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May 29, 2011 at 16:29 o\clock

Digital Bangladesh

Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed put his 1st political statement.Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, the son of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in his firstovertly political comments since joining the party ofhis mother and founded by his grandfather, blamed the “post ’75 governments” forthe poor image of Bangladesh.


Internationally reputed IT Specialist and Computer Scientist Sajeeb Wazed Joyon Saturday underscored the need for turning the concept of digital Bangladesh as a ‘Nation Brand” for the county torevive its image in the international arena.

“Thegovernment is working for making Digital Bangladesh as a “Nation Brand” to create positiveimage of Bangladesh abroad,” he said while speaking at aseminar on Developing a Positive Image of Bangladesh’the first ever digital innovative fair at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur RahmanNovo Theater here.

Thebudding politician, who became a primary member of the ruling Awami League lastmonth, was speaking on Saturday at a seminar on ‘Developing A Positive Image of Bangladesh’, at the Bangabandhu SheikhMujibur Rahman Novo Theatre, named after his grandfather,the country’s founding president who was assassinated in 1975.

Post-’75,it took Awami League 21 years to come to power again.

Sajeebsaid the governments in that time were only concerned with keeping a hold onpower, but building a positive image of Bangladesh was a priority for the present AwamiLeague-led government.

“Tobuild a positive image of the nation we need three things: stability,continuity and commitment,” he told the seminar, which also marked the end of athree-day Digital Innovation Fair in Dhaka.

“The present government with its slogan of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ is committed to take theadvantages of digital technology tothe door-steps of everyone,” Sajeeb added.

Answeringquestions in the seminar, he said the government would ensure better andcheaper internet bandwidth by this year.

Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar, of Dhaka University’sInstitute of Business Administration, presented the keynote paperon ‘Branding Bangladesh’.

“Bangladesh isattaining growth and has lots of potential to become a popular destination for investment andtourism.”

 

Prime Minister Sheikh HasinaCommit to Nation to present a better dignified Nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urge patience, cooperate of the people inrealising her government’s Vision-2021 programme as she addressed the nationmarking completion of two years of the Awami League-led grand alliance inoffice.

“Wemay not reap immediately the benefits of the programme we undertook in the pastyears . . . as we had to start everything afresh because our precedinggovernments had left no development programmes for us to follow,” she said.

She,however, said people will see the results of her government’s developmentprogrammes in course of time while she listed the sector-wise achievements inthe past two years.

“Iurge the countrymen, have a little patience, cooperate with us, Insha Allah(Allah willing) we will definitely fulfill our commitments,” the premier said.

Hasina said being a party of general people, AwamiLeague intends to ensure optimum development of the country through thepromotion of ordinary people andthe past two years of development initiatives carried the testimonies to itscommitments.

Butshe said a quarter that had amassed wealth looting people’s money and siphonedout a huge amount of money abroad was now trying to obstruct the progress ofthe country.

“Theyearlier tried to foil the Bangabandhu murder trial and now they want toobstruct the war crimes trial. We seek countrymen’s support in this regard,”Hasina said.

Thepremier said her government will continue to work to fulfill the electoralpledges discarding the obstacles as “we are working for the benefit of thepeople, not for personal gain.”

Sheurged all irrespective of political affiliation to join hands leaving aside thepetty differences and work for the country’s welfare.

“Wehave already passed 40 years since the independence, the dream of Father of theNation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for an exploitation-free society, the‘Golden Bangla’ is yet to be realised,” Hasina said.

Sheexpected Bangladesh to be as the most peaceful and dignified nation in SouthAsia.

Sincetaking office, the premier said, “My colleagues and I are frantically trying tochange the lot of the common people.”

Requestingthe countrymen to compare the first two-year tenure between the presentgovernment and the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, she said, “You will see howmuch success we achieved in the last two years.”

Hasinasaid all democratic institutions of the country were destroyed during theseven-year rule of the four-party alliance government and the caretaker government.

Bangladesh, she said, was known abroad as the countryof terrorism, corruption and extremism and it was a very difficult task to keepthe country functional by removing the maladies leftby them and fighting global recession.

“Ican firmly say we are trying our best and we also achieved many successes andinfused dynamism into economy,” she said.

ThePM said her government has taken a tough stance against terrorism andcorruption and became successful in restoring peace in the life of the people.

On price of essentials, the PM said, “When we formedthe government, the prices of essentials including rice were skyrocketing. Butwe were able to bring themdown significantly.

“Dueto our pragmatic steps, price of rice per kg was reduced to Tk 18 to 20 from Tk45,” she said.

Later, the price was increased to Tk 28 to ensure thatthe farmers geta fair price, she said.

“Weare investigating why the price of rice went up in the peak season and takingproper steps in this regard,” she added.

The prime minister said her government is concerned asthe prices of essentials increased to a great extent internationallyinfluencing the local market.

Callingupon the countrymen to raise agriculture production, she said, “Do not leave asingle inch of land uncultivated, the government will assist you.”

Thepremier said her government has raised salary of the government officials andemployees as well as the working class people, while the income of the peoplewent up to one-and-a-half to two times.

Hasinasaid Bangladesh has been established as a liberal, democratic and economicallypotential country.

“Bangladeshachieved United Nations MDG Award for its significant progress in reducingchild and mother mortality rate. And it is an achievement for the entirenation,” she said.

ThePM said international journals — The Economist and The Wall Street Journal —and different organisations highly praised the current activities of thegovernment. “In the UN Human Development Report 2010, Bangladesh has beenplaced third out of 95 countries,” she said.

Whenthe previous AL government completed its five-year term in 2001, all sectors,including economy, agriculture, industry and power, were in a strong position,she said.

“Inflationwas 1.59 percent; the country became self-sufficient in food; literacy rate wasincreased to 65.5 percent, while power production went up to 4,300MW from1,600MW during the past AL government,” she said, adding that her governmenthad also undertaken many projects in these sectors.

Butafter assuming office in 2001 through a rigged election, Hasina said, theBNP-Jamaat alliance government stopped their unfinished works out of vengeance.Besides, she said, they also cancelled a large number of approved projects,causing huge losses for the country.

Thepremier in her speech gave special focus on the economic sector, which wassignificantly vibrant amidst global recession.

Shereferred to some significant achievements in the financial sector under in thepast two years.

Oneof the historical achievements was the highest ever reserves of foreignexchange that crossed $ 10 billion mark on November 11, 2009 for the first timein the country’s history.

Thereserves, which were only $ 5.41 billion in November 2008 before the AL formedgovernment, rose by over 91 percent in one year and stood at $ 10.09 billion onDecember 21.

“Bangladeshhas become the third largest exporters on the global apparels market even aftereconomic downturn in the major importing countries,” the premier said, addingthat it happened because of the timely stimulus packages offered by thegovernment to the country’s readymade garment sector.

Exportsector, which also marked a phenomenal 41 percent rise in the first half of thecurrent 2010-11 financial year, was given special attention in the past twoyears to cope with the recession fallout.

Theother significant progress was the increase in the per capita income that roseto $ 780, an encouraging advancements towards promoting country to themiddle-income group from low-level status.

Revenueincome was also another area of major success, which surpassed the target by22.6 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

ThePM said country’s economic growth is six percent when the rest of the worldfaced financial crisis.

Shesaid her government wants to increase the per capita income to $ 2,000 by 2021.

Toachieve this goal, the government in the past two years created conduciveatmosphere to promote both domestic and foreign investments and createemployment.

“Thecontribution of industrial sector to GDP should be increased to 40 percent by2021,” she said.

Hasinareferred to the public-private partnership (PPP), a landmark initiative of hergovernment, to foster large-scale investment involving government and privatesectors.

“Theinterest rate of bank loans has been reduced to 13 percent from 17 percent toencourage investment,” she said.

Shesaid the government allocated Tk 38,500 crore for Annual Development Programme(ADP) and streamlined the monitoring process for its proper implementation.

Hasinasaid the government employees also got increased salary packages when thegovernment announced the minimum wage for the garment workers.

Shesaid the government took various initiatives to ease the remittance process andstop money laundering. These steps include opening of money exchanges and bankbranches overseas.

“Themigrant Bangladeshis now can send money to their beneficiaries at home within24 hours,” Hasina said.

Referringto the Expatriate Welfare Bank, the PM said the Bank would help people get jobsoverseas without going through the pain of selling home, crop land and otherassets.

Shesaid the passport and visa process have been improved in line with theinternational standard.

Besidesthe successes in the core economic issues, the PM also cited somesocial-economic areas where her government gave special attention to meet thebasic needs of citizens.

Majorinitiatives to this effect include four planned satellite towns around thecapital city and one lakh apartments to meet the increasing accommodationproblems of middle-income group in Dhaka.

Hasinasaid the government would take similar programme in every district and upazilato offer people affordable housing.

ThePM said the government is working persistently towards achieving the target ofDigital Bangladesh by 2021.

“Alreadywe have formulated ICT Policy 2009 and established 1,600 computer labs ineducational institutions, 20 cyber centres in different universities, 152community e-centres and information centres in 64 districts,” she said.

Besides,she said 4,501 information service centres had been set up at union level.

“Ahigh-tech park will be set up in Kaliakoir and an ICT incubator will be builtin Karwan Bazar to help expanding ICT industry,” the PM said.

Referringto the technology park being built in the capital city, Hasina said initiativehad been taken to set up similar park at all the divisional headquarters.

Shesaid the government also included the ICT education in the national curriculumand distributed 1,500 laptop computers to different schools across the country.

Hasinasaid effective measures had also been taken to produce cheaper laptop computersat home.

ThePM said all the unions would have fibre optic cable connection by 2013.

Focusingon her government’s plan to solve the country’s existing power crisis, thepremier said it has undertaken immediate, medium and long-term programmes tomeet the present electricity demand as construction of a new power plant takesthree or four years.

Shesaid construction works of 33 power plants with a total capacity of 2,941megawatts have already been started and tenders have been invited for settingup 24 more plants capable of generating 3,840MW.

Apartfrom this, the PM said her government has also undertaken a programme to set uppower plants to produce 12,000MW electricity during the next five years.

Hasinasaid process is on to set up 2000MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant with thecooperation of Russia.

Besides,steps have been taken to import electricity from India, Nepal, Bhutan andMyanmar to meet the growing demand at home.

Processhas been completed for importing 500 MW electricity from India by 2012,” sheadded.

ThePM said her government has so far distributed 1.05 crore energy-saving CFLbulbs among the people free of cost to save electricity and another 1.75 croreCFL bulbs would be distributed among the consumers.

Hasinasaid the crisis in power sector deepened due to mismanagement and corruption ofthe past BNP-Jamaat government as it did not take any initiative to produce asingle megawatt of electricity during its tenure.

Shesaid her previous government during 1996-2001 had increased the country’s powergeneration from 1,600MW to 4,300MW and took massive projects in the interest ofthe people. “But, the BNP-Jamaat government after coming to power through arigged election in 2001 suspended all unfinished and approved projects justbecause of its political vengeance which caused immense harm to the nation,”she added.

Thepremier said her government is trying its best to solve the power crisis tobring the country out of the crisis at the soonest.

Shesaid the government has already started work to produce electricity fromsources like liquid fuel, coal, duel fuel and renewable energy along with thesetting up of gas-based power plants.

Onthe development of new gas fields and extraction of gas, she said hergovernment is implementing various programmes to increase the country’s gasproduction. Besides, steps have been taken to import liquefied natural gas(LNG) equivalent to the volume of 500 million cubic feet daily by 2012.

Hasinasaid daily gas production in the country has increased to 2,035 million cubicfeet last month while the production was 1,750 million cubic feet in 2009.

Regardingthe country’s law and order, the PM said the situation is better than anytimein the past as the government has taken stern actions against the terrorist andmilitant groups.

“Thepresent government believes that better law and order is the prime and foremostcondition for development. We have taken measures so that people can freelymove and do their business safely and sleep without any anxiety,” she said.

Extendingher sincere thanks to the members of law enforcement agencies including police,RAB and intelligence services for their relentless services, the premier saidpeople enjoyed festivity in real terms during last two Eids, Puja andChristmas. They went for shopping till midnight as the law and order wasexcellent, she noted.

Referringto trial of incident of BDR carnage in Pilkhana in February 2009, the PM saidnew law has been enacted for this trial. Necessary measures were also taken tostrengthen the Border Guards and equip it with modern artilleries.

ThePM highlighted her government’s initiative to maintain law and order inindustrial zones and said Industrial Police has been formed to check anyviolence in the industries.

Theprocess for formation of the Tourist Police, Marine Police, Security andProtection Battalion and Police Bureau of Counter Terrorism to encountermilitants is now progressing.

Hasinasaid her government has been making relentless efforts for implementing variousprogrammes for welfare of the freedom fighters. As part it, she said, thehonorarium of the freedom fighters has been raised to Taka 2,000 from Taka 900and 30 percent government jobs has been kept reserved for their children andgrand children.

Expressingher government’s firm commitment to ensure free flow of information, the PMsaid the government has enacted Right to Information Act (RTA) and InformationCommission to make sure citizens’ access to all information.

Shesaid Bangladesh media is enjoying full freedom. Present government after takingpower has given permission to 12 new television channels, 14 Community Radio andone FM radio. We, for the first time in the country, allowed private televisionchannel when we came to power in 1996, the premier noted.

Hasinareiterated her electoral pledge to strengthen local government system and saidUpazila Parishad Act-1998 has been amended to set up local government atupazila level. Laws related to Pourasabha, City Corporation and Union Parishadhave been amended to held election at local level, she said.

ThePM said 4,484 unions were allocated Taka 442 crore this year to carry out theirdevelopment programme, she said.

Pointingout the vulnerability of Bangladesh to climate change, the PM saidinternational community ranked Bangladesh as the riskiest among the tencountries vulnerable to climate change.

“Wehave established our own fund to face the risk and so far undertaken 134projects to face the adverse impact of climate change,” the PM said.

Thepremier welcomed the decision of global climate conference to form a GreenClimate Fund (GCF) to support the developing countries to address climatechange and said the present government from its own fund so far allocated Taka1,400 crore for climate change.

Shesaid projects were taken for capital dredging of the Gorai and Jamuna Riversand re-excavation of the dying rivers to revive their channels.

ThePM said her government has made the parliament as the focal point of alldemocratic practice. A total of 130 laws were passed in 174 working days of the9th Jatiya Sangsad in last two years, she said.

Allimportant decisions of the government and issues including national educationpolicy, poverty reduction strategy paper, nuclear power plant, climate change,proposal for making Bangla as the official language of the UN were discussed inthe parliament.

Shesaid all parliamentary committees are working regularly, despite theopposition’s complete failure to play their role in the House. The oppositionwas present only 44 days out of 174 working days in last two years while Leaderof the Opposition attended the House only five days though they are allowed toraise any issue in the parliament.

ThePM said the government has executed the National Human Rights Commission toensure basic right of people.

TheAnti-Corruption Commission and Election Commission are also working freely.

The judiciaryis enjoying complete freedom and working to establish rule of law in thecountry, Hasina said.

Describingagriculture as the main driving force of economy, Hasina said her governmenthas been implementing various programmes to make the country self-sufficientagain in food.

Shesaid her government has reduced fertilizer price three times during the lasttwo years, distributed agricultural cards, provided subsidy and agri-inputs tofarmers and facilitate them to open bank account with an initial deposit ofonly Taka 10.

Shesaid her government would distribute Taka 12,000 crore agricultural loans amongthe farmers during this fiscal though it has disbursed a loan of Taka 11,117crore in the last fiscal.

“Withthese initiatives, fair price of agriculture produce has been ensured,” sheadded.

Hasinasaid her government has reinvigorated the country’s dying jute industry throughgenome sequencing of jute, once called as ‘golden fibre’ of Bangladesh. Withthe government’s initiatives, farmers are now selling per maund of jute at Taka2,000 to 2,500, she added.

Besides,she said her government has been distributing food free of cost among the poorand low-income people while a programme of selling rice through ration amongthe Class-IV government employees, police and village police force is going on.

Regarding‘Monga’, she said her present government has been successful to eliminate theseasonal famine in the northern region of the country.

Shesaid her government has allocated Taka 331 crore in providing allowances forthe distressed and elderly women as it has increased the number ofbeneficiaries as well as the amount of the allowances.

Besides,she said Taka 1,176 crore has been spent in implementing the programme forcreating jobs for the ultra poor people in the current fiscal.

Apartfrom this, she said her government is implementing “Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar”(One homestead, one farm), Ashrayan (housing) projects for homeless people andproviding collateral free loan to the unemployed youths.

Focusingon various programmes being implemented in health sector, she said her previousgovernment had taken a step to set up 18,000 community clinics across thecountry to reach medical services to the doorsteps of people.

But,she regretted that the BNP-Jamaat government suspended the project. “Afterassuming office this time, we have introduced 10,000 community clinics,” sheadded. Besides, she said the present government has recruited 13,500 healthcareproviders, 4,500 doctors, 2,000 nurses and 6,500 health assistants.

Shesaid all upazila health complexes have been brought under internet service whenmaternity leave has been increased to six months.

ThePM said her government is working to bring about qualitative changes in theeducation sector.

Thegovernment has formulated a science-based and time-befitting education policyin consultation with all, she said and vowed to remove illiteracy from thecountry by 2014.

Shesaid distribution of 23 crore books among the primary and secondary schoolstudents has started and the books are also available on the website.

Holdingterminal examinations for class V and class VII students have begun and thesuccess rate in secondary and higher secondary exams in last two years wasabout 80 percent, she added.

Hasinasaid her government has raised the number of stipends for school students to 30lakh from 17 lakh and included 1,624 educational institutions in the monthlypayment order (MPO).

Thepresent government has recruited about 52,000 assistant teachers and about2,000 headmasters for primary schools, she added.

ThePM said work has started to construct 3,000 secondary schools, academicbuildings in 71 colleges and 306 model schools.

Elevensecondary schools and six colleges are being set up in Dhaka city, she said andadded that one university would be established in every district of thecountry.

Hasinasaid the government has formulated a new law to enhance quality of education inprivate universities.

Forexpansion of higher education, University of Professionals has been opened inDhaka, Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur and Science and Technology Universityin Pabna, she said.

Workhas started for setting up six specialised universities, she said and addedthat initiatives have been taken to set up one technical school in everyupazila.

ThePM said madrasa education is being modernised and religious education has beenmade compulsory at the secondary level.

Thirtymodel madrasas have been set up, vocational courses introduced in 100 madrasasand honours courses opened in 31 madrasas, she said and urged all to educatethe new generation properly in religious education and modern teachings.

ThePM said her government brought about radical changes in country’scommunications system in last two years.

“Wehave already inaugurated Sultana Kamal Bridge, Shaheed Buddhijibi Bridge andChittagong Shah Amanat Bridge,” she said and also referred to construction ofDhaka bypass road, Dapdapia Bridge and the bridges to be constructed over theKarotoa and Tista rivers.

Dhaka-Chittagongand Chittagong-Hathajari highways are being upgraded into four-lane roads.Joydebpur-Mymensing and some other highways would also be brought under theprocess, she said.

Thepremier said the main construction work for the much-expected Padma Bridge willbegin soon along with the construction of railway lines on both the sides.

Aboutmeasures to ease traffic jam in Dhaka city, she said the Bijoy Sarani and TongiAhsanullah Master flyover have been opened and the constriction of Kuril, Gulistan-Jatrabariand Banani-Jurain flyovers is going on.

ThePM said the construction of 26km elevated expressway will begin in Dhaka soon.Study on metro rail in Dhaka has also completed.

Shementioned introduction of 100 new BRTC buses in Dhaka and said 430 more buseswould be pressed into service soon.

Referringto the opening of Aminbazar-Sadarghat waterway around Dhaka city, she saidsteps have been taken to introduce commuter trains on Dhaka-Narayanganj,Dhaka-Joydebpur and Dhaka-Mymensingh routes

Ministryof Science & ICT, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh andD.Net is going to arrange the launching ceremony of the contest for NationalDigital Innovation Award 2011 that will be held on January 30,2011 at10.30 am in BRAC Centre  INN, Mohakhali, Dhaka. Architect YeafeshOsman , Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Science & ICT has kindlyconsented  to be the chief guest. The program will be chaired by Mr.Nazrul Islam Khan, National Project Director, Access to Information(A2I)program, Prime Minister’s  Office while Mr.Mahfuzur Rahman, ExecutiveDirector of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Will be present as Special Gueston the occasion.

Thefirst-ever 3-day Digital Innovation Fair concluded today ushering in a new hopeto reach the goal of having a digitalized nation much before the scheduledtarget of 2021.

Scores of people, men, women, youths and juvenilescovering wider section of the society including learners and professionalsthronged Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheater, the venue ofthe fair that witnessed congregation of technology-lovers during the three-daydisplay.

Organizers said over 3,00,000 visitors representing differentshades of public opinion, especially higher level learners and professionalsvisited the fair that indicates that the common people are highly enthusiasticand optimistic over flourishing digitaltechnology.

Allthe 102 stall including 82 public and 20 private organizations were jam- packedwith the enthusiastic and inquisitive visitors from 10 am to 8 pm and thestall-managements were, on occasions, faced hard time in replying their variousinteresting and intelligent queries.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith attended theclosing ceremony asthe chief guest while Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s office and convenerof Fair Organizing Committee Md. Abdul Karim Presided.

Theclosing ceremony was also attended by PM’s Advisor DrTawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, UNDP Country Director, Bangladesh Stefan Priesner,Cabinet Secretary M Abdul Aziz and National Project Director, Access toInformation Program and Member- Secretary of Fair Organizing Committee Md.Nazrul Islam Khan.

Thepresence of internationally reputed Computer Scientist and IT Expert and PrimeMinister’s son Sajib Wajed Joy at the concluding seminar on “Developing APositiveImage of Bangladesh”added special flavor and attraction to the fair. The organizerswere also under tremendouspressures to accommodate the listeners who gathered everyday to attend seminarson related subjects of the “Vision 2021″, Digital Bangladesh and the “Change ofCharter”.

The seminar held during the three-day fair were:“Taking Services to Citizens’ Doorsteps through Public Service Delivery Centers”,“e-Governance “Embracing the new Mobile Paradigm for Service Delivery”, ” Sustaininge-Service Delivery withAppropriate ICT HR in the Government”, “Implementing ICT Policy 2009 to AchieveDigital Bangladesh”, Integration of Government Agencies throughInteroperability “, PPP Framework to Sustain e- Service Delivery” and “Developing APositive Image of Bangladesh”.

RubyIslam, a housewife from Mohammadpur, who was roaming in the fair venue carryingher 9- month old baby in her lap, told BSS that she got relived after hearing anews at the stall of LGRD ministry that she could register the birth of herkids through internet. “For registering birth of my child I have contacted oneof my near relations who works in Dhaka City Corporation”, she said adding“despite his repeated commitment he could not give me the necessary birthregistration form”. “Now I am happy that I could furnish birth registration ofmy child through internet”, an apparently happy Ruby said.

“Ihave come to the fair to see the reflection of government’s commitment to buildDigital Bangladesh”, said Jeflin Hasnat Bipul, an NGO activist working withAction-aid, Bangladesh. “After visiting this fair I become happy and confident thatthe government has advanced significantly to attain that objective”

Hesuggested to hold such innovation fairs at divisional and district levels sothat decentralization of official initiatives could be attained. Riaz, popularhero of country’s silver screen told BSS that he has come to the fair beingdriven by a wave of Digital technology that swept over the country. ‘I havebecome emotion- choked after observing the development of various governmentdepartment and ministries,” he said adding that this steps should have beentaken much earlier as the world is progressing vary fast in digital technology.

Reazsaid, “It was witnessed in our country that after any change-over in thegovernment all programmes of the previous administration are changed. But theprogramme for development of digital technology is a very positive step towardsnational progress and prosperity and as such I shall make a fervent appeal sothat no slightest interruption is made in this regard if there is any regimechange in the country.”

KanizDaiani Koraishi, a school teacher of Azim Uddin High School in Kishoregonj ,who came to Dhaka to meet her husband working in the department of fisheries,told BSS

thatshe had come to the fair venue to see for herself how the ambitious DigitalBangladesh could be materialized.

“Ihave come to the capital with my children to meet my husband and it is always atroublesome for me to purchase rail tickets. I have become happy thathenceforth I shall be able to collect not only railway tickets but also get allservices like payment of utility bills sitting at my own home throughinternet.”, she said.

Shealso suggested to make technology available at the door steps of remote ruralpeople of the country.

Foursecond year students of accounting department of Dhaka College- Arannya,Jewell, Shohel and Davit told BSS that they are happy hearing the news thathenceforth they could collect their admission forms, know the date of theirexaminations and results with specific mark-sheets etceteras through internet.

‘Butwe have no means to have the opportunities for easy excess to internetservices”, they said making an appeal to the government to make internetbrowsing free for students.

LawMaker Mohammad Shafiqul Islam Apu who visited BSS stall told that once we couldattain full command on digital technology we could be bale to assimilatecorrect data and information which is very much essential to ensureaccountability, transparency and good governance in the country.

“Whenwe told about Digital Bangladesh in our election manifesto, many thought it wasmere lip services. But if they today visit this fair it would be very clear tothem that Digital Bangladesh is no more a dream, it’s a reality”, he said.

StateMinister for Science and Information & Communication Technology ArchitectYeafesh Osman said that through this innovative fair, where all the governmentministries and departments have participated, it was demonstrated that thewhole nation is prepared for a digitalized nation.

“Necessarymental and psychological changes have already taken place among our peopleri8ght from government high-ups to the grass-root peasantry to welcome DigitalBangladesh “, he said and expressed his hope that the target of a digitalizednation could be attained before the stipulated target of 2021.

PrincipalSecretary, Prime Ministers’ Office Md. Abdul Karim who is also Convenor of theFair organizing committee said that the entire perspective of digitaltechnology programe of the government assumed a different meaning with thedeclaration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of her vision to make DigitalBangladesh.. Through this fair people would get the opportunity to have an ideawhat kind of services they could get from the administration under digitaltechnology.

NazrulIslam Khan, National Project Director of Access to Information Programme saidthat the huge flow of visitors in the fair and their useful interactions withthe stall organizers proved that the hope expressed by Prime Minister in herinaugural speech that the fair would unveil the services to be available at thedoor steps of the people, easily, speedily and low cost have been totallysuccessful.

Thefair organized in cooperation with the UNDP-funded Access to Information (A2I)Programme under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Science and ICT Ministrywitnessed highest number of visitors on the closing day today. Among others,Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate, visited the fair this afternoon and went roundvarious stalls and talked to the people there.

PrimeMinister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the fair on March 4 with a hope that thecitizens of the country would be able to meet every basic needs through digitaltechnology.

Digitalfair’s edict: Make govt pro-people, provide transparent, quick services throughdigitalizing admin

TheDigital Innovation Fair 2010 in Dhaka concluded envisioning an imperative formaking government more pro-people providing transparent and quick servicesthrough digitalizing its administration.

“Ouractivities will be faster and more transparent to the people throughintroducing e-services in the coming days,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith saidaddressing the concluding ceremony of the government’s Digital Innovation Faitat the Novo Theater.

Thethree-day fair, first of its kind in the country, began March 4 with a view topopularizing the government’s vision of Digital Bangladesh in keeping with itselection manifesto.

Thefair exhibited how the use of internet and other digital technologies can easepeople’s lives. Its aim was to demonstrate ways of providing extensivegovernment services to the citizen’s doorsteps, making them aware of theextensive e-services, encouraging and promoting the current best practices inpublic service delivery, sharing and replicating these practices across thegovernment organizations.

Thefinance minister also said the government would not be a hidebound secretething to the people as the fair has come with all information as to whatservices will be delivered to the people’s doorsteps by the government.

“The peopleknow what services will be given and how it would be provided by thegovernment. So, there are no secret things,” he told the function.

Muhithsaid the government itself would be more aware about its transparency andcorruption through ensuring access to information in the future.

“Digitalizationmeans to create competition for innovations among the people, which started offthrough the fair,” he said.

Presidedover by fair-preparation-council convener Abdul Karim, the concluding functionwas also addressed by adviser to the Prime Minister Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhuryand State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman

 

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Digital Tenderingfor Digital Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi government will introduce online tendermanagement system within two months as part of its drives to build adigital Bangladesh by 2021, the country's Finance Minister AMA Muhithsaid on Monday. Talking to reporters after a meeting regarding"Digital Bangladesh" held here on Monday, Muhith said,"We'll introduce online tendering within next two months as part ofachieving our targets to build up a Digital Bangladesh." He said alltenders including local and international o ...

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All service systemsin civic life would be brought under modern digital system.

DHAKA,Bangladesh, May 16 (sources)- President Zillur Rahmanand Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today gave separate messages on the occasionof World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) that fallstomorrow. President Zillur Rahman said the government announced `Vision-2021'to build an ICT prosperous digital Bangladesh. He hoped that the targetwould be achieved through united efforts of all and observing the worldtelecommunication day successfully. Prime Minister ...

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CYBER WAR : IndiaVs Bangladesh !!! -Future of Digital Bangladesh

When Bangladesh is stepping towardsDigital Bangladesh this is very important news to know the securitystatus and Manpower we have of Our Digital Bangladesh Adminastrator.Are we fit for sucure our Digital Bangladesh can we handle this typeof thread Strongly ?Bangladesh district portals were under cyber attackby "Indian" hackers on Saturday. bdnews24.com found that 19

May 11, 2011 at 19:17 o\clock

"LIVE STYLE OF MY FATHER" by Sheikh Hasina

"LIVE STYLE OFMY FATHER" by Sheikh Hasina

BANGABANDHU SHEIKHMUJIBUR RAHMAN DEDICATED his life to establishing a democratic, peaceful andexploitation-free society called "Sonar Bangla" - Golden Bengal. Hesacrificed his life to liberate the Bangalee nation, which had been groaningunder the colonial and imperialist yoke for nearly 1,000 years. He is thefounding father of the Bangalee nation, generator of Bangalee nationalism andcreator of the sovereign state of Bangladesh.

My father spentnearly half his life behind bars and yet with extraordinary courage andconviction he withstood numerous trials and tribulations during the long periodof his political struggle. During his imprisonment, he stood face to face withdeath on at least two occasions, but never for a moment did he waver.

As a daughter ofSheikh Mujibur Rahman, I heard many tales about him from my grandfather andgrandmother. He was born on Mar. 17, 1920 in Tungipara, in what was then theBritish Raj. During the naming ceremony my great-grandfather predicted thatSheikh Mujibur Rahman would be a world-famous name.

My father grew uprural - amid rivers, trees, birdsong. He flourished in the free atmosphereinspired by his grandparents. He swam in the river, played in the fields,bathed in the rains, caught fish and watched out for birds' nests. He waslanky, yet played football. He liked to eat plain rice, fish, vegetables, milk,bananas and sweets. His care and concern for classmates, friends and others waswell-known. He gave away his tiffin to the hungry, clothes to the naked, booksto the needy and other personal belongings to the poor. One day, my grandfathertold me, he gave his clothes to a poor boy and came home in his shawl.

At the age of 7, hebegan his schooling, though an eye ailment forced a four-year break from hisstudies. He married at the age of 11 when my mother was 3. He demonstratedleadership from the beginning. Once in 1939, he led classmates to demand repairof the school's roof - just when the premier of then undivided Bengal happenedto be in town. Despite a deep involvement in politics, in 1946 he obtained aBA.

Bangabandhu wasblessed from boyhood with leadership, indomitable courage and great politicalacumen. He played an active role in controlling communal riots during theIndia-Pakistan partition. He risked his life for the cause of truth andjustice. He rose in protest in 1948 against the declaration of Urdu as thestate language of Pakistan and was arrested the following year. He pioneeredthe movement to establish Bangla as the state language. In 1966, he launched asix-point program for the emancipation of Bangalees. In 1969, my father wasacclaimed Bangabandhu, Friend of Bengal. His greatest strength (and weakness)was his "love for the people." He is an essential part of theemotional existence of all Bangalees.

The appearance ofBangladesh on the world map in 1971 was the culmination of a long-suppressednational urge. On Mar. 7, 1971, my father addressed a mammoth public meeting inDhaka and declared: "The struggle now is the struggle for ouremancipation; the struggle now is the struggle for Independence." He senta wireless message, moments after a crackdown by the Pakistani army, declaringthe Independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of Mar. 26. The world knowshe courted arrest - and yet Bangabandhu emerged as the unquestioned leader of anewborn country.

Once in power, myfather pursued a non-aligned, independent foreign policy based on peacefulcoexistence. Its basic tenet: "Friendship to all, malice to none." Headvocated world peace and declared his support for all freedom struggles. Hesupported the concept of a "Zone of Peace" in the Indian Ocean. In1974, he was awarded the Julio Curie Prize for his devotion to the cause ofpeace.

But at a time whenBangladesh was emerging as an advocate for oppressed nations, his foesassassinated him on Aug. 15, 1975. My mother and three brothers were alsokilled. Even my younger brother Sheikh Russel, who was then nine, was notspared. The only survivors were my younger sister Sheikh Rehana and myself; wewere on a trip to Germany.

Consequently, thepolitical ideals for which Bangladesh sacrificed three million of her finestsons and daughters were trampled, and Bangladesh became a puppet in the hands ofimperialism and autocracy. By assassinating Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, theconspirators wanted to stop the country's march to freedom, democracy, peaceand development. The process of law and justice were not permitted to taketheir course; human rights were violated. It is, therefore, the solemnresponsibility of freedom- and peace-loving people to help ensure the trial ofthe plotters and killers of this great leader, my father.

Sheikh Hasina,daughter of the late Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is the prime minister ofBangladesh.

 

Feb 23, 2011 at 07:56 o\clock

12 Proofs that Mohamed (Peace be upon him ) was a True Prophet

Mood: 12 Proofs that Mohamed (Peace be upon him ) was a True Prophet
Listening to: 12 Proofs that Mohamed (Peace be upon him ) was a True Prophet

12 Proofs that Mohamed (Peace beupon him ) was a True Prophet

My brothers and sisterseverywhere! With this essay, I am not singling out the adherents of Islam – towhich I ascribe – but rather I am writing this essay to every man and womanthroughout the whole world.

 

Mohamed the son of`Abdullah (may Allah’s blessings andpeace be upon him) is Allah’s Messenger in reality and truth. The evidencesthat show his veracity are abundant. None but an infidel, who out of arrogancealone, could deny these signs.

Among these proofs:

1. Mohamed (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was raisedilliterate, unable to read or write, and remained like that till his death.Among all his people, he was known as being truthful and trustworthy. Beforereceiving revelation, he had no prior knowledge of Religion or any previouslysent Message. He remained like that for his first forty years. Revelation thencame to Muhammad with theKoran that we now have between our hands. This Koranmentioned most of the accounts found in the previous scriptures, telling usabout these events in the greatest detail as if he witnessed them. Theseaccounts came precisely as they were found in the Torah sent down to Moses andin the Gospel sent down to Jesus. Neither the Jews nor Christians were able tobelieve him regarding anything that he said.

2. Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him)also foretold of everything that wouldoccur to him and his community after him,pertaining to victory, the removal of the tyrannical kingdoms of Chosroes [theroyal title for the Zoroastrian kings of Persia] and Caesar, and theestablishment of the religion of Islam throughout the earth. These eventsoccurred exactly as Muhammad foretold, as ifhe was reading the future from anopen book.

3. Mohamed (may Allah’sblessings and peace be upon him) also brought an Arabic Koran that isthe peakof eloquence and clarity. The Koran challenged those eloquent and fluent Arabsof his time, who initially belied him, to bring forth a single chapter like theKoran. The eloquent Arabs of his day were unable to contest this Koran.Indeed,till our day, none has ever dared to claim that he has been able to composewords that equal-or even approach-the order, grace, beauty, and splendor ofthis Glorious Koran.

4. The life history of this NobleProphet was a perfect example of being upright, merciful,compassionate,truthful, brave, generous, distant from all evil character, and ascetic in allworldly matters, while striving solely for the reward of the Hereafter.Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful ofAllah.

5. Allah instilled great love forMohamed (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) in the hearts of all whobelieved in and met him. This love reached such a degree that any of his companionswould willingly sacrifice his (or her) self, mother or father for him. Tilltoday, those who believe in Muhammad honor and love him. Anyone of those whobelieve in him would ransom his own family and wealth to see him, even if butonce.

6. All of history has not preservedthe biography of any person in the manner it has preserved the life of Mohamed,who is the most influential human in history. Nor has the entire earth known ofanyone whom every morning and evening, and many times thereafter throughout theday, is thought of by those who believe in him. Upon remembering Mohamed, thebelievers in him will greet him and ask Allah to bless him. They do such withfull hearts and true love for him.

7. Nor has there every been a man onearth whom is still followed in all his doings by those whobelieve in him.Those who believe in Mohamed, sleep in the manner he slept; purify themselves(through ablutionand ritual washing) in the manner he purified himself; andadhere to his practice in the way they eat, drink, and clothe themselves.

Indeed in all aspects of theirlives, the believers in Mohamed adhere to the teachings he spread among themand the path that he traveled upon during his life.

During every generation, from hisday till our time, the believers in this Noble prophet have fullyadhered to histeachings. With some, this has reached the degree that they desire to followand adhere to the Prophet’s way in his personal matters regarding which Allahhas not sought of them to adhere to in worship. For example, some will only eatthose specific foods or only wear those specific garmentsthat the Messengerliked.

Let alone all that, all those whobelieve in Mohamed repeat those praises of Allah, special prayers,andinvocations that he would say during each of his actions during day and night,like: what he would say when he greeted people, upon entering and leaving thehouse, entering and leaving the mosque, entering and leaving the bathroom,going to sleep and awaking from sleep, observing the new crescent, observingthe new fruit on trees, eating, drinking, dressing, riding, traveling andreturning from travel, etc. Let alone all that, all those who believe inMohamed fully perform-even to the minute detail-every act of worship-likeprayer, fasting, charity, and pilgrimage-as this Noble Messenger (may Allah’sblessingsand peace be upon him) taught and as he himself performed.All of thisallows those who believe in him, to live their lives in all aspects with thisNoble Messenger as their example, as if he was standing before them, for themto follow in all their doings.

8. There has never been nor willthere ever be a man anywhere upon this earth who has received suchlove,respect, honor, and obedience in all matters-small and large alike-as has thisNoble Prophet.

9. Since his day, in every region ofthe earth and during every period, this Noble Prophet has beenfollowed byindividuals from all races, colors and peoples. Many of those who followed himwere previously Christians, Jews, pagans, idolaters, or without any religion.Among those who chose to follow him, were those who were known for their soundjudgment, wisdom, reflection, and foresight. They chose to follow this NobleProphet after they witnessed the signs of his truthfulness and the evidences ofhis miracles. They did not choose to follow Mohamed out of compulsion orcoercion orbecause they had adopted the ways of their fathers andmothers.Indeed many of the followers of this Prophet (may Allah’s blessingspeace be upon him), chose to follow him during the time when Islam was weak,when there were few Muslims, and when there was severe persecution of hisfollowers on earth. Most people who have followed this Prophet (may Allah’sblessings and peace be upon him) have done so not to acquire some materialbenefits. Indeed many of his followers have suffered the greatest forms of harmand persecution as a result of followingthis Prophet. Despite all this harm andpersecution, this did not turn them back from his religion. My brethren! All ofthis clearly indicates to anyone possessing any sense, that this Prophet wastruly and really Allah’s messenger and that he was not just a man who claimedprophethood or spoke aboutAllah without knowledge.

10. With all this, Muhammad came with a great religion in its credaland legal make-up. Mohamed described Allah with qualities of completeperfection, and at the same time in a manner that is free of ascribing to Himany imperfection. Neither the philosophers or the wise could ever describeAllah like such. Indeed it is impossible to imagine that any human mind couldconceive of an existing being that possesses such complete ability, knowledge,and greatness; Who has subdued thecreation; Who has encompassed everything inthe universe, small or large; and Who possesses such perfect mercy.Nor is it inthe ability of any human being to place a perfect law based upon justice,equality, mercy and objectivity for all human activity on earth like the lawsthat Mohamed brought for all spheres of human activity – like buying andselling, marriage and divorce, renting, testimony, custody, and allothercontracts that are necessary to uphold life and civilization on earth.

11. It is impossible that any personconceive wisdom, morals, good manners, nobleness of charactersas what thishonorable Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) brought. In afull and complete manner, Mohamed spread a teaching regarding character andmanners towardone’ parents, relatives, fiends, family, humanity, animals,plants and inanimate objects. It is impossible for the human mind alone tograsp all of that teaching or come with a similar teaching. All of thatunequivocally indicates that this Messenger did not bring an) of this religionfrom his own accord, but that it was rather a teaching and inspiration that hereceived from the One Who created the earth and the high heavens above andcreated this universe in its miraculous architecture andperfection.

12. The legal and credal make-up of the religionthat the Messenger, Mohamed, (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him)brought resembles the engineering of the heavens and the earth. All of thatindicates that He who created the heavens and the earth is the One Who sentdown this great law and upright religion. The degree of inimitability of theDivine law that was sent down upon Mohamed is to the same degree ofinimitability of the Divine creation of the heavens and earth. For just ashumanity cannot create this universe, in the same manner humanity cannot bringforth a law like Allah’s law that He sent down upon His servant and messengerMohamed  (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him).

 

 

Feb 5, 2011 at 18:48 o\clock

father of Bengali Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in a respectable Muslim family on 17 March,1920, Tungipara village under the Gopalganj district. He was the third child among four daughters and two sons of Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Begum.

"Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib on 7 March 1971"

Bangabandhu started his school life at Gimadanga primary school at the age of seven. At eighteen he married Begum Fazilatunnesa. They subsequently become the happy parents of three sons and two daughters. All the sons were to killed along with their parents on 15 August, 1975. Bangabandhu passed the entrance exam and joined the Kolkata Islamia College and elected the General Secretary of the college union. During the riot of ’47, he took a pioneering role in protecting the Muslims and trying to contain the violence. Bangabandhu admitted into Dhaka University. He founded the Muslim Students League on January 4, 1948. Bangabandhu was one of the front line leaders of the language movement and was arrested on March 11, 1948. On July 9, Bangabandhu was elected general secretary of East Pakistan Awami League at its council session. He was the adjacent point of Jukta Front among Shere Bangla, Maolana Vashani and Hossain Shahid Sarwardi. In 1955, he was elected a member of the legislative assembly on June 5. In 65, government deemed him as the main culprit and charged with sedition case. But then came the historic moment of February 5, 1966. Bangabandhu placed the historical 6-point demand before the select committee of the conference. This historical 6 point-demand paved the way of our Great Liberation War. In ’68, the Pakistani government instituted the notorious Agartala conspiracy case against Bangabandhu. In ’69, the Central Students Action Council was formed to press for the acceptance of the 11-point demand that included the 6-point demand of Bangabandhu.The movement peaked into an unprecedented mass upsurge that forced Ayub Khan to bow to the continued mass protests and freed Bangabandhu and the co-accused. In February 23, at the race course (Suhrawardi Uddyan), before a million of people, Sheikh Mujib Was publicly acclaimed as ‘Bangabandhu’(Friend of Bengal). On December 5, Bangabandhu declared at a discussion meeting that East Pakistan would be called ‘Bangladesh‘instead of ‘East Pakistan’. In 1970, Bangabandhu was re-elected President of Awami League. Under his spurious leadership, Awami League took part in the General Election of ’70 and gained absolute majority. Awami League secured 167 out of 169 National Assembly seats and in the East Pakistan gained 305 out of 310 Provincial seats. On March 7, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed a mammoth public rally at the RaceCourse ground, where he declared: ” This struggle now is the struggle for emancipation, this struggle now is the struggle for liberation.” After that speech, the whole of Bangladesh was static in every sphere and started to follow every command of Bangabandhu. On the fierce night of March 25, the Pakistani Army cracked down on the innocent unarmed Bangalees. Bangabandhu, in a wireless message, called upon for a entire resist from every section of the society. He was arrested by the Pakistani army on that night. Bangabandhu was sentenced to death by the Pakistani army. In December 16, 1971, Bangladesh became a free nation under the leadership of Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu was freed from the Pakistani jail on January 8, 1972 and returned to his beloved country on January 10. After that started the reconstruction work of the country. And under the leadership of Bangabandhu, the country piled up to the acme of the development. But…. in the pre-dawn hours of 15 August, the noblest and the greatest of Bangalees in a thousand years, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated by a handful of treacherous military officers. Father of the Nation' is an honorific bestowed on individuals who are considered the most important in the process of the liar establishment of a country or a nation. They are instrumental in the birth of their nations by way of liberating them from colonial or other occupation. George Washington is the father of the United States, Peter I of Russia, Sun Yat-sen of China, Sir Henry Parkes of Australia, Miguel Hidalgo of Mexico, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, William the Silent of the Netherlands, Einar Gerhardsm of Norway, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Carlos Mannel of Cuba, Mustafa Kemal of Turkey, Sukarno of Indonesia, Tunku Abdul Rahman of Malaysia, Mahatma Gandhi of India, Don Stephen Senanayake of Sri Lanka and Mohammad Ali Jinnah of Pakistan. So is Bangabandhu, the Father of the Bangladesh nation. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (1920-1975) is the architect of our country and the nation by all implications of the term. As a matter of fact, what we now call Bangladesh was never independent in the truest sense of the term before 1971. It was Mujib and only Mujib who gave the nation a real touch of freedom. It was quite a trek into the long way of freedom from all-out oppression through autonomy and home rule in which he gave the active lead. He was the fearless fighter of the Language Movement of 1952; the pioneer of the democratic movement of 1962; the architect of the Six-point Movement of 1966; the life-force of the Mass Movement of 1969; the enviable victor of the election of 1970 and, above all, the greatest hero of the Liberation War of 1971. He is undisputedly the founder of independent Bangladesh and, therefore, the Father of the Nation. It is really a matter of regret that we are not well aware of this greatest national leader. But who is to blame for that? As a matter of fact, there has been a long chain of conspiracy to make people oblivious of Bangabandhu. It began with his assassination on the inauspicious August night of 1975. Ever since then the country fell mostly under the sway of despotic military rule accompanied by the corrupt politicians, opportunistic bureaucrats, pseudo-democrats and religious fundamentalists. They had one thing in common i.e. Bangabandhu-bashing. They tried to indemnify the killers of Bangabandhu, and rewarded them with lucrative portfolios. They took sustained efforts to erase the image of Bangabandhu from the minds of the people by distorting history. They tried to obliterate the memories of Bangabandhu from the pages of history, inscriptions of monuments and from whatever holds the recollections of Mujib. The anti-Mujib campaigners are not, however, as powerful as history itself. History takes its own course, maybe after quite a long time. But this is inevitable. So, the anti-Mujib campaigners have vainly tried to change the course of history eventually making a mockery of it. What they had done at best is that they had fooled some people for sometime or what they can still do is that they can fool some people for all time, but they can never fool all people into believing a false story for all time. People must be endowed with a true sense of history today or tomorrow. To look into one's own history and culture and to go for the quest for national identity and cultural heritage have become an imperative in these postcolonial days. Ours is not a poor socio-political and cultural legacy. We fought valiantly a war of independence under the leadership of Bangabandhu. We can very well come up with this political legacy and assert ourselves more. We can uphold the ideals of Bangabandhu to rebuild our nation. Mujib is really Bangabandhu, friend of Bangladesh. And hence he could utter: 'Standing on the gallows, I will tell them, I am a Bengali, Bangla is my country, Bangla is my language”. On the black night of March 25, when it was suggested that he go into hiding, he flatly refused and retorted: “I must share the sufferings of my people along with them. I must share. I cannot leave them in the face of fire. I cannot.” Really he did not flee to safety from the war-torn country. Rather he willingly became the first prey to the marauding force. Love for the motherland had prompted him to take such a risk. Afterwards, over nine long months, day after day and night after night in the dark cell of the prison camp, he longed for the freedom of his country. The unbearable suffering of the dungeon could not sap the strength of his patriotism. On his return home on 10 January 1972, addressing a huge gathering in Suhrawardy Uddyan, Bangabandhu declared: "Bangladesh has earned independence. Now if anybody wants to seize it, Mujib would be the first man to sacrifice his life for the protection of that independence". His country was all important to him. He believed it was his calling to do well to his country, not to look forward to anything in return. He often used to mention the famous quote by President John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country". Such a big man was Bangabandhu! The undisputed Father of independent Bangladesh. To be unaware of this is sheer ignorance. To deny this is an offence against history.

Feb 5, 2011 at 15:04 o\clock

The International Mother Tongue Day 21 February

by: muktimusician   Keywords: Immortal, 21, February, 1952

Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, On the occasion of International Mother Language Day 21 February 2009 As the twelve months devoted to celebrating International Year of Languages have come to an end, this year’s International Mother Language Day, marked on 21 February 2009, signals the beginning of a new phase for reflection and assessment. Ten years after the Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO on the proposal of Bangladesh, what conclusions can now be drawn? One point must be made. After laying emphasis on each community’s recognition of its own mother tongue, the Day has increasingly drawn the international community’s attention to the foundations of linguistic diversity and multilingualism. It has also become clear that languages, which form part of the identity of individuals and peoples, are keys to the Education for All and Millennium Development Goals. A growing number of increasingly diverse stakeholders in governmental organizations and civil society acknowledge that languages are central to all forms of social, economic and cultural life. Links between multilingual education (involving the mother tongue, national languages and international languages), education for all and the Millennium Development Goals now constitute the pillars of any sustainable-development strategy. We do indeed hope that tangible results conducive to the use of mother languages and to multilingualism will emerge under the impetus of the communication campaign conducted by UNESCO during International Year of Languages 2008, and that these challenges will continue to be the cornerstone of action taken by governments and development agencies. In addition to the interest aroused by the Year and the hundreds of language promotion projects launched in 2008, the impact of the International Year of Languages will be assessed in the coming months to gauge the importance of languages to development, peace and social cohesion. Accordingly, on this the tenth International Mother Language Day, I appeal for action to ensure that the many declarations and initiatives announced in 2008 will be followed up by specific sustainable measures. I hope, in particular, that governments will introduce, in their formal and non-formal education systems and their own administrations, measures designed to secure the harmonious and fruitful coexistence of the languages of each country. We shall thus succeed in preserving and promoting multilingual environments that show due respect for all expressions of cultural diversity. Koïchiro Matsuura

Feb 5, 2011 at 10:05 o\clock

about mukthi

by: muktimusician   Keywords: come, to, mukthis, world, and, learn, the, truth

Listening to: Amar Shonar Bangla Ami Tomay Bhalobashi

 

Hi this is mukthi, mukthishena71 mukthi, I’m from KalkiniUZ of Madaripur district singer, music composer and lyricist I couldn’tanything in my life. Neither had I done anything for the people nor for myfamily due to my abnormality in 1975 august. Whereas, I got so many opportunity/chances in my life that I couldn’t proper used for the people whom I loved somuch. I loved father of nation Bangabandhu we couldn’t safe him & hisfamily in 1975 being a freedom fighter that was one kind of burning fire on myheartiest chest.

I have cried a lot on the streets in 1975 forBangabandhu even I was on the streets until midnight as a mad (I was in then PGHospital under treatment of Dr. Hazera Mahtab (daughter of Late Dr. Ibrahim& wife of Dr. Fashiuddin Mahtab ) three months. the Ministry of Landallowed my job without pay of there months salary due to my abnormality.

After liberation father of nation Bangabandhu &first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Late tajuddin Ahmed had given me a job inthe ministry of land in 1972.  I haveworked with 11 Ministers & 9 full secretary including Abu Taher (Bangabandhu was selected him for Governor of Dhaka Division ) M. Mokammel Huq,M. Keramat ALi, Golam Mostofa, jamsher Uddin Dr. Kamal Uddin Siddiqui, Md,Shahidul Alam and other so many. 

It is my great pleasure that I have worked with lateabdur rob serniabat, Mollah Jalal, Sri Fonibhushon Majumdar, demoted MinisterMohamed Ullah (few days President of Bangladesh)

I have beaten the police officer at Tejgaon Rail linein 1976 in absence of mind than finally central jail. The police beaten mewhole night’s even put hot water to my face. Do you know why I have beaten thatpolice officer?  Yes, which I want totell you that police sub inspector used slang and foul language to father ofnation Shahid Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, sheikh kamal, sheikh jamal and sheikhfazlul haque moni at that midnight while I was coming from FDC Studio. After 14days my elder brother took out me from the custody and finally PG Hospital formental treatment. Dr. said its not mental case, just keep him as he as wants todo.

Second thing: I was in Japan in 1992. On e day I haveparticipated 21 February program which was arranged by Bangladesh Embassy ofTokyo, Japan. The program will be inaugurated by the Deputy High CommissionerBangabandhu murderer Lt. Col. Rashed Choudhury instead of the HighCommissioner. The ex student leader Md. Kofiluddin, Akbor, Prince, mezbah, Apusarwar will not allow Rashed Choudhury to touch the national and black mournflags. They made rally to protect him from the inauguration program and I wasone of them to protest & postpone entire program and if killer Rashed Choudhuryinaugurate the program we will not perform at the same program. High Commissioncalled police nearby 5 hundreds of police surround us. Police commissioner cameand spokes all of us, than he realized the real situation.  That was an ideals decision by all ofus.  

The empty ground of Bengali nation will never befulfilling without Shahid Bangabandhu & Late 4 National Leaders. I amwriting the song of remembrances those heroes given the independence of Bengalination & singing on occasionally. It is my great pleasure that I was closedto them all in 1972-1975 august 15.

More interesting some of story I’d like to tell you.Later on I was PS to Md. Noor Ali, Chairmen & Managing Director, UniqueGroup (1997-2001). Noor Ali was nominated by Awami League in 2001 for Nawabganjconstituency. Late Agricultural Economist Shankar Goswami, President BangladeshStudent League (former APS to HPM AFM Bahauddin Nasim was the Secretary Generalof NASIM GOSWAMI COUNCIL) was political secretary. Shankar and I lead theentire election campaign at Nawabganj in 2001. I have written 10 songs for thatelection and published an album in favor of BOATS & NOOR ALI. You know 2001National Assembly Election was engineering by the army and CIA PISI so Awamileague failure to get the power.

Thereafter, it was very sad heart paining story.  Some of miscreants suddenly had attacked toUnique Group to heats NOOR ALI but he was in out only they found some of staffsand me. They hits me, kicks me as the human people some times beating theanimals. They took my hair from my foreheads’. I apologized for my campaign,album & supporting Awami league. I said forgive me, I beg pardon as afreedom fighter to them. Leave me the country, I will never come and never singany songs of Bangabandhu & Awami league.

No more dear friends ……………

The memorial music album of Bangabandhu “mukthir gaan”1 2 & 3 you may listen on:

www.youtube.com/muktimusician,

www.myspace.com/muktimusician,

www.shtyle.com/muktimusician