government has found that the towers of mobile operators emit excessive radiation in Bangladesh, which is unsafe and harmful to public health as well as environment.
An expert committee of the health ministry yesterday submitted a report before the High Court stating that they found excessive radiation emitted from the mobile operators’ towers, which is harmful for public health in accordance with the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO).
The report suggested the High Court to direct the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take initiative to examine the base transceiver stations (BTS) of the country’s mobile operators so that the radiation emitted from the towers could be reduced and kept it under control in line with WHO guidelines.
Deputy Attorney General Kazi Jinat Haque placed the report before the High Court of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim for passing its order.
However, the HC bench asked the BTRC to inform it by March 28 on what steps it has taken to reduce the control the radiation of BTS in the country.
In 2013, the expert committee prepared the report after examining radiation from some mobile towers in Dhaka city.
The health ministry formed the five-member expert committee on March 24 in 2013 led by the head of electrical and electronic engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

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Holiday Report
 
The government has found that the towers of mobile operators emit excessive radiation in Bangladesh, which is unsafe and harmful to public health as well as environment.
An expert committee of the health ministry yesterday submitted a report before the High Court stating that they found excessive radiation emitted from the mobile operators’ towers, which is harmful for public health in accordance with the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO).
The report suggested the High Court to direct the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take initiative to examine the base transceiver stations (BTS) of the country’s mobile operators so that the radiation emitted from the towers could be reduced and kept it under control in line with WHO guidelines.
Deputy Attorney General Kazi Jinat Haque placed the report before the High Court of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim for passing its order.
However, the HC bench asked the BTRC to inform it by March 28 on what steps it has taken to reduce the control the radiation of BTS in the country.
In 2013, the expert committee prepared the report after examining radiation from some mobile towers in Dhaka city.
The health ministry formed the five-member expert committee on March 24 in 2013 led by the head of electrical and electronic engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

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