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Sheikh Hasina to be Sworn in as Bangladesh’s Prime Minister for 4th Consecutive Term

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Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, following her party’s resounding victory in the 7 January elections, is set to be sworn in as prime minister for the fourth consecutive term and will form her cabinet on Thursday (11 January), according to Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq.

The new cabinet will take the oath at the Bangabhaban at 7 pm on Thursday, as announced by the minister during a press briefing at the secretariat on 9 January.

On 10 January, MPs-elect in the elections will take their oath as the Election Commission approved the publication of the election results in official gazettes. Following the oath, Awami League’s parliamentary party will officially elect Sheikh Hasina as their leader and communicate this decision to the President, leading to her appointment as prime minister for the fifth time since her first term in 1996.

The president will then administer the oath to the new prime minister, who will advise the head of state on the appointment of ministers and state ministers, selected by her, to form the new cabinet. Specific details regarding the number of lawmakers serving as ministers or the composition of the cabinet were not disclosed.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission is expected to issue gazettes announcing the winners of the 12th national polls on the same day. According to Additional Secretary Ashok Kumar Debnath, the gazettes for all constituencies are likely to be announced on that day.

Regarding the opposition party in the parliament, Anisul mentioned that the role of independent candidates who won in the 12th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) polls would be crucial in its formation. The opposition’s composition will depend on how the independent candidates position themselves, and if they decide to act separately, Jatiyo Party will become the opposition.

The swearing-in ceremony for the elected members of the 12th Parliament is scheduled for 10 January. Awami League-backed candidates secured 222 seats in the general elections, while independent candidates, most of whom also belonged to the AL, won 62 seats. Jatiyo Party candidates secured 11 seats, and three single candidates from three parties—Bangladesh Workers’ Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-Jasod, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party—emerged victorious in their respective constituencies.

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Met: Light to Moderate Rain with Gusty Winds Expected

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds are expected in several regions, with heavier downpours likely in northern, central, and northeastern divisions.

“Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, and Chattogram divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions,” stated a Met Office forecast.

The axis of the monsoon trough stretches from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal to Assam, crossing northern Bangladesh. One associated trough extends to the North Bay.

The monsoon is currently fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the North Bay, according to the meteorological release valid for the next 24 hours starting from 9 am today.

On Saturday, the maximum temperature in the country was recorded at 36.0 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi, while the minimum temperature today was 24.8 degrees Celsius in Bandarban.

The highest rainfall in the last 24 hours up to 6 am today was recorded at 51 millimeters in Mongla.

Day and night temperatures may rise slightly across the country.

In the capital, the sun will set at 6:49 PM today and rise at 5:20 AM tomorrow.

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PM Sheikh Hasina to Address Media on China Visit Tomorrow

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a media briefing tomorrow (14 July) to discuss her recent visit to China, according to a statement from her press wing.

“The press conference will take place at the prime minister’s official residence, Gono Bhaban, at 4pm,” the release stated.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina embarked on an official visit to China on Monday (8 July) at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Qiang and returned on Thursday (11 July).

During her stay in Beijing from 8-10 July, she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and held bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Li Qiang at the Great Hall of the People.

Following the delegation-level discussions on Wednesday morning, Bangladesh and China signed and renewed 21 cooperation documents, primarily Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), aimed at strengthening development and economic ties between the two nations.

Additionally, both countries announced seven key outcomes, including the completion of a joint feasibility study on a Bangladesh-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

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Met Forecasts Rain and Thunder Showers Across Multiple Divisions

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Light to moderate rain or thunder showers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, are expected to occur at most locations across the Rangpur and Sylhet divisions. Many places in the Mymensingh and Chattogram divisions will also experience similar weather, while a few areas in the Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barishal divisions will see these conditions as well. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, according to the latest forecast from the meteorological office.

The axis of the monsoon trough extends from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal to Assam, crossing the northern part of Bangladesh. An associated trough also reaches up to the North Bay. This monsoon activity is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the North Bay, as per the forecast valid for the next 24 hours starting from 9 AM today.

Daytime temperatures may drop slightly, while nighttime temperatures are expected to remain relatively unchanged across the country. On Tuesday, the highest temperature was recorded at 36.0 degrees Celsius in Sayedpur, and the lowest temperature today was 24.0 degrees Celsius in Rangamati.

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