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PM Sheikh Hasina Inaugurates 29 Dev Projects in Khulna

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for 29 development projects, totaling a cost of 2593 crore, in Khulna. At the grand rally held at Khulna Circuit House ground, she unveiled 24 completed projects and initiated five others. Among the inaugurated projects by the Public Works Department were the Genocide and Torture Archive and Museum Building, Civil Surgeon Office Building and Residence, Technical Training Center in Paikgacha upazila, Renovation and Modernisation of Khulna Apprentice Training Office, 10-story building of Khulna and Chattogram BSTI Regional Offices, 10-story women’s hostel building, Paikgacha upazila sub-registry office building construction, and a 4-story boys hostel construction of Agricultural Training Institute at Daulatpur.

The Education Engineering Department (EED) implemented projects such as the 5-story Dumuria Technical School and College academic cum 4-story administrative and workshop building, 6-story academic building of Boyra Secondary School, 6-story academic building of Khulna Collegiate School, 6-story academic building of Government LBK Degree Women’s College, 6-story academic building of Government Bangabandhu College, 6-story Academic Building of Chalna Bazar Government Girls High School, 6-story Talimul Millat Rahmatia Fazil Madrasa Academy Building, 6-story academic building of Nazrul Nagar Secondary Girls’ School, 6-story academic building of RRF Secondary School, 4-story academic building of Agar Ghata Secondary School, and 5-story Paikgacha Technical School & College Academic cum workshop building.

Additionally, Khulna City Corporation (KCC) oversaw the construction of drains, footpaths, and road widening on Khalishpur BIDC road. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) implemented the Bridge over Bhodra river (315.30 meters) at Basundiadanga Bazar-Mugur Khali UP Office Road under Dumuria Upazila. Other projects included the Khulna Dredger Base Building by BIWTA, Shekhertek eco-tourism center by Sundarbans West Forest Division, and the 6-story newly constructed Khulna Regional Office by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

Projects for which foundation stones were laid include the Sanitary landfill in Mathabhanga area under the waste management development project of KCC, 5-story academic and 4-story administrative and workshop buildings of Dighlia Technical School and College of EED, Aklima Khatun Textile Vocational Institute project in Paikgacha of Architecture and Public works, Basantopur River port at Kaliganj Upazila in Satkhira of BIWTA, and Kurulia River Bridge (748.90 meters) of LGED.

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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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