"We must realise the dreams and hopes we talked about in our electoral manifesto and carry out at all costs the responsibilities the people have vested in our government," Hasina said at a meeting to mark the 37th homecoming anniversary of independence architect Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"Let's join hands in building the country. We trust in harmonious development," the AL chief told party supporters. Terming their election victory a reflection of people's confidence and trust, she said, "We have to translate people's aspirations into reality and value their confidence and trust." Hasina asked the party leaders and workers to move forward with patience and dedication.
"Don't ask how much you've received, but do ask how much you've been able to give. We must forget differences and join hands to ensure the goals set by the people." Prior to the prime minister's speech, AL presidium members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofayel Ahmed and Abdur Razzaque, who failed to gain entry to Hasina's cabinet, promised the government all-out support.
Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon and AL presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim also spoke, both demanding trial of the war criminals.
Sheikh Hasina chaired the discussion while agriculture minister and AL presidium member Motia Chowdhury and the prime minister's adviser Syed Modasser Ali, AL joint secretary Mukul Bose, organising secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury and others attended.
BSF detains 40 Bangladeshis last month in Tripura
Agartala, 10 January : Indian Border Security Force detained 40 Bangladeshi nationals in Tripura who had sneaked into the State in the month of December last. The force also apprehended 38 Indian nationals for crossing the international border while attempting to go to the neighbouring country in the same period.
Tripura shares 857 kilometres of border with Bangladesh , which most part has got barbed fencing.
The BSF also seized various smuggled goods worth RS. 39,47,666 from smugglers who tried to take them to Bangladesh from Tripura while Rs.4,75,704 worth of different Bangladeshi items have been confiscated by the same force last month which came through the areas of Kamalsagar, Ashabari, Kalsimura, Dhanpur, Kullubari and Srimantapur under West Tripura district and Sreenagar, Amlighat under South Tripura district.
The contraband goods included ganja, forest produces, fertilizers, liquors, cattles and Phensidyle cough syrup, garments, electronic appliances and plastic-made objects. However, the porous border areas with Bangladesh are always a matter of serious concern as the Indian militants take shelter there.
Khulna Medical College closed
15 hurt as Chhatra League, Chhatra Shibir clash
Khulna, 10 January : Classes of Khulna Medical College (KMC) were suspended sine die yesterday after a fierce clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS).
Sources said at least seven persons were injured, four of them critically, in the clash Friday night when the BCL men made an attempt to set a room of Shibir leaders on fire at a hall of the college. Following the clash, students left all the three dormitories being asked by the college authorities to vacate by yesterday morning.
However, Khulna Metropolitan Police DC Shahadat Hossain said law will take its own course.
Imdadul's mother Firoza Bibi wins Nandigram
Nandigram, 9 January : Trinamool Congress candidate Firoza Bibi on Friday won the Nandigram assembly by-election defeating CPI nominee Paramananda Bharati by 39,551 votes, District Magistrate CD Lama told Bengal News.
BJP and Siddiqullah Chowdhury's party PDCI fielded candidates in the bypoll. PDCI candidate Badsah Alam lost his deposits.
More than 80 per cent electorate exercised their franchise in the bypoll held on 5 January.
The bypoll has been necessitated following the resignation of CPI MLA Muhammad Ilyas following a sting operation which exposed his involvement in a corruption case.
And as expected, former Union minister Ghani Khan Chowdhury's niece Mousam Noor won from Sujapur in Malda, while CPM's Minu Bauri increased her margin in the SC/ST and Adivasi-dominated Para Assembly constituency in Purulia.
Khandaker hopes War Criminals trial start soon
Dhaka, 9 January : Minister A K Khandker says he hopes the trial of war criminals will start soon.
Khandaker, who was second-in-command to Gen Osmany during the war of independence in 1971, also leads the Sector Commanders' Forum, campaigning for their trial. "Most of the war criminals failed to get elected. It is the successful outcome of the Sector Commanders' Forum's (SCF) work and I thank each and every member of it," said the Liberation War hero, planning minister in the new government.
"It (the trial) is very important for the nation," he told reporters Friday. Khandaker thanked voters, especially "the 52 percent young voters" for rejecting war criminals in the election.
Kolkata petrol pumps set to run dry
Kolkata, 9 January : From airlines to private cars and buses, the oil sector strike has hit Kolkata hard. Out of the more than 370 petrol pumps in the city, around 70-80 pumps belonging to Hindustan Petroleum are working. The remaining pumps from Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum are fast running out of stock. With their stocks exhausted, most of the pumps have already shut shop.
"From Nadia, Murshidabad, West Midnapore and East Midnapore, the petrol pump owners have told me that they have run out of stock. In Kolkata, the pumps have stock till Friday. If the strike does not end, we are in for trouble," said Joydeb Sarkar, secretary, West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association.
Tankers were parked outside the Howrah's Mourigram unit while pumps ran dry in the city. At the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport, nine flights were delayed because of a fuel crisis. On a normal day, the airport has reserves for 80 flights. On Thursday the second day of the strike the stocks had come down to 60 flights. The airport officials are worried that if the strike goes on for another day, the stocks would come down to less than 50 flights.