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PM Sheikh Hasina Pays Tribute on Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina honored the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on his historic Homecoming Day. She placed a wreath at the Father of the Nation portrait in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi this morning. Present during the tribute was Bangabandhu’s younger daughter and the prime minister’s younger sister, Sheikh Rehana. After laying the wreath, Prime Minister Hasina observed a moment of solemn silence as a profound mark of respect for the memory of Bangabandhu, the visionary behind Bangladesh’s independence.

Accompanied by central leaders of the Bangladesh Awami League, Prime Minister Hasina, also the party’s president, laid another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait on behalf of her party. Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation and supreme commander during the Liberation War, returned to independent Bangladesh on January 10, 1972, after 290 days of confinement in a Pakistani jail. Since then, the nation observes this day as the Homecoming Day of the Father of the Nation.

 

PM Releases Commemorative Postage Stamp on Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina marked the historic Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by releasing a commemorative postage stamp, a first-day cover, and a data card. The Prime Minister unveiled the stamp and first-day cover, each valued at Tk 10, and the data card worth Tk 5 at her official residence, Ganobhaban. A special canceller was used for the occasion, as announced by PM’s deputy press secretary KM Shakhawat Moon.

The stamp, first-day cover, and data card will be available for purchase at the Philatelic Bureau of Dhaka GPO, with future availability at other GPOs and head post offices across the country. Special cancellers will be in use at four GPOs for the first-day cover.

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

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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