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PM Hasina calls for calm in Chittagong Hill Tracts

  • Published at 02:54 pm May 6th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:20 am May 7th, 2018
PM Hasina calls for calm in Chittagong Hill Tracts
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday laid emphasis on maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. "Make sure peace prevails there [in hills]...All must maintain a congenial atmosphere. This is not important who is Pahari (indigenous) and who is Bangali," she said while speaking with a cross-section of citizens in Bandarban district through a videoconference at her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka. She said everyone must to be treated as human beings and all humans should enjoy their basic rights. On Friday, five people were gunned down and eight others suffered bullet wounds in an attack by miscreants at Betchari in Naniarcharupazila of Rangamati. They came under the gun attack while returning from the funeral program of slain NaniarcharUpazila Chairman Shaktiman Chakma.
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Shaktiman, 55, also a leader of ParbatyaChattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma faction), was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in front of the UpazilaParishad Complex on Thursday. Sheikh Hasina on Sunday held the videoconference after unveiling the results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations. She said the government gave the highest importance to education as Bangladesh can only become a poverty and hunger-free country when it achieves a 100% literacy rate. She urged the students to be more attentive to their regular studies and develop themselves as qualified citizens because today's students would have to lead the nation in the future. The prime minister called upon all to remain aware so that the country's hard-earned independence achieved in exchange of blood of millions of martyrs does not go in vain.
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She expressed satisfaction as Bangladesh has graduated to a developing country and hoped the country would soon be a developed and prosperous one. Hasina congratulated the students who passed the SSC exams and requested the guardians of students who had failed to encourage their children so that they can succeed next time. While talking to people in Bandarban, Hasina said the government was building residential educational institutions there to make education facilities available alongside developing improved communications to ensure a better living condition. Talking to people in Barishal, she said the region would no longer fall behind as her government has taken steps to ensure balanced development of the entire Barishal region. Steps have been taken to connect Barishal with the rail network, while efforts were on to grow paddy and other crops tolerant to salinity, she said.