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Nation set to observe Pahela Baishakh tomorrow

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The country is gearing up to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year-1431, tomorrow, embracing the rich cultural values and rituals of the Bangalees. A significant turnout is expected to participate in the “Nabo Barsho” festivities nationwide, especially in the capital city.

Pahela Baishakh stands as one of the most vibrant festivals, marking the farewell to the old year and the warm welcome of the New Year. People from all walks of life come together adorned in traditional Bengali attire. Women don white sarees with red borders, complemented by bangles, flowers, and “tips,” while men opt for white pyjamas paired with panjabis or kurtas.

The day’s festivities kick off in the capital with Chhayanat, a leading cultural organization, hosting a musical soiree at Ramna Batamul at dawn. Following tradition, the iconic Mangal Shobhajatra will commence from Dhaka University’s Fine Arts Faculty premises in the morning.

The Mangal Shobhajatra holds immense significance, spreading its cultural essence from divisional to grassroots levels. Its global recognition was solidified in 2016 when UNESCO inscribed it on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Business communities, particularly in rural areas, eagerly prepare to inaugurate their traditional ‘Halkhata’ or new account books. It’s a day marked by traders offering sweets to customers, fostering goodwill and prosperity.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are set to extend their greetings to the nation on the eve of Pahela Baishakh through separate messages. Various government and non-government organizations, alongside socio-cultural platforms, will host diverse programs, including seminars, exhibitions, and competitions, to celebrate the festival.

Local administrations will orchestrate quiz competitions, cultural events, and folk fairs, adding to the festive fervor. Across the city, residents will begin the day with a traditional breakfast of ‘panta bhat’ (soaked rice), accompanied by green chili, onion, and fried fish at popular spots like Ramna Park, Suhrawardy Uddyan, and Dhaka University Campus.

Inclusivity marks the occasion, with museums and archaeological sites welcoming visitors, and special provisions made for children, students, and individuals with disabilities or autism to visit museums free of charge. Improved traditional food will be distributed to jail inmates, hospital patients, and orphanages as part of the festivities.

Bangladesh missions abroad will also organize various programs to embrace the Bengali New Year. Extensive security measures will be implemented by law enforcement agencies nationwide to ensure a safe celebration.

Pahela Baishakh is observed as a public holiday, with Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and private TV and radio channels airing special programs to highlight its significance. Historically, the Bengali calendar’s roots trace back to King Shashanka in the seventh century, later modified by Mughal Emperor Akbar to align with agricultural cycles and tax collection practices.

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Met Warns of Heat Wave Across Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) reports that all divisions, including Dhaka, are currently experiencing a mild to moderate heat wave.

According to the Met office, a mild to moderate heat wave is sweeping across Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, with the possibility of continuation.

Meanwhile, forecasts indicate the likelihood of light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind in most places over Khulna, Barishal, and Chattogram divisions, and in many places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions. Moderately heavy to very heavy falls are expected at some places over the southern part of the country.

Elsewhere in the country, the weather is expected to remain mainly dry with a temporary partly cloudy sky.

The depression over the East-central Bay and adjoining West-central Bay has moved northeastwards and intensified into a deep depression over the same area.

Day temperatures are expected to remain relatively unchanged, while night temperatures may decrease by 1-2°C across the country.

Due to increased moisture incursion, the discomfort may persist.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Pledges Enhanced Living Standards for Dhaka Residents

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized today, on the 25th of May, the government’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents of Dhaka, particularly those in the old city, as she inaugurated four key development projects under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

She articulated, “The residents of Dhaka, especially in the old city, will experience significant improvements in their living conditions once these four projects are completed. Our efforts are dedicated to achieving this objective.”

The development initiatives encompass a 10-storey Bangabazar Paikari Nagar Market, the construction of an eight-lane road named Bir Muktijoddha Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Saroni stretching from Postogola Bridge to Rayerbazar Sluice Gate, the establishment of Nazrul Sarabor at Dhanmondi Lake, and the modernization of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy Children Park.

Highlighting the broader scope of development projects aimed at the overall enhancement of Dhaka, the prime minister stressed the government’s endeavors to improve inter-district connectivity with Dhaka.

“We are dedicated to establishing a ring road within Dhaka to facilitate seamless communication between various districts,” she affirmed.

Furthermore, the premier noted the lack of adequate road infrastructure connecting the eastern and western parts of Dhaka. She highlighted the government’s ongoing efforts, including the construction of metro rails and expressways, to address this issue and enhance road connectivity within the city.

The government has already made significant strides in infrastructure development, including the construction of a metro rail and expressway, with additional metro rail projects underway to further improve transportation networks, she added.

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Rain, Thunderstorms Likely in Parts of Bangladesh: Met

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The Meteorological Department forecasts that rain or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty or squally winds, are likely to occur at one or two places in the Chattogram and Sylhet divisions. Meanwhile, the weather is expected to remain mainly dry with a partly cloudy sky across the rest of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 am today.

A mild heatwave is currently affecting the districts of Madaripur, Gopalganj, Sylhet, Chattogram, Rangamati, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Bandarban, Khulna, Mongla, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Khepupara, and Bhola, with expectations for it to continue.

On Wednesday, Sitakunda recorded the highest temperature in the country at 37.8 degrees Celsius, while Bogura reported the lowest at 23.4 degrees Celsius. Additionally, Bogura experienced the highest rainfall, with 80 millimeters recorded in the last 24 hours until 6 am today.

A low-pressure area over the Southwest Bay and its adjoining regions now lies over the West-central Bay and the adjoining Southwest Bay, and it is likely to intensify further.

Both day and night temperatures may rise slightly across the country. The increase in moisture is expected to cause a rise in discomfort levels.

In Dhaka, the sun is set to rise at 5:12 am tomorrow after setting at 6:38 pm today.

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