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PM Sheikh Hasina Calls on Youth to Support ‘Boat’ for Continued Development

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Sheikh Hasina Urges New Voters to Support “Boat” for Continued Development

Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on new and young voters to cast their ballots for the “Boat,” the party’s electoral symbol, to ensure the country’s ongoing development. Addressing a sizable election rally at Kalabagan Krira Chakra ground in Dhanmondi, Sheikh Hasina highlighted Bangladesh’s significant socio-economic progress under AL’s governance since 2008. Emphasizing the party’s commitment to transforming Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous nation by 2041, she urged voters to reject attempts by BNP-Jamaat to disrupt the electoral process through arson violence.

Transportation Flexibility on Polling Day for Voters

In preparation for the upcoming election on January 7, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced that public transports, private cars, easy bikes, and auto-rickshaws would be allowed for movement on polling day. The goal is to ensure voters can easily reach polling centers. However, the movement of certain vehicles, including motorcycles and speedboats, will face restrictions. The circular also exempts emergency service vehicles and transports carrying relatives of foreign travelers, provided they present relevant documents.

Sheikh Hasina Addresses Election Rally, Seeks Support for “Boat”

AL President Sheikh Hasina, addressing a massive election rally, urged voters to support the “Boat,” describing it as a symbol of development, peace, and prosperity. She introduced all 15 AL candidates of Dhaka and emphasized their commitment to serving the people. Sheikh Hasina reassured voters that the AL government has made the Election Commission independent, ensuring free and fair elections without the need for rigging.

Sheikh Hasina Highlights Government’s Development Efforts in Dhaka

Sheikh Hasina presented her government’s efforts for the development of Dhaka, including the construction of metro rail, expressways, flyovers, and airport terminals. Plans for future projects, such as waterways surrounding Dhaka, upgrading Dhaka Medical College, and transforming the city’s rivers for increased navigability, were also outlined. Sheikh Hasina emphasized her government’s commitment to providing better and affordable healthcare, citing projects like the burn institute, heart institute, and specialized hospitals.

AL Chief Assures Independent Election Commission

Addressing accusations of vote manipulation, Sheikh Hasina emphasized that the AL government has made the Election Commission independent. The commission’s financial independence was ensured by separating it from the Prime Minister’s Office, announcing a separate budget, and implementing measures for free and fair elections. Sheikh Hasina underscored that the AL earns votes through the people’s trust and does not resort to rigging to assume power.

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Severe Heatwave Grips Multiple Districts

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A severe heatwave blankets several northern and southern districts, while mild to moderate heat prevails in three divisions and other districts, according to the latest meteorological forecast.

“The severe heatwave affects Rajshahi, Pabna, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jashore, and Patuakhali districts,” the report stated.

Mild to moderate heatwave conditions persist in Dhaka, Rangpur, and Mymensingh divisions, as well as in parts of Rajshahi, Khulna, and Barishal divisions, along with Moulvibazar, Rangamati, Chandpur, and Bandarban districts. The heatwave may extend further, the report added.

Expect rain or thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds in Sylhet division, with isolated hailstorms, as per the weather bulletin valid for the next 24 hours from 9 am today.

Elsewhere across the country, the weather is forecasted to remain mainly dry with occasional partly cloudy skies.

A trough of low pressure lies over West Bengal and the adjoining area.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded was 40.5 degrees Celsius at Ishurdi, while the lowest was 20.7 degrees Celsius at Tetulia.

Daytime temperatures may rise slightly, while nighttime temperatures may drop slightly across the country.

Increased moisture incursion may persist, causing discomfort.

In the capital, the sun sets at 6:24 PM today and rises at 5:29 AM tomorrow.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Commences Six-Day Official Visit to Thailand

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina embarked on a six-day official visit to Thailand today (24 April) at the invitation of her Thai counterpart Srettha Thavisin, aiming to enhance bilateral relations between the two nations.

Accompanied by her entourage, the premier departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:13 am aboard a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, according to the premier’s Speechwriter Md Nazrul Islam.

The aircraft is scheduled to land at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok at 1:30 pm local time.

Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, during a media briefing on Monday, highlighted the significance of the visit, stating that it would foster new avenues of cooperation between Bangladesh and Thailand.

This visit marks the premier’s first bilateral engagement since the formation of the current government in January.

During her visit, Sheikh Hasina will engage in bilateral discussions with Thai Prime Minister Thavisin and participate in the 80th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Several cooperation documents are set to be signed, including a letter of intent on negotiations for a free trade agreement, an agreement on visa exemption for official passport holders, and various Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) covering energy cooperation and tourism sector collaboration.

The visit will also provide an opportunity to explore the potential Free Trade Agreement between the two countries and address issues such as the Rohingya repatriation process and bilateral cooperation in investment, tourism, energy, and connectivity.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to receive a formal welcome from her Thai counterpart and engage in bilateral talks at the Government House. She will also attend a state lunch hosted by the Thai Prime Minister.

Additionally, the prime minister will have a Royal audience with Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshan, King and Queen of Thailand.

In her multilateral engagements, Sheikh Hasina will participate in the 80th Session of ESCAP and deliver a speech, focusing on leveraging digital innovation for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

The session aims to facilitate region-wide cooperation in utilizing digital innovation to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda.

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Bangladesh-Qatar Strengthen Ties with 10 Cooperation Deals

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Bangladesh and Qatar signed 10 cooperation documents on Tuesday, including five agreements and five MoUs, aimed at strengthening ties and elevating relations to new heights.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani witnessed the signing of the documents.

The five agreements cover cooperation in the legal field, promotion and protection of mutual investments, avoidance of double taxation, maritime transport, and the establishment of a Joint Business Council (JBC) between FBCCI & QCCI.

The five MoUs include cooperation in sports and youth, manpower employment (Labour), diplomatic training, education, higher education, scientific research, and between Qatar Ports management Company “MAWANI QATAR” and Chittagong Ports Authority.

Earlier in the morning, PM Hasina warmly welcomed and received Emir Sheikh Tamim at her office.

They had a tête-à-tête meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, followed by a bilateral meeting.

After signing the visitors’ book, the emir headed for Bangabhaban where the president received him.

A high-level Qatari delegation led by Qatar’s emir is on a state visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of the president and the prime minister.

During the ceremony, a road and a park in Dhaka were named after Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The park, constructed in Kalshi area of Mirpur under Dhaka North City Corporation, and the road from Mirpur ECB point to Kalsi Fly Over were named after Emir of Qatar.

Now, the road and park are known as Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Avenue and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Park.

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