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Sale of Sacrificial Animals Begins in Dhaka Ahead of Eid

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With only five days remaining until Eid-ul-Azha, the sale of sacrificial animals has commenced in Dhaka’s 20 cattle markets, including two permanent ones, officials confirmed.

Sources from the two city corporations reported that eight temporary cattle markets have been established in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) area, alongside the permanent Gabtali market. In the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) area, 10 temporary markets have been set up in addition to the permanent Sarulia cattle market.

Notably, due to a court directive, there will be no cattle market at Aftabnagar this year.

Peal Hasan, Information Officer for DNCC’s Public Relations Department, informed BSS that a total of nine cattle markets, including one permanent site, are operational within their jurisdiction. These markets will remain open for five days, concluding on the morning of Eid day, June 13. Hasan assured that comprehensive arrangements are in place to ensure the safe and comfortable trading of sacrificial animals.

For enhanced convenience, buyers can complete transactions via online banking without the need to carry cash. Instant bank accounts can be opened under the supervision of Bangladesh Bank, facilitating money transactions. Numerous bank booths have also been set up in the market areas for smooth financial transactions.

In addition, provisions for ablution and prayers have been arranged for both buyers and sellers. To maintain order, leaseholders have been warned that any sellers setting up on the streets will result in the forfeiture of the leaseholder’s security deposit.

Law enforcement agencies will maintain a constant presence in the markets to ensure the security of buyers and sellers.

The DNCC’s temporary markets are located at the open space adjacent to Dhaka Polytechnic Institute, Mostul Check Post in Khilkhet (Ward 43), Sutivola Canal at Vatara, sectors 16 and 18 in Uttara, Boubazar area, Mirpur Section-06 (Eastern Housing open space), Mohammadpur Bosila 40 feet road side, Vatulia Saheb Ali Madrasha to Ranavola Sluice gate, and Jamun area in Dakkhin Khan.

DSCC Public Relations Officer Abu Naser announced that 10 temporary markets, alongside the permanent Sarulia market, have been set up. Each market has a monitoring committee, including a magistrate, to maintain discipline. Any irregularities will prompt immediate action from the committee.

Both central and individual market control rooms have been established for oversight. Similar to the DNCC, DSCC markets offer cashless transactions under Bangladesh Bank’s supervision, with adequate bank booths available.

The DSCC’s temporary markets are situated in locations such as Dania College in Jatrabari, Dholaikhal Truck Terminal, Amulia Model Town, Meradia Bazar, Kamalapur Stadium vicinity, Rahmatganj Club area, Khilgaon Rail Maittre Sangha Club gate Bazar, Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology area in Hazaribag, Postogola open field near the crematory place, and the area beside Little Friends Club near Bishwa Road.

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

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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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