Speak against militancy in Khutba: PM to Imams
Published: 01:40 PM, 25 April 2019
Calling for the campaign against militancy in the Jumma (Friday prayer) Khutba, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said to the Imams that you will preach against terrorism.
“We want peace. If there is peace in the country then there will be development,” she said adding, “Militancy, not just in Bangladesh, they are carrying out their heinous activities all over the world. A few days ago, they killed Muslims by entering mosques in New Zealand. Many people died in Sri Lanka bombing. The innocent children are not being protected from them. Our child Zayan Chowdhury also did not escape from them.”
“Islam does not support killing innocent people. Islam has not given the right to judge anyone through murder. Only Rabbul Al-Amin will be judged,” the Prime Minister said these while inaugurating a new non-stop ‘Banalata Express’ train on Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi route on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the train from Gonobhaban via video conference. Railway Ministry secretary Md Mofazzal Hossain presented brief information at the beginning of the program. Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujon, Rajshahi Mayor HM Khairuzzaman Liton spoke on the outskirts of Rajshahi.
During the inauguration of the train, the Prime Minister said, “We gave hands to the development of Rajshahi. We want to develop the whole North Bengal. In the meantime, we removed the Manga in North Bengal. We built 100 industrial areas and most of them in the Northern Region.”
“Due to the inauguration of the new train, people of Rajshahi can now travel to Dhaka-Rajshahi in five hours. Eid and the month of summer are coming. These will be effective by the inauguration of this train,” she said.
After the inauguration, the train started on its journey. As the train’s official journey begins, railway authorities did not take any charge or money for travel. From Saturday, it will run in scheduled time and price.
The train’s Broad Gauge Coaches have been brought from Indonesia under the project 'Cargo Collection of meter gauge and broad gauge passenger for the Bangladesh Railway' funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The 932 seated ultramodern and high-speed train with 12 coaches including two air-conditioned chairs and seven non-air conditioned chairs will run on the route without any stoppage between Dhaka and Rajshahi.
The train is a new addition to the existing three intercity trains - Silk City Express, Padma Express, and Dhumketu Express - on the route.
According to railway source, the train will start from Rajshahi at 7:00 am and reach Kamalapur Railway Station by 11:00 am. It will leave at 1:30 pm and reach Rajshahi at 5:30 pm.
The new train will save at least two hours journey time than that of the existing three express trains. It will run on the 343-kilometer route every day excepting a weekly day-off.
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