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Don’t pay heed to propaganda: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waving at the guests during a reception accorded to her at Senakunja of Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day on Thursday.	photo : pid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waving at the guests during a reception accorded to her at Senakunja of Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day on Thursday. photo : pid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called upon the people of the country not to pay heed to any kind of negative propaganda including relating to price hike of essential commodities like onion, salt and rice.
She came up with the call while addressing a reception at Army Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka Cantonment.
The Prime Minister said various types of propaganda are being spread suddenly as if there is no onion, salt or any other item (in the market) and thus mislead people.
"I know this (propaganda) would be done. It's normal. We've to move on facing all this. We also do so. Today, we're self-sufficient in food. Bangladesh is now a food-surplus country," she said.
The Prime Minister hosted the reception for the close relatives of the Bir Shresthas and other gallantry award-winning freedom fighters and their family members on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2019.
A total of 101 family members of seven Bir Shresthas, gallantry award-winning freedom fighters, and their family members attended the function. The Prime Minister handed over cheques of honorariums to them.
The Prime Minister also handed over 'Shantikalin Padak 2018-2019' (peace medals) to 13 members of the armed forces -- eight members of the Army, two of Navy and three of the Air Force-at the event.
Besides, the Prime Minister handed over 'Bishistho Seba Padak' to Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Prime Minister's Security Adviser Maj Gen (Retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Army Staff Gen Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Abu Mozaffar Mohiuddin Mohammad Aurangzeb Chowdhury and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat and high civil and military officials were present at the event.
Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman delivered the welcome speech.
Later, she addressed another reception organised by Armed forces at Senakunja of Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day.
Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, former president Dr Badrudowza Chowdhury, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, cabinet members, leaders of different political parties, including BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Jaitya Party (Ershad) Chairman GM Quader, Prime Minister's advisers, foreign diplomats, leading figures representing different professions, editors, senior civil and military officials and their spouses joined the reception.
The Prime Minister later exchanged pleasantries with the army officials and their family members, diplomats and other guests.
She earlier inaugurated the extended and reconstructed Senakunja.
The Prime Minister said there will be economic development in the country if peace and security prevail.
"So, the ongoing drive against terrorism, militancy and corruption will continue as we are striding so that the people of the country can live in peace," she continued.
The Prime Minister called upon all to accomplish their respective duties sincerely to make Bangladesh a developed and prosperous country.
"Our economy is strong enough. So, we want to build our country by ourselves and I want all to work from their respective positions with sincerity to build the country," she said.
The Prime Minister said she wants to advance the country without begging anything from anyone and bowing down to anybody, rather moving forward with the head held high being a victorious nation of the Liberation War.
Bangladesh is one of the world's fifth country with regards to the economic development and is currently implementing 90 per cent of the development works with own finance, she added.
Expressing hope that the armed forces would play an effective role to continue the democratic trend with the sense of the highest responsibility, she said, "I firmly believe the commitment of the armed forces will continue for the noble cause of building the country by maintaining the chain of command being responsible to the Constitution."
The Prime Minister appreciated the armed forces for their successes to attain universal recognition for its honesty, sincerity, efficiency and multifaceted services for the welfare of the people.
Describing the armed forces as the symbol of independence and sovereignty, she recalled their contribution and services towards humanity and the role in safeguarding the lives and property during any natural disaster side by side protecting the country's independence and sovereignty.
In this context, the Prime Minister appreciated the role of armed forces for successfully handling the recent cyclonic storm 'Bulbul.' Prime Minister's Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (Retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and chiefs of three services stood beside the Prime Minister as she addressed the reception.
Addressing the reception at Army Multipurpose Complex the Prime Minister urged the freedom fighters to share the stories of the Liberation War with the new generation and local people so that they can learn the history.
"Because, we're a victorious nation as we achieved victory in the Liberation War. (Share the stories of the Liberation war) so that our future generations may know how we've become a victorious nation the Bangalee can never suffer any defeat," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the government is now trying to preserve the 1971 war and massacre spots identifying the places properly.
She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman engaged himself in rebuilding the war-ravaged country. He developed every force -- Army, Navy, Air Force, BGB, Police and Ansar and made them fit for an independent country.
Bangabandhu realized the recognition of Bangladesh from 126 countries and many international agencies, including the United Nations, OIC and Commonwealth.
Unfortunately, she said, the Father of the Nation was killed when he was taking the country towards development with more than 7 per cent GDP growth rate.












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