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PM Warns Against External Interference in Bangladesh Elections

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reaffirmed her government’s commitment to conducting the upcoming elections in Bangladesh fairly and without interference, emphasizing that the people of Bangladesh will not accept any external attempts to disrupt the electoral process. She made these remarks during a press conference held at the Bangladesh Mission in New York, where she was attending the 78th United Nations General Assembly.

The prime minister underscored that her party, the Awami League, relies on the trust and power vested in them by the people, as enshrined in the constitution. She also warned that any efforts to obstruct the elections would face resistance from the Bangladeshi people.

Addressing recent visa restrictions, Sheikh Hasina expressed hope that these restrictions would apply to all parties, including the opposition, to prevent any attempts to hinder the election process. She mentioned that the upcoming general elections would proceed smoothly as long as there are no actions akin to the arson attacks that occurred in 2013-14, which were aimed at disrupting the polls.

Sheikh Hasina emphasized that the Awami League’s legitimacy is derived from the voters and not dependent on external factors. She also highlighted her government’s commitment to working for the welfare of the people and stated that they would not be deterred by sanctions.

The prime minister recalled her decision to allow Khaleda Zia, a convicted figure in a corruption case, to receive medical treatment at home while suspending her jail sentence. She mentioned the government’s efforts to establish an independent election commission with economic autonomy.

Sheikh Hasina discussed proposals for transparent ballot boxes and a voter list with photographs to ensure fairness in elections, citing concerns over past attempts to manipulate the voter list. She emphasized that elections, including by-elections and local government elections, have been conducted fairly and spontaneously under her government’s leadership.

Regarding corruption, she acknowledged the importance of combating it to achieve development and noted her government’s efforts to bring development to all levels of society. Sheikh Hasina encouraged Bangladeshi expatriates to send remittances through legal channels and urged them not to be swayed by propaganda.

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Met Predicts Continued Heat Wave Across the Country

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has forecasted that the current mild to moderate heat wave will persist in several regions of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 AM today.

The weather bulletin issued this morning indicates that the heat wave is affecting the districts of Dhaka, Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Pabna, Chapainawabganj, Cumilla, Chandpur, Khagrachhari, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jashore, Chuadanga, Kushtia, Magura, Barishal, Patuakhali, and Bhola. This condition is expected to continue.

“Daytime temperatures may see a slight drop, while nighttime temperatures are likely to remain relatively unchanged. The high moisture content will likely maintain the current level of discomfort,” the bulletin noted.

The forecast also includes the possibility of light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country. Specifically, rain is expected in many areas of the Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions; in some areas of the Dhaka and Chattogram divisions; and in isolated locations in the Rajshahi, Khulna, and Barisal divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of the Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded in the country was 38.3 degrees Celsius in Bandarban, while the lowest temperature today was 23.5 degrees Celsius, also in Bandarban. Sylhet experienced significant rainfall over the last 24 hours, measuring 131mm as of 6 AM today.

In the capital, sunset is expected at 6:47 PM today, and sunrise is forecasted for 5:11 AM tomorrow.

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Time to Act on Climate & Water Challenges: Enviroment Minister

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Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury has called for a shift from rhetoric to tangible actions in addressing water, climate change, and cryosphere preservation.

“Words, rhetoric, and pledges must transform into delivery and action on water, climate, and the cryosphere,” said Chowdhury during the plenary session of the 3rd High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development.’

The conference, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Tuesday, served as a crucial gathering for global leaders and stakeholders to discuss pressing issues related to water and climate. Chowdhury emphasized the urgency of these challenges, stressing the need for global solidarity, political ownership, and decisive leadership to implement the necessary changes.

“Achieving our shared goals and ensuring a sustainable future requires global solidarity, political ownership, and leadership,” the minister stated.

The 3rd High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ is a key platform for countries to collaborate on sustainable water management and climate action.

Chowdhury reiterated Bangladesh’s dedication to global initiatives and highlighted the critical role of collective action in addressing environmental challenges.

His call to action underscores the importance of moving beyond promises and taking concrete steps to safeguard our planet’s water resources and climate for future generations.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Distributes 18,566 Houses to Homeless Families Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has distributed 18,566 houses to homeless and landless families across the country under the Ashrayan-2 project, just five days before Eid-ul-Azha. The distribution ceremony took place on Tuesday, with the Prime Minister inaugurating the process via videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban. The event connected to Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat, Eidgaon upazila of Cox’s Bazar, and Char Fashion upazila of Bhola.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister also declared 70 additional upazilas, including all upazilas from 26 districts, free from landlessness and homelessness. This brings the total number of landless and homeless-free districts to 58 and the number of upazilas to 464 nationwide.

Under the government’s flagship housing initiative, the Ashrayan-2 Project aims to ensure housing for all. On this occasion, 1,282 houses were distributed in Lalmonirhat, 261 in Cox’s Bazar, and 1,234 in Bhola districts.

This initiative builds on previous distributions where the Prime Minister handed over 63,999 houses in the first phase, 53,330 in the second phase, 59,133 in the third phase, and 39,365 in the fourth phase of the Ashrayan-2 Project.

Each beneficiary family receives a semi-pucca house on two decimals of land, with ownership jointly granted to both husband and wife. Each house includes two bedrooms, a kitchen, a toilet, and a veranda.

The rehabilitation program for homeless people was originally introduced by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in 1972. Prime Minister Hasina revived the effort with the Ashrayan project in 1997, aiming to provide homes and land ownership to the homeless and landless.

Since the project’s inception, a total of 771,301 families have been rehabilitated, benefiting approximately 3,856,505 individuals. Across all programs, 4,340,000 people from 867,904 families have received homes, including 2,910,265 people from 582,053 families under the Ashrayan Project.

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