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PM to police: Uphold democracy, discharge duties with professionalism

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked police personnel to discharge their duties with utmost professionalism and uphold democracy in the country apart from maintaining peace and stability.
 
“I believe every police personnel will perform his or her duties with professionalism to maintain peace and stability in the country and uphold democracy through pro-people policing,” she said.
 
Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating Police Week 2022, from January 23 to 27, with the theme “Skilled Police, Prosperous Country, Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh”.
 
The program was held at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital while the prime minister joined it virtually from Ganabhaban.
 
Sheikh Hasina said the long 24 years of struggle of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the victory in the Liberation War in 1971 has brought this independence for the country. “You’ve to protect the country’s independence from all kinds of blows as it came in lieu of your predecessors’ blood,” she said.
 
On behalf of the prime minister, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan inspected the parade and took the salute. He also distributed Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) and President Police Medal (PPM) awards among the winners on behalf of the prime minister.
 
This year, as per the Public Security Division’s Police Wing-2 of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ notification, Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) and President Police Medal (PPM) awards were given for outstanding work in 2020 and 2021. Around 115 police officials got awards for each year.
 
Fifteen of them will receive the BPM gallantry and 25 the PPM gallantry awards for their courageous and heroic activities in 2020.
 
Besides, 25 will get the BPM Service and 50 the PPM Service awards for their outstanding performances in unearthing mysteries of important cases and curbing crimes and for commendable contributions with skills, piety, integrity and disciplinary behaviour.
 
In 2021, another 115 members of the police and RAB for the prestigious BPMs and PPMs for their outstanding performances in 2021.
 
Of the awardees, 15 will receive the BPM gallantry, 25 the PPM gallantry, 25 the BPM Service and 50 the PPM Service awards.
 
The last police week was held in 2019. The Police Week did not take place in the past two years due to Covid-19 pandemic. So, medals for both the years were given together.

Sheikh Hasina said the government is providing all the required modern facilities and transports like helicopters alongside modern training to render quick services to people.

Describing various measures taken by the Awami League government for the overall development, she said they have raised facilities regarding housing, ration, healthcare, while providing training and supplying necessary vehicles and other equipment. 

Returning to power in 2009, she said, the government has created 82,583 new posts in the police force alongside forming special police units like tourist police, industrial police and the Police Bureau of Investigation.

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The prime minister said the government has also established Rangpur and Mymensingh ranges, one armed police battalion at airport and two armed police battalions in Cox’s Bazar, three battalions of RAB, 30-inservice training centres, 62 police stations, 95 investigation centres, one police outpost and 999-unit after forming government in 2009.

She said the Awami League government has reintroduced a rank badge for the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and created two posts for grade-1 and 11 for grade-2, 52 DIG, 159 additional DIG, 402 police superintendent and 800 for additional police superintendents. 

She said the government has promoted 215 additional police superintendents to police superintendents, 253 senior assistant police superintendents to additional SPs and made the posts of sub-inspectors and sergeants to second grade from third grade while the posts of inspectors were made first class from second class. 

The prime minister thanked police personnel for their successes in controlling the BNP-Jamaat-sponsored violence, sabotage and arson attacks to kill innocent people and destroy the state property, recalling deaths of police personnel in the attacks. 

She said the police force responded quickly to the people’s calls through 999 service that created confidence and belief in the police force as they are working accordingly.

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Referring to the influx of Myanmar nationals into Bangladesh, she said the Bangladesh Police is playing a praiseworthy role in providing shelters and security to the huge number of displaced Myanmar citizens.

The prime minister reiterated her commitment to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country as envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman maintaining the status of a developing nation, calling upon the police to continue their efforts to materialize “Vision 2041”.

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Vast majority of Bangladeshis want good relations with neighbours: FM tells South Asia Correspondents

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Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the vast majority of the people of Bangladesh now understand that it should have good relations with neighbours – for its own prosperity as well as that of the region.

He said his party (Bangladesh Awami League) is painted as a ‘pro-Indian’ party but AL is a pro-Bangladeshi party.

“There are anti-Indian elements. We specifically see this issue during elections. But the anti-Indian sentiment is gradually diminishing in Bangladesh,” he told the members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia during an interaction in New Delhi on February 9.

The Foreign Minister said the tablet or capsule of blaming Awami League as a pro-India party does not work anymore like the past.

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“Today, the vast majority of the people understand that for the prosperity of Bangladesh and the region, neighbours should have good relations,” he said while responding to a question.

Asked about balancing relations, the Foreign Minister said Bangladesh-India relationship is not comparable to any other relations.

“Bangladesh’s relations with India are bonded by blood and shared sacrifice during the War of Liberation in 1971,” Hasan said.

He said although China is not Bangladesh’s immediate neighbor but it is a neighbor and a development partner of Bangladesh.

The Foreign Minister said they face a lot of challenges due to the wave of fake news. He said this is a problem even in Europe and shared how fake news was spread during Covid-19.

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He mentioned that this is an area where all need to work together. “We can work together to fight against fake news.”

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Last national election was open for all AL members for sake of democracy: PM Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday (9 Februay) said if she did not allow her party members to take part in last month’s election as independent candidates the democracy of the country would have been snatched away.

“If the election was not open for all (AL members), then not only the election would have been stained, the democracy of the country would have been hijacked too,” she said.

The prime minister was delivering her introductory speech at the extended meeting of Awami League at her official residence Ganabhaban.

This election was important to maintain the country’s status as a developing country, she said.

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“We should not forget the election manifesto that we announced before the election to retain this achievement. Every year during the budget formulation we follow the election manifesto,” she said.

Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League, said that her party has also opened the upcoming upazila elections for all her party members to make it participatory.

“It will also be scrutinised how much work has been done for the common people in the last 15 years while in power, and who could not deliver. Through it we will see who is accepted by the people,” she said.

She issued warning against any sort of confrontation in the upcoming local government elections.

“We do not want any kind of confrontation. Stern actions will be taken against the individuals responsible for it no matter who they are,” she said.

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Claiming that the 12th parliamentary election was free, fair and impartial, Hasina said that those who want to dispute the election, they must give clear evidence.

She said that elections have been held in many developed countries of the world, but these are yet to be accepted by their opponents.

“Even the post-election violence has resulted in murders. But the election in Bangladesh was very fair. Public administration, the armed forces, law and order enforcement and all those involved in the election have performed their duties impartially,” she claimed

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Political crisis nearing climax: Rizvi

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The BNP today said the country’s long-standing political crisis is now nearing its climax as people are taking to the streets risking their lives to resist a one-sided election.

“The chief election commissioner surrendered to Sheikh Hasina instead of protecting the interests of the people and taking proper steps to ensure a free, fair, and participatory election,” Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, senior joint secretary general of the party, said in a virtual press conference.

The BNP leader alleged that the EC announced the schedule for the next election ignoring the continuous movement for free and fair elections.

Rizvi also alleged that the commission announced the election schedule on the instruction of the government, ignoring the appeals of the country’s civil society, the international community, and foreign diplomats.

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“When the CEC announced the schedule, he should have also mentioned the time of voting, whether it will be at night, or during the daytime, or early morning.”

The BNP leader said the government has established a regime where those who demand free and fair elections are being attacked.

He said their ongoing movement to restore the power and rights of the people will be a warning for all the autocrats.

Rizvi said the BNP leaders and activists are being arrested indiscriminately. “If they [law enforcers] can’t detain them, they are arresting their fathers, fathers-in-law, younger brothers, and even women in the house.”

He said law enforcers arrested more than 12,900 leaders and activists in 289 cases across the country since October 28.

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