THERE’S A NEW ‘ASIAN TIGER’

THERE’S A NEW ‘ASIAN TIGER’

JONATHAN GARBER

When people talk about the “Asian Tigers,” they’re typically referring to Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The four countries experienced rapid growth between the 1960s and 1990s.

But now there’s another country that should come to mind: Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh economy has been one of the top performers in Asia over the past decade, averaging annual growth of more than 6%. Much like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan during the industrialization of their economies, most of of the growth that Bangladesh has experienced has come from garment exports, which the CIA World Factbook says accounts for more than 80% of its exports.

In a note sent out to clients on Monday, Gareth Leather and Krystal Tan, Asia economists at Capital Economics, wrote that Bangladesh has picked up about two-thirds of China’s low-end manufacturing market share in Europe.

But if Bangladesh is to reach the government’s ambitious growth target of 8% a year by 2020, “it is essential that it starts to diversify out of the garment trade into other sectors, such as electronics and other consumer durables, where there is more scope to add value.”

In order to diversify out of the garment trade, Bangladesh must do two things, according to Leather and Tan: Improve its infrastructure and investment climate.

Poor infrastructure makes it difficult to transport goods across the country. Additionally, more than 20% of the population of more than 156 million (about 31 million) aren’t connected to the power grid, and companies often have to use their own back-up power generators because of the high susceptibility to blackouts.

Those factors, combined with high levels of corruption, make Bangladesh one of the hardest places in the world to conduct business. According to Capital Economics, “more needs to be done on reducing corruption, simplifying customs procedures, making land acquisition easier, improving private sector companies’ access to credit and making the security situation more stable.”

Ease of doing businessCapital Economics

The government is already taking steps to improve the investment climate. Here’s Leather and Tan:

“Among the measures the government is planning to introduce include removing red-tape to expedite the process of starting a business (to seven days instead of 19.5 days), issuing construction permits within 60 days (instead of the current 278 days) and reducing the time it takes for a company to be connected to the national grid to 28 days (compared with 404 days at present). There are also plans to simplify property registration, enhance contract enforcement, streamline cross- border trade procedures under a World Bank- sponsored agenda, and digitise tax payments to improve collection. Progress on these fronts would increase Bangladesh’s appeal as an investment destination.”

The capital markets are taking notice. Bangladesh’s local stock market, the DSE 30, rallied 15.5% during the first quarter of 2017. It’s up another 2.3% in the first week of the second quarter.

In a note sent out to clients on Thursday, Exotix Partners Head of Frontier Markets Equity Strategy, MENA and South Asia Research, Hasnain Malik says the market is being powered higher by earnings growth, local interest in equities, and increasing foreign investor interest.

Malik believes there is a lot to like about the market’s fundamentals:

  • Domestic political stability
  • Geopolitical support from regional powers China and India
  • Macroeconomic growth and currency stability
  • Fast-paced urban growth and extreme population density
  • Almost all of the 20 biggest publicly traded companies offer direct exposure to Bangladesh’s domestic economy

“In our view, it is too early to let go of the tiger’s tail,” Malik writes. “Bangladesh public equity valuations are just beginning to catch up with its high growth and high returns on capital…”

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APRIL 06, 2017

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‘ASIAN TIGER’ BANGLADESH FEATURED IN WEF VIDEO

‘ASIAN TIGER’ BANGLADESH FEATURED IN WEF VIDEO

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has featured Bangladesh in its new video as the new “Asian Tiger” for its top economical performances in Asia over the past few decades.

The video was shared on Facebook on Wednesday.

The video shared on Wednesday states that Bangladesh’s economy has grown at an average of 6%, over the past 10 years, and that the nation is relishing such growth with the support of the textile industry which makes 80% of the country’s export.

Besides, Bangladesh has also taken 66% of China’s low-end manufacturing share in Europe.

However, the WEF also depicts that Bangladesh needs to develop the environmental and infrastructural investment in order to diversify out of the garment trade.

WEF reports, poor infrastructure hinders the transportation of goods across the country. In addition, more than 20% of the population is disconnected to the power grid. Therefore, companies often have to use their own back-up power generators because of the high vulnerability to blackouts.

The WEF also considers corruption as a major drawback for the country’s business sector.

According to Capital Economics, “more needs to be done on reducing corruption, simplifying customs procedures, making land acquisition easier, improving private sector companies’ access to credit and making the security situation more stable”, so that companies can pursue their business without any obstacles.

On April 6, the Business Insider UK said that Bangladesh would be a potential candidate for being on the list of Asian Tigers which already includes countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan – the four countries that experienced rapid growth between the 1960s and 1990s.

The Bangladesh government targets to achieve an ambitious growth of 8% by 2020.

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APRIL 21, 2017

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BANGLADESH: THE NEW ASIAN TIGER

BANGLADESH: THE NEW ASIAN TIGER

The Business Insider UK report said the Bangladesh economy has been one of the top performers in Asia over the past few decades

Asian Tigers refer to Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan – the four countries that experienced rapid growth between the 1960s and 1990s. Business Insider UK on Thursday suggested another name to add to the list: Bangladesh.

The report said the Bangladesh economy has been one of the top performers in Asia over the past few decades, averaging an annual growth of more than 6%.

Much like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan during the industrialisation of their economies, Bangladesh has attained most of its growth thanks to garment exports, which accounts for 80% of its total share of exports, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Citing Asia economists Gareth Leather and Krystal Tan of Capital Economics, a London-based economic research consultancy, the report said that Bangladesh has picked up about two-thirds of China’s low-end manufacturing market share in Europe.

But if Bangladesh is to reach the government’s ambitious growth target of 8% a year by 2020, it must diversify its trade into other sectors, like electronics and other consumer durables.

Leather and Tan put emphasis on improved infrastructure and investment climate as the major requirements needed to diversify out of the garment trade.

The two economists further claimed that poor infrastructure had made transporting goods across the country difficult.

Additionally, more than 20% of the Bangladeshi population of more than 156 million (nearly 31 million) were not connected to the power grid, and companies often had to use their own back-up power generators because of the high susceptibility to load shedding.

These factors, combined with high levels of corruption, have made Bangladesh one of the hardest places in the world to conduct business.

According to Capital Economics, more needs to be done to reduce corruption, simplify customs procedures, make land acquisition easier, improve private sector companies’ access to credit and make the security situation more stable.

In the latter part, the economists focused on the current government initiatives to improve the investment climate. For example, removing red-tape to expedite the process of starting a business (to seven days instead of 19.5 days), issuing construction permits within 60 days (instead of the current 278 days) and reducing the time it takes for a company to be connected to the national grid to 28 days (compared with 404 days at present).

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APRIL 09, 2017

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BANGLADESH’S GDP PER PERSON IS NOW HIGHER THAN PAKISTAN’S

EAST OVERTAKES WEST

BANGLADESH’S GDP PER PERSON IS NOW HIGHER THAN PAKISTAN’S

WHEN Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan in 1971, it was much poorer than the country it left. Industry accounted for only 6-7% of its GDP, compared with over 20% in Pakistan. The battle for independence had killed or displaced millions, damaged roads and railways, and severed ties with Pakistan’s bankers and industrialists (including the owner of one of the world’s biggest jute mills). Even before the war, Bangladesh had been trampled by another apocalyptic horseman: a cyclone killed hundreds of thousands in 1970. The country’s independence leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, complained that West Pakistan had not promptly shared its bumper wheat crop or “given a yard of cloth for our shrouds”.

Last month revealed a remarkable turnaround. Bangladesh’s GDP per person is now higher than Pakistan’s. Converted into dollars at market exchange rates, it was $1,538 in the past fiscal year (which ended on June 30th). Pakistan’s was about $1,470.

Strange as it may sound, Bangladesh jumped ahead because of an advance in Pakistan. On August 25th Pakistan released the results of its census, updating earlier population estimates. They showed that the country has 207.8m people, more than 9m more than previously thought. It may now have the fifth biggest population in the world, surpassing Brazil’s. But the new count also lopped 4-5% off Pakistan’s GDP per person, the arithmetic consequence of revealing so many more people.

A caveat should be noted. A dollar stretches further in Pakistan than in Bangladesh because prices in the former tend to be lower. So Pakistan’s $1,470 per person actually has more purchasing power than Bangladesh’s $1,538.

This is nonetheless a good moment to celebrate Bangladesh’s economic progress. Its annual growth has averaged more than 6% over the past ten years and has run above 7% over the past two. Industry accounts for 29% of its GDP. A country that once lacked cloth for shrouds now exports more ready-made garments than India and Pakistan combined. Working conditions are still far worse than they should be. They are also far better than they once were.

Bangladesh’s GDP per person received a boost from another source. Its last census, in 2011, led to a large revision of the country’s population, larger even than Pakistan’s. But in Bangladesh’s case, the revision was downwards.

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This article appeared in the Asia section of the print edition under the headline “East overtakes west”
SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

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BANGLADESH RISES LIKE A PHOENIX AND IS NOW IN FOR ECONOMIC MIRACLES LIKE KOREA

BANGLADESH RISES LIKE A PHOENIX AND IS NOW IN FOR ECONOMIC MIRACLES LIKE KOREA

By Lee Kyung-sik
Publisher, The Korea Post media
With Foreigh Relations Editors Min Byung-il and Park Young-ho

The Korean guests, and the ambassadors and other international guests, for that matter, were pleasantly surprised on the evening of March 27, 2015 at the Lotte Hotel as they unexpectedly heard Ambassador Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh welcoming the guests at the his National Day reception in ‘impeccable’ Korean language.

Annyong Hashimnikka?” he began meaning “Welcome to our celebration!” It can also translate, “How are you?”, “How have you been faring?” or “I can tell you are well!”—and the liberal translation could go on and on.

Ambassadors normally do so normally at the beginning of the speech and then return to English. In sheer contrast with almost all other hosts, Ambassador Rahman went all the way through! Most of the Korean guests were surprised both with admiration and astonishment—as it was truly a rare example.

Ambassador Rahman declared, “Rising like a phoenix from the devastations of the 1971 Liberation War, Bangladesh now is a proud nation with global reputation on all fields of socio-economic development.” Then he said, “Under the dynamic and courageous leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is marching forward towards materialising its Vision 2021 i.e., to become a middle-income country by the 50th anniversary of our independence.”

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Ambassador Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh and Minister of Health & Welfare Chung Chin-youb (11th and 8th from left, respectively) cut a celebration cake at the reception with other ambassadors.

Ambassador Rahman had a long string of important remarks which will be presented at end of this article, but this statement must be added first. He said, “We also visualise Bangladesh as a developed country by 2041. And we take great inspiration from the Korean development model—known widely as the Han River miracle.” (See excerpts from the speech of the ambassador at the end of this article.)

Yes, Bangladesh is most welcome to all the accomplishments we made through hard work on the part of the people and the wise leadership of the Presidents such as Park Chung-hee, Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun.

Korean dignitaries and distinguished international guests, as well as ambassadors, literally filled the ballroom to the brims. Among them, from the Korean side, were Minister of Health & Welfare Chung Chin-youb,

From The Korea Post media came Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik with Vice Chairmen Min Byung-il and Park Young-ho who provided assistance in the coverage of the function in all five media outlets of The Korea Post media, including http://www.koreapost.co.kr (Korean) and http://www.koreapost.com (English) as well as the regular-sized Korean-language print newspaper http://www.koreapost.co.kr/pdf/list.php.


Ambassador Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh speaks at the National Day reception of Bangladesh.

Among other important Korean guests in attendance were: CEOs Dongcheol Seol of WE Global Company LTD, Roe-Hyun Myung of LS Cable & System Ltd, Sungki Kim of Bluetooth Korea Corp and Soton of S.N. Food Co. Ltd.; Presidents Hee Chen Lee of Art Marketing Institute Co., Yoo Kun-Young of GCF (Global Cooperation Foundation), M. Zaman of World Trade & Tour Co. Ltd.; and Vice Presidents Si-Bo Joo of POSCO Daewoo and Jeffrey Han of S&H Global Trading Corp.

Among the senior diplomats attending the reception were Ambassadors Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d’Ivoire, Andrei Popkov of Belarus, Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya, Raul S. Hernandez of the Philippines, Rohana Ramli of Malaysia, Tito Saul Pinilla Pinilla of Colombia, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Hakan Okcal of Turkey, Riyad A. Almubaraky of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hernan Brantes Glavic of Chile, Bader Mohammad Al-Awadi of Kuwait, Mamadou Ndiaye of Senegal, Mohamed Abdelaal of Sudan, Ruben Eloy Arosemena Valdes of Panama, Shiferaw Jarso Tedecha of Ethiopia, Alexander Andreevich Timonin of Russia, Antonio Quintero Nobre of Portugal, Emma-Francoise Isumbingabo of Rwanda, Mohamed Ali Nafti of Tunisia, Khamsouay Keodalavong of Laos Republic, Dato Mohd Rosli Sabtu of Brunei Darussalam, Grecia Fiodalicia Pichardo Polanco of Dominican Republic, and Niroshani Manisha Gunasekera of Sri Lanka.

Spouses of the ambassadors pose for The Korea Post camera.
Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Rahman:

His Excellency Mr. Chung Chin-youb, Minister of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea (thanks Mr. Minister—I know you are also a renowned orthopaedic surgeon—for gracing this occasion with your kind presence here today; by the way, my wife is a medical microbiologist and I was also trained as a medical doctor)! My dear friends and colleagues from the Seoul diplomatic corps, and dear distinguished Korean friends.
26th March is the most important day in the lives of all Bangladeshis—living at home in Bangladesh, or abroad, like in Korea. On this day in 1971, our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu (Friend of Bengal) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman proclaimed independence of the Bengalee nation. This came after more than two decades of our peaceful political struggle to break the shackle of political oppression, cultural apartheid and economic injustices.

We pay profound homage today to the memories of our Father of the Nation as well as to the memories of three million martyrs of our glorious Liberation War of 1971. We are also indebted to more than 200,000 women and girls who lost their honour in the hands of the occupation forces and their local collaborators in 1971. I am happy to inform you that in order to achieve international recognition of one of the most heinous genocides committed in the history of mankind, Bangladesh parliament and the government has recently adopted 25 March as Genocide Day. We seek support of all nations in this regard to prevent recurrence of genocide and crimes against humanity—anywhere in the world.


Minister of Health & Welfare Chung Chin-youb makes a congratulatory speech.
Rising like a phoenix from the devastations of the 1971 Liberation War, Bangladesh now is a proud nation with global reputation on all fields of socio-economic development. Under the dynamic and courageous leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is marching forward towards materialising its Vision 2021 i.e., to become a middle-income country by the 50th anniversary of our independence. We also visualise Bangladesh as a developed country by 2041. And we take great inspiration from the Korean development model—known widely as the Han River miracle.

Korea has been a dependable development partner of Bangladesh ever since its birth as an independent nation. As the 3rd biggest foreign direct investor in Bangladesh, Korea has been a pioneer in Bangladesh’s industrialisation and infrastructure development. Bangladesh is also the 2nd biggest recipient of Korean ODA—aligned to Bangladesh’s development plans, a unique and distinct feature of Korean development cooperation.

Hundreds of Korean businesses and industries are operating in Bangladesh. Our bilateral trade hovers around US$2 billion—with huge potential for a quantum leap. Korea has been a major partner in our infrastructure development as well—be it in road or railway network, or in developing our health or ICT infrastructure. Korea’s participation in two of the biggest multi-purpose bridge construction projects in Bangladesh; or establishment of post-graduate nursing institute; or building a 1000-bed specialised hospital are just few testimonies of the two countries’ expanding horizon of cooperation.

Just in this month, a Korean conglomerate has won a huge exploration contract to explore deep sea off-shore gas reserves in Bangladesh. Next month, launching of a unique ICT project named Giga Island—to connect a remote Bangladeshi island with mainstream Bangladesh, through e-education, e-health and e-commerce—would bring a new trajectory in Bangladesh-Korea relations.

Thousands of Bangladeshi workers are working here with great satisfaction, and contributing to the economic development of both Bangladesh and Korea. Hundreds of Bangladeshi students are also doing higher studies in Korean universities. These students will learn from Korea’s development model and apply their knowledge in Bangladesh’s socio-economic and technological development.

Ambassador Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh, Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media, and Vice Chairman Park Young-ho of The Korea Post media
On the cultural front, the two countries share similar democratic and secular values. Bangladesh is a country of peaceful and secular people—just like our Korean brothers and sisters. As in Korea, women empowerment, health and education take the centre-stage in our development planning as well. We take pride in our rich and diverse cultural diversity, and welcome other cultures with open arms. No wonder the Korean wave or Hallyu has reached even the far-flanged parts of Bangladesh. Popular Korean TV dramas are now watched by millions of people in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi youths are great fans of K-Pop stars like Psy for his epic song Gangnam Style. Personally, I am great fan of Korean drama.
Just like in Korea, Bangladesh has many touristic attractions on offer. Some rarest and most ancient Buddhist monasteries and relics are just a few among many tourist attractions Bangladesh boasts about. Cox’s Bazaar—the 120 km-long soft-sand sea beach, is the longest unbroken sea beach in the world. Sundarban (beautiful forest) is the largest mangrove forest in the world where the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger roams around and draws eco-tourists from all over the world. I invite our Korean friends to visit Bangladesh, and enjoy the world-famous hospitality of the people of Bangladesh.

Lee Kyung-sik edt@koreapost.com

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MARCH 29, 2017

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BANGLADESH ECONOMY: A TALE OF MIRACLE

BANGLADESH ECONOMY: A TALE OF MIRACLE

MAKSUDUZZAMAN LASKAR

*** ”Moreover, some mega projects like Padma Bridge, Metro Rail, Nuclear power plant, Karnaphuli Tunnel, Expressway, Chittagong Coxes Bazar Railway, coal fired power plant in different location which are the symbol of future Bangladesh and would encourage the people to go with the entrepreneurship and new efforts.” ***

The performance of Bangladesh economy is considered one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In South Asia, Bangladesh has ranked 3rd after India and Bhutan in terms of annual GDP growth. A few years ago, Bangladesh was lagging behind Pakistan, but Bangladesh has now overtaken Pakistan. Bangladesh has overcome all challenges and defied all economic analysis with a steady progress in all indicators despite a sluggish world economy.Bangladesh economy has performed sustainable annual GDP growth in the last decade. During this period, economy has experienced a steady growth of over 6 per cent and exceeded 7 per cent per annum in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016 and with an expected growth 7 per cent rate in FY 2016-2017 as per provisional assessment.

According to estimates released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the economy grew by 7.1 per cent during FY 2016, compared to 6.6 per cent in FY 2015. In FY 2017, BBS provisionally estimated the GDP growth at 7.24 per cent.

In 2016, to the GDP, service and industry sector had a contribution of 53.1 per cent and 31.5 per cent respectively. On the other hand, the contribution of agriculture in GDP has decreased significantly. In 1990 the share of agriculture in GDP was 30 per cent and it came down to 15.4 per cent in 2016, whereas, the share of industry sector was only 7.70 per cent in 1990.

Consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has predicted for Bangladesh to be among the top three fastest growing economies in the world by 2030. They have also said in a report that Bangladesh will overtake Malaysia within 2050 in terms of GDP and PPP. As per their report, Bangladesh ranked 31st among 32 world largest economies in 2016.
World Economic Forum (WEF) published an article where Bangladesh touted to be a next Asian Tiger after South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

Bangladesh has also performed significant progress in some social sectors. Reducing child mortality, increasing life expectancy level, eradication of poverty and hunger, higher enrolment and reducing dropout in primary education, empowering women are the example.

As per Human Development Report 2015, infant mortality rate in Bangladesh is 30.7 per thousand but in India it is 37.9 per thousand. Life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh 70 years, but in India it is 66.5 as per the same report. Under age 5, mortality rate in Bangladesh is 37.6 per thousand, but in India it is above 40.

Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Bangladesh in the 1990/91 was 574 per 100,000 live births, which was one of the highest in the world. According to Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Survey (BMMS), maternal mortality declined from 322 in 2001 to 194 in 2010, a 40 per cent decline in nine years. As per Human Development Report 2015, Bangladesh ranked 142 out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index.

Textile industry is a key factor in Bangladesh economic advancement with a whopping about 80 per cent share of total export earning, contribution of foreign remittance, pragmatic economic policy taken by the government through introducing several social safety net programmes for poverty alleviation, strong political determination for subsidizing in Agriculture and export sector, balanced socio economic programmes to cover vulnerable areas like northern district and for the extremely poor people, ambitious ADP allocation to implement big projects, rapid infrastructural development programme taken by the government to facilitate power, road, bridges and connectivity.

The upward trend in the development of living standard has brought forth a target of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income country within 2021. Bangladesh became a lower middle income country in 2015.

The per capita income of Bangladesh rose to USD 1602 in FY 2016-2017 which was USD 1466 in 2015-2016 and USD 1316 in 2014-2015 and USD 1190 in 2013-2015. The poverty level has also reduced significantly. In 1991-1992 poverty rates were 56.70, and 40.40 per cent in 2005, but substantially reduced in 2010 to 31.5 per cent and in 2015 it was 24.81 per cent.

In 2015 ultra-poor people were estimated at 6.50 per cent. To achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), poverty reduction target was fixed at 1.20 per cent per year against which Bangladesh achieved 1.74 per cent.

There had been a common concern prevailing among some foreign and local analysts during ’70s, ’80s and ’90s about the economic future and stability of the country. This was also an assumption that the country will not be able to feed its people with its resources and would have to rely on the external sources to meet the demand for food and other essentials.

Moreover, authority failed to provide any visible or believable socio-economic plan or target encouraging the people. People only engaged themselves using their inherent capacity and entrepreneurship for their own existence and there was no goal in their mind how and how much they could contribute to their country.

Present ruling Awami League government is seen to visualize the prospect of the country to the people with some ambitious vision and mission to make the Bangladesh a middle-income country within 2021.

This has created some kinds of encouragement to the people and brought hope and aspiration which are very much required for them. Recently a national daily published a survey report showing that about 70 per cent of young respondents are satisfied with the state of the present economy.

Moreover, some mega projects like Padma Bridge, Metro Rail, Nuclear power plant, Karnaphuli Tunnel, Expressway, Chittagong Coxes Bazar Railway, coal fired power plant in different location which are the symbol of future Bangladesh and would encourage the people to go with the entrepreneurship and new efforts.

Sufficient energy, adequate infrastructure, eradication of corruption, good governance, people oriented administration, making easier for doing business and developing the best democratic practices will remain as challenges.

Recently, some of the economic indicators are showing negative trends. Workers remittance slowed down and achieved 14 per cent below the earnings of 2015-2016.
Export earnings of 2016-2017 have not met the target, though slightly higher than the previous year, flash flood in some districts during the Boro season may impact on rice production which may impact on food security temporarily. Some observers are predicting lower growth of export and remittance in the future.

However, in an economy, all the indicators might not behave similarly, but this does not indicate any immediate challenges. The instance of the abolishing quota system by the buyer countries on buying garments and collapse of Rana Plaza compelled observers to predict negative consequences but ultimately Bangladesh has succeeded in overcoming the situation.

Strong political commitment of ruling party towards economic development is necessary. With a pragmatic specific target of the government, people can also participate in the process of development. For example, the government has targeted to complete Padma Bridge within 2018 and expecting huge economic activities with the completion of this mega project.

People have been experiencing visible progress of the project and making their economic plan to have the benefit of the project. Padma Bridge is a good example how the new hopes and aspirations could create from an appropriate economic planning.

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AUGUST 22, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA WORLD’S 3RD HONEST POLITICIAN

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UN ADOPTS BANGLADESH’S RESOLUTION ON ‘CULTURE OF PEACE’


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BANGLADESH: MIRACLE OF THE EAST

BANGLADESH: MIRACLE OF THE EAST

MUHAMMAD IMRAN, AMBASSADOR OF BANGLADESH TO THE UAE

The country has remained resilient and continues on with its economic growth trajectory
Ibn Battuta, a fourteenth century Moroccan traveller and scholar who visited Bengal in 1346 AD, described this region as a water-soaked garden of immense fertility and opulence with abundance of food grains where most of the people were engaged in agriculture and in weaving textiles.

After almost seven centuries, the description of this renowned globetrotter still somehow fits to this deltaic plain of lush greenery that emerged in 1971 as an independent nation, Bangladesh. Today, this densely populated country of 144,000 sq km produces enough food for its 160 million people and with a booming apparel industry. Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of ready-made garments in the world. Although more than 50 per cent of the GDP is generated through the service sector, almost half of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector, with rice as the single-most-important product.

Stacking Intermodal container in Port of Chittagong

The nine-month war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 not only ravaged the economy but also completely destroyed the physical infrastructure of the country to such an extent that the country was ridiculed as a ‘basket case’ by a leading diplomat of that time. But the people of Bangladesh overcame this perilous economic and social condition with enormous courage and determination. They have strived and succeeded to rise from the ashes to bring vibrancy in the economy with continued expansion of infrastructural facilities.

Bangladesh has now become a role model for fighting poverty, empowering women and disaster management. It had met most targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of health and education. Life expectancy at birth in the country is 71 years, at least five years higher than that of its neighbours.

Bangladesh has made commendable progress over the past 40 years in achieving food security despite frequent natural disasters and population growth. Food grain production increased three and half times between 1972 and 2016, from 10 million tonnes to 35 million tonnes with one of the fastest rates of productivity growth in the world averaging 2.7 per cent per year since 1995. It is the fourth largest producer of rice in the world. Bangladesh’s agricultural sector has benefited from a sound and consistent policy framework backed up by substantial public investments in technology, rural infrastructure and human capital.

From an agrarian economy of 1970s, the economy is now increasingly led by export-oriented industrialisation. Bangladesh has become an example of growth, progress and development for the emerging economies. With a continued average economic growth of over 6 per cent during the last 10 years and despite various challenges faced as a developing country, Bangladesh now proudly stands as an emerging trade and investment destination in South Asia. The steady growth in export business, hard-working labour force and committed entrepreneurs supported by the pro-business, pro-investment policies are leading Bangladesh towards the line of global business competency.

Bangladesh’s unequivocal position for peace, harmony and regional stability together with the determined policy for economic cooperation and development through international as well as regional trade have helped the country achieve and retain this impressive economic status. Despite all odds at national and international levels, Bangladesh has remained resilient and continued on with its economic growth trajectory, recording an impressive GDP growth rate of 7.1 per cent in 2016.

Garment exports, the backbone of Bangladesh’s industrial sector, accounted for more than 80 per cent of total exports of $34.25 billion and surpassed $28 billion in 2016. The sector continues to grow. Other key sectors include pharmaceuticals, ceramics, leather goods, and electronics and light and medium industries. It is a major destination of global IT outsourcing and a globally acknowledged builder of ocean-going vessels. Bangladesh is one of the top bicycle exporters to the EU countries. The growth has been nurtured and sustained by adoption of newer technologies keeping pace with outside world. Bangladesh now has 130 million mobile phone users and about 60 million people are connected to the Internet.

BAPTA UNION COUNCIL, BOLA DISTRICT, BANGLADESH. PHOTO/JEFF HOLT WORLD PNEUMONIA DAY Kulsum (father) and Shah Alam (mother) with their baby Nadim, who was diagnosed and treated for pneumonia through the Community Health Volunteer program. Another baby died of pneumonia in 2005, prior to the start of Save the Children’s program.

Steady export growth combined with increasing flow of remittances from 10 million overseas Bangladeshis living across the world, which totalled about $15 billion, are the largest contributors to Bangladesh’s sustained economic growth. Bangladesh has also attained a satisfactory foreign currency reserve of $32 billion in recent months.

According to the World Bank and IMF, the Gross Domestic Product (based on current price) of Bangladesh is now $227 billion. It ranks Bangladesh as 44th in the world economy in terms of GDP. According to the World Bank, that will rise to $322 billion by 2021. Goldman Sachs had termed Bangladesh’s economy as ‘the miracle of East’.

In Bangladesh, a strong middle class is gradually forming which according to some estimates is close to 18 per cent of the population. Due to emerging middle class of about 30 million and in general better income level of common people, domestic demand is growing and that becomes an important driver of economic activity.

Bangladesh has been consistent in pursuing a policy of “friendship to all and malice towards none” as enshrined in the constitution. Bangladesh enjoys excellent relations with the member states of the UN. For more than two decades, Bangladesh remains a leading contributor to the UN peacekeeping missions across the globe. Currently, about 10,000 personnel from the armed forces and civil service of Bangladesh are assisting friendly countries under the UN peacekeeping missions.

The present government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has adopted a long-term perspective plan and has been working hard to transform Bangladesh into a knowledge based middle-income economy (by raising the per capita income to $2,000 which now stands at $1,466) by 2021. It also aspires to become a developed country by 2041 and thus realise the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a Sonar Bangla or Golden Bengal

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MARCH 26, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA: RISE OF A REMARKABLE WORLD LEADER

SHEIKH HASINA: RISE OF A REMARKABLE WORLD LEADER

MIR MOSHARREF HOSSAIN

Today is the 71st birthday of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She was born on September 28, 1947. Eldest daughter of the greatest Bengali of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina is three time’s Prime Minister of Bangladesh today. Due to her tireless and relentless efforts, Bangladesh is at the door of becoming a middle income country after overcoming so many obstacles. With grief of losing her family from inhuman and barbaric killings, she returned to Bangladesh from deportation ignoring dictator’s bloody-eyes on May 17, 1981. Beside adverse political, social and economic environment, the nature environment was also slumber the day she returned.

In her long struggling journey, she faced oppression, conspiracy and trickery to establish democracy to protect the people’s rights. She has been working since tirelessly with her life at stake for the implementation of the dreams of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Since she had closely observed her father’s political life from childhood and been involved with politics in her student life, she became active in politics after returning to Bangladesh to address the needs of people, stressed from dictator’s maladministration. Her father, and architect of independence, never walked behind in fulfilling Bengalis’ dream of independence despite a very long jail time. He was never scared for his life. That Sheikh Mujib’s blood runs through the veins of Sheikh Hasina.

At least 20 attempts were made to kill her prior and after her return to Bangladesh. But she never left her goal of implementing her father’s dreams. She has been working with great bravery. It is only a matter of time to fulfil Bangabandhu’s dreams considering her works for the people and the country’s development.

I want to mention an event here. I visited Germany to participate in a programme of World Newspaper Association. While sitting at the Bangladesh High Commission, I expressed my wish to visit the house where Bangabandhu’s daughters stayed on August 15, 1975. I came to know that, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana were not in Germany on that day. They were lucky to leave Germany just before. Because, after brutally killing Bangabandhu and his family members, Colonel Faruk-Rashid and their associates sent their men to that house to kill both Bangabandhu-daughters which was the very first attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina. Its Allah’s mercy and kindness, they just left Germany for Belgium. They received the news of the killings of their parents, brothers and family members there and their run for life and security started.

They reached India and meet Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India at that time. Sheikh Hasina remained in her shelter. After long six years, she returned to her homeland.
Listening to their post-1975 agony, any Bangladeshi will shed tears even today. And I remembered Sheikh Russel — a life, full of potential, was taken away by cruel bullets of assassins. Born on the same month of my birth, Sheikh Russel was only a year younger to me. Can we overcome this grief?

I have been very lucky to observe the daughter of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina, very closely being the chief patron of the country’s renowned children organization, Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela. She came to the programmes of the organization whenever possible. It revealed that she besides being a skilled leader is an affectionate mother.

***We find her humanism during her recent visit to the Rohingya refugee camps. Only a mother can embrace a child, who suffered inhuman torture and now living at the refugee camp, with tearful eyes like her.***

Talking personally about PM Sheikh Hasina, firstly, she is very truthful. Very easily, she tells the tough truths. She is very pious. Intense motherly love, she has deep inside, touches our heart the most. She draws everyone close to her like an affectionate mother. She owns a soft heart to make people her own. She is like a mother to some; like a sister to some; like an aunt to many — we find all affectionate roles of a woman in her. We find her humanism during her recent visit to the Rohingya refugee camps. Only a mother can embrace a child, who suffered inhuman torture and now living at the refugee camp, with tearful eyes like her. We doubt if any other statesman will ever be able to establish themselves as an idol of humanity like her. And that makes Sheikh Hasina different from everyone.

The signs of prudence that Sheikh Hasina displayed while leading this nation is very hard to portray in short. She declared to build ‘Digital Bangladesh’ after taking charge of the government for the second term in 2009. She promised that implementation of the ‘Padma Bridge’ project is her one of her first targets. She had to face international conspiracy with that project. But unstoppable Sheikh Hasina became stronger, braver. Works of Padma bridge project with own funding is proceeding in great speed. We are transforming into ‘Digital Bangladesh’ with high confidence. The people of Bangladesh have already started to get benefits of that. The country progressed significantly under her leadership.

Many criticized her decision of making Padma bridge with own funding and building ‘Digital Bangladesh’ as daydream. But these are not any dream or imagination, rather reality in front of the people of the world now.

During the three terms of Sheikh Hasina’s government, the people and the world witnessed huge development of Bangladesh. Many development projects have started under her guidance. Declaration and implementation of ‘Digital Bangladesh’; implementation of Vision 2021 on the way; punishment of Bangabandhu’s murderers; judgement and punishment of war criminals; enormous success in meeting country’s electricity demand; starting of Padma bridge project works; notable success in women’s empowerment and development; improvement in quality of education and uplifting literacy rate from 53.7 per cent (2008) to 72.3 per cent (2017); promoting foreign currency reserve from USD 5.79bn (2008) to USD 33.4bn (2017); elevating per capita income of Bangladesh from USD 698.7 (2008) to USD 1602 (2017); expanding the border and increasing the area of Bangladesh through successful claim of enclaves from India and sea area from both India and Myanmar; strong handling of terrorism inside the country; playing bold role in stopping insurgency from Bangladesh against neighbouring countries, etc are few among many success stories of her government.

The problem of influx of refugees, who are subject to ‘ethnic cleansing’ and inhuman torture, from Myanmar at the south-east border of our country is currently creating deep concern all around the world. We believe the diplomatic acumen of Sheikh Hasina will solve this international humanitarian problem.

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Sheikh Hasina has now become a world leader from people’s leader. She received international laurels and many coveted awards from all around the globe. ‘Planet 50-50 Champion’ award; ‘Agent of Change’ award; ‘Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize’; ‘Mother Teresa Award’; ‘M K Gandhi Award’; ‘Peace Tree Award’; ‘UN Environment Prize’; ‘Champions of the Earth Award’; ‘ICT Sustainable Development Award’; ‘South-South Cooperation Visionary Award’ are some of the most notable accomplishment of Sheikh Hasina. Fortune declared her 10th among 50 greatest leaders of the world in 2016.
Her political insight, honesty, devotion, patriotism and capability of leading in international arena, assures us that, Bangladesh received a proper leadership at proper time. If this type of leadership continues, the plan of making Bangladesh a middle income country by 2021 and developed country by 2041 will not be hard to achieve.
We all wish and pray for her good health on the 71st birthday.

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The author is the Chairman of Mohammadi Group of Companies Ltd
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA: AMBASSADOR OF PEACE

SHEIKH HASINA: AMBASSADOR OF PEACE

BAPPY RAHMAN

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, holds a place among the more distinguished in the history of Bangladesh. Her political struggle in the defence of democracy has placed her in a unique position, one which accords her the dignity which comes with being in the struggle.

Sheikh Hasina always spoke out against oppression and violation of human rights.

This commitment has hardened over the years particularly her parents, brothers and many relatives were brutally assassinated by the misguided members of the military in 1975 soon after the independence of Bangladesh. As her commitment, Bangladesh has always been at the global forefront in demonstrating its consistent engagement with human rights mechanisms and institutions and in living up to its national and international obligations to promote and protect human rights.

Sheikh Hasina recently visited the struggling refugee camp that has absorbed some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled recent violence in Myanmar. British media brands Sheikh Hasina as ‘Mother of Humanity’. The Rohingya crisis is a human rights crisis with serious humanitarian consequences. The Rakhine State in Western Myanmar is home to at least 800,000 Muslims, most of who self-identify as Rohingyas. For decades they have suffered legal and social discrimination. While there are historical economic relations with the Buddhist Rakhine community, there are also long-standing tensions between the two groups. In 2012, widespread violence in Rakhine left some 140,000 people, mostly Rohingya, displaced. On 25th August 2017, a deadly assault allegedly by Rohingya insurgents on multiple police posts in Northern Rakhine triggered a new cycle of violence, prompting an estimated 313,000 civilians to flee across the border into Bangladesh. The renewed fighting has resulted in humanitarian operations across Rakhine coming to an abrupt halt, leaving more than 350,000 people deprived of much-needed regular assistance. The latest clashes come less than one year after a previous assault by insurgents on three border guard posts on 9th October 2016 triggered a series of violent incidents and military operations that saw more than 87,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh in search of refuge. According to the UNHCR source, the initial influx of Rohingyas to Bangladesh dates back to 1978 with a large arrival in 1991-1992.

Presently, 33,148 are living in two official camps managed by the UN Refugee Agency in Nayapara and Kutupalong.

In a humanitarian gesture the government of Sheikh Hasina has earmarked about 2,000 acres of land to set up some temporary camps for the Rohingyas. Rohingya refugees are now entering Bangladesh in thousands through various points, thereby creating a massive socio-economic condition on this side of the border. Failing to find accommodation in the existing camps, hundreds of them have set up shanties on the roads.

They are also destroying forests and trees at various places in a bid to create temporary shelters. The enormity of the situation has prompted the government to handle it in a better and coordinated way. Sheikh Hasina has already instructed the Disaster Management and Relief minister to find land to construct temporary shelters for the refugees. Accordingly the said area has been earmarked at Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar to provide shelter to the Rohingyas on a temporary basis until they return to their homeland. The refugees will be given food and medical treatment and other humanitarian help as required. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament-‘No matter how much sufferings we’ve to go through, we’ll share our food with them, if necessary, as we can’t throw them (Rohingyas) into the Naf River or the Bay of Bengal. We’ll have to give shelter to them’.

Sheikh Hasina and her government successfully resolved the ethnic problems in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) through talks without any third-party mediation. The CHT Peace Accord ended 22 years of war between the Government of Bangladesh and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS). The accord was signed during Sheikh Hasina’s government on December 2, 1997, ending a two-decade long bush war that claimed the lives of 20,000. The indigenous community was persecuted and deprived of human rights, basic needs from the British colonial periods. Internal displacement of aboriginals was started by the Pakistan government and continued till 1997. Land grabbing, Bengali settlement, internal displacements, ethnic non recognition in constitution of country, militarization of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and others issues made the indigenous people revolutionary and ultimately force them to demand autonomy of CHT. The conflicts between indigenous people and government came to end after signing Peace Accord of CHT in 1997.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, center, meets with Rohingya Muslims at Kutupalong refugee camp, near the border town of Ukhia, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Hasina visited the struggling refugee camp that has absorbed some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled recent violence in Myanmar, a crisis she said left her speechless. (AP Photo/Saiful Kallol)

Through discussion and dialogue and through diplomacy, Sheikh Hasina resolved and implemented the 68-year old Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with India that brought justice and fairness to thousands of stateless people of both India and Bangladesh. After extensive talks between Prime Minister Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, the two sides signed 22 agreements, including on cooperation in maritime safety and to curb human trafficking and fake Indian currency. Under this agreement India received 51 Bangladeshi enclaves (covering 7,110 acres) in the Indian mainland, while Bangladesh received 111 Indian enclaves (covering 17,160 acres) in the Bangladeshi mainland. The enclave residents are to be allowed to either reside at their present location or move to the country of their choice. After the Land Boundary Agreement, India lost around 40 square kilometres to Bangladesh.

Under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, Bangladesh was successful in passing two other landmark resolutions with consensus in 2012. These are:

Autism and other Disabilities and People’s Empowerment. Sheikh Hasina believes in ‘inclusivity’— no one must be left behind in the nation building efforts and also in enriching and contributing to humanity.

The global leaders applauded Sheikh Hasina’s achievements and they honoured her by awarding a number of UN Awards such as MDG-4 Award in 2010 when she achieved MDG-4 goal, South-South News Award in 2013 when she successfully interlinked local 13,800 clinics and 4,501 Union Information Service Centres with digital Internet connection, South-South Leadership Award in 2014 as she provided vision and leadership to global South. In 2015, she received two other UN awards. These are: Champion of the Earth for taking visionary leadership role in handling climate change, ITU Award for her leadership in telecommunication.

Sheikh Hasina often says, ‘I do politics for the people’. She is truly a symbol of peace and stability. She is a symbol of accommodation and wellbeing. Sheikh Hasina is the ambassador of peace.

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[The author acknowledges with gratitude the different sources of information.]
The writer is an Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Jagannath University, Dhaka
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

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FORGET AUNG SAN SUU KYI. THIS IS THE REAL HEROINE OF THE ROHINGYA CRISIS

FORGET AUNG SAN SUU KYI. THIS IS THE REAL HEROINE OF THE ROHINGYA CRISIS

This article first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute site.

In my Wall Street Journal column this week, I contrast the leaders of two neighboring countries in the news lately — Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina.

Though Ms. Suu Kyi is far better known in the West than Ms. Hasina, the two leaders’ lives bear striking similarities. Both were born in the turbulent 1940s, during the first flush of independence for many postcolonial Asian nations.

Their fathers — Gen. Aung San and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — are regarded as the founding fathers of their nations. Political rivals assassinated both of them.

An additional piece of trivia: Both leaders spent a part of their lives in Delhi, Suu Kyi as a student in the 1960s, and Hasina in exile after the 1975 murder of her father and much of his family.

Of the two, the soft-spoken Suu Kyi has a much larger following in the West. Since she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her campaign to restore democracy to her country, Suu Kyi has symbolized quiet determination against great odds. Her fluent English and cosmopolitan image have not hurt.

By contrast, Hasina, despite being born into a prominent family herself, has never been part of her country’s Anglophone elite. After interviewing her last week in New York, I asked her to sign a copy of her father’s unfinished memoir for me. She wrote her name in elegantly lettered Bengali.

GettyImages-130232357 Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Bangladesh’s prime minister, at the Chancellory on October 25, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Carsten Koall/Getty

But though “the lady of Dhaka” may not translate as readily for Western consumption as “the lady of Yangon,” the Rohingya crisis is undoubtedly Hasina’s moment.

By accepting a large number of refugees in her poor and densely populated land, Hasina has shown greater compassion than many leaders from larger and richer countries. As Hasina said to me, “Bangladesh is not a rich country, but we have a big heart.”

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Sadanand Dhume is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
OCTOBER 02, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA NEW STAR OF EAST

SHEIKH HASINA: NEW STAR OF EAST

KHALEEJ TIMES: SHEIKH HASINA NEW STAR OF EAST

A leading daily newspaper of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on September 30 highly appreciated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her humane approach in the Rohingya issue, dubbing her as the “new star of the East.”

“The Bangladesh prime minister is the new star of the East … expressions has no better hero than her this week – for her compassion and empathy in opening the border to save thousands of fleeing Rohingya,” noted journalist Allan Jacob wrote in an article in the Khaleej Times, the longest running English language newspaper published in the UAE.

“We should have featured Sheikh Hasina on these pages earlier, before despots, tyrants, shamed gurus, and other wannabe nobodies who became somebodies,” he acknowledged in the article titled “Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion.”

“But it’s always nice to look at issues and personalities in hindsight, as is my wont. Let me also confess here that my original idea for this week’s column revolved around a South Indian actor and his opportunistic pitch at political stardom, but I shifted gears when I realised the Bangladeshi prime minister was the new star of the East,” Jacob wrote.

He said: “Yes, we missed this noble trait as the media was distracted by a Nobel peace laureate’s fading charm in Myanmar. I too bear the burden of guilt for ignoring Sheikh Hasina’s humane approach to an unfolding catastrophe though I intently listened to her speak last week during the UN General Assembly summit. “It broke my heart,” the premier said.

Jacob wrote with leaders like the Bangladeshi PM at the helm, there remains hope in a world that is suffering from migration fatigue. Her actions seemed faint at first, but when Khaleej Times sent a reporter to the centre of the crisis on Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar where thousands of hungry people scrounge for a meal, live in ramshackle dwellings amid the dirt, grime and filth, the gravity of the problem came to light. It hit us hard and it hurt.

“I realise journalism is a collaborative effort, where ideas, people and their feelings come together for the right Expressions – and a universal cause. It’s okay to disrupt some ideas for a creative and emotional process that rattles and shakes you out of your comfort zone,” he said.

Jacob wrote world media are guilty of reporting the exodus through the eyes of Suu Kyi, who appears helpless to save the Rohingya after they were driven out by the Myanmar army from Rakhine, a state in the country. Many do not realise that the junta still wields real power in the country though her party, the National League for Democracy, won the polls two years ago.

For Suu Kyi, he it is about surviving her electoral gains – or should I say spoils of the ballot – than preventing a mass of people from being thrown out of the country. She is a refugee of her personal political struggle that has not found its social and human voice. She’s entrenched and struggling to break free from the trappings of power and the paraphernalia of being First Counsellor, as her military resorts to ethnic cleansing.

Indeed, she has dug herself into a hole and has become a symbolic leader who is devoid of emotion when talking of human suffering – she looked pale, a shade of her former activist self when she defended the purge.

“I have scant sympathy for the so-called icon as her voice failed her when she needed it most. If democracy is for the chosen majority, it becomes flawed and dangerous. And it’s easier striking deals with juntas and despots. Suu Kyi’s cultivated silence here has been deafening. I said so in one of our Editorials. I will say it again – I dislike the sound of silence when one should shout out for humanity,” Jacob said.

He said Suu Kyi may have lost her voice but it’s a great relief that Sheikh Hasina has found hers. Both Suu Kyi and Sheikh Hasina are daughters of freedom fighters. They have witnessed tragedy at close quarters. The difference though, is stark. One chose to be a spectator while the other displayed gentle mercy when lives were literally on the line.

Sheikh Hasina’s small country of 163 million took in 430,000 Rohingya in one go. Two weeks to be precise. The flow has trickled according to the latest reports, Jacob wrote.

“I’m reminded of an interview she gave during her visit to New York for the UN summit,” he said. “We already have 300,000 refugees but we have a large heart to take more, despite the difficulties of space,” Sheikh Hasina said.

Jacob wrote it was not just an act of compassion, it showed courage during tragic circumstances.

He said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was brave to allow 1.2 million refugees from war-torn countries, but Bangladesh is different, its resources are limited. This was an influx not of its making but the PM did not walk away from her human side.

The total number of these migrants has crossed 800,000. Sheikh Hasina has put forward a five-point plan to solve the issue that has religious, economic and social undertones.

Jacob wrote what makes her special is that she’s not asking for funds from the developed world. She wants us to show our collective mercy, our concern, and our commitment through deeds. “If Bangladesh with its myriad issues, (it’s growing at 7%) can do it, what’s stopping the richer countries from stepping out of their comfort zones?,” he questioned.

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OCTOBER 01, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA, HER POLITICAL INSIGHT AND BANGLADESH DEVELOPMENT

SHEIKH HASINA, HER POLITICAL INSIGHT AND BANGLADESH DEVELOPMENT

A K AZAD

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the worthy daughter of the greatest Bangalee of all time Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has inaugurated a brilliant chapter in Bangladesh`s development history. She has uplifted the country’s image and made a significant contribution to the national economy and politics.

With her sincere and relentless efforts, the country is enjoying a balanced relationship with some of the key players of the world politics. She has been able to create a positive acceptance throughout the world, earning prestigious global awards as marks of recognition to the country’s gradual development in all key fields.

Despite conspiracies against her and her government, Sheikh Hasina has become not only a beacon of Bengali nation, but also an icon of South Asian politics, by her bold and visionary leadership.

By the way of her outstanding leadership, she has been able to splash her importance in South Asian region. Amid spate of horrific terror attacks across the country, she could encourage foreign friends to invest here, making the way to boost country`s development.

Though several world leaders criticised the Sheikh Hasina led Awami League (AL) government for the January 5, 2014 national election. After the elections Sheikh Hasina also made a successful visit to United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) as well. It has been just three years, the world leaders are now inspired by her diplomatic strategy.  Responding to her life-awakening call, now foreign investors are ready to invest billions of dollars in Bangladesh.

Examples of her diplomatic strategy

Sheikh Hasina, maintaining strong ties with Russia and India, started to build ties with China. Balancing China, India, and Russia is no easy task, but it is indeed Sheikh Hasina’s diplomatic strategy. Hasina`s charm leadership and strategic plans have put Bangladesh on centre-stage of international and regional politics.

During the liberation war in 1971, China along with the United States (US) took an “anti” stand in the name of what they called the “ping-pong diplomacy.” Governments came and went, with the US recognising Bangladesh reluctantly and China vetoing our entry into the United Nations.

China only recognised Bangladesh after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the man they held responsible for breaking up Pakistan.

In an attempt to carve out innovative ways to strengthen the more than three decade old bilateral and diplomatic relations with the emerging Asian giant, Sheikh Hasina undertook a high-profile five-day official visit to China since coming to power for the third time. It was her first foreign visit since taking charge of Bangladesh’s new government, after the landslide victory in the December 2009 elections.

The much anticipated high level talks between Sheikh Hasina and her then Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao yielded a resolution to create a “closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation.” This was a crucial stepping stone in Hasina’s ambition to get a “comprehensive partnership” with Beijing, according to analysts.

The landmark talks dealt with a spectrum of issues that were significant for both countries. China gave a positive answer to Hasina’s call for Chinese financial aid and technical support for development projects, collaboration in agriculture, and the power sector. Chinese premier Web Jiabao then assured Hasina of overall backing and support in all areas.

The far-sighted Sheikh Hasina also took her maiden visit to China when she was in opposition. It was then called an “ice-breaking” trip.

It has been 45 years since Bangladesh was born, the two superpowers (China and US) of the world are now busy to maintain a balanced relationship with their Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina. It has been possible only for her effective diplomatic strategy.

Xi Jinping`s visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently spent two days in Bangladesh, making the historic visit in three decades by a first Chinese President.

After signing 40 agreements during the visit, Chinese President told media, “We agreed to elevate China-Bangladesh relations from a closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation to a strategic partnership of cooperation and to increase high-level exchanges and strategic communication, so that our bilateral relations continue to move ahead at a higher level.”

 Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping

On October 14 after bilateral talks, Bangladesh and China signed 40 agreements, including loan and investment deals in the infrastructure sector worth over $20 billion, as they upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership.

Xi and Hasina witnessed the signing of 27 agreements and memoranda of understanding involving the two governments. Chinese state-owned and private entities also signed 13 agreements mostly with Bangladeshi private enterprises.

John Kerry`s visit

After suspending the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for Bangladeshi products, US tried to put Bangladesh in pressure waging voices over the existence of global terrorists in Bangladesh. They frequently said Islamic States (IS) backed militants existed in the domain of Bangladesh and carrying out terror attacks across the country. But, out far sighted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always dismisses their allegations. She always says, “There is no existence of IS back militants in Bangladesh. Those who are making isolated attacks here, they are from local oppositions and off the rails.

 John Kerry and Sheikh Hasina

Sensing her boldness and far sights over the world politics, US sent its State Secretary John Kerry to visit Bangladesh for maintaining balanced relationship. Amid the wake of militant attacks across the country, John Kerry arrived in Dhaka on August 29 to discuss the global challenge, preventing the rise of militancy and violent extremism in Bangladesh and the region.

Kerry`s tour at the end of the tenure of Obama administration, diplomatic sources said the visit is quite “extraordinary” and carries “special significance” as the US government is giving importance to Hasina`s government after giving it the cold shoulder for years.

WB President Kim`s visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proved that it is wrong to depend on foreign aids for the country`s development. The Padma Multipurpose Bridge (PMB) project was designed to be funded by donors such as the World Bank (WB), JICA, ADB etc. After a scandal of alleged corruption by some people associated with project preparation the global financing organisation WB withdrew its commitment and other donors followed.

Then the premier announced to construct it with own-finance, proving Bangladesh is now well-off enough to complete any project with own-funds.

Later, WB also announced that no evidence was found over corruption in the Padma Bridge Project, but the announcement could not heal the cold relation with Bangladesh authority.

 Sheikh Hasina and Jim Yong Kim

Recently, WB president Jim Yong Kim visited Bangladesh and heaped praises upon the country, its people and leadership for becoming a model for poverty reduction despite being saddled with a long list of hardships.

He also lauded Bangladesh’s role in empowering women and terming the country as a model in women’s progress.

During the visit, WB President pledged Bangladesh to give USD $3 billion over the next three years to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change and to combat malnutrition of children.

Earlier, the WB released two reports that Bangladesh has done an impressive job in reducing poverty over the last decade and has the potential to end extreme poverty by 2030 if it takes firm steps to make growth more inclusive to benefit all Bangladeshis.

The reports titled ‘Bangladesh Development Update’ and ‘Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality’, find that Bangladesh is making sustained progress in poverty reduction and increasing opportunities.

Under the new $1.90 poverty line based on 2011 purchasing power, 28 million, or 18.5 percent of Bangladeshis lived in extreme poverty in 2010, according to the reports.

More than 16 million people in Bangladesh graduated from extreme poverty between 2000 and 2010, the reports said.

A beacon of Bengali nation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in BIMSTEC summit lauded the steps taken by Sheikh Hasina to fight terrorism in the country and went on to tell her that she has “given a new template on how to fight terrorism”.

 Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina

Earlier on Sheikh Hasina`s birthday, Modi also highly appreciated her leadership saying her resolute leadership has provided the people of Bangladesh a beacon of hope during a difficult period.

“From development to security, Bangladesh has made rapid strides in its progress towards peace and prosperity for all citizens, under your able stewardship,” Modi wrote in the birthday message to Hasina.

Remarkable success in power sector

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become a role model of development in South Asia as she could overcome all complexities to boost countries development.

Though political demonstrations centering the January 5, 2014 national election disturbed the country`s development temporarily, her brilliant leadership and effective steps helped national economy to overcome the situation soon. Despite traffic and non-traffic barriers, foreigners are now inspired by her diplomatic strategy to invest in Bangladesh.

Under her dynamic leadership, the country has achieved tremendous success in the overall development. After assuming power by the Awami League-led government in 2009, the power generation capacity was only 4,942 MW and real electricity production was only 3,268 MW. Now the power generation has arisen up to 14,539 MW (Megawatt) and 76 percent of the total population has been brought under electricity coverage and the nation has witnessed the continued turnaround of recovering from the chronic energy crisis.

 The common people across the country are proud enough to see a tremendous success of this government in the power sector as load shedding, a perennial problem before 2009, is no more in both urban and rural areas.

The government has set a target to generate 24,000 MW electricity by 2021 and 40,000 MW by 2030 to cover the whole country with electricity. The villages normally die soon after the dusk into the darkness of the night, but the scene has now changed as most of the households remain alive at night in rural Bangladesh.

Incredible economic boost

On the overall economic front, the Awami League government has scored the GDP (gross domestic product) rate at 7.2 percent in the 2016-17 fiscal year by the outstanding leadership of Sheikh Hasina. The current year’s GDP has been fixed at 7.5 percent with the confidence that it will grow in the same pace steadily in the years to come.

Meanwhile, the per capita income has already reached USD1466 and the foreign currency reserves exceeded USD 30 billion in June 2016 to lead Bangladesh to be a middle-income country very soon.

The government under the bold and visionary leadership by Sheikh Hasina has been progressing towards materializing the vision-2021 along with turning the country into a Digital Bangladesh.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA TRUE “MOTHER OF HUMANITY”

SHEIKH HASINA TRUE “MOTHER OF HUMANITY”

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Speakers at a programme on Tuesday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is a genuine mother of humanity, as she sheltered the Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution and genocide by Myanmar army.

She is known as mother of humanity not only in the country but also around the world for providing assistance for Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds, they said.

They were addressing a discussion meeting titled “Mother of Humanity Janonetri Sheikh Hasina, Rohingya Crisis and World Humanity” organised by Bangladesh Human Rights Defenders (BHRD) at the auditorium of Bangladesh Supreme Court Lawyers Association in the capital.

BHRD Chairman advocate Kazi Md Sajawar Hossain presided over the event where Awami League (AL) advisory council member Yusuf Hossain Humayun was present as the chief guest.

In his speech, Yusuf Hossain said the Rohingya crisis is anything new, as it started in the British period.

“Most of the countries censured Myanmar for carrying out genocide against Rohingyas, but China and Russia are siding with Myanmar for their narrow mindedness,” he said.

He called upon all to be watchful about international conspiracy over Rohingya issue.

Yusuf Hossain applauded Sheikh Hasina for providing shelter to Rohingya refugees, which is a rare example in the world.

“Sheikh Hasina has proved herself to be a real mother of humanity.

She also deserve thanks as she announced that she would share food of 16 crore people with Rohingya refugees,” he said.

Deputy attorney general Fazlur Rahman Khan, AL law affairs secretary advocate SM Rezaul Karim, and FBCCI director Mohammad Bazlur Rahman, among others, spoke.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA THE TOP HONEST LEADER IN THE WORLD

SHEIKH HASINA THE TOP HONEST LEADER IN THE WORLD

– Sharif Shahab Uddin –

It is a global perspective that people in any country do not consider political leaders to be honest. Corruption and dishonesty usually go hand in hand in state affairs in which ruling party leaders from top to bottom are found to be involved in one way or the other. Even in countries ruled by strict regimes, allegations of corruption by politicians, high government officials and even presidents or prime ministers keep surfacing form time to time. The presidents or prime ministers of those countries are apparently regarded as honest people but investigations often reveal their illegal involvement in corruption in amassing wealth.

Honesty is a very expensive gift from the Almighty. Some are born with the traits and some have to earn it. The greatest Bengali of all times, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an epitome of honesty from the very beginning. He never compromised with honesty. Though he could make millions through siding with the Pakistani rulers, he never allowed the thought to creep into his mind. He lived a simple honest life. He died a simple honest man.

In his footsteps came his worthy daughter, born with the traits of honesty and integrity. Throughout her political career Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proved she was untouched by corruption and dishonesty of any form. The world has watched the way she led her life and given the recognition she deserved. She has been chosen by People’s and Politics, a research firm of global politics, 3rd among five in its list of honest global leaders. It has been found in the research published recently by the organisation that Sheikh Hasina does not have any bank account abroad. Apart from her salary, no additional income has been found. The research has confirmed that Sheikh Hasina does not have any hidden assets.

It is an international recognition that has been awarded to a Bangladeshi political leader for the first time. No doubt it is a rare occasion for us all and the nation feels proud of it. It is not only a great honor for our Prime Minister, but also a great honor for the nation in particular. The People of Bangladesh have started getting positive results of the reformative measures taken by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

According to the Transparency International, the land recording and revenue sector are the most vulnerable corrupt sectors of the government. Now the sector is most transparent under the digital program of the present government. Nobody can influence the recording process in any way. By dint of her relentless effort and the development program undertaken by her government, she has already made the country a development role model of the world. And it has been possible only because of honest and sincere nation building work. It needs no emphasizing that without honest and sincere work nobody can achieve this goal.

To have earned the reputation of being most honest leader is a great feat indeed since the country was once declared the most corrupt nation by the Transparency International. It is a U-turn for Bangladesh in getting back on right track and that has happened under the able leadership of Prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

If we may recall, soon after the liberation the nascent state had plunged into chaos, confusion, uncertainty and lawlessness with the brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. After that killing a military ruler captured the state power and they had let loose a reign of terror with a view to perpetuating military rule in the country. Long standing military rule had encouraged wide-ranging corruption and extremism to take root in every sector, thereby making some corrupt people beneficiaries.

The unconstitutional military rule destroyed all democratic institutions and rule of law, and denied basic human rights. Common people saw this as an opportunity to engage in all sorts of corruption to make money. As a result, several times, Bangladesh had been identified as the most corrupt nation by the Transparency International.

General Ziaur Rahman had announced with pride that he would make politics difficult. In order to perpetuate his illegal power, Zia started bribing some persons who were influential in their respective positions and put them in strategically key points in the administration. It is because of General Zia, the main organs of the government- the parliament, the judiciary and the administration, became corrupt. After General Zia, General Ershad came to power staging the same old drama. And he became the champion of corruption. After the fall of General Ershad, Khaleda Zia, widow of General Zia, came to power but she and her team could not stay away from blatant corruption. As a result, she is facing a corruption trial now.

The people of Bangladesh were getting frustrated with the corruption of their past leaders. When they found that Sheikh Hasina, the present Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has been chosen as the most honest state leader, they felt proud and thought ‘yes we can, and we have.’ It needs to be said that Bangladesh has honest leader of its own. It is Sheikh Hasina who introduced Bangladesh as a development role model.

“I have nothing left to lose”, Hasina often says as she overcomes the agony of losing her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Bangladesh, mother, brothers and many other near and dear ones in the dark night of August 15, 1975. And yet she says her life is dedicated for the welfare of the people and the nation.

Sheikh Hasina’s achievement track record is very impressive. Immediately after coming to power in 1996 she signed the 30-year water sharing treaty of the Ganges with India. In 1997, her government signed Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord ending decades of insurgency in the region. It is noted that Britain signed a treaty with the Irish guerillas in presence of the then US president Bill Clinton, but it was not materialized. The Chittagong Hill tract Peace Accord brought about real peace in the area. And countrymen feel that only because of that achievement Sheikh Hasina should get Nobel Peace Prize.

During her current term as prime minister, Bangladesh and India singed the historic Land Boundary Agreement in 2015 ending 41years of border dispute. Earlier in June 2014, her determination also helped the country win against India in a maritime boundary battle after The Hague-based international court awarded Bangladesh 19,467 sq km area in the Bay of Bengal.

Despite the fact that adversaries at home and abroad tried to put scar on her honesty and devotion in serving the people and the nation, she went ahead with her pro-people programmes. They had left no stone unturned in getting Hasina and her government involved in corruption in obtaining fund for Padma Bridge. They finally succeeded in the withdrawal of World Bank from the project, which was vital for the economy of the country. In June 2012, the World Bank cancelled its $1.2 billion credit for the Padma bridge project, saying it had proof of a “corruption conspiracy” involving Bangladeshi officials, executives of a Canadian firm and some individuals. But former top executives of SNC-Lavalin were acquitted by a court in Canada on February 10, 2017 in an international bribery case linked to Padma bridge construction in Bangladesh.

The ACC that filed graft cases in 2012 against the individuals submitted a probe report to the court in September 2014 to clear all the accused in the case of the conspiracy charges, saying none had been found guilty.

Hasina has been battling through the odds to make the nation a developed country. As a result, the per capita earning of Bangladesh is now more than that of Pakistan.
She is not totally out of danger because she has adversaries at home and abroad who are relentlessly trying to kill her after failing to humiliate her in the eyes of the people. Nothing has stopped her from taking the country’s image towards a new height and the whole world now can see a nation shining like a star. The world leaders now cast their respectful eyes on Hasina, a woman leader who has excelled in all departments be it in domestic affairs or diplomacy. Therefore, the people of Bangladesh should continue to support Hasina and strengthen her hands to survive conspiracy and take the nation to the zenith of success.

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(The writer is the Editor in Chief of Bangladesh Post)
NOVEMBER 30, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA – THE MODERN DAY JOAN OF ARC

BANGLADESH: SHEIKH HASINA – THE MODERN DAY JOAN OF ARC

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Sheikh Hasina would arrive at her 71st birthday on 28 September of 2017. The current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009, her political career has spanned more than four decades.

– ANWAR A. KHAN –

A POET OF DEVELOPMENT

( September 28, 2017, Dhaka, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is aptly said, “If Rabi Thakur is the poet of thinking, reflection and thought, if Bangabandhu is the poet of politics, then Sheikh Hasina is the poet of development.”

HAPPY 71ST BIRTHDAY

Sheikh Hasina would arrive at her 71st birthday on 28 September of 2017. The current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009, her political career has spanned more than four decades. She previously served as opposition leader from 1986 to 1990 and from 1991 to 1995, as Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001, and has been leading the Bangladesh Awami League since 1981. In 2008, she returned as Prime Minister with a landslide victory. In January 2014, she became Prime Minister for a third term. Hasina is one of the most powerful women in the world, ranking 36th on Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016. She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. In 2017 she has been featured distinctively in a book named Women Presidents and Prime Ministers as one of the 18 current women national leaders of the world.

DAUGHTER OF FOUNDING FATHER OF BANGLADESH

She is the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Founding Father of Bangladesh and the first president of Bangladesh, and Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib. As she said in many interviews that she had grown up in fear due to her father’s political works. During the peak of violence of the 1970 Elections in Pakistan as well as her father’s arrest she had lived in refuge with her grandmother. She says, “I was not allowed to go to the school. Because I had to cross the canal by a wooden bridge, she was very much afraid that if I fall from this wooden bridge I will fall in the river”. She was active in the student politics of Dhaka University. Hasina was not in Bangladesh when her great father was assassinated barbarically on 15 August 1975. She was not allowed to return to the country until after she was elected to lead the Awami League Party in 16 February 1981 and returned to Bangladesh on 17 May 1981.

AL, LEFT-OF-CENTER POLITICAL PARTY

The Awami League has been described as a “left-of-center” political party. Hasina was in and out of detention throughout the 1980s. In 1984, Hasina was put under house arrest in February and again in November. In March 1985, she was put under house arrest for three months. Leader of the opposition, 1986-87 Hasina and the Awami League participated in the 1986 parliamentary elections held under President Ershad. She served as the leader of the opposition in 1986–1987. Hasina’s decision to take part in the election was criticised by her opponents, since the election was held under the martial law, and the other main opposition group, led by Khaleda Zia, boycotted the poll. However, her supporters maintained that she used the platform effectively to challenge Ershad’s rule. Ershad dissolved the parliament in December 1987 when Hasina and her Awami League resigned from the parliament in an attempt to call for a fresh general election to be held under a neutral care-taker government. During November and December in 1987, mass uprising happened in Dhaka, several people were killed.

HASINA’S CHILDHOOD

After several years of autocratic rule, widespread protests and strikes created so much unrest that the economy was not functioning. A huge mass protest in December 1990 ousted General Ershad from the power, who resigned in favour of selected Vice President Justice Shahabuddin. The caretaker government, headed by Shahabuddin Ahmed, the Chief Justice of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, administered a general election for the parliament. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Khaleda Zia won a general majority, and Hasina’s Awami League emerged as the largest opposition party. In 1996 elections, the Awami League, with other opposition parties, demanded that the next general elections be held under a neutral caretaker government, and that provision for caretaker governments to manage elections be incorporated in the constitution. The ruling BNP refused to act on these demands. Opposition parties launched an unprecedented campaign, calling strikes for weeks on end. The government accused them of destroying the economy while the opposition countered that BNP could solve this problem by acceding to their demands. In late 1995, the MPs of the Awami League and other parties resigned from the parliament. Parliament completed its term and a general election was held on 15 February 1996. The election was boycotted by all major parties except the ruling BNP. Hasina described the election as a farce.

2ND CTG GOVERNMENT

The new parliament, composed mostly of BNP members, amended the constitution to create provisions for a caretaker government (CTG). The next parliamentary elections on 30 June 1996 were held under a neutral caretaker government headed by retired chief Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman. Sheikh Hasina served her first term as prime minister of Bangladesh from 1996-2001.She became the first Bangladesh’s Prime Minister since its independence to complete the entire term. She signed the 30 year water sharing treaty of the Ganges with India. Her administration repealed the Indemnity Act, which protected the killers of the country’s Founding Father, BangabandhuSheikh Muijibur Rahman, her father and the first president of Bangladesh. Her government opened the telecom industry to the private sector which till then was limited to government owned companies. In 1999 the government started the New Industrial Policy (NIP) which aimed to strengthen the private industry and encourage growth its growth.

During her second term as leader of the opposition, political unrest and violence increased. Ahsanullah Master, an MP, was killed in 2004. This was followed by a grenade attack on 21 August on an Awami League gathering in Dhaka, resulting in the death of 21 party supporters, including party women’s secretary Ivy Rahman. Shah M S Kibria, Hasina’s former finance minister, was also killed that year, in a grenade attack in Sylhet that year. Caretaker government and military intervention happened in October 2006–2008. The months preceding the planned 22 January 2007 elections were filled with political unrest and controversy. Following the end of Khaleda Zia’s government in late October 2006, there were protests and strikes, during which 40 people were killed in the following month, over uncertainty about who would head the caretaker government. The caretaker government had difficulty bringing the all parties to the table. Awami League and its allies protested and alleged that the caretaker government favoured the BNP. Later in the month, the president Iajuddin Ahmed imposed a state of emergency and thus Lt General Mueen Uddin Ahmed took over the government behind the screen. Political activity was prohibited. Fakhruddin Ahmed became the chief advisor of the care-taker government with the support of Bangladesh army. On 16 July 2007, Hasina was arrested by state police at her home and taken before a local court in Dhaka. She was accused of extortion and denied bail, and was held in a building converted into a jail on the premises of the National Parliament. The Awami League said the arrest was politically motivated. On 17 July 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission sent notices to both Hasina and Khaleda Zia, instructing them to provide details of their assets to the Commission within one week. These arrests of the political leaders were widely seen as a move by the military-backed interim government to force Hasina and Zia out of the country and into political exile.

On 30 July 2007, the Dhaka High Court suspended Hasina’s extortion trial and ordered her release on bail. On 2 September 2007, an additional case was filed against Hasina by the Anti-Corruption Commission regarding the awarding of a contract for the construction of a power plant in 1997, for which she allegedly took a bribe of 30 million takas and kept the contract from going to the lowest bidder. Six others were also accused of involvement. A graft case was filed against Begum Zia on the same day. On 13 January 2008, Hasina was indicted on extortion charges by a special court along with two of her relatives, her sister Sheikh Rehana and her cousin Sheikh Selim. On 6 February, the High Court stopped the trial, ruling that she could not be prosecuted under emergency laws for crimes alleged to have been committed prior to the imposition of the state of emergency.

9TH NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS, 2008 AND DIGITAL BANGLADESH BY 2021

On 11 June 2008, Hasina was released on parole for medical reasons. The next day she flew to the United States to be treated for hearing impairment, eye problems and high blood pressure. On 6 November 2008, Hasina returned to Bangladesh to attend the Ninth National Parliamentary Elections 2008 scheduled for 29 December 2008 and decided to participate in the parliamentary election under the name of “Grand Alliance” comprising 14 political parties. On 11 December 2008, Hasina formally announced her party’s election manifesto during a news conference and vowed to build a “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. Her Bangladesh Awami League and its Grand Alliance won the general election held on 29 December 2008 with a two-thirds majority, numerically the party controls 230 seats out of 299. But Khaleda Zia leader of BNP-led coalition (4-Party Alliance) rejected the results of the election by questioning the Chief Election Commissioner “for stage-managing the parliamentary election”. Finally Hasina was sworn into office as the Prime Minister for the second time on 6 January 2009.

Hasina removed many of her party politicians who supported reforms forced by the previous caretaker government. She had to confront a major national crisis in the form of the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles revolt. In 2012, she maintained a hardline stance and refused to allow entry to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar during the 2012 Rakhine State riots. On 27 June 2013, a case against Hasina and 24 other Bangladeshi ministers and security personnel was lodged at the International Criminal Court. She has been “credited internationally” for the achievement of some of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In 2012 a coup attempt against her by some mid ranking army officers was stopped, with Bangladesh army being tipped off by intelligence agency.

WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION – MOST FASCINATING DEVELOPMENTS IN BANGLADESH’S POLITICS

One of the most fascinating developments in Bangladesh’s politics has been the increase in women’s political participation since the mid-1990s. Women are becoming more engaged in a variety of institutions from local government, to legislatures, and even the executive. Today, Bangladesh is a leader in women’s parliamentary representation globally. Finally, women are often perceived, rightly or wrongly, as outsiders to politics and therefore, untainted by corruption and clientelism. They are seen as not having fomented conflict. This gave them greater credibility in the newly reconstituted political order. These perceptions may not have always been accurate, but they are there and have given women added credibility in seeking office. Research on women and politics in Bangladesh has made important contributions to both scholarship on Bangladesh, and the more general literature on gender and politics. This area of study is fast evolving and has made key advances in helping explain the increasing rates of female legislative representation; the role of women in conflict; state policies and processes regarding women’s rights; women’s patronage of politics; and the role of traditional authorities with respect to women’s leadership and rights.

WOMEN’S HISTORY AND ITS OUTSTANDING PLAYERS

Women’s history is more than the sum of its outstanding players: Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, et al. These women enjoy a firm place in society’s collective consciousness. As icons in the respective fields, they represent firsts or standouts. In those headlines we do find extraordinary people who just happen to be women, and these women of the extraordinary services act as inspiration for current and future generations—for both women and men. These woman and others like them did not just prevail, they excelled when personal, economic, political, and other obstacles threatened. If you will stroll down Cliché Lane for a bit, the cards were/are stacked against these women, but they bet the firm and won. Everyone can relate to that—and to their stories. Their stories are full of adventure, loss, and triumph. While we can certainly agree that specific documents and battles and elections do alter the course of history, we the pedestrians are rarely the stars of these monumental events. We are the extras in a cast of thousands, more footnotes than headlines, to mix metaphors. In that sense, the majority of women’s history is closer to us, male and female, than any other kind of history. Let’s face it, as amazing as we humans think we are, the truth is we are more apt to serve tea than sign treaties. Women’s history, like other subsets of history (ethnic history, art history, social history, cultural history, archeology, etc.) is mostly about the other 99.9% of things that are going on outside of the treaties, battles, and elections. By studying these subsets, we benefit from a richer perspective on what is generally considered regular history.

PM HASINA: OUT OF BUSY SCHEDULE

Other historically accurate concepts include girls receiving education, women earning the right to vote and own property, women playing sports, women serving as heads of state, women making important scientific discoveries, women taking to the skies, and eventually, women outnumbering men in schools, colleges and universities. The political concepts inspired by great women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sheikh Hasina, Benazir Bhutto, Madame Curie, and Beryl Markham should be celebrated because they were or are firsts or were/are important to society or both. They should be recognised not just within the sub-category of women’s history but as part of all of history, threads that have altered the pattern of history for everyone. By studying Sheikh Hasina, we can glean more about what life was like for the common folk in any historical period. Let’s face it, unless you are Bill Gates or Barack Obama or even Hilary Clinton, you are the common folk of the early 21st century. She is Sheikh Hasina, so many years later. History, good history, the kind with gripping stories and messy morals and surprising twists, is more than just a highlight reel with pink or blue graphics. History is also the rest of the movie, and of course, the credits.

The UK, Canada, USA and Australia celebrate Women’s History on every March. The month is used to reflect on the many different roles women have taken throughout history. It began under Jimmy Carter as Women’s History Week and later expanded to the entire month. Famous Women in Modern History are Joan of Arc, Queen Isabella, Queen Elizabeth I, Pocahontas, Queen Anne, Catherine the Great, Abigail Adams, Sacagawea, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Florence Nightingale, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Annie Oakley, Marie Curie, Gail Laughlin, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Georgia O’keeffe, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Chase Smith, Margaret Mead, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Mildred Ella, Margaret Thatcher, Anne Frank, Sandra Day O’ Connor, Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Barbara Jordan, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sheikh Hasina…Sheikh Hasina may be recognised saying the words of, “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the heart of her … for it is she who has earned Bangladesh’s women the right to speak their minds.”

SHEIKH HASINA’S MASTERFUL POLITICS

Sheikh Hasina can work which rings around all of us who consider themselves as politicians. In her work is so stark one can smell the effluvia of the salted herring, breathe in the clean, cool sea air, and sink into the homey chairs at the local inns. One can also feel her emotional pain. She not only changes lives, it changes history. She belongs to those women who are a mere quintet who, by refusing to play by the rules that society handed to them, forever has altered the course of history. Hers is women’s History, sure, but it is also a critical piece of Bangladesh’s History. Her story demonstrates how women in history are overlooked. Her gift to humanity has to be recognised to honour her work. Imagine being so famous and important she has an era be named after her’s name. You would either have to be incredibly lucky or really good. Hasina is probably both. She has created the persona of Sheikh Hasina, a woman who says little and makes few strong alliances. She is masterful at keeping her enemies at bay.

These discussions are relevant today. A significant amount of historical narrative is still being written by those with the most power. If you walk into any of the worlds most powerful institutions (government, academic or corporate) you will also identify that the group that are shaping history are Bangladesh’s women. I am not saying that this group is intentionally shaping history for the rest of us, or that other groups aren’t contributing in large measures to what future generations will consider history. Rather, I want to highlight that the power of political contribution one’s own history seems to be what history making is all about. Knowing the sources of our politics that shape our lives, they help to combat the danger of the single story. Today we shall reverse the order and use our Hasina to play the role of a great politician. No woman is known in the history of the Bangladesh’s reactions and responses to the foreign power better than Sheikh Hasina.

A few women can lay claim to as many legacies for their countrymen as Hasina. I am just telling the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can’t do anything about that though I have been thoroughly apolitical in life. We should celebrate great women who have shaped our history and our admirable cultural values. This hero is not only brought true meaning to the words “courage, sacrifice and determination”, but their immense legacy and tremendous fortitude should inspire and inform both women and men of the future. Throughout our glorious history, Bangladesh has prided itself on great, fearless women to the extent that – while the F word (feminism) is widely derided among both men and women on the sub-continent – I think many feminist thinkers worldwide draw their inspiration from leadership roles played by Bangladesh’s women past and present.

BANGLADESH’S WOMEN AND MODERN BANGLADESH’S POLITICAL LIFE

As writer Belal Bangalee couches it: “Bangladesh’s women have been an important and increasingly visible part of modern Bangladesh’s political life. We participated in anticolonial struggles as trade unionists, political leaders, wives and mothers, often in the more traditional ways that women have entered politics. But we have also made fundamental changes to the body politic of Bangladesh in very significant ways. Therefore, as we bring up a generation of future leaders, we have a responsibility to narrate her-story in much the same way as the history of the great political leaders like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Tajuddin Ahmad, Syed Nazrul Islam, M. Mansur Ali, AHM Kamruzzaman, Maulana Bhasani, Prof Muzaffar Ahmed, Moni Singh and so many others is told. In the present times of Bangladesh’s politics, Sheikh Hasina steadfastly remains pillars of society, promoting values of peace and justice.” To this day, her words imbue her with indescribable courage like, “If you men of Bangladesh will not go forward, then we will. We women will. We, the women, will. I will call upon my fellow women. We will fight the evil forces until the last of us falls on the battlefields.” Empathy for her people, she has motivated our womenfolk to fight for the protection of their people. Although she rarely receives the same accolade, all those famed women have worked for our country side by side with men in liberating Bangladesh from the Pakistani colonialism and its offshoots in 1971. According to the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, a hero is a person, especially a man, admired by many people for doing something brave or good. A heroine is, to be specific, the female counterpart. Thus, these men and women are Bangladesh’s heroes and heroines. We salute all of them, along with the countless other women who served in the various liberation parties, including ordinary women of all religions who participated in the historic Liberation War of 1971.

SHEIKH HASINA IS LIKE A ROCK

Sheikh Hasina is like a rock. If you strike a woman, you strike a rock. She is not a woman but a world. A strong, visionary, spirited woman whose transcendental life, or whose legendary stories, have elevated mankind with their mystique, incomparable ethereal beauty, wisdom, wit, virtue, grace, talent, kindness or exceptional courage. Start your “Extraordinary Heroines” genealogical journey, experience past worlds, stroll through the annals of world history to meet the remarkable ancestors upon whose stalwart shoulders we stand today. She personifies outstanding attributes of her times to help you capture the spirit of the times, and the mood of the moment. We will encounter the influence and persuasiveness of her power through the ages. Be awed by the transcendental qualities of the breathtaking, bold, brave women of the sacred Scriptures, and the powerful women icons of ancient, classical and civilisations. Admire the zealous, valiant, spirited, pioneering, wise women of the Middle Ages who paved the way for the passionate, creative, revolutionary, luminary Renaissance Thinkers.

Revel in the victories of the empowered liberated woman like Hasina of the present century, champion crusaders of liberty, unbridled free spirits who has been campaigning so that we should be able to enjoy our new Millennium free of all gender challenges in an altruistic, unconventional, and boundary breaking 21st Century. Our historical tour will continue by paying homage to immortal portraits of women through the Ages. Please note, to meet the bright new living legends of tomorrow, just catch this patriotic and bold figure of Sheikh Hasina. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and undoubtedly the people of Bangladesh are thunderstruck by this great woman and her people. He has taken great pains to accommodate every need of her people. She has been observed as the wise and compassionate as ruler as she interacts with her people in everyday affairs. Speaking of her values, one may summarise or state the below words:

“How happy I am for my people. Would that I could remain here always, if but as the humblest of your workers, so that I could always hear your words and obey our people! How happy I am when I interrogate them! How happy when they answer me. My whole being is moved with pleasure; my soul is filled; my feet no longer stumble; I thrill with delight. People’s wisdom and goodness are beyond all measure. They are excellence themselves. Under their influence I am placing new values on life. I see light in the darkness; the fire flying the garden reveals itself in newer beauty. I discover added lustre in the pearl; a greater radiance in the morning star, and a softer harmony in the moonlight. Blessed be the people that has brought me here; blessed be them who have permitted their majestic mind to be revealed to me; blessed be the one who has brought me into their house to hear their voice.” She is a gifted communicator – and a well-respected advisory to her political colleagues.

It is like as if the words,”…remember the gentlemen and ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands…. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” She is an inspiration for women all over the country. Her struggles have proved that being a woman doesn’t make you incapable of being a brave and glorious politician to serve her country. She is my hero because she is strong, brave, smart and determined. These heroic qualities have made her want to serve her country. She also has not let social barriers keep her from being the second woman in the premiership of Bangladesh. She is my hero because she is not afraid to do something different, is not afraid of being judged for her choices, and has been making a difference in the world in which she lives. She can help them create change far beyond our own imagination of scale and impact. She is someone I cherish so much.

HER IDEAS AND EXPERIENCE ARE INTERESTING AND VALUABLE

When you are sitting with her … she makes you feel like your ideas and your experience are interesting and valuable. She emboldens lots of young women who are often at the bottom of the totem poll … to feel confident enough about themselves that they have gone on to be on television or to change governments. If she is ever in a position where she could do something which she would not turn away that she would act. She has made general people feel happy and cheerful. She is a very courageous woman…She is a politician the country has ever produced! She is loyal to her country and knows exactly what it stands for. To me, a hero or a heroine is someone who is respected and does not care what others think. A hero or a heroine is someone who has done things which have made a difference, thinks for themselves, and of course, has a sense of style. The one person who matches every one of these traits is a Bengali of Bangladesh. However, this is not what she has to be remembered for. Sheikh Hasina has to be remembered for being herself. She represents her strong-mindedness and her wise decision-making ability. All these reasons encompass why she is my hero. She has no problem doing what she thought was right, no matter how unpopular the decision was. She is also educated, unlike many other women of her time, so she could make a decision and back it up. She is the very definition of the kind of person I want to be, and for this, she is my hero. Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: “A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.” She is a remarkable politician in the annuls of present world history. She has used her position in society to do great good for poor people.

HER HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

She has demonstrated humanitarian efforts in many ways. She has touched many lives and is a hero to many people. She is a role model in public life. She has gone out of her way to help so many people with their problems and needs, even when she had things of her own to deal with. That is why she is a heroine to the world and me. A hero is a word that can take on many meanings, each different with every person. But to me, a hero is someone who has an unbelievable amount of courage and bravery, someone who is not afraid to say what they feel, someone who doesn’t pretend to be something they aren’t, someone who is independent, and does things for the wellbeing of others, but most importantly, my hero must be determined, and dedicated to their goal. Her determination has never died. She is so brave for standing up and fighting for her people’s rights as a woman, especially during a time when women were looked down upon and laughed at for wanting the same rights as men. I am truly inspired by her bravery, courage, and determination. Without a doubt, Sheikh Hasina is my hero in the present world.

RESILIENT PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH

Bangladesh’s people are a resilient people. They have suffered through a lot but they are committed to moving ahead to a future of hope and promise. Across Bangladesh and around the world, we must show that freedom can deliver prosperity and peace. Failure to do so will be more costly than we can contemplate and in our country that failure could be catastrophic. Our children are beginning to smile again with faith in the future. I tell you there is one thing that bores down on us very, very hard and that is a sense of urgency. We have got to deliver fast to be able to keep that hope alive and to have that hope build on a solid foundation for PM Sheikh has been working tirelessly. Her leadership is bringing change and hope to the Bangladesh’s community. The desperately needed economic, social and political development of her resource-limited country is underway and the world is watching and hoping, too.

OUR HERO TO BANGLADESH’S CAUSES

A hero is a person who fights to make a difference in the world, a person who is modest, unselfish, diligent, honest and caring. I thought this person was non-existent, and it would be impossible to have all of these traits in a single being. This is because everyone has ‘another side.’ For example, even Hitler, himself, was loyal to his wife. But, he is most noted for being one of the most evil men to ever live. He had ‘another side,’ an evil one. To me a hero is a person who has ‘other side’ is not apparent, but Sheikh Hasinais a person who I admire most in the present day leadership. She is a person who is very valuable to this society and the world today. She is an exceptional woman, a fighter who has willpower and who has helped the country’s people in many ways. She is a multifaceted woman in every possible sense of the word. Her objectives can best be described in the words of Ms. Farkhonda Hassan, a famed Professor and popular Egyptian television personality and UN Economic Commission for Africa, “The objective now is not to renegotiate our dreams, but to emphasize the accountability of all actors. We are no longer seeking promises, but are demanding action.” Tying it all together is her role as a woman political leader, passionately dedicating all of her various service endeavours to Bangladesh’s causes.

HER FLAWLESSLY POLITICAL ENDEAVORUS

She has been throwing and catching several objects simultaneously in her political pursuits with her political roles and activism and intertwining all her various endeavorus flawlessly. Gender disparities still exist. Such disparities undermine not only women’s capacity to participate in and benefit from development, but also the effectiveness of development as a whole. This is the reason for the PM Hasina’s insistence that illiteracy must be eliminated within a short period of time. She also feels that the general public still doesn’t view women as fully credible within the political spectrum. She has been trying to implement programmes promoting the contributions and capacities of women to help sway the general public away from archaic male-biased ideologies. In everything she does, Hasina is devoted to promoting the advancement of women. She uses her various political pursuits, her political prominence, her Bangladesh’s and international connections, as well as her passionate grass-roots approach — towards supporting female empowerment in public policies, education, science, technology, public service, culture, and within society as a whole.

SHE IS A WOMAN WHO DOES NOT HAND OUT AID

She is a woman who does not hand out aid. She has been creating innovative new ways for women – and men – to lift themselves out of poverty. What is a hero? Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a hero as, “A Myth. Legend. A man (or woman) of great strength or courage…” Whom do you think of? Some might think of Superman or Gandalf. Others would say firefighters or policemen – anyone who risks their life to save someone else. My definition of a hero is someone who, even in the face of opposition, perseveres in the job people have laid out for them, continuing to trust in them. One of the people I most admire is Sheikh Hasina. Throughout all her life, she has done things for other people and not for herself. When I hear the word “hero” I instantly think of the three H’s: someone who is honourable, hardworking, and happy. When I think more about this word I picture someone who has accomplished good things for people and tries to do the right thing. Hasina is one person whom I find to be very heroic. She seems proper and serious, even stern at times, but inside her seemed to be a completely different person; a caring lady who is interested in other peoples’ lives.

HER FAMOUS THINGS, THINGS WORTH HONOURING

She did famous things, things worth honouring. Trialing the war criminals……She really is a true hero. When most people think of heroes, they think of strong, muscular people who save lives. These types of people are usually thought of as men. I believe that you don’t have to be physically strong to be a hero, but you must be emotionally strong. You have to have something inside yourself that can pull you through hard times. Hasina is my hero because she is a hard worker who put all of her effort into helping others and most importantly, she has a good political background. Her positive attitude and strength have helped her accomplish great things for others. She has given them her strength by standing against their difficult times, and by doing so, have made them stronger. This is what makes her my hero and Jane Addams is absolutely right when he says, “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others than of getting ourselves. Jane Addams personifies this quote with the way she has dedicated her life completely to helping her fellow men and women regardless of race, gender or social standing. Her independence and drive to be involved in the world around her stems from her close relationship with her successful political leader and philanthropist father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

AS A LEADING REFORMIST

As a leading reformist, Hasina’s open-minded approach to politics, well-earned intelligence, and complete disregard for what others thought about her makes her an important figure in bridging the gap between social classes and races. To stand up for what one believes in – to save the world. These are the goals that we imagine the ideal hero striving for. This is what we see come up from our subconscious minds when the word “hero” is uttered…but perhaps, just perhaps, a hero is something more. Someone who would sacrifices all of herself or himself for the good of others for a just cause. Someone who isn’t afraid to be right, even if it means being wrong to achieve their ends. Maybe then, this someone is a true hero. To me, this hero is Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. There are few people in life, that when you meet them for the first time, you just know you have been blessed by God. Well, Hasina is one of those people. If you ever get the chance to be graced by her presence, consider yourself lucky. I sure do. She is a great woman whose name will remain an inspiration to the people of Bangladesh, while our history endures.

SHE IS A STRONG, DETERMINED WOMAN

Three heroic traits that a hero should possess are being a leader, strong, and devoted. Leadership skill because lacking this skill will keep people from knowing what is expected for them to accomplish. Strong will power would allow the hero to get things done. And lastly the hero needs to be devoted to their cause, while having the mindset of not giving up until something is accomplished. She portrays great leadership, a strong will for what’s right, and a devoted mindset; all of which signifies that she deserves the title of a hero. With a strong-will to get something done, she has proven that hard work pays off. She has been showing she is a strong leader by her good deeds. She is a strong, determined woman who has stopped at nothing to achieve her goal. By being able to accomplish her goal, she has become a major icon for the people’s rights. To say ones strong is one thing but to be able to prove it is another, she is able to prove it.

Telling people to accomplish something without a purpose is one thing, but being able to lead a vast amount of people with a purpose to succeed their goal is a whole other story. She has proven that with great leadership skills, she is able to band together many organisations and people to help support her just causes. Every great battle, event, or movement always has an amazing leader that is meant to lead the group to victory. That’s where she comes into play, she is the people’s leader that sets up everything and organises what everyone is supposed to do to be a part of her on-going development efforts in the country. Without a good leader how will the people know what to do, the whole thing might as well come crumbling down and everyone just give up. But “NO” that is not what the people want. They want a fierce leader that will stand up for what they believe; just like how she has stood up for the people’s welfare. Leaders also need to be able to stand up for them. She believes everyone deserves the right to speak up in anything from politics to society in general.

SHE JUST MIGHT CHANGE OUR LIFE

Anyone who knows Sheikh Hasina will tell you to beware – she just might change your life. She is known as a hero because she always put her country before herself. She loves to help her country out when its people in desperate need of her. She is a very strong hero also because she didn’t become depressed when many close people to her passed away. She is an inspiration to many people in Bangladesh. “My message is that your light is as bright as mine. It’s like sunlight. There’s no difference. You just need to have it lit,” she says. “It’s not about just me. It’s about a lot of people, working together.” She is not a bantam woman, above five feet tall, but she has a larger presence, seeming to fill a room with her positive energy. When talking about her work, she jokes that “This old girl did something good.” But it’s hard to think of her as old. She still scurries up precarious ladders to paint, still enthuses about her development works, her hands waving in the air as she speaks. “I owe everything to my people” she says like her glorious father Bangabandhu. It is a new kind of empowerment. People’s minds are opened to new possibilities and affirmation. “When I see people’s lives transformed for the better, it gives me deep fulfillment,” she says. She further adds, “It makes my life meaningful.”

She encourages all individuals to maintain self-discipline, respecting others right to maintain global peace and harmony. There is so much violence in the name of religion everywhere in the world and she requests to world leaders, religious leaders, and all citizens to take appropriate action to stop incidents of violence. She requests that the youth of the world, actively engage in their studies and community service to bring positive change to their own lives as well as others. Thank you, venerable Apa, for being who you are and for the change you are making in the country. She believes that education is very important to everyone. It is our third eye, the eye of wisdom that will take one very far in life. Personally, quality education is important to girls and women in Bangladesh; because only with quality education will they understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities as good citizens, daughters and wives. Without it, they will not be able to advance in life and will forever live in poverty and be at the mercy of their male family members, be it their fathers, brothers or husbands.

ADMIRATION TO SHEIKH HASINA

I really admire Hasina because she is so determined to overcome the view that men are dominant over women. She is not afraid to step out of a society-made box and voice her opinion. She has stood up for what she believes in. She has been fighting for what she feels is the right thing, and she did not give up if there were obstacles in her way. Some would often harass her at her speeches, but that did not make her quit. She really is an astonishing lady. What she really doing has been mining for gold and the gold is what is in the women: They are enabling them to discover their own value. And that is immeasurable. She says she has so much more to achieve. “I want to make my dreams come true before I leave this world,” she says. She possesses many attributes that help shape her into a heroic figure. She holds a courageous and selfless view on life that has helped many women today, which makes her a hero. She triumphantly marches through life’s many challenges; the multiple threats, the assassination attempts… Selflessness means to worry and care about others more than you, which is exactly what she is now. She strives to set equal rights for both genders, even if she has to face the toughest situations. Hasina states, “In my life, I have tried to respect the rights of others, to appreciate and value the capabilities of women and men, and to encourage these capabilities in other women and men. She always respects rights of others and appreciates their values and capabilities. She encourages others and aids them more than she aids herself. She is altruistic in various types of ways, one of them being that she fights for who and what she believes in, even if it hurts her in the end. She obtains many heroic traits, but being selfless is one of her strongest. She treats others and puts their problems in front of hers. This trait helps frame her into the hero she is today.

Sheikh Hasina is a hero because she courageously has stood up for what she believes in, even if powerful forces are against her. She is a hero because she admits the challenges and faces reality, which takes courage from anyone. She is a true hero because she carries herself with courage, through any situation she is put in. She is a woman full of courage and selflessness, that helps shape her into the heroic character she is today. Women have been taught that, for them, the earth is flat, and that if they venture out, they will fall off the edge. Some of them have ventured out nevertheless, and so far they have not fallen off. It is her faith that she will not. She has ventured out. Instead of falling off the edge, she has found a new opportunity for her people. She is still making a change. If there are no obstacles that stand in her way she could have made an even bigger historical influence.

SHE REALISES THAT CONNECTEDNESS MATTERS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

“When people are educated, when they have the information they need, when they have human rights and they know their rights…when they are working together…I think we will see a huge change in the world”, she says in confidence. She means “breakthrough” in one language–like the hatching of an egg–and peck by peck is how Hasina seems to work so well. She realises that connectedness matters for social change as well. She sees that large changes rarely widen from isolation. It is fine for a single village to make a small change, but it takes many villages acting together to make a big change. And for people in Bangladesh, that is a huge, huge change in the world. She is a hero because she has spent almost her whole life improving the lives of others. When she was younger, a man said, “We, whose hearts have been touched by grace, we must not eat our bread alone.” and that changed her view on life. She also wanted to fight for the women who didn’t know how to voice their concerns, had too many responsibilities, and who were overworked. She believes that “no nation could ever rise higher than its women, and that women, freed, organised, and made efficient could abolish the harms of drug addictions, child labour, slum conditions, hunger, and “lead the nation to a better life.”

ACCOMPLISHING HER GOALS AND CHANGING THE LIVES OF HER PEOPLE

She is recognised in her field for accomplishing her goals and changing the lives of Bangladesh’s people. She should be remembered because she has followed her dreams, achieved her goals, and changed the lives of her people. She has taught many others to follow their dreams, accomplish their goals, and never give up. She is an amazing person and achieved her dreams. Reuters has reported, “Women have proven to be a powerful force in the fight against global hunger and poverty, especially in agriculture. Women farmers face a variety of obstacles, including a lack of access to information technology, agricultural training, financial services, and support networks like co-operatives or trade unions. Without these services, women cannot develop resilience to political, economic, social, or environmental upheaval, and they remain dependent on their male family members. The good news is that women worldwide are developing and utilising agricultural innovations to sustainably nourish their families and communities. There are many innovations that are helping women get access to credit, improve their incomes, feed their families, introduce sustainable crops to markets, and reduce rural poverty.” In today’s world, this is quite amazing. No one does anything for free. She is indeed a very special woman who cares for others dearly. Wise far beyond her years, she has since devoted herself passionately to a number of important humanitarian and social causes near to her heart, as well as to her life as a wife and mother of two.

SHE BELIEVES IN THE FUTURE WELFARE OF BANGLADESH

She believes that the future welfare of Bangladesh is in great part also dependent on the economic development and success of its citizens, and likewise, they are also working to improve economic conditions for the less fortunate. Her works have not gone unnoticed by the world either. In fact, she has received a number of awards and commendations for her works. She merges the roles of wife, mother, philanthropist, activist, and of course, she, seamlessly, with all facets of her life given equal dedication. As a crusader for the rights of women and children, an advocate of advancements in education, technology and healthcare, a promoter of entrepreneurship and microfinance, and a forerunner in the battle to eradicate poverty and to bridge educational and other divides, it is clear why so many consider Sheikh Hasina to be a role model, not only for people in the South Asian world, but for people everywhere. She is incredibly passionate about her work, which is what I think inspires many people to get involved and support her work. And it’s clear the people who go through her work love her, too – they flock to her like a den mother! She is a great woman, who will for be remembered for helping others. When someone thinks of a hero they usually think of someone that wears a mask, a cape or has superpowers, but I think a hero is someone who pushes you to be the best you can be, or to do what you want to do without caring about who you are, what you do, or how old you are. My hero is Sheikh Hasina.

MY ADMIRATION TO HER

I admire her. She shows us that we just need the determination and desire of living life to the fullest to take the first step and start a new life. There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. My hero definitely falls under the first group; she is someone who has dedicated her life to making the Bangladesh world a better place one step at a time. She was born into a family who had a passion for making the world a better place. As she says us these stories her face would light up with a passion, a passion to make a difference and to stop all the wrong in the world. It is the fact that she would never think herself higher than anyone, even though she has every right to. Her heart is always set on her goal, and she never lets her heart sway in the direction of fame and fortune. She has made such an impact on our lives and I am happy to say that I understand her.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” This quote from Edward Everett Hale, I hope, really inspires Hasina! Alone she cannot change the world. But just because she can’t change the whole world doesn’t mean that she can’t make a difference in her own way, no matter how small! She has become my role model! I am ever grateful to her for the difference she has made in our lives and the way she has inspired us and continues to inspire us every day. She has inspired people to make a difference in whatever way they can. To be the change she wants, to be kind to everyone, and to always be ready with a hug, but most of all she has taught us to light up every day with a smile! One asked her if she could say one thing to the whole world what would it be and she responded with this quotes: “Your silence cannot protect you; my silence did not protect me.” She never backed down from a challenge. I admire her perseverance; she always has kept her head up during the hardest times. I look up to her because she has the strength to never give up hope.

HER INTELLECTUAL TOUGHNESS

Her intellectual toughness can be summed up by saying, “She would stand up for herself and not be intimidated by anyone.” She can be described her as a “warm, extraordinarily kind and caring person.” A senior citizen of the country has remarked, “She has an amazing story, but she’s also just an amazing person.” He also added that she has the ability to get to know all of the people around her. She really has gone out of her way to get to know everyone and is well loved by everyone,” which truly shows the kind of person Sheikh Hasina is. Her humility is another great trademark of hers. She mentions, “I stand on the shoulders of countless people, yet there is one extraordinary person who is my life aspiration – that persons are my parents.” She has demonstrated that as long as you put your mind to something, you can do it! She is a perfect role model and a prime example that anything is possible. She is a great representative of Bangladesh’s people and for that we consider her our hero!

THAT IS WHAT A HERO IS ALL ABOUT

Heroes are people who often go against what is expected of them. They fight for what is right, even if they are persecuted and silenced. It takes great inner strength to become someone in a world where you are oppressed and looked down upon by those who hate you or envy you. To rise above this is to go beyond what is expected of you. To overcome the obstacles that are put in your way to victory is to triumph. That is what a hero is. PM Hasina is one of them. She has made a deep impact in the world, by being a female politician in a world where most women live a life of servitude and silence. She has broken this silence that was expected of her and made a yell that rocked a nation. When she was told to be quiet, she would not back down. She has defended her right to knowledge and she has made sure that her ideas are made known to everyone. That is what a hero is all about.

Even though she was threatened, she managed to break the silence that women had been forced to keep. She fought to protect her rights and when silenced, she fought back, with even greater strength than before. In a world that was entirely against her, she made her voice known and through her actions, she dealt a powerful blow to a male dominated world. It is through her that women know that they too can be heard. She is a great person that hopefully everyone will remember. She is the woman that is engaged in daily activities that improve millions of people’s lives. She says, “We can ignite a lot more change together than we can apart.” She goes on to say: “I believe that by engaging people to talk about connectedness in their own lives and in the world, the ripple effect of these conversations will have far reaching impact for good that will create lasting change.”

AS A WOMAN SHEIKH HASINA, AS A LIVING HERO

As a woman Sheikh Hasina, as a living hero is so amazing because she has clarity and humour and a directness that has represented people and equality in the best terms. She delivers what she says with laughter but it is very clear. She is courage. She is a hero. I am so glad we have her in this world right now. I have a list of heroes I am always adding to. Men heroes, women heroes, couples, comedians, artists! I love looking at them and thinking about what I admire about them. If you have the attention of the world for 5 minutes what would you do or say? I think everyone has their own hero. Some people adore Kartini for her struggle in education, some might adore Cut NyakDien for her braveness, or perhaps some might adore Martha Tillaar for her creative innovative talent in beauty world. However, I choose PM Sheikh Hasina as my hero.

HER WORDS SHOW NOT ONLY ABOUT LOVE BUT ALSO THE PORTRAYAL OF SOCIAL AND FRIENDSHIP

Her words show not only about love but also the portrayal of social and friendship. Therefore, I adore Sheikh Hasina for several reasons. I adore her because she is a woman who has inspired so many people through her beautiful and everlasting hard works for her people. She is not only a politician, but also a composer of politics. She is inspired to create songs of loving people every day. She has made lots of improvement of the lives of our people with her deepest empathy and sympathy. Those works have talked about people who are always forgotten and cornered by their environment. She has picked up some inspiring themes in her politics. Those themes are translated into many different accomplishments. She has started from the sadness point of human’s life, for example: the brutal death of her parents or beloved people and the other life stories.

She is a hero because she strives for the weak people. She always struggles for good causes as she has struggled with her own challenges in life. She always defends those on the weaker side without taking personal advantage. She has strived to help people and their difficult situation. I think she has been a great Banladesh’s woman who portrays inspiration, independent, and women’s struggle. So I think she deserves to be everybody’s hero. We can learn a lot from her. Furthermore, there should be more women like her, to do and to continue what she has done. I think that it is a great advantage when Bangladesh’s women want to take a look on what she has done for us. So in the future there will be more women who want to carry out lots of ideas, inspirations and braveness. She is a positive female role model. She considers her life perfect. She has a loving family, supportive friends, and a wonderful place to live. She has a view of the ocean when she wakes up in the morning. To me, she is a hero because she is very brave and kept a positive attitude through her whole experience. She is a good role model because she is able to make the best of her time in the country and she is now very involved in her hard work to improve the lot of her people. She is able to get over this obstacle in life positively, and that is why, she is strong, inspiring female figure and can be a hero to many.

PRIME MINISTER “SHEIKH HASINA” (L) AND FORMER PRIME MINISTER “KHALEDA ZIA. WHAT SHE HAS BEEN DOING IS SAVING HER PEOPLE

She knows despite all the work, sleepless nights, and heartbreak, what she has been doing is, in a small way, saving the people of Bangladesh at a time. “It was never easy to give so much to so many children while giving my own family the love they deserve,” she says. “But I have never considered quitting. I have found the strength in my heart to keep going because I know I am giving these children something many of them had never had: unconditional love. I know most would not remember me, but I also know many would carry the imprint of that love with them. It is like giving a tiny piece of me to each child to carry into their lives. Giving to them gives me the strength to keep going.” She has demonstrated that a belief in oneself gives us the strength to accomplish a great deal. She is a pioneer in many things we think about today. In truth, she is a woman who lives a century before her time. The lessons she has taught — to question, to be honest, to believe in your power, to value your mind and body, to fight for what is right — are all lessons for today. “That’s the course. If you’re not on the blue line, you’re not doing the course. People run away from their difficulties. This is my life,” she says. “I have a right to be here and face whatever comes my way. If I give up once, then I will have lost something very special.”

SHE IS A LIVING PROOF THAT IT’S NOT WHERE ONE STARTS

That outpouring of love and support is enough for Sheikh Hasina, but it’s not enough for others who admire her. In the process of her political odyssey, she has become a spokeswoman and hero, though is not what she has intended. Sheikh Hasina personifies the unstoppable spirit. She has written her noble politics, the winning spirit; life lessons learned in last place and speak to people, sharing her story of achievement in the face of obstacles. But for Hasina, the true reward is how her efforts have inspired so many others. “Over the years I have become a symbol of endurance for people,” she says. “I get supports all year long. I carry them with me when I run. What I do is a metaphor for life, just like the marathon itself. It means you can get somewhere by putting one foot after another.” She is living proof that it’s not where you start that counts. It is where you finish.

HER MOTIVATION AND DIRECTION TO ACHIEVE LARGER GOALS

Whether they led a country, history’s best leaders understood the importance of providing the motivation and direction to achieve larger goals. Poor leaders lose the faith and trust of the people they lead, while great leaders seem to lead without effort. The character, actions and thoughts of a leader, good or bad, permeate an organisation. Your goal should be to demonstrate the best qualities of a leader while encouraging the same from those who follow you. A political leader, or a politician, can be anyone who has taken up the responsibility of governing a tribe, city, state, region or even an entire nation. History has given us a plethora of political leaders, both good and bad, who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of their countries and the people living in the country. Political leaders are not just people who govern nations during peace times but also during times of crisis. They are people who are responsible for making and implementing strategies and policies meant to better serve the interests of the country they govern. These leaders are chosen through various processes, some examples of which would be through elections, in a democratic nation, and through lineage or birthright, in case of a monarchy, or even dictatorships wherein one individual declares herself/ himself the head of state. A look at the political leader’s hall of fame would reveal names like Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill…

SHE IS A FAMOUS NAME OF BANGLADESH’S POLITICAL HISTORY

Sheikh Hasina is one of the most famous names of Bangladesh’s political history, who is remembered by the masses of today. This great leader has risen to the ranks of becoming the prime minister of her country and has been serving in this position for a period of fourteen years. Her life is an excellent example of leadership which inspires people throughout the world. It is time for her to drag Bangladesh and its people and leaders into a new nation that reinvents itself, rediscovers its lost moral values, and gingered into the new global order. The future beckons us to fight for the restoration of the dreams of our forefathers, who fought for the emancipation of the state. We must, however, not forget in our haste for change, that overhauling status quo is often fraught with obstacles. Whatever happens, the first step is the search for, and enthronement of a leadership that can craft and implement a vision to replace the old and obsolete ideas that has seen us navigating the tortuous journey out of underdevelopment, only to relapse into poverty and despair. The incursion of corruption into every facet of our nation has destroyed the very foundation of our society, drained the life out of the generality of the people, undermined all attempts at genuine reform and negated every positive action.

HER INDEPENDENT SPIRITNESS

Propelled by mediocre leadership and selfish antecedents, the exploitation of our society has ensured that we cannot even make informed decisions that are of national benefit, even though this is doing extreme damage to our collective national image and psyche. Instead, all the assistance that have accrued to us, are a balance of trade deficit, bigger debt profiles and the depletion of all our natural assets by dubious ‘friends’, who line the pockets of our leaders and then force us to buy the refined end-products of our very own resources, at higher prices. They even dictate the terms of our contracts with them and we appear absolutely helpless, but in case of PM Hasina’s leadership, it has no place.

AN ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR OUR SALVATION HAS COME UNDER HER LEADERSHIP

The characteristics of our national ethics, which have seen the enthronement of mediocrity and the reign of impunity as well as the installation of graft, as a ‘god’, have continued to further tighten the noose, as we have set ashore into the realm of a state of development under the able and dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Our socio-political boil, encapsulated in the unnecessary constitutional crisis on our hands, right in the midst of the killing field of a more serious militant epidemic, among others, needs urgent lancing. Just as the economic strangulation by foreign prowlers, has shown how the state of our current governance and national life, is a dung-heap whose stench lures the most amoral of political creatures. After years of witnessing the faces of the anti-liberation forces gradually robbed of our smiles, devoid of their voices and their willpower; deprived of the zeal and determination that made us a resilient lot in the past, I simply believe that the hour and the moment for us to take a strong look at ourselves and look at alternate route for our salvation has come under her leadership.

Amid the sullenness of the generality of the people, it has become imperative and essential for all stakeholders to take stock of our pathetic past, identify the errors of our ways so far and endeavour to chart a new workable formula that will take cognisance of our available natural and human resources, for socio-political and economic development. Without a shadow of doubt, several detrimental landmarks that have and are blotting our existence, indicate that the opportunity for a political revival has come and we need to seize it with both hands. A cursory look at the lot of the generality of the people shows that they have been fed the wrong diet – hopelessness and despair, for too long. Agenda for change and prosperity – yet the hunger in our land has not been satiated, despite platitudes about agricultural revolution and such mumbo-jumbos. And still, despite the mind-boggling revenue that swells their own coffers, there is nothing natural about the son of the soil in our land, whose crude state of existence in an unnatural environment, is contrary to the platitude of poverty eradication.

NEW LEADERSHIP

Our youths and those who cannot join the cult of those in power are finding it difficult to rise up and take the mantle of leadership, despite being called the leaders of a tomorrow that we are already killing today. It is getting to the stage where a once proud people, hardly know what exactly is true democracy and good governance or political decorum. With lack of transparency and increasing corruption in practically every facet of our existence, we have been forced by man-made problems to accept depravity as a way of life .Greedy, self-seeking men, who promised to enhance the status of the desperately hungry, as long as their own status is substantially enhanced, ruled the roost, committing all sorts of dastardly acts in a flurry of activities that emits heat without fire, motion without movement. While the masses whisper hope, in the very hope that they deserve some succour, they are deafened by the sirens of evil spirits-who-can-do-no-wrong and political leaders who haven’t delivered the promises they made. It is time for us to be serious and let go of these charlatans and never-do-well bunch of politicians. In a nation once full to bursting with gifted, imaginative, creative, skillful, astonishingly brilliant political class, we have ended up with not a single discernible legacy of our proud and awesome heritage. Pale shadows of what the old Athens of Africa used to churn out, is all that we have.

SHEIKH HASINA, THE ARMOUR OF ENLIGHTENMENT

The wholesale failure of governance to improve the lot of the majority of Bangladesh’s people exposes the damage to our political leadership, which is so poisoned by the image of corruption, that the benchmark symbols and tokens of democracy that they deliver to the people undermine the very credibility of those in government. Similarly, their haphazard and distorted delivery, aim a torpedo at whatever integrity they claim to possess. Unfortunately for us, our political and economic set up have always given the advantage and opportunities to individuals within a cabal, who wield enormous power and then rotate it among themselves, without any checks and balances. Mortals in suits made from the same cloth of sorrow. It is a great shame that the dearth of leaders of tomorrow and today is one reason why those who come into reckoning, are either those who don’t know what goes on in the real world of our existence, or those whose only hope of wrestling power is to be part and parcel of the same rot that we are trying to reform. We, therefore, need to establish and entrench the right culture and ethos in our society, and redefine our attitude and perception as well as the mind-set of the electorate and those who seek or attain power. History is inviting and challenging us to re-examine ourselves; to discover our true individuality and awesome natural powers; and to wear the armour of enlightenment and get into battle for freedom… under the great leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

We have to silence the smoking gun of man’s inhumanity to man; of the yoke of man-made oppression, repression, discrimination, subjugation, humiliation, and near annihilation. What Bangladesh needs at this time in its existence, is a new and fresh leadership like Hasina. But it is also high time we gave the chance to bright, young and intellectually, change-inclined personalities, who would be willing to see divergent views as part and parcel of our democracy. We need minds that will see the need for strife towards genuine societal transformation as a huge responsibility and enormous challenge. Minds, whose leadership will galvanise each and every one of us to play a part in salvaging the nation from political and socio-economic decay. I am thinking of minds that will bring form and sequence to our jumbled jungle and show strong leadership and good governance by example; minds that will not let extraneous issues derail the needed climb, out of our bottomless pit. Right now, the country cries out for those whose heart bleed for its current state, to arise and answer the battle call for true change and a clean sweep of its cupboard that is full of characters from the realm of debauchery. This is our last hope, our last card to survival and progress as a nation. We are in the last chance saloon. If you believe, do not give up. Every little contribution to social awareness makes a world of difference. It is the heavy responsibility for Sheikh Hasina to build up such leadership during her precious time.

2018 is nearer than we think. Relics of the present rotten system are already strategizing. Luckily for us, the current groundswell of frustration provides a refreshing reassurance that the totality of our minds has not become ensnared in a lethargic spell that restrains us from rational judgment, in the search for the Holy Grail of democratic sanity. That is part of the change we are talking about. It is not a change from imperfection to perfection. It is a change from hopelessness and cluelessness to some hope and to some expectations. This is our wish! PM Hasina is our true dream in this quest.

SHE IS THE MODERN DAY JOAN OF ARC AND AN IDOL OF THE MASSES

Vandalism was rampant all over the country from 2013, 2014 and early 2015…….Following the terrible events that took place in Bangladesh, and that are foreshadowing a bloodier and more devastative tragedy, we ask our readers to put into practice the request of Sheikh Hasina: Pray to avoid devastation. Because of her tireless work for her people to improve their lot, many international observers have also hailed her as the modern day Joan of Arc. She may be called the “Idol of the Masses.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for taking up integrated and multidimensional steps to ensure better water management of common rivers and to conserve environment of river basins. She has made the call in a message marking the “Dhaka Water Conference 2017.” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said human resources of the country is the best asset, if we can build them up with proper education and training. She added, “Many people consider our human resources as a burden. But there is nothing to be worried about increasing population as it would be our best asset, if we can build them up through proper education and training” while she was inaugurating an international conference on ‘Skill for the Future World of Work’ and TVET for Global Competitiveness’ at Osmani Memorial auditorium in the capital.

The District Commissioners (DCs), the most powerful field level administrators in the country, have received loads of directives from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina regarding what’s need to be done and what they can do to get Bangladesh moving towards its cherished goals of development and rid the country from menaces like corruption, militancy and drugs. She has disclosed while inaugurating the Dhaka Water Summit-2017, “All canals in Dhaka would be re-excavated for preserving surface water and ensuring better water management.” Her goal is to achieve safe water for all by 2030. In a conference of the Diploma Engineers, PM stressed, “No compromise on quality of work as they are the main force of the country’s sustained development, no matter… this is my request to you.” The country has made a record in human development, made significant economic progress; it is one of fastest growing economies globally. It is self-reliant in agriculture due to advancement made in areas of agriculture, its track record of research on … mitigating climate change risk is impressive.

BANGLADESH IS TRULY A LAND OF POTENTIALS

Bangladesh is truly a land of potentials. Our development narrative speaks for itself. We have proved the doomsayers wrong — and this is through our resilience, our determination, and our innovative and indomitable spirit. Bangladesh is now showcased as a development role model. We saw how Japan was rebuilt within a short span of time after World War II to emerge as an economic superpower. Our aspirations and determination to emerge as an economic powerhouse are no less. In our development journey, we would like to join hands with the rest of the region and world to transform the lives of our people for a better world; for a better planet; and a peaceful and prosperous world order. Sheikh Hasina’s demons are within: graft, terrorism and corruption. Like Gandhi, she has also paid her pound of flesh in serving her country. Throughout her premierships, she has also proven a remarkably effective and un-dogmatic leader. In fact, she has been working indefatigably to come out of those something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted.

The then Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah signing the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord on behalf of the Bangladesh government while Jotindra Bodhipriyo Larma (Santu Larma) on behalf of PCJSS on December 2, 1997 as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina looks on. FILE PHOTO
THE ROHINGYA ISSUE

In the UN, she categorically has said, “We do not want war. We want peace. We want people’s wellbeing – not destruction of humanity. We want sustainable development. Let this be our collective goal.” “We are currently sheltering over 800,000 forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar. The ongoing atrocities and human rights violations in the Rakhine State of Myanmar once again aggravated the situation at the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border,” the prime minister said. She has further made a clarion call to the UN General Assembly, “These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity,” Hasina told “I have come here just after seeing the hungry, distressed and hopeless Rohingyas from Myanmar who took shelter in Cox’s Bazar. This forcibly displaced people of Myanmar are fleeing an ‘ethnic cleansing’ in their own country where they have been living for centuries. Hasina proposes the following actions on Rohingya crisis:

Myanmar must unconditionally stop the violence and the practice of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State immediately and forever.
UN Secretery General should immediately send a fact-finding Mission to Myanmar.
All civilians irrespective of religion and ethnicity must be protected in Myanmar. For that “safe zones” could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision.
Ensure sustainable return of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar.

The recommendations of Kofi Annan Commission Report must be immediately implemented unconditionally and in its entirety.
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the UN General Assembly and proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country. These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity. The UN says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an army campaign in northern Rakhine state of Myanmar.

SHE DESERVES NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The world’s renowned thinkers and educators have proposed the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the unique example of humanity and peace in the Rohingya issue. It is known that Sheikh Hasina’s name has appeared in the short list of the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017. When Sheikh Hasina unanimously accepted the United Nations’ philosophy of ‘people’s empowerment’ philosophy of world peace, her name is being considered for the Nobel Peace Prize. Besides that, Sheikh Hasina was awarded the Indira Gandhi Padak, which was recognized as Asia’s Nobel in 2009. She has also been awarded numerous national and international awards Her ‘people’s empowerment’ has been praised all over the world for establishing world peace. As we see Hasina’s name is now to the list of 10 people the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2017, people of Bangladesh now hope Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is to be glorified with the Nobel Peace Prize for her outstanding contribution to peace both at home and abroad. Salute to Bangladesh’s hero. She is not a woman but a world. She is a symbol of confidence. She is a woman who acts on her words. Let woman like her lead her beloved country, Bangladesh.

LONG LIVE SHEIKH HASINA

Joy Bangla. Joy Bangabandhu. Joy Sheikh Hasina on her 71st Birthday. Long live Sheikh Hasina in good health and in good spirits to serve the nation of Bangladesh.

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

 

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BORN IN CRISIS AND STILL SURVIVING

BORN IN CRISIS AND STILL SURVIVING

The significance of Bangladesh government’s attitude towards the Rohingya problem is that it has been pragmatic

– ABDUL GAFFAR CHOWDHURY –

This year on 28th September Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be 70. I wish her in advance on this occasion and pray for her long and successful life. Her political life is colourful and as Prime Minister her achievement is tremendous. My prayer is that she reaches the goal of fulfilling her father’s dream of a golden Bengal free from hunger and poverty, rich in economy and built on a non-communal foundation. Her life is not an easy one.

There were many attempts on her life, and conspiracy after conspiracy were hatched to topple her down from power. So far she has survived all and my prayer is that to sustain our political stability and economic growth she continues to have people’s support and cooperation for a long time to come. Her life is dedicated to the welfare of her countrymen and humanity. Those who have given her the title ‘Mother of Humanity’ are justified because she has proved this with her lifelong activity. In the recent Rohingya problem she has earned worldwide praise for handling the crisis with courage and sympathy. During her current visit to America she met President Donald Trump with other world leaders. She was asked by the journalists whether she approached the American President to help Bangladesh tackle the Rohingyan refugees.

The number of refugees is 7 to 8 lakhs and they are still coming having been persecuted by the Myanmar army and there are wholesale massacre of the Rohingyan Muslim populace. Sheikh Hasina herself said that this torture and killings are almost similar to the Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in 1971. Though Bangladesh economy is flourishing now but this extra pressure of huge number of refugees is an unbearable pressure on this economy. Still Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly said that if we can provide food and shelter for 16 crore of our people we would be able to provide the same for the 7 to 8 lakhs refugees also. With this indomitable courage she replied to the journalists’ query that she knows the policy of President Trump on immigrants and refugees. So why would she ask him to help Bangladesh?

With the same courage she confronted the problem of Padma Bridge Project when World Bank withdrew their monetary support from the project on trifling excuses. Hasina said that we will build the bridge with our own resources. Nobody believed her. Even her Finance Minister said that we would not be able to build the bridge without the help of the World Bank. But the Prime Minister’s determination has proved it now that it is possible to materialize the dream of Padma Bridge with the government and people’s collaboration. Of course foreign help also came afterwards.
It is hoped that Hasina government will be able to confront this refugee problem also though it is a problem of huge magnitude.

The significance of Bangladesh government’s attitude towards the Rohingya problem is pragmatic. Though this refugee problem is an ethnic cleansing problem of Myanmar, which is very old and the burden of this problem is very acute on the shoulder of Bangladesh, still Bangladesh did not lose its patience and handled this problem with courage and sympathy. Sheikh Hasina appealed to the military authority of Myanmar and especially Aung San Suu Kyi that Rangoon government should immediately stop this persecution, take back their citizens, arrange their rehabilitation and recognise their citizenship. Aung San Suu Kyi, after long silence spoke in her parliament. She responded to the appeal of Sheikh Hasina without naming her saying that she will take back the citizens though she tried to minimize her soldiers’ barbarity.

Still there is a problem that how Myanmar will identify their Rohingyan citizens. Myanmar army burnt all their houses along with their other belongings. They have not provided the Rohingyans with a passport for a long time. Now if they deny their citizenship and do not agree to accept them how will the problem be solved? In this case a third party, especially UNO’s mediation would be necessary. Under United Nation’s supervision Bangladesh and Myanmar could sit together and can solve this problem peacefully and diplomatically. There is no military solution to this issue. Foreign intervention, especially western intervention in the name of mediation or peace effort will escalate the crisis and may turn it into a killing field like the Middle-east. Sheikh Hasina very wisely welcomed the help and assistance from other countries but did not seek any direct western interference. Perhaps her approach towards American help has proved her awareness of the consequence of that help.

Long ago when Begum Khaleda Zia became the-then Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the first time that very night the coastal districts were devastated by cyclone and vast areas of the country were flooded. The American Marine at that time was stationed in the Bay of Bengal, very near the Bangladesh border. They entered into Bangladesh in the name of quick relief work without taking any formal approval from the-then Khaleda Zia government. Just after her oath taking ceremony the country was devastated with the storm.

That is why people called her ‘Tufaani Begum’ for some time. But the American Marines did not care to obtain any permission from her government to enter into Bangladesh territory. They did quick relief work ignoring our army’s role and was accused by some of the media of carrying out some activities which in effect violated the sovereignty of a country but the government had to oblige to these activities. Even government had to accept a condition from America that if any of their soldiers committed any crime in the Bangladeshi soil they would not be tried in any Bangladesh court by Bangladeshi judges.

When American forces go to any country in the name of humanitarian help they gradually establish their military base there which is in conflict with the sovereignty of that country. Now South Korea is in a fear of nuclear attack for the presence of American military base in their Guam island. Anglo-American mediation did not solve Kashmir problem between India and Pakistan for the last 60 years but escalated it. In the present Rohingya problem and in the face of huge refugee problem all the big powers including America are almost inactive. They are mute spectators with only verbal protests against the perpetrators of this barbarity. Even big countries like India and China are not showing active interest to save the humanity in Myanmar. Bangladesh is almost alone in this human disaster. By bilateral discussion Bangladesh can pressurize Myanmar to solve this problem peacefully. In that case Dhaka needs strong pressure from United Nations and other peace loving countries on Myanmar to agree to stop this barbarity and help to save world peace.

Sheikh Hasina is strongly pursuing that goal. The peace and prosperity of the whole South-east Asian region are depending on her success. Sheikh Hasina is a lone warrior, she was born in crisis in 1947 when the subcontinent was surviving a terrible communal violence and division of the country with crores of refugees fleeing from their home countries. Again she was brought up in political turmoil through a war of liberation and became the Prime Minister of the country through crisis and since then she has been surviving crisis after crisis. We hope that she will survive this Rohingya crisis also. History may one day record her name as a survivor and an undaunted warrior.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

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SHEIKH HASINA: HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A WOMAN, A LEADER

SHEIKH HASINA: HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A WOMAN, A LEADER

Tribune Desk

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s becoming 10th among the Fortune magazine’s latest list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders is one of a dozen other awards and recognitions she has received in the last couple of years.

The US-based magazine says Hasina has deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights.

In December last year, Hasina was named one of the world’s top 100 leading thinkers listed by Foreign Policy, a Washington-based magazine. She secured the place in “Decision Makers” category for her outstanding contribution to addressing climate change.

On September 27 last year, Hasina received the UN’s “Champions of the Earth” in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to combat the adverse impacts of climate change. United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner handed her the award at a gala reception.

She received the “ICT Sustainable Development Award” from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the UN Headquarters on September 26 last year. She was recognised for her contributions to promoting the use of ICTs for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hasina was ranked at 59th among the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015” by US-based magazine Forbes on May 26 last year. She secured 47th position in 2014.

Forbes selected 100 of the most influential women from eight categories or power bases: billionaires, businesses, celebrities, finance, media, philanthropy and intergovernmental organisations, politics and technology.


On November 21, 2014, the premier was honoured with “South South Cooperation Visionary Award” of the UN for her contribution in expanding IT, ensuring healthcare to grassroots level, improvement of society’s distress people through safety net programme and success in poverty alleviation.

Hasina, serving as the president of the Awami League since 1981, received the “Tree of Peace” memento from Unesco in recognition of her outstanding contribution to promotion of girls’ and women’s education, on September 8, 2014.

On June 13, 2013, on behalf of the government of Bangladesh, the premier was invited by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation for halving the incidence of hunger well ahead before target year 2015.

On June 8 the same year, Hasina received Rotary Peace Prize at the Platinum Jubilee of Rotary International District 3280. It was a recognition of her endeavour to promote peace among communities and across the globe.

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SHEIKH HASINA, HER POLITICAL INSIGHT AND BANGLADESH DEVELOPMENT

SHEIKH HASINA, HER POLITICAL INSIGHT AND BANGLADESH DEVELOPMENT

– A K AZAD –

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the worthy daughter of the greatest Bangalee of all time Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has inaugurated a brilliant chapter in Bangladesh`s development history. She has uplifted the country’s image and made a significant contribution to the national economy and politics.

With her sincere and relentless efforts, the country is enjoying a balanced relationship with some of the key players of the world politics. She has been able to create a positive acceptance throughout the world, earning prestigious global awards as marks of recognition to the country’s gradual development in all key fields.

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bruneis-sultan-hassanal-bolkiah-c-offers-bangladeshs-prime-minister-sheikh-hasina-lDespite conspiracies against her and her government, Sheikh Hasina has become not only a beacon of Bengali nation, but also an icon of South Asian politics, by her bold and visionary leadership.

By the way of her outstanding leadership, she has been able to splash her importance in South Asian region. Amid spate of horrific terror attacks across the country, she could encourage foreign friends to invest here, making the way to boost country`s development.

Though several world leaders criticised the Sheikh Hasina led Awami League (AL) government for the January 5, 2014 national election. After the elections Sheikh Hasina also made a successful visit to United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) as well. It has been just three years, the world leaders are now inspired by her diplomatic strategy. Responding to her life-awakening call, now foreign investors are ready to invest billions of dollars in Bangladesh.

EXAMPLES OF HER DIPLOMATIC STRATEGY

sheikh-hasina-with-world-leadersSheikh Hasina, maintaining strong ties with Russia and India, started to build ties with China. Balancing China, India, and Russia is no easy task, but it is indeed Sheikh Hasina’s diplomatic strategy. Hasina`s charm leadership and strategic plans have put Bangladesh on centre-stage of international and regional politics.

During the liberation war in 1971, China along with the United States (US) took an “anti” stand in the name of what they called the “ping-pong diplomacy.” Governments came and went, with the US recognising Bangladesh reluctantly and China vetoing our entry into the United Nations.

China only recognised Bangladesh after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the man they held responsible for breaking up Pakistan.

Sheikh-Hasina-shakes-hands-with-Chinas-President-Xi-JinpingIn an attempt to carve out innovative ways to strengthen the more than three decade old bilateral and diplomatic relations with the emerging Asian giant, Sheikh Hasina undertook a high-profile five-day official visit to China since coming to power for the third time. It was her first foreign visit since taking charge of Bangladesh’s new government, after the landslide victory in the December 2009 elections.

The much anticipated high level talks between Sheikh Hasina and her then Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao yielded a resolution to create a “closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation.” This was a crucial stepping stone in Hasina’s ambition to get a “comprehensive partnership” with Beijing, according to analysts.

Chinese-President-Xi-Jinping-assures-Prime-Minister-Sheikh-Hasina1The landmark talks dealt with a spectrum of issues that were significant for both countries. China gave a positive answer to Hasina’s call for Chinese financial aid and technical support for development projects, collaboration in agriculture, and the power sector. Chinese premier Web Jiabao then assured Hasina of overall backing and support in all areas.

The far-sighted Sheikh Hasina also took her maiden visit to China when she was in opposition. It was then called an “ice-breaking” trip.

chinese-president-jinping-arrives-in-dhakaIt has been 45 years since Bangladesh was born, the two superpowers (China and US) of the world are now busy to maintain a balanced relationship with their Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina. It has been possible only for her effective diplomatic strategy.

XI JINPING`S VISIT

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently spent two days in Bangladesh, making the historic visit in three decades by a first Chinese President.

614597444After signing 40 agreements during the visit, Chinese President told media, “We agreed to elevate China-Bangladesh relations from a closer comprehensive partnership of cooperation to a strategic partnership of cooperation and to increase high-level exchanges and strategic communication, so that our bilateral relations continue to move ahead at a higher level.”

On October 14 after bilateral talks, Bangladesh and China signed 40 agreements, including loan and investment deals in the infrastructure sector worth over $20 billion, as they upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership.

Xi and Hasina witnessed the signing of 27 agreements and memoranda of understanding involving the two governments. Chinese state-owned and private entities also signed 13 agreements mostly with Bangladeshi private enterprises.

JOHN KERRY`S VISIT

pmo_kerryAfter suspending the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for Bangladeshi products, US tried to put Bangladesh in pressure waging voices over the existence of global terrorists in Bangladesh. They frequently said Islamic States (IS) backed militants existed in the domain of Bangladesh and carrying out terror attacks across the country. But, out far sighted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always dismisses their allegations. She always says, “There is no existence of IS back militants in Bangladesh. Those who are making isolated attacks here, they are from local oppositions and off the rails.

JOHN KERRY AND SHEIKH HASINA

sheikh-hasina-with-kerrySensing her boldness and far sights over the world politics, US sent its State Secretary John Kerry to visit Bangladesh for maintaining balanced relationship. Amid the wake of militant attacks across the country, John Kerry arrived in Dhaka on August 29 to discuss the global challenge, preventing the rise of militancy and violent extremism in Bangladesh and the region.

jonh-kerry-07Kerry`s tour at the end of the tenure of Obama administration, diplomatic sources said the visit is quite “extraordinary” and carries “special significance” as the US government is giving importance to Hasina`s government after giving it the cold shoulder for years.

WORLD BANK PRESIDENT KIM`S VISIT

hasin-kim20161023124702Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proved that it is wrong to depend on foreign aids for the country`s development. The Padma Multipurpose Bridge (PMB) project was designed to be funded by donors such as the World Bank (WB), JICA, ADB etc. After a scandal of alleged corruption by some people associated with project preparation the global financing organisation WB withdrew its commitment and other donors followed.

Then the premier announced to construct it with own-finance, proving Bangladesh is now well-off enough to complete any project with own-funds.

world-bank-president-kims-visit-dhakaLater, WB also announced that no evidence was found over corruption in the Padma Bridge Project, but the announcement could not heal the cold relation with Bangladesh authority.

Recently, WB president Jim Yong Kim visited Bangladesh and heaped praises upon the country, its people and leadership for becoming a model for poverty reduction despite being saddled with a long list of hardships.

He also lauded Bangladesh’s role in empowering women and terming the country as a model in women’s progress.

During the visit, WB President pledged Bangladesh to give USD $3 billion over the next three years to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change and to combat malnutrition of children.

world-bank-president-kims-visitEarlier, the WB released two reports that Bangladesh has done an impressive job in reducing poverty over the last decade and has the potential to end extreme poverty by 2030 if it takes firm steps to make growth more inclusive to benefit all Bangladeshis.

The reports titled ‘Bangladesh Development Update’ and ‘Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality’, find that Bangladesh is making sustained progress in poverty reduction and increasing opportunities.

Under the new $1.90 poverty line based on 2011 purchasing power, 28 million, or 18.5 percent of Bangladeshis lived in extreme poverty in 2010, according to the reports.

More than 16 million people in Bangladesh graduated from extreme poverty between 2000 and 2010, the reports said.

A BEACON OF BENGALI NATION..

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in BIMSTEC summit lauded the steps taken by Sheikh Hasina to fight terrorism in the country and went on to tell her that she has “given a new template on how to fight terrorism”.

NARENDRA MODI AND SHEIKH HASINA

indian-prime-minister-narendra-modi-greeted-prime-minister-sheikh-hasinaEarlier on Sheikh Hasina`s birthday, Modi also highly appreciated her leadership saying her resolute leadership has provided the people of Bangladesh a beacon of hope during a difficult period.

“From development to security, Bangladesh has made rapid strides in its progress towards peace and prosperity for all citizens, under your able stewardship,” Modi wrote in the birthday message to Hasina.

REMARKABLE SUCCESS IN POWER SECTOR

target-of-power-generationPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become a role model of development in South Asia as she could overcome all complexities to boost countries development.

Though political demonstrations centering the January 5, 2014 national election disturbed the country`s development temporarily, her brilliant leadership and effective steps helped national economy to overcome the situation soon. Despite traffic and non-traffic barriers, foreigners are now inspired by her diplomatic strategy to invest in Bangladesh.

power-genaration-in-bangladesh-16-638Under her dynamic leadership, the country has achieved tremendous success in the overall development. After assuming power by the Awami League-led government in 2009, the power generation capacity was only 4,942 MW and real electricity production was only 3,268 MW. Now the power generation has arisen up to 14,539 MW (Megawatt) and 76 percent of the total population has been brought under electricity coverage and the nation has witnessed the continued turnaround of recovering from the chronic energy crisis.

The common people across the country are proud enough to see a tremendous success of this government in the power sector as load shedding, a perennial problem before 2009, is no more in both urban and rural areas.

nuclear-power-plantThe government has set a target to generate 24,000 MW electricity by 2021 and 40,000 MW by 2030 to cover the whole country with electricity. The villages normally die soon after the dusk into the darkness of the night, but the scene has now changed as most of the households remain alive at night in rural Bangladesh.

INCREDIBLE ECONOMIC BOOST

02_12_2014-Economy_Bangladesh-EnOn the overall economic front, the Awami League government has scored the GDP (gross domestic product) rate at 7.2 percent in the 2016-17 fiscal year by the outstanding leadership of Sheikh Hasina. The current year’s GDP has been fixed at 7.5 percent with the confidence that it will grow in the same pace steadily in the years to come.

Meanwhile, the per capita income has already reached USD1466 and the foreign currency reserves exceeded USD 30 billion in June 2016 to lead Bangladesh to be a middle-income country very soon.

pm-sheikh-hasina-g7The government under the bold and visionary leadership by Sheikh Hasina has been progressing towards materializing the vision-2021 along with turning the country into a Digital Bangladesh.

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OCTOBER 23, 2016
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