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PM Sheikh Hasina Inaugurates Dhaka-Bhanga Rail Section via Padma Bridge

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Dhaka-Bhanga section of the rail link between Dhaka and Jashore via the Padma Bridge, marking a significant milestone in Bangladesh’s transportation infrastructure development. The inauguration took place at the Mawa Railway Station in Munshiganj, with the presence of Sheikh Hasina’s younger sister, Sheikh Rehana.

In her address, Prime Minister Hasina emphasized the importance of realizing the dream of crossing the Padma River by train. She also highlighted the government’s ambition to connect the Bangladesh railway with the Trans Asian Railway network, a goal they are actively working towards.

Commercial train services on this newly inaugurated rail route are expected to commence shortly, promising to reduce travel time between Dhaka and Jashore by half and greatly enhancing the country’s railway connectivity.

This rail link is set to have a significant impact on Bangladesh’s economy, as it will gradually bring 64 districts of the country under the railway network. The trial run of a special train on the Dhaka-Bhanga route through the Padma Bridge was successfully completed on September 7.

The civic rally at Mawa Railway Station was attended by prominent figures, including Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan, Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed, and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen.

After the event, Prime Minister Hasina is scheduled to take a ride on the special train to Bhanga in Faridpur via the Padma Bridge. She will also attend a grand rally at Dr Kazi Abu Yusuf Stadium in Bhanga, organized by the Faridpur district unit of the ruling Awami League.

Prime Minister Hasina will then proceed to her ancestral home in Tungipara, Gopalganj, where she will pay her respects to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

This significant railway project spans 172km from Dhaka to Jashore and is part of the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project. The Dhaka-Bhanga section is being opened, while the remaining portion connecting Jashore is expected to be launched in June next year.

The inauguration of the Dhaka-Bhanga rail service via the Padma Bridge marks a major transportation achievement for Bangladesh, coming one year and two months after the inauguration of the Padma Bridge itself in June last year.

The rail link project is estimated to cost Taka 39,246.80 crore, with Taka 21,036.70 crore provided as a loan by the Exim Bank of China. Upon completion, it will improve accessibility between Dhaka, Jessore, and Khulna, shortening the route by 212.05 km and facilitating regional and international freight and BG container train services.

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

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Leaders of the quota reform movement have resolutely refused to negotiate with the government, insisting that their movement will persist until their demands are met.

In a Facebook post, Hasnat Abdullah, a coordinator of the movement, declared, “No discussion through stepping onto blood.”

Asif Mahmud, another prominent leader, echoed this sentiment, stating, “There can be no dialogue with bullets. I would prefer death over this betrayal.”

He further elaborated, “On one side, there are bullets. On the other, there is a call for dialogue. We can’t sit for dialogue while stepping onto the blood of our brothers.”

Earlier, leaders of the quota reform movement accused the government of escalating the law and order situation towards violence, asserting that their movement was peaceful until the government’s intervention.

Vowing to continue their struggle, Asif Mahmud stated, “We will continue our protests till we achieve our demands for reformation of the quota system, reopening of the halls and campuses, making university campuses terror-free, withdrawing political forces from the campuses, and punishing the killers and attackers.”

He added, “The people of the country have encircled those who tried to corner us. No conspiracy will be able to derail our movement.”

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PM Sheikh Hasina Calls for Investment in Marine Resource Extraction

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged both local and international investors to invest in the extraction of marine resources from Bangladesh’s extensive sea areas.

“In order to fortify the blue economy through the diverse utilization of our marine resources, I call upon local and foreign investors to seize the opportunity to invest in Bangladesh. This will enable us to harness more of our marine resources,” she announced.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during the inauguration of the Bangladesh International Aquaculture and Seafood Show-2024 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.

She emphasized the importance of adhering to proper standards in the collection, distribution, and processing of fish to boost exports, aiming to make fish the country’s second-largest source of foreign currency.

Sheikh Hasina pointed out that her government has made limited progress in harvesting fish and other sea resources from the deep sea due to a lack of interest from local investors.

“Therefore, we need foreign investment to advance in this area. This is the reality we must face,” she noted.

She also suggested that both local and foreign investors can collaborate in joint ventures or invest separately in this sector to achieve better results.

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Met Forecasts Rain and Thundershowers Nationwide

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted light to moderate and moderately heavy rainfall or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, across all eight divisions of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 am today.

In its weather bulletin issued this morning, the BMD stated, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers with temporary gusty wind is expected in a few places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions. Additionally, one or two places in Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barisal divisions may experience similar conditions, with moderately heavy falls anticipated at several locations in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions.”

The bulletin also highlighted that the current mild heat wave sweeping across the Rangpur division and the districts of Tangail, Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogra, and Netrokona may persist.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise slightly, while nighttime temperatures are likely to remain nearly unchanged throughout the country.

On Wednesday, the highest recorded temperature was 36.7 degrees Celsius, observed in Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Rajarhat. The lowest temperature recorded today was 26.0 degrees Celsius, noted in Bandarban and Teknaf.

Over the last 24 hours, rainfall amounted to 16 mm in Bandarban.

For the capital, the sun will set at 6:48 pm today and rise at 5:21 am tomorrow.

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