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PM Sheikh Hasina Urges Children to Prepare for Future Moon Missions

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today encouraged children to start preparing for the future, envisioning a time when they could travel to the moon.

“We will go to the moon one day. So, you have to take preparation from this moment,” she stated during the inauguration of the “Bangabandhu Corner” at Gimadanga Tungipara Government Model Primary School.

The Prime Minister also unveiled a picture album titled “Eso Bangabandhuke Jani” (Let’s Know Bangabandhu), featuring artwork by children with special needs from the school, which was founded in 1912.

Sheikh Hasina urged the students to study diligently, aspiring to roles such as prime minister, ministers, scientists, and other prominent positions.

“Study attentively to be great human beings. We will build Smart Bangladesh. You will be really smart. You will run the state one day. You will be prime minister, minister, and scientist, reaching greater heights and conducting research,” she said.

The Prime Minister offered her prayers and blessings for the children’s success in their endeavors.

As the elder daughter of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina reflected on her father’s vision for a better life for children.

Discussing the album of historical pictures created by children with special needs, she emphasized its role in educating about the country’s history.

She noted that her father never sought personal luxury, instead dedicating himself to improving the lives of the people.

“He (Bangabandhu) had only one target: to rid the people of poverty and give them an improved life,” she added.

Upon her arrival at the school, students warmly welcomed the Prime Minister. The school holds significant memories of Bangabandhu, who studied there as a child.

Sheikh Hasina interacted with the students, inquiring about their well-being, and spent time at the Bangabandhu Corner, which houses various books on the Father of the Nation.

Following her school visit, she toured the Tungipara Multipurpose Pouro Market.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister offered prayers at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara. She had arrived at her ancestral home on Friday afternoon after attending a civic reception at Mawa in Munshiganj, marking the completion of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge construction.

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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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