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PM Sheikh Hasina’s Solemn Tribute to Bangabandhu on 48th Martyrdom Anniversary

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PM Hasina's Solemn Tribute to Bangabandhu on 48th Martyrdom Anniversary

On the solemn occasion of the 48th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid a heartfelt tribute by placing a wreath at his mausoleum in Tungipara. This poignant gesture also marked the National Mourning Day, an event of deep significance for the nation.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony, a moment of profound silence was observed by the prime minister, underscoring her deep respect for the visionary leader who played a pivotal role in securing the nation’s independence. It was on the fateful night of August 15, 1975, that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with several members of his family, fell victim to the actions of disgruntled army personnel.

A contingent of the armed forces, smartly attired, offered a state salute to honor the memory of the beloved leader, accompanied by the somber notes of a bugle playing the last post, a deeply poignant tribute.

Joined by her younger sister, Sheikh Rehana, Prime Minister Hasina engaged in a solemn offering of Fateha and munajat at the gravesite, seeking eternal peace for the departed souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangamata Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, and other martyrs who lost their lives on the tragic day of August 15. This reverent act took place in the presence of distinguished attendees, including the Speaker, cabinet members, chiefs of the three armed services, the Inspector General of Police, and members of the prime minister’s family.

Amidst prayers for continued national peace, progress, and prosperity, the significance of the day was underscored by these solemn gestures of remembrance and hope.

Prime Minister Hasina, who also serves as the President of the Awami League (AL), further displayed her deep respect by laying a wreath at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on behalf of her party. In unity, senior leaders of the AL stood by her side, paying homage to the indomitable spirit of the nation’s founding father.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, in a touching act of reverence, laid a wreath at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, echoing the sentiments of the nation in honoring his enduring legacy.

The remembrance extended beyond the official realm, as leaders from various affiliated bodies of the Awami League and its front organizations joined in paying their respects with wreaths placed at the hallowed site.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Hasina’s day of homage began with a visit to Tungipara, the ancestral home of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Arriving via helicopter at 11:35 am, the prime minister participated in a tribute-paying event at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi 32 area. In another emotional gesture, she visited the Banani graveyard in Dhaka, where she gently laid flower petals on the graves of the August 15 martyrs. This solemn act was accompanied by prayers and a heartfelt munajat, an expression of her unwavering connection to the nation’s history and its heroes.

The tragic events of August 15, 1975, forever etched in the nation’s memory, saw the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his devoted spouse Bangamata Begum Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, their three beloved sons—Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, and Sheikh Russel—along with numerous other family members and close relatives. In the face of this unspeakable tragedy, Bangabandhu’s two daughters, including the present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and her sister Sheikh Rehana, miraculously survived due to their absence from the country at that critical moment.

As the nation commemorates this day of profound significance, the homage offered by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other dignitaries stands as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. His sacrifice, vision, and unwavering commitment to the nation’s independence continue to inspire generations.

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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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