Want to challenge disinformation and misinformation: Minister of State for Information



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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Ali Arafat said that he wants to challenge disinformation and wrong information with true information.

The state minister said this while giving an interview to German journalists visiting Bangladesh in the office room of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at noon on Thursday (February 22).

Journalists Richard Biel, Michael Stang, Susan Kreutzmann, Aljosa Hartmann, Julia Theresa Held, Natalie Meroth, Benjamin Bernd Thomas, working in various German media were present at the time.

In response to a question from German journalists regarding the response to the 2023 report and ranking published by Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF), the state minister said, "Recently, I have not criticized the report and ranking published on the RSF website, but presented real information because it's still on their website in 2024. There are many wrong information in the report of RSF and contrary to this I have presented the truth in the media with evidence and sent a letter to RSF in this regard. Our intention is to present the truth to RSF and re-evaluate our ranking.

He said that sometimes some people criticize the work of the government with bad intentions. The current government welcomes constructive criticism. We just want to prevent disinformation and misinformation. When the media criticizes the government with proper evidence, it helps the government. But criticizing something with wrong information doesn't help anyone.

While giving the interview, he said that the government has made the Digital Security Act to keep people safe from the digital world. Criticized for its misuse, the government changed it to the Cyber Security Act. This is the beauty of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Her government has always been adjusting and changing everything according to demand.

In response to a question regarding global climate change, the state minister said that Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. Bangladesh has formulated a 100-year Delta Plan to protect the Bangladesh Delta. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is building houses for climate refugees. More research is needed to address the risks of global climate change. Bangladesh has always been making strong statements on this issue in international forums. The international community needs to come up with more cooperation and realistic solutions to deal with climate risks.

In response to a question about the Rohingya refugees, Mohammad Ali Arafat said that Bangladesh has shown maximum sympathy to the Rohingyas. Currently, the Rohingya citizens of Myanmar are a major source of stress for densely populated countries like Bangladesh. Bangladesh wants the Rohingyas to return to their home country with dignity. The whole world has a responsibility for Rohingya refugees. Developed countries should play a role in creating a suitable environment for the return of Rohingyas to Myanmar. The international community should continue to put pressure on Myanmar in this regard. Moreover, the countries that have the capacity can help the Rohingyas to live a better life by taking them to their respective countries.

   

How did the Fire men observe Eid?



Avijit Roy Kaushik, Barta24.com
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Eid means joy, Eid means happiness. But not everyone can enjoy that happiness with family. Some go home to enjoy Eid with their families. And no one tries to fulfill his responsibility so that the happiness of others does not turn into sadness due to any accident.

One such government service organization is fire service. Those who sacrifice their lives to save the lives of others do not retreat even a mole.

Is there really no celebration in their lives? How is their festival? Barta24.com has found these. According to the information received by Barta24.com, yesterday (April 11) the fire service officers and employees spent Eid on the run due to two major incidents in the capital. Apart from these two incidents, numerous small incidents have occurred in the capital. With which they had to go through the busy time.

Rozina Akhtar, the duty officer of the fire station's control room, told Barta24.com that on the Eid day (April 11), besides the fire at the Sadarghat launch terminal and the microbus accident on the expressway, several other incidents took place in the capital Dhaka. As a result, many of the fire officials had to spend busy time running around in these incidents. However, apart from the Sadarghat launch terminal and the expressway, no major accident occurred anywhere else.

Atiqur Rahman, Station Manager of Kurmitola Fire Station, told Barta24.com that we work in a service organization. It has been like this since the beginning of our service. We can go to the family on some Eids, and we can't go on some Eids. Since it is a service emergency organization, we have to be responsible for celebrating various festivals with our families. Eid can be celebrated with family when fortune is good. And if we are not lucky, we have to celebrate Eid with those who are on duty at our station.

He said, among those who are on duty at our station, some workers can go to celebrate Eid with their families. It was found that the station has a total of 30 employees, out of which 10 can go on leave.

In response to a question about how Eid was celebrated at the fire station, he said, after finishing prayers in the morning of Eid, the government organizes a big Khana (meal). This time there was also an arrangement. There was also an accident on the expressway. Fighters have been running around a lot with that. All in all, this is how Eid has passed for us.

Inspector Mahmud of Sadarghat Fire Station told Barta24.com that yesterday was the day of Eid. We finished the Eid prayers at our station and were performing our usual duties on Eid days. Then at 2:55 a.m. a sudden accident occurred at the launch terminal of Tasrif-4 and Farhan-6 launches. The Tasrif-4 launch was strapped to the platoon. The Farhan-6 launch was crowded at the wharf. At that time, the Tasrif-4 launch tore the rope and hit the passengers hard. There was a loud noise, so we ran to the spot. Basically, the torn rope hits the passengers' heads and their heads hit hard against various iron parts of the pontoon. Immediately they bleed profusely. We did not get a chance to recover them. They bled profusely in no time.

We also have some training to stop bleeding, he said. But we are in a state of shock after seeing the situation where their heads burst yesterday. Then we immediately sent him to the hospital on a stretcher. I checked the baby's pulse and saw that it was fine. I then rushed the baby, the baby's mother and another person to Mitford Hospital in an ambulance. Later I sent the other two in another ambulance. After this incident, running around thus our Eid was spent on running. Last year, a fire broke out in a launch during Eid. The service is also cut on the run. This time too. This is how Eid ends for us. I have not been able to spend Eid with my family for the last 6 years. Duty should be done considering own responsibility.

In response to the question whether there was any arrangement at the station for the fire service officers on duty on Eid, he said that there was an arrangement for Eid prayers in the morning by the fire service officials. Apart from this, lunch was organized by the government. There was nothing else. However, we were unable to celebrate even as much as we had planned due to such an accident at the launch terminal.

When asked when he last celebrated Eid with his family, this official said, I last celebrated Eid with my family 6 years ago. After that there was no chance for me to celebrate Eid. In fact, due to their sense of responsibility and duty, they have to do duty even on Eid at the request of senior sirs (officers). I am very sad for the family this Eid. Staying away from the family, how is the relationship with the family.

Before this, the holy Eid-ul-Fitr was being celebrated across the country on Thursday (April 11). On that day at around 5:17 PM, a fire occurred in a microbus on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway in the capital. Two units of Kurmitola Fire Service worked in this incident.

Also, on the same day, five passengers were killed and two seriously injured when the rope of the launch torn at Sadarghat in the capital. Immediately the workers of Sadarghat Fire Service started to rescue them and sent the injured to the hospital. In this incident, the naval police arrested five people including the driver and manager of two launches. Along with that, a three-member investigation committee was formed.

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Black market in tickets will be stopped forever: Railway Minister



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Black market in tickets will be stopped forever: Railway Minister

Black market in tickets will be stopped forever: Railway Minister

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Minister of Railways Zillul Hakim said that once there was a black market in train tickets, black market stopped after the present government came to power. Hope the black market will stop forever.

He said this while visiting Sharlotka village of Meherpur's Gangni upazila, a place full of memories of the battlegrounds during the liberation war on Friday (April 12) evening in response to a question from journalists.

Talking about this Shalotaka village in the context of the battlefield of the liberation war, the minister became emotional. He said, "During the war, I spent the night in this Shalotaka village." The people of this village played a big role in the independence of the country.

When reporters inquired about the progress of the Mujibnagar to Meherpur railway line through Chuadanga, Darshana, the minister said that the construction of the railway line will start soon. Process is in progress.

When the Minister of Railways reached Meherpur by road on Friday afternoon, Meherpur-2 (Gangni) Constituency Member of Parliament Doctor Abu Saleh Md. Nazmul Haque Sagar accorded floral wreath reception. Meherpur District Awami League General Secretary and Gangni Upazila Parishad Chairman MA Khalek, Gangni Pourashava Mayor Ahmed Ali were present.

Later, the Minister laid a wreath at the historic Mujibnagar Memorial. Finally, he visited Shalotaka village and the Neena Bill area adjacent to the village, which is full of memories of the battlefields of the liberation war. Meanwhile, the family members who helped during the liberation war met the minister. 

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Prime Minister's greetings to the countrymen on Bengali New Year



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Prime Minister's greetings to the countrymen on Bengali New Year

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, let's leave behind all the failures, sorrows and sorrows of the past in the new year and work together to build a beautiful future. Bengali New Year 1431 Bangla will be celebrated across the country on Sunday (April 14).

Looking ahead to Pahela Boishakh, she said to the countrymen in her Bengali New Year message (video) today.

Dear Countrymen,

Assalamu Alaikum.

The Bengali New Year has come back to us once again. Happy Bangabda 1431 to all the brothers and sisters of Bangladesh who are staying at home and abroad. happy new year

In the words of the poet Sufia Kamal, the Prime Minister said:

Let the old past! Javanika Kari unveils

You come, O new! O Baisakh! New Year!

Come, new one.”

Happy New Year. #

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Eid at the Orphanage: Anik is upset because his mother did not come to pick him up



Al Amin Raju, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Anik is an inmate of Sir Salimullah Muslim Orphanage in Azimpur of the capital. Anik is only 11 years old, studying in class IV of Orphanage School. Anik, who lost his father when he was a child, spent Eid in an orphanage. Like him with some children. The joy of Eid is limited to eating Paesh on the morning of Eid. After that, Anik lives alone.

On Friday afternoon, going to the boy’s wing of the orphanage in Azimpur, it was seen that the whole orphanage was quiet. Everyone has gone to their families and relatives for the Eid holiday. After not seeing anyone, I asked an employee of the orphanage and found out that there are some. They are in the dining room to eat rice at noon.

Crossing the deserted grounds of the orphanage, I went to the dining room and saw some children eating lunch, including Anik. After a while I talked to Anik. Anik said that his father used to do business in Dhaka. He died of cancer. They are two brothers. Mother Laiju Begum lives in the village house with her younger brother. Anik lives alone in an orphanage in Dhaka.

Anik shook his head saying whether he was upset because his mother did not come to pick him up. He said that he talked to his mother on mobile phone. In Eid ul fitr she will not be able to come to Dhaka on Eid and take Anik. She will come and take Anik home on the next Eid al-Adha.

When asked how the Eid holiday is going, Anik said that he is spending the day playing sports and sleeping. Don't know much about the outside. However, on the day of Eid, the teachers of the Orphanage took them for a walk on the banks of the Buriganga River.

Not only Anik, orphans like Yeasin and Rakib spent Eid alone in the orphanage. All these children do not have mothers, none have fathers.

At the dining room of the Orphanage, I spoke with Zakir Hossain (60), in charge of 'Khana Ghar'. He also studied from this orphanage at one time. He said, all those who live here are orphans. Someone has a mother, someone has a father. We have it all year round. Hundreds of boys and girls have succeeded in life by studying here.

He said, I started working here as an office assistant in 1996. Now I am in charge of Khana Ghar. I know everyone by name. Even if someone is left out, I can understand who did not come to eat. We try to take care of them. After studying here, many are working in various ministries, universities and various forces.

According to orphanage sources, Sir Salimullah Muslim Orphanage has 150 orphan students in boys and girls wing. Except for a few, most of them went to visit their relatives during the Eid holidays.

Al Amin Shawon, accounting officer of the orphanage, said that there are 150 students in the two branches of the orphanage. Separate hostels for boys and girls. The children's relatives came and took them away during the Eid holidays. For those who did not come to pick up, all facilities including food are open.

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