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AKBAR ALI KHAN, OC KASHIMPUR THANA ADDRESSING THE MEDIA, IT WAS RUMOUR FUELLED BY A VESTED QUARTER TO CREATE ANARCHY. SHOW MORE – EHSAN ABDULLAH PRESS BRIEF
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DAUGHTER OF SLAIN BANGLADESH LEADER ENTERING THE POLITICAL WARS
STUART AUERBACH . SEPTEMBER 10, 1981
The door was unlocked reverently and inside stood a large unmade bed filled with an untidy jumble of clothes. Off to one side were shelves with shoes, and a dust-covered rack holding a man’s pipes was thrown on the floor. There were splattered stains on the far wall that the guide said were blood.
This is the second-floor bedroom of the father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, looking today exactly as it did when it was returned to his relatives after he and most of his immediate family were slain in that house as part of a bloody coup on Aug. 15, 1975.
Across the family living room, behind another locked door, is the front staircase where a framed Bangladesh flag covers the spot on the stairs where Mujib’s bullet-riddled body was found. His blood was reported to be still on the steps, covered by the flag.
The family house was taken over last week by Mujib’s 34-year-old daughter, Sheik Hasina Wazed, who was elected president in February of his Awami League party while she was still in exile in New Delhi. She and her sister, both out of the country at the time, were the only members of his immediate family to escape the 1975 assassination.
Her rise to power within the party responsible for the founding of Bangladesh illustrates the dynastic quality of politics in South Asia, where India’s Indira Gandhi took over from her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, and now is grooming one son to succeed her after another died in a plane crash.
In Pakistan, the chief opponents to the martial law government of Mohammed Zia ul-Haq are the wife and daughter of executed former president Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and in Sri Lanka, former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike took over from her late husband and now is battling her son for leadership of the opposition party.
“Whatever I have is because of the people’s love of my father, so they love me and respect me too,” said Sheik Hasina during an interview here last week in the library of her father’s home, with the neatly labeled shelves filled with his books arrayed behind his small desk at which she sat.
Her aim is to avenge her father’s death, and leaving his house–bloodstains and all–as a monument to the massacre of her family appears to be part of that aim.
Since her father’s assassination president Ziaur Rahman–himself slain three months ago–has built up a formidable personal following and political machine that the acting president, Abdus Sattar, has inherited.
Sattar, though he is 75 and ailing, is favored in the Nov. 15 elections, which were twice postponed to meet Awami League demands.
The acting president, a former justice of the Bangladesh Supreme Court before he was appointed vice president, has pledged to continue the policies of Ziaur Rahman. Since he is considered too infirm to rule for very long if he should win the election, most of the politicking within the ruling Bangladesh National Party concerns who will be selected as vice president and become the heir to Sattar.
The Bangladesh National Party, created by Zia, has managed to capture the middle ground in Bangladesh politics and to pull together many differing factions into one group. Furthermore, it has left the many opposition parties–with the exception of the Awami League–so badly fractured that they are seen as having no chance.
The only other candidate of note is retired Gen. M.S.G. Osmany, 63, who led the Bangladesh forces in the independence battles. He is running under the mantle of a citizens’ committee, not a party, and is calling for a switch from the presidential to the parliamentary form of government.
During her interview, Hasina remained coy about whether she would run for president and, indeed, whether the Awami League would participate at all in the election.
“If the elections are not free and fair,” she said, “what is the use of participating?”
Furthermore, some of her close associates in the Awami League are known to have advised her to stay out of the election on the grounds that she is unlikely to win this time around.
She has no base of her own in Bangladesh, and her only support comes from being Mujib’s daughter. Both she and the Awami League are tarred with the brush of being pro-India at a time when feeling against New Delhi is running high in the country.
The pro-India taint intensified when Hasina hesitated for months before returning here after Zia guaranteed her a safe conduct and the Awami League elected her its president. Moreover, her husband, an atomic scientist, has remained in New Delhi where he works for the Indian government.
Although India played a major role in Bangladesh’s independence struggle, the two neighboring nations have fallen out in recent years. At present there are major points of friction, including a longstanding dispute over water rights and strong disagreement over the ownership of a newly formed island in the Bay of Bengal that Indian forces have occupied.
It is difficult to say how much popular support Hasina’s Awami League retains. Most political observers here believe it still can muster crowds of faithful for its rally on the strength of Mujib’s name alone.
But the mob of followers who normally cluster around major political figures in South Asia was missing from Mujib’s house after Hasina moved in last week. There were only a handful of people in her downstairs waiting room one morning last week compared to the hundreds that gathered there in her father’s day.
That was viewed as significant by long-time Western and Bangladeshi observers of South Asian politics
For this desperately poor country, however, the more significant question is how much has its development program been hampered by the political confusion following the May 30 assassination of the energetic and well-liked Zia.
He was known as the nation’s cheerleader and had made an international reputation for trying almost singlehandedly to lift Bangladesh from its position as the basket case of the world to a country with a viable economy. He was far from accomplishing that aim, but he appeared to have injected a sense of purpose into Bangladesh missing from most Third World nations.
There is no question that the momentum has been stalled during the past three months because of the attention that has been focused on politics. Yet the constitutional process has taken hold and elections are scheduled.
Nonetheless, there are fears that the violent strain that pervades Bangladesh politics may be coming to the fore. Already there are reports of explosions in Dacca and Deputy Prime Minister S. A. Bari has called on the Awami League to shun violence. Hasina, however, denied that her party has been violent and accused the ruling party of attacking Awami League workers.
PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1981
SHEIKH HASINA’S POPULARITY MARKS SIGNIFICANT RISE: IRI SURVEY
The popularity of prime minister Sheikh Hasina had marked a significant rise as around 66 per cent of people in the country had lent out their support for the Bangladesh premier while the Awami Leagueled government rode on at 64 per cent public support, said a survey conducted by the IRI.
The Washington-based International Republican Institute conducted the survey between April 10 and May 21, 2018. BSS received a copy of the survey in Dhaka on Monday.
The IRI collected data using a multi-stage stratified probability sample through in-person, in-home interviews. The sample was stratified by division, by district and by urban and rural locations.
The majority of people said the country was marching ahead in the right direction under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina while a sense of high optimism was vindicated over the current economic situation, said IRI, a non-profit and nonpartisan organisation committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide.
The IRI worked in Asia, Europe, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa.
The 33-page survey titled ‘National Survey of Bangladesh Public Opinion’ said that a staggering 62 per cent people believed the country was moving in the right direction and as many as 69 per cent people were satisfied with the current state of the economy.
On a similar note, overwhelming support was found in the government’s effort to ensure public security, given that around 68 per cent people were satisfied with the current security situation and 57 per cent people believed the security situation would improve in the coming days, said the survey.
Regarding provision of basic services, the government enjoyed an upbeat mood as 67 per cent people were happy with healthcare services, 64 per cent with power supply and 61 per cent with the development of roads, highways and bridges.
On the current state of democracy, around 51 per cent people expressed satisfaction with the current state of democracy and 51 per cent of the population vindicated their trust on the works of the parliament.
In addition, around 81 per cent people said they would cast their votes in the upcoming election while 51 per cent gave an affirmative nod to the current state of democracy in the country.
The sample consisted of 5,000 respondents, aged 18 and older, and was representative of the votingage adults nationally.
An earlier survey conducted by International Republican Institute illustrated a similar tenor of public opinion on the country’s progress.
Released in January 2016, the poll divulged 64 per cent of the respondents thought the country was heading in the right direction.
Another survey, conducted and released in 2015 by the British Council, ActionAid Bangladesh and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, showed 75 per cent of Bangladeshi youths saw the country as a more prosperous nation in the next 15 years and 60 per cent thought the country was heading in the right direction.
Preference of the survey participants revealed that Sheikh Hasina stood out as the most popular and trusted national leader in the country. 72.3 per cent respondents had a ‘good’ opinion about Sheikh Hasina’s capacity to run the country. In contrast, only 26.6 per cent respondents had a good opinion about Khaleda Zia running the country.
According to another 2015 IRI survey, around 67 per cent respondents said that Sheikh Hasina was the prime minister to be relied upon.
SEPTEMBER 04, 2018
BANGLADESH TO BE 26TH LARGEST ECONOMY
HSBC report says the country will be the biggest mover in global GDP ranking in 2030
M FAILURE RAHMAN
Bangladesh is likely to be the biggest mover in the global gross domestic product rankings in 2030, becoming the 26th largest economy in the world from 42nd now, according to the latest report of HSBC Global Research.
The report — The World in 2030: Our long-term projections for 75 countries — showed Bangladesh’s economy would jump 16 notches, the highest by any country, between 2018 and 2030.
Bangladesh would be followed by the Philippines, Pakistan and Vietnam and Malaysia on the list of the biggest risers.
“The starting point for a country is a key part of its potential growth. It is very clear that a country such as Bangladesh has far more potential for growth than one like Norway, which is far richer,” said the report, which was published recently.
HSBC’s long-term growth model projections showed that the real GDP growth of Bangladesh would be 7.1 percent per year up to 2030, the highest among the 75 countries included in the report.
The country is projected to grow 7.3 percent from 2018 to 2023, 7.0 percent from 2023 to 2028, and 7.2 percent from 2028 to 2033.
Bangladesh will be a $700 billion economy in 2030 from $300 billion now, according to the report.
The research refreshed HSBC’s long-term forecasting framework to make model projections for 75 developed, emerging and frontier economies to assess growth potential and changes in global rankings by 2030.
The report said China is set to continue to be the single biggest contributor to global growth over the next decade and by 2030, will have become the world’s largest economy. One of the most striking rises amongst the rankings will be by India, which is set to become the world’s third-largest economy in just over a decade, up from seventh today – leapfrogging the second- and third-largest developed economies of Germany and Japan.
The report focuses on six main categories of economic indicators: catch-up potential, population (size and shape), human capital (education and healthcare), politics, openness and technology.
Better educated workers are more likely to be productive, it said.
Poorer countries will have room to catch up by simply adopting best practice elsewhere, and those with strong governance are more likely to facilitate investment and growth. Environmental challenges will be one of the policy challenges, said the report.
“It is no coincidence that four of the top six countries for projected growth – India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh – also top the list of countries that have estimated to be the most vulnerable to climate change.”
The report said the biggest immediate danger to the projections is if the open borders that have delivered so much prosperity are closed.
“Recent actions by the US administration are not encouraging on this front as it is hard to see how such a wave of protectionism could benefit any individual economy, or the system as a whole.” Global growth would inevitably be weaker but as always, there would be distributional effects, it said.
The impact on confidence and investment would likely be negative while the disruption to integrated global supply chains established over the past few decades would ultimately weigh on living standards.
Natural disasters can send economies seriously off course as their development seeks to replace what was lost (although they have a temporary upward impact on GDP growth) rather than make any further leap forward.
The report said the quality of institutions will play a big role in delivering on the potential growth in a country. Without a regulatory environment that makes investment attractive and facilitates investment, potential growth will be lower.
OCTOBER 04, 2018
HPM SHEIKH HASINA RECEIVES‘INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’ AND THE ‘2018 SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP’
HPM SHEIKH HASINA RECEIVES‘INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’ AND THE ‘2018 SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been conferred with the prestigious ‘International Achievement Award’ and the ‘2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership’ for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas.
Inter Press Service (IPS), a global news agency, conferred the ‘International Achievement Award’ on her, while the Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, honoured the prime minister with the ‘2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership’.
The prime minister received the awards at two separate functions here Thursday evening.
She received the ‘International Achievement Award’ from Director General of International Organization for Migration Ambassador William Lucy Swing at a high-level reception at the Conference Room 8 of the UN Headquarters here.
Under Secretary General of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and Canadian Minister for International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke at the function while Director-General of IPS International Farhana Haque Rahman delivered the welcome address.
Sheikh Hasina received the ‘2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership’ from Irina Bokova, Honorary President of Global Hope Coalition, at the annual awards dinner of the organisation here.
The three other world leaders who also received the awards are President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufu, President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Receiving the awards, the prime minister said: “I dedicate this award to the people of my country who have opened their hearts and houses to shelter 1.1 million traumatised forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals”.
On this very auspicious moment, the prime minister remembered Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose visionary leadership Bangladesh earned sovereignty and independence in 1971.
Sheikh Hasina said she believes that it is the duty of all responsible nations to show humanity to the distressed and displaced people all around the world.
“In our efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from our own resources, we allocated approximately US$ 5 million,” she said.
Additional amount of roughly US$ 380 million is allocated for building homes and fortify land, she said.
“We have to bear in mind that the causes of the crisis is rooted in Myanmar. Hence, the solution is also to be found in Myanmar,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on creating a conducive environment in Myanmar for ensuring safety, dignity, livelihood options and re-integration process for the return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.
“The international community has a clear obligation to collectively address the source of the problem in Myanmar and engage effectively with its government to prevent further exodus,” she said.
In addition, Sheikh Hasina said, the voluntary return of Rohingyas can only be ensured with collective actions by the international community to ensure prevention of repetition of atrocity crimes against ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar by establishing international, independent and impartial mechanism to put accountability into effect.
During the Bangladesh’s nine-month Liberation War, the premier said, about 10 million people of Bangladesh took refuge in India. “I and my family became internally displaced in Dhaka itself in 1971 during our Liberation War. I was at that time expecting my first child who was born in captivity,” she said.
“I was also forced to stay out of the country for 6 long years as refugee after my father, the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with my mother, three brothers, the youngest one only a 10-year-old, sisters-in-law, uncle, was brutally assassinated on 15 August in 1975. Who else could better realise the pain and distress of a refugee,” she said.
The prime minister thanked the Inter Press Service for enormous contribution to the field of journalism.
She expressed sincere gratitude to the Global Hope Coalition and its Honorary President Ms Irina Bokova for recognising the efforts of her government and the people of Bangladesh with this honour.
“Nonetheless, I wish I never had to stand here for the reason I am standing here today. I wish the world never had to witness the worst form of violence and atrocities that has been committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar,” she said.
The premier called upon the international community to keep up their pressure on Myanmar and resolve the Rohingya crisis at the earliest.
Prime Minister’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Energy Adviser Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Health Zahid Malek Swapan, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Ministry Dr Dipu Moni and other entourage members of the prime minister were present at the function.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
SHEIKH HASINA: DAUGHTER OF DEMOCRACY AND HERALD OF CHANGE
She gave the nation a new vision – Vision 2021, transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income country. She gave Bangladeshis the dream of Digital Bangladesh- an IT-based country. Four decades into independence, she has brought solace for 3 million martyrs and their families by initiating the much-awaited war crimes trial.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the country to witness the economy growing at a record pace. Her prudent leadership ensured the primary school enrolment rate reaching the highest it has ever been. Her visionary approaches to women empowerment earned her global acclamation. During her first tenure, she made the peace treaty – ending decades-long conflict between indigenous people and Bengali settlers. Most importantly, she is the custodian of the spirit of 1971-Liberation War of Bangladesh.
The daughter of assassinated parents – the sister of murdered brothers, she literally turned grief into courage to lead the country. Following the assassination of most of her family members by a group of disgruntled army officers, she had to spend six years in exile. Her comeback, in 1981, meant the comeback of democracy, the farewell to unelected power and beginning of the national progress. She herself survived as many as 19 murder attempts including 2004-grenade attack by militants, backed by the then BNP led government.
Elected the Prime Minister for the third time in 2014, she is putting her best to build a poverty and hunger free country as envisioned by her father –the father of the nation – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A Born Leader
She was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj district on September 28, 1947 – the year marking the births of two countries – India and Pakistan. Bangladesh became a part of Pakistan. Her father spent most of times organizing movements against the repressive regime of Pakistan. Sheikh Hasina as a student leader took part in pro-liberation movements. She actively participated in anti-Aiyub (the then President of Pakistan) movement in 1962.
As the Vice President of the students’ union at Eden College, she led a movement in demand of building Shaheed Minar (memorial for language martyrs) in all educational institutes. Her movement turned into a success. Language heroes sacrificed their lives in 1952 protesting Pakistan’s decision to wipe out Bangla as a state language. During the 1971-Liberation War of Bangladesh, her father Bangabandhu was arrested and landed in Pakistani jail. Sheikh Hasina with her mother Begum Mujib, both confined to house, played a vital strategic role in the war.
Champion of Change
On December 12, 2008 evening, Sheikh Hasina presented “the charter of change” – the election manifesto of Awami League which later became the unanimously accepted charter in the ninth parliamentary election. In the election, her party won 264 seats out of 300. The charter outlined the nation’s roadmap to become a middle income country within 2021.
To that goal, under her discreet leadership, the national GDP rose to 7.01 – the per capita income soared to USD 1466 – poverty dropped by its half to 22.04% – 10 million jobless were employed.
She herself is one of top 100 women in the world. She works untiringly to transform the fate of country’s women as well. Her remarkable contribution to women and girls education earned her ‘Tree of Peace’ award by UNESCO.
Her policies have turned around 20 million lives. The United Nations General Assembly has adopted her six-point resolution on poverty. In addition, many state-premiers and international organisations working on reducing poverty have come up with effusive praises for her.
During first term, her government constructed Jamuna Multi-purpose bridge, 11th largest bridge of the world. In the wake of the devastating 1998-flood, her government supplied food to around 20 million helpless people. Some remarkable achievements also took place in that regime – gaining food security, 21st February (mother language day of Bangladesh) getting recognized as the International Mother Language Day.
For her contribution in expanding information technology, ensuring healthcare to grassroots level, improvement of society’s distress people through safety net programme and success in poverty alleviation, she has been honored with ‘South South Cooperation Visionary’ Award of United Nations.
For building a healthy future for the her people and to set an example for the developing countries, Sheikh Hasina put her best to ensure healthy mother and healthy child. This tireless effort came with an achievement in 2011 as Bangladesh achieved the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by 50 percent well ahead of 2015.
The Path Finder of Democracy
Sheikh Hasina led Bangladesh to the path to democracy. With her untiring struggle and dynamic leadership, she had been succeeded in her attempt to free the country from the deadly clutch of military regime in 1990 through the all-party political movement.
Her party Awami League became the main opposition under her leadership through 1991-national election. In 1996, her leadership led Awami League to secure a win in the national election
Black chapters again took over in 2001. BNP-Jamaat formed the government. It was in this tenure militants raise their ugly heads. Simultaneous bombing in all 64 districts of Bangladesh occurred on a single day, 17th August, 2005.On January 11, 2007, the Awami League’s all-out movement, led by Sheikh Hasina, resulted in the cancellation of the election – an evil design of the incumbent BNP-Jamaat alliance to assume state power depriving people of their rights to franchise. The state of emergency was announced. A military backed caretaker government took over. Conspiracies went on to overthrow Sheikh Hasina from politics. She was arrested on July 16, 2007.
Amid public protest and mass signatures against her detention, she was released in parole on June 11, 2008. She went abroad for treatment and came back on December 4. Her party won the ninth parliamentary election.
Upon completion of successful five year, public faith in her Vision-2021 got her elected again in 2014 for next five years.
As for her noble cause, she has always been a target of militants and fundamentalists due to her anti-terrorism stance. Till date, she survived as many as 19 murder attempts – the fiercest one taking place on 21st June, 2004. It appeared like a doom’s day at the capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue. Grenades were showered on a Sheikh Hasina-led anti-terrorism rally. Then came bullets. Party leaders, activists and supporters cordoned around Sheikh Hasina, the then leader of opposition. At least 30 (thirty) of them died.
In the aftermath, the area was left with sandals, fleshes and blood. Hasina herself suffered severe hearing complications.
Throughout her life, Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated a resilient endeavor to promote peace and disarmament within the communities and across the globe. Her government strongly believes in the centrality and legitimacy of the UN as the custodian of global peace, security and development. Her commitment to international peace is manifested through Bangladesh’s flagship UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) Resolution on ‘Culture of Peace and Non Violence’. She has overseen the contribution of 128,133 peacekeepers in 54 peace missions of United Nation.
Earlier, in 1998, Sheikh Hasina persuaded India and Pakistan not to start nuclear-arm competition when both the nations tested explosions of nuclear bombs. In recognition of her contribution for signing of the CHT Peace Treaty, UNESCO bestowed its Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize upon her. In 2013, she received Rotary Peace Prize.
On January 12, 2010, she was awarded Indira Gandhi peace Prize for her campaign for peace and development.
Custodian of the Spirit of 1971
Flag destroyers cannot be trusted with flags. But a previous government had given the war criminals of the Liberation War of 1971, the rights to put national flag on their cars! The ‘Razakaars’ who assisted the West Pakistani Army to kill 3 million Bangladeshi people and rape 300,000 mothers and sisters, were awarded with ministries to govern! Voted back to power for the second time, Sheikh Hasina, in 2009, set up the highly transparent, impartial and independent International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in line with her electoral promise to end the culture of impunity enjoyed by the war criminals. Some of the sentences have been carried out. Many of the war criminals are now facing the trial.
Protector of Our Nation’s Sovereignty
Thanks to her visionary diplomatic policies, the parliament of India has passed the historic Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh. This marked the end to four decades of old miseries of the enclave people. During her 2009-2013 tenure, Bangladesh won two maritime disputes with India and Myanmar. Bangladesh gained 19,467 square-kilometres out of total 25,602 square-kilometres disputed area with India in the Bay of Bengal.
Unyielding struggle and revolutionarily works of Sheikh Hasina for the betterment of mankind have made her a leader beyond the boundaries. Honors and awards continue to follow her. Now she has set her goal to uphold Bangladesh to the developed world. With her uncompromising stance towards the betterment of her men and her long journey in country’s development, it is needless to say, only Sheikh Hasina holds the key to the future Bangladesh.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
SHEIKH HASINA WORLD’S BEST IN DECISION MAKING
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been considered as the most prudent leader in the world. Evaluating the decision-making expertise of the world leaders, Peoples and Politics conducted a study considering at least 5 criteria. These are, 1. What shortest possible time it took to make a decision? 2. How accurately was the decision considered? 3. What impact did the decision have on humanity? 4. What was the backwash of the decision? and 5. What positive impact did the decision have on the prevailing problems?
According to the research of Peoples and politics, the most sensible decision taken by any leader of state or government in the past 5 years was `sheltering the persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar`. In August 2017, Bangladesh opened its borders to the displaced Rohingyas. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commented that Bangladesh will help the persecuted. The second most prudent decision was of Germany`s Chancellor Angela Markel, who opened the borders of Germany to shelter refugees from war-torn countries. The decision to screen thousands of refugees of the Syrian civil war was brave, exact and humanitarian. UK`s former Prime Minister David Cameron`s announcement of resignation following the victory for leave supporters was the third best decision in the last 5 years. This decision is said to be a unique example of respecting the democracy and people`s opinion according to Peoples and Politics. The fourth most sensible decision was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when he asked the people to occupy the streets by sending a FaceTime message and curbed an attempted military coup. The fifth most effective decision according to the Peoples and Politics, was taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On November 2016, the Government of India announced the demonetization of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi series as a take on corruption, terrorism and black money. The decision was equally challenging and risky for the largest democracy of the world.
The backdrop of selecting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the wisest decision maker among the world leaders, as stated in People and Politics` research study, is “Rohingya issue would have resulted in an undeniable humanitarian crisis if it wasn’t for Sheikh Hasina who made the kind-hearted, discreet and valiant decision.” And not only the Rohingya issue, the research study had come up with several other examples which testify the bold, calculated and long-sighted decision-making aptness of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Among them, the most acclaimed and praised decision was to construct the Padma Bridge with the country`s own funding. The `zero-tolerance` policy in countering militancy is exemplified as well as regarded as a model in the research paper.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018
HASINA RECEIVES GLOBAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AWARD, FLOATS FOUR PROPOSALS FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for forging a new global alliance to promote women rights as she received the Global Women’s Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution to the women empowerment.
“We have to forge a new alliance to support the women and uphold their rights. Together, we must act on our shared culture, tradition and values to benefit millions of women in need. Let us mobilize our strength,” she said at the award-giving ceremony in Sydney on Friday evening.
The prime minister received the accolade from Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad at a gala dinner of the Global Summit of Women 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The US-based Global Summit of Women conferred the award on Hasina for her leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.
A video documentary on the political life of Hasina, Bangladesh’s economic progress and different initiatives for women empowerment by her government was screened at the awards ceremony.
Speaking at the function, the prime minister said, “I am highly glad and deeply honoured to receive the Global Women Leadership Award 2018. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Global Summit of Women for nominating me for the prestigious accolade and organising this gala event.”
Dedicating the award to the women across the world, she said, “It is a great pleasure for me to see the women change-makers, who have gathered here from different parts of the world, and are delivering on the theme “Women: Creating Economies of Shared Value”.”
According to the Global Gender Gap ranking 2017, Bangladesh ranks 7th among 155 countries in political empowerment of women. It’s place on the overall gender gap index is 47.
Highlighting her government’s initiatives for women’s empowerment, Hasina put forward four proposals at the event:
First, work to overcome traditional gender stereotypes regarding women’s ability.
Second, reach marginal and vulnerable women who are still less fed, not schooled, underpaid and violated. No woman and girl should be left behind.
Third, enhance women’s productivity by addressing health hazards specific to women.
Fourth, create equal opportunities for women in all sectors of life and livelihoods.
APRIL 27, 2018