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Environment Minister Praises Bangabandhu’s Environmental Vision

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Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury highlighted Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s visionary approach to environment-friendly development in Bangladesh.

“Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman laid the groundwork for environmental protection in Bangladesh long before the first Earth Summit in Rio,” Chowdhury remarked. “He enacted ordinances to combat water pollution and passed laws to safeguard wildlife and biodiversity, even amid the challenges of post-war Bangladesh. It’s our duty to honor Bangabandhu’s vision by realizing his dream of ‘Sonar Bangla’, a nation thriving in happiness, prosperity, and environmental serenity.”

Chowdhury made these remarks at a discussion organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, titled “The historical leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the development of the country,” held at the Department of Environment to commemorate Independence and National Day 2024.

The Minister emphasized Bangabandhu’s unifying leadership, transcending religious and cultural divides, and his pursuit of a democratic system to replace Pakistan’s regime. Chowdhury stressed the ongoing struggle for economic, social, and cultural liberation in Bangladesh, emphasizing the importance of unity for national development, irrespective of political affiliations.

The discussion, chaired by Dr. Farhina Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, saw the participation of officials including Additional Secretary (Administration) Iqbal Abdullah Harun, Additional Secretary (Environment) Dr. Fahmida Khanom, Md. Nasir Uddin, Chairman of Bangladesh Forest Industry Development Corporation, Md. Zainal Abedin, Managing Director of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust, Dr. Abdul Hamid, Director General of the Department of Environment, and Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury, Chief Conservator of Forest.

The event also featured a screening of a documentary highlighting the remarkable life and contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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UGC Closes All Universities Amid Quota Reform Protests

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has mandated the closure of all public and private universities in Bangladesh until further notice, citing concerns over student safety amidst the ongoing quota reform movement.

A press release, signed by UGC Secretary Dr. Ferdous Zaman, specified that academic activities at all public and private universities, as well as medical, textile, engineering colleges, and other affiliated institutions, will be suspended indefinitely.

The decision aligns with directives from the Education Ministry, as stated in the release.

Additionally, the UGC has ordered students to vacate their halls of residence.

This announcement follows violent clashes that resulted in at least six fatalities and numerous injuries among quota protesters, police, and Chhatra League members across the country.

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DMP Raids BNP HQ: 7 Arrested, Explosives Found

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In a midnight raid at the BNP headquarters in Nayapaltan, Dhaka, the Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested at least seven activists from the BNP and its affiliated organizations, officials confirmed.

The DB chief, Harun Or Rashid, who led the operation, stated that the raid resulted in the recovery of around 100 crude bombs, 500 sticks, and five to six bottles of petrol. “We conducted this operation following the arson of a bus in front of Jatiya Press Club,” Harun Or Rashid informed journalists at a subsequent press briefing.

Rashid further alleged that certain groups were attempting to divert the ongoing quota reform movement for their own agendas. “We have identified those responsible and will proceed with their arrests soon,” he asserted.

Among those detained was Ronakul Islam Shrabon, a former president of Chhatra Dal.

Law enforcement officers arrived at the BNP office shortly after several explosions were reported nearby.

Reacting to the raid, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, in a virtual conference, accused the government of conducting the raid to misdirect the quota reform movement. Rizvi also alleged that the items “recovered” during the raid were planted by law enforcers.

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Holy Ashura Today

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Today marks the 10th of Muharram, known as the holy day of Ashura. This day, steeped in the tragic and heart-wrenching events of Karbala, holds immense religious significance for the global Muslim community. Every year, the Muslim world observes this day with solemnity and reverence through various religious activities and programs.

On the occasion of Ashura, President Md. Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages highlighting its significance.

In his message, President Md. Shahabuddin stated that the holy Ashura is a significant and mournful day for the entire Muslim Ummah. He paid deep respect to the martyrs of Karbala, including the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

President Shahabuddin remarked that on the 10th of Muharram in the year 61 Hijri, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), his family members, and close companions were martyred in the battle of Karbala by the treacherous forces of Yazid. This supreme sacrifice to uphold the noble ideals of Islam will forever remain luminous in history.

He further added that the eternal message of Ashura, remembered through the sorrowful events of Karbala, inspires us to stand firm against injustice and oppression and motivates us to pursue truth and beauty. He expressed his hope that the great teachings of Ashura would be reflected in everyone’s lives.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message on Ashura, said, “Holy Ashura is a deeply mournful, significant, and revered day for the Muslim Ummah worldwide. On the 10th of Muharram in the year 61 Hijri, the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), and his family faced a tragic martyrdom at the hands of the conspiratorial and barbaric forces of Yazid on the banks of the Euphrates in Karbala.”

She extended her best wishes for the success of all Ashura observance programs organized at the national mosque Baitul Mukarram, by the Islamic Foundation, and among communities both in the country and abroad.

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