Sheikh Hasina Gifts Land to Dhaka Temple
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gifted about one and a half bigha land to a temple in Dhaka on the occasion of Durga Puja , reinforcing her image as a champion of minority rights in the country where Islam is the state religion. She visited Bangladesh’s biggest temple, Dhakeshwari Temple, and announced gifting of adjacent land, valued at nearly 50 crore taka (Rs 43 crore), to the temple authorities. In the process, she fulfilled a six-decade old demand to help restore to its old glory the temple after which Dhaka is named. Over the years, the temple lost a lot of its property to land grabbing, but recently, under Hasina’s directions, the government mediated an agreement to hand over the land to the temple authorities at a discounted price of 10 crore taka and decided to increase the corpus of funds of the Hindu Kalian Trust to 100 crore taka from 21crore taka.
(Extracted from economictimes.indiatimes.com)