Happy New Year 2015: President, PM greets nation
DHAKA, Jan 1, 2015 Nirapad News : Today is January 1, the first day of the English calendar and a Happy New Year 2015 to everyone. Bangladesh welcomes 2015 with expectations for a new pace of progress in different fronts of national life as it bade farewell to 2014 that was marked by joys and sorrows.
In the political landscape, the year 2014 was significant as the country witnessed a massive political unrest and violence at the very beginning over the January 5 national elections.
The 1971 war crimes issue appeared with extra significance as the nation witnessed a number of verdicts this year. Trials of several other high profile suspects in special tribunals are under progress.
The macro-economic situation of the country improved in the outgoing year 2014, driven by the highest ever foreign exchange reserve, increasing inflow of remittance and foreign direct investment (FDI).
Country’s foreign exchange reserves crossed the $22 billion. This is an all time high level both in absolute dollar terms as well as in terms of import coverage of reserves at almost six months.
Leaving all odds behind, people welcome the 2015, with new hopes and aspirations.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the countrymen and expatriate Bangladeshis on the occasion of New Year 2015.
In a message on the eve of the New Year, the President said the celebration of English new year has merged with the national culture.
“The importance of English new year immense,” he said and wished welfare, peace, progress and happiness of all in the new year.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen, expatriates and citizens across the globe on the eve of the new year.
The Prime Minister urged all to build a hunger-free, non-communal, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh being inspired with the spirit of Liberation War.
“Let’s build ‘Sonar Bangla’ free from hunger, poverty, illiteracy and communalism as dreamt by the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.
Terming 2014 as a glorious year in the history of the nation for over all development, maintaining democratic trend and inspiring the nation with the spirit of Liberation War, the Prime Minister said she was awarded Global South-South Development Expo-2014 and Visionary Award in 2014.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was elected president of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, was elected President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Referring achievements in economic field, the Prime Minister said the country achieved more than 6 percent growth and foreign exchange reserve reached 22.38 billion US dollars in 2014.
The volume of foreign investment increased and the country received about 15.3 billion US dollars remittance, she said, adding that per capita income increased to 1200 US dollars in 2014.
Sheikh Hasina said the country’s power generation capacity increased to 13,000 megawatts and added that the global agencies have appreciated the government’s economic management. “We have established good governance,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the last trials of war crimes are going on.
She expressed her determination to bring all war criminals to book and execute the verdicts.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has ensured the people’s democratic rights through the 5 January polls.
She alleged that the BNP, controlled by the Jamaat-Shibir, does not want democracy and election. They want to go to power through unconstitutional means, she added.
They want to push the country into darkness, she said and urged all to be united to resist the evil forces.
The Prime Minister prayed to almighty Allah for happiness, prosperity and peace of all in the New Year.