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President, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Honor Language Heroes on Amar Ekushey

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President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid heartfelt tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement, commemorating Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day.

Both the Head of State and the Head of Government laid wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city shortly after midnight, marking the solemn occasion.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar premises seven minutes before midnight, while President Shahabuddin reached the Central Shaheed Minar three minutes before the stroke of midnight.

In a measured pace, the President and the Premier proceeded together to the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar, accompanied by the iconic anthem of Amar Ekushey, “Amar Vaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February… Ami Ki Vulitey Pari?”

President Shahabuddin led by laying the first wreath, followed by the Prime Minister, and they stood in reverent silence, paying homage to the memories of the Language Heroes.

The occasion saw the presence of Speaker, ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, parliament members, chiefs of the three services, senior Awami League leaders, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats, and high civil and military officials.

Following this, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party, accompanied by cabinet members and senior party leaders.

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also paid respects with wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.

The President, upon arrival at the Shaheed Minar, was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor ASM Maksud Kamal.

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, GM Quader, also laid a wreath at the Shaheed Minar.

Later, the Shaheed Minar witnessed wreath-laying by chiefs of the three services, inspector general of police, ambassadors, high commissioners, heads of international organizations, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), war-wounded freedom fighters, and Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA).

Subsequently, the Shaheed Minar opened to the public, as hundreds walked barefoot with flowers, humming “Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February” to honor the supreme sacrifice of the language heroes in 1952.

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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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