Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that she discussed the issues of water resources management including sharing of water of common rivers like Teesta, the Padma-Ganges Barrage Project and basin-wide management of common rivers. `I sincerely believe that we shall be able to get India’s support in resolving these issues expeditiously,' she said in her statement following the bilateral talks between Bangladesh and India at Hyderabad House in New Delhi Saturday. Following is her full statement Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim His Excellency the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Members of the Media, It is indeed a great pleasure to be in New Delhi again. India is certainly our most important neighbour and one of our key development partners. India made invaluable contribution in our War of Liberation for which we are deeply grateful. Today in the afternoon, we are happy to honour the martyrs of Indian Armed Forces who lost their lives for our war of liberation in 1971. We sought support of India in our efforts for recognition of ‘Genocide of 1971’ by the international community. India agreed to support us. India has attained commendable economic development and is fast emerging as a powerhouse in the areas of education, science, technology and innovation. Now Bangladesh economy is growing at an impressive rate of over 7%. We have also made significant advancement in most of the MDGs in particular health, education and poverty reduction. We both reiterated our strong commitment to make our borders peaceful and free from criminal activities. We also pledged ‘zero tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism. This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I had a productive meeting. We sat together to take our excellent bilateral relations to newer heig

By Channel i Online on শনিবার, ০৮ এপ্রিল ২০১৭ ১৬:০৭

Many of the new generation who witnessed the trial of the war criminals on charges of crimes against humanity-- killing, genocide, arson and looting-- and their execution are not aware of how a protest turned to be a mass movement, continued years after years and finally it could materialise a popular demand of the trial. Filmmaker Kawsar Chowdhury took an initiative to tell new generation the story through a documentary called 'GonoAdalat’. As the world premiere of the documentary was on air a day after the Independence Day this year on 'Desh TV’, not only the new generation went through a living past but also for the elders it was a revisit to the glorious history of a symbolic public trial of the topmost war criminal Ghulam Azam. The public trial took place on March 26, 1992 and it launched a mass movement for the trial of the war criminals, a demand raised since the independence. A historic photo shows that some family members of the 1971 martyreds, carrying posters in front of the Bangabhaban, the presidential palace, to press home the demand of the trial of the war criminals. One participant of the demonstration, Jahanara Imam would later lit a torch of a movement over the GonoAdalat. The trial had actually began, but all it stopped after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975. The war criminals not only escaped the trial, but also they got back the right to revamp the Jamaat-e-Islami and other political parties, banned after the independence for their involvement in war crimes. Ghulam Azam, who as Ameer of East Pakistan Jamaat committed all the crimes against humanity in 1971 escaped from Bangladesh immediately before the independence and took shelter in Pakistan and continued a bid fo

By Zahid Newaz Khan on মঙ্গলবার, ২৮ মার্চ ২০১৭ ১৭:১৮

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly condemned the cowardice attack near British Parliament and expressed her condolences at the loss of innocent people. In a letter addressed to the British Prime Minister Theresa May, she said: It is with a deep sense of shock that we have learnt about the recent terrorist attack in the vicinity of British Parliament. The attack caused the death of four people and over forty injured. 'We strongly condemn their despicable act. This act of cowardice is

By Channel i Online on বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৩ মার্চ ২০১৭ ২২:০৯

Finally it has been final. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India on April 7-10. She’ll go to the next-door neighbour on a bilateral official tour after seven years although she had been in Goa in October last year to attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit and had talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. It was however not an official visit to India. There are many issues to be discussed about and many things to decide during her official visit, But, military cooperation seems to be on top of the agenda from Indian side with India is offering a long-term defence cooperation pact against the backdrop of recently commissioning of two submarines-- Nobojatra and Joyjatra-- bought from China which many believe New Delhi did not like or it has a welcoming attitude towards the purchase although China is a key supplier of military hardware for Bangladesh for a long time. Local, Indian and international media reports indicated that `leaving aside several bilateral issues, including the unresolved Teesta water-sharing treaty, India proposed a long-term comprehensive defence pact with Bangladesh that encompasses training, sale of military hardware and wide range of military to military cooperation’. Bangladesh however is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence cooperation. Instead, sources concerned said, it wants an MOU (memorandum of understanding) `to have a beginning’ for a long-term arrangement for the future. Dhaka made it position clear to the then Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar (who took oath as Chief Minister of Goa this week) who during his end-November 2016 visit to Bangladesh `ditched the idea of greater military cooperation’ between the two next-door neighbours. His visit, the highest level of Indian defence delegation to Dhaka in 4

By Zahid Newaz Khan on বৃহস্পতিবার, ১৬ মার্চ ২০১৭ ১১:১৩