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PM to youths: Use talent for nation

Update : 02 Nov 2016, 01:41 AM
In a speech to inaugurate National Youth Day, the prime minister also called on the young people of Bangladesh to stay away from drugs and terrorism. "We dream about the development of our nation as we have a youth force which is one-third of the our total population, and many countries of the world do not have that advantage," she remarked at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday. "We do not want our youth force to go astray and become a pain for their parents. The young generation have to refrain from getting involved in drugs, terrorism, and militancy. Those are not the right paths to a flourishing life and will not bring any good to their families or the nation.” PM Hasina said Islam is a religion which always preaches peace and that the young should not be misguided and commit homicide in the name of this religion, reports BSS. "Those who kill people by creating religious fanaticism will definitely go to hell," she said. She urged the youths to take advantage of government job schemes, referring them to opportunities for training, credit facilities and consultative services. National Youth Day is being observed across Bangladesh with the slogan of "Atto Karmi Jubo Shakti, Teksoi Unnayaner Mulbhitti" (self-employed youth force, foundation of sustainable development). Special guests attending the function in Dhaka on Tuesday included State Minister for Youth and Sports, Biren Sikder; Deputy Minister for Sports, Arif Khan Joy; and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Zahid Hassan Russel. Director General of Department of Youths, Anwarul Karim, delivered the welcome address while other speakers included Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, Qazi Akhter Uddin; youth organiser, Amiya Plabon Chakraborty; and entrepreneur Sultana Popy. The prime minister distributed National Youth Awards to 19 youths in recognition of their entrepreneurial achievements and job creation efforts for other youths.
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