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PM urges to Work with specific plan for country’s sustainable development

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In a recent address as the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the 75th basic training course for Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) officers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized the importance of specific plans for continued sustainable development in the country. She urged the new BCS officers, totaling 602 from 19 different cadres, to play a vital role in ensuring the nation’s progress remains uninterrupted.

During the same event, Prime Minister Hasina inaugurated five development projects, including the upgrade of the Government Employee Hospital into a 500-bed facility, the construction of a 15-story BPATC Dormitory Building, the newly built Cumilla and Tangail Circuit Houses, and the introduction of the Government Employee Management System (GEMS) software under the Public Administration Ministry.

Sheikh Hasina referred to the fresh BCS officers as the frontline agents in realizing her vision of transforming Bangladesh into a developed, prosperous, and Smart Nation by 2041. She encouraged them to work diligently to prevent any setbacks in the country’s development trajectory.

Expressing her commitment to fulfilling the dream of her father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she underscored the need for the officers to formulate development plans that prioritize environmental protection and economic empowerment for the common citizens. She stressed the importance of preserving natural resources like rivers, canals, ponds, beels, and water bodies in the development process.

The Prime Minister also called upon the new BCS cadres to serve their nation with unwavering sincerity, patriotism, and a strong sense of responsibility. She emphasized that their role extends beyond a job, as they are expected to be dedicated servants of the people, delivering essential services directly to the people’s doorsteps.

The ceremony saw the participation of State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain, Senior Secretary Mohammed Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury of the Public Administration Ministry, and Rector (Secretary) of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) Md. Ashraf Uddin, who shared their insights and perspectives on the occasion.

In a recent statement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina highlighted her government’s commitment to supporting talented individuals facing hardship due to poverty. She noted the establishment of the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust, which provides assistance to impoverished students to help them continue their education. Additionally, the Prime Minister mentioned the Prime Minister’s Education Trust, which offers scholarships to talented individuals pursuing higher education abroad, with a focus on preventing meritorious students from dropping out and harnessing their talents for the nation’s benefit.

Prime Minister Hasina also stressed her administration’s unwavering dedication to providing constitutional guarantees of facilities to the country’s citizens. However, she cautioned government officials about domestic and international conspiracies against Bangladesh’s remarkable development progress. She urged them to march forward, confronting all challenges and adversities.

Addressing the global food crisis and high inflation, the Prime Minister encouraged government officers to work on increasing food production by promoting crop cultivation on unused lands. She emphasized that maintaining food security is crucial for Bangladesh’s well-being and reassured the public that the nation’s foreign exchange reserves are secure as long as food reserves are sufficient.

As the next general election draws closer, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League (AL), expressed confidence that if the people vote for the AL, the party will retain power. She cited the success of specific plans in transforming Bangladesh into a developing nation and pledged to lead the country towards prosperity while addressing emerging challenges and opportunities.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Hasina criticized the BNP-Jamaat alliance and similar governments, stating that they failed to contribute positively during their extended tenure, primarily focusing on personal gain rather than national welfare. She highlighted her government’s achievements in turning Bangladesh into a Digital Bangladesh and a developing nation, emphasizing that power should be used as an avenue to serve the people, not to amass personal fortunes.

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UGC Closes All Universities Amid Quota Reform Protests

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has mandated the closure of all public and private universities in Bangladesh until further notice, citing concerns over student safety amidst the ongoing quota reform movement.

A press release, signed by UGC Secretary Dr. Ferdous Zaman, specified that academic activities at all public and private universities, as well as medical, textile, engineering colleges, and other affiliated institutions, will be suspended indefinitely.

The decision aligns with directives from the Education Ministry, as stated in the release.

Additionally, the UGC has ordered students to vacate their halls of residence.

This announcement follows violent clashes that resulted in at least six fatalities and numerous injuries among quota protesters, police, and Chhatra League members across the country.

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DMP Raids BNP HQ: 7 Arrested, Explosives Found

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In a midnight raid at the BNP headquarters in Nayapaltan, Dhaka, the Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested at least seven activists from the BNP and its affiliated organizations, officials confirmed.

The DB chief, Harun Or Rashid, who led the operation, stated that the raid resulted in the recovery of around 100 crude bombs, 500 sticks, and five to six bottles of petrol. “We conducted this operation following the arson of a bus in front of Jatiya Press Club,” Harun Or Rashid informed journalists at a subsequent press briefing.

Rashid further alleged that certain groups were attempting to divert the ongoing quota reform movement for their own agendas. “We have identified those responsible and will proceed with their arrests soon,” he asserted.

Among those detained was Ronakul Islam Shrabon, a former president of Chhatra Dal.

Law enforcement officers arrived at the BNP office shortly after several explosions were reported nearby.

Reacting to the raid, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, in a virtual conference, accused the government of conducting the raid to misdirect the quota reform movement. Rizvi also alleged that the items “recovered” during the raid were planted by law enforcers.

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Holy Ashura Today

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Today marks the 10th of Muharram, known as the holy day of Ashura. This day, steeped in the tragic and heart-wrenching events of Karbala, holds immense religious significance for the global Muslim community. Every year, the Muslim world observes this day with solemnity and reverence through various religious activities and programs.

On the occasion of Ashura, President Md. Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages highlighting its significance.

In his message, President Md. Shahabuddin stated that the holy Ashura is a significant and mournful day for the entire Muslim Ummah. He paid deep respect to the martyrs of Karbala, including the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

President Shahabuddin remarked that on the 10th of Muharram in the year 61 Hijri, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), his family members, and close companions were martyred in the battle of Karbala by the treacherous forces of Yazid. This supreme sacrifice to uphold the noble ideals of Islam will forever remain luminous in history.

He further added that the eternal message of Ashura, remembered through the sorrowful events of Karbala, inspires us to stand firm against injustice and oppression and motivates us to pursue truth and beauty. He expressed his hope that the great teachings of Ashura would be reflected in everyone’s lives.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message on Ashura, said, “Holy Ashura is a deeply mournful, significant, and revered day for the Muslim Ummah worldwide. On the 10th of Muharram in the year 61 Hijri, the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), and his family faced a tragic martyrdom at the hands of the conspiratorial and barbaric forces of Yazid on the banks of the Euphrates in Karbala.”

She extended her best wishes for the success of all Ashura observance programs organized at the national mosque Baitul Mukarram, by the Islamic Foundation, and among communities both in the country and abroad.

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