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World community accepts results of January 5 polls: PM

Staff Correspondent

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday said in the parliament that the world community had accepted results of the national elections held on January 5.
In reply to a question of Awami League lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah (Dhaka 11) during the question-answer session, she said that a number of states and heads of government had welcomed the government and sent message greeting her.
She said that the world community had accepted the Awami League’s action against the violence of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.
‘Ten countries and heads of the United Nations and other international organisations also greeted me on my becoming the prime minister of the newly elected government,’ she said.
Hasina also said that the United States, the European and friendly countries had already expressed their willingness to continue working with the government as part of their efforts to continue the democratic process and good governance.
Hasina hoped that more greetings would be coming in the future.
In reply to another question of independent lawmaker Haji M Selim (Dhaka 7), Hasina told the parliament that the government had introduced ‘one house, one farm’ project to free poor people from interest-mongers. She said that 10,38,000 families were getting benefits directly from the project.
Hasina said that the government had taken an initiative to establish a bank, called Palli Sanchaya Bank to give a sound footing to the project. This state-run bank will receive small amounts of deposit from poor people that will help to create investment and employment opportunities for depositors.
In reply to a supplementary question of Awami League lawmaker Abdus Shahid, Hasina said that Palli Sanchaya Bank would open its branches in phases.

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