TEWKSBURY, MA — Your Tewksbury Today Editor Bill Gilman recently interviewed 19th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury).Kratman answers the following questions:What made you decide that this was the right time to run for State Rep?Have you had to work to get yourself known in the Wilmington part of the district?Respond to a recent Patch article highlighting the fact that several builders and developers contributing to your campaign.If you do get elected, how will you be effective for your district without getting into the “cesspool” of Beacon Hill?What are your feelings on the “Millionaire’s Tax?”What is your opinion on sanctuary states and sanctuary cities?What would you like to see the state legislature do to help communities relative to the opioid epidemic and where detox facilities and sober homes should be located?Where can people find out more about you and your campaign?Listen to the 45-minute interview, courtesy of Your Tewksbury Today, below.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman Holds Successful Campaign Rally, Ready To Fight For Wilmington & Tewksbury At State HouseIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect Mark Kratman Expresses Disappointment With Robertson Campaign’s TacticsIn “Government”
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain vigilant and instantly inform law enforcement agencies of any suspicious terror and militant activity in their respective localities, reports UNB.”I would like to urge the people of the country to remain alert and inform the law enforcement agencies instantly if there’s any abnormal activity,” she said in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House.The prime minister also called upon people to refrain from such terror and militant activities. “I’ve no word to condemn such terror and militant attacks,” she said, adding that 359 people have so far been killed in the recent series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.Sheikh Hasina said some 40 children, including Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of Awami League presidium member and former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, were killed in the terror attacks.”I don’t know what they (terrorists) want to achieve through killing innocent people like this. Children are innocent. So, why do they lose their lives?” she said, adding that terrorism and militancy can never bring welfare for the mankind.Noting that Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi fell victim to manmade terrorism, the prime minister said such brutal activities are very harmful to human beings.She said Islam is a religion of peace, but some people humiliate the religion to the whole mankind carrying out militant activities in the name of Islam.She prayed for salvation of the departed soul of Zayan and others who were killed in the brutal attacks carried out on Easter Sunday.In one of the attacks, Zayan’s father Moshiul Haque Chowdhury Prince (Selim’s son in-law) was also injured severely and he is now undergoing treatment at a Sri Lankan hospital.Prince was not informed of his son’s death yet, said Sheikh Hasina.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the public representatives to work for the welfare of the people saying that victory in polls is not enough, rather they (public representatives) must win the hearts of the masses.“Being elected public representatives once means not an end of a chapter, rather they will have to win hearts and minds of the people of their locality,” she said.The premier added: “So, you’ll have to work for the welfare of the people irrespective of the party affiliations and uphold the trust and confidence that the people reposed on you.”The prime minister was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly- elected mayor and councillors of the Mymensingh City Corporation (MCC) at her office here this morning.Sheikh Hasina said public representatives will have to work for the development of their respective areas to earn satisfaction of the people.In this regard, she reminded them about their responsibilities saying the politics for the personal interest never sustains and can’t bring any welfare to the people.Referring to the steps of her government for decentralisation and strengthening of the local government bodies, the prime minister said new divisions and city corporations have been created in the country to attain the goal.Sheikh Hasina said her government has been implementing Taka one lakh 73 thousand crore ADP this year and public representatives will have to appropriately spend hard-earned money of the people.About the national budget to be placed on 13 June next, the prime minister said over Taka five lakh crore budget is being prepared, of which Taka two lakh crore will be spent for implementation of the ADP.She called upon the public representatives to oversee the development programmes being implemented in their localities to ensure proper use of public money.Sheikh Hasina said her government wants to ensure that Bangladesh as an independent country can advance in the world stage with its independent existence.Pointing out her government’s massive uplift efforts, she said all measures have been taken to develop the country from very grassroots level. “We’re working not only to develop the urban areas, we’re also working to develop the rural areas,” she said. Earlier, the premier administered the oath of office to MCC Mayor Ekramul Haque Titu, while 44 councillors — 33 male councillors and 11 women councillors — took oath from Local Government Minister Md Tazul Islam.Local Government Division Senior Secretary SM Golam Faruk conducted the oath-taking ceremony, while Road Transport and Bridges Minister ObaidulQuader was present on the dais.Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Deputy Opposition Leader in Parliament Begum Raushon Ershad and PM’s Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhurywere present, among others, at the function.The first-ever election to the MCC was held on May 5 in a festive mood.Awami League mayoral contender Ekramul Haque Titu was elected uncontested as there was no rival candidate against him after the withdrawal of candidature by Jatiya Party mayoral contestant Jahangir Ahmed.Some 242 candidates contested for the general councillor posts in 33 wards, while 70 women candidates vied for 11 reserved women councillor postsin the polls.The government upgraded Mymensingh to Bangladesh’s 12th city corporation on 15 Oct of last year.Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, expressed her profound gratitude to the countrymen for reelecting her party and giving her chance to serve them again.She said that the aim of the government is to materialize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to turn the country into a Sonar Bangla (golden Bengal).The prime minister said that the government has already announced 2020-21 as “Mujib Barsho” and decided to celebrate the year by reducing poverty further.She mentioned that the government has adopted Delta Plan 2100 for the future generation of the country and signed an agreement with the Netherlands government to this end.Sheikh Hasina said that the government is setting up 100 economic zones across the county and already earmarked places for 80 economic zones.“The aim of this move is to restrict setting up industries indiscriminately on the cropland,” she said.The AL chief said that after setting up these economic zones, the country will move towards industrialization further with employment generation.The prime minister said if the country could manage 90 percent of its development budget with internal resources, then there will be mo need for begging for help from others.“We’ll live with our own dignity and this was the dream of the Father of the Nation … we’ll materialize that dream,” she added.She said that people under the leadership of Bangabandhu had liberated this country through the liberation war. “So the thinking and spirit of the people of this land should be like that,” she said.Vowing to build a corruption-free Bangladesh, the premier asked the public representatives to stay alert to terrorism, militancy and drugs as these social menaces destroy a family, society and country.