Teesta water is increasing, panic on the riverbank



Aminul Islam Jewel, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The water level of Teesta River has started to rise at Kaunia point in Rangpur after few days of heavy rains and the flow coming down from upstream. In the meantime, the authorities have opened 44 sluices of Teesta Barrage in Dalia. There is panic on the banks of the river as Teesta water is flowing very close to the danger mark at Kaunia Point.

According to the Rangpur Water Development Board at 3 pm on Friday (June 14), the Teesta water flow at Kaunia Point was recorded at 28.63 cm, which is flowing below the danger level. Earlier the water flow at this point was recorded at 28.40 cm at 6 am and 28.50 cm at 9 am, 28.55 cm at 12 noon.

On the other hand, at 3 pm on the same day, at Dalia Point of Teesta Barrage, the country's largest irrigation project, the Teesta water flow was recorded as 51.30 cm, which is flowing below the danger line by 85.0 cm. Earlier, this point recorded a water flow of 51.75 cm at 6 am, 51.60 cm at 9 am and 28.46 cm at 12 noon.

Rabiul Islam, Executive Engineer of Rangpur Water Development Board, said that due to rainfall and upstream flow for the past few days, the water in the Teesta at Dalia Point started to rise from Thursday afternoon. All 44 gates of the barrage have been kept open to keep the situation normal. The Teesta water started receding slightly at Dalia Point by Friday afternoon. However, the Teesta water is flowing near the danger level at Kaunia Point in Rangpur district. Therefore, the condition of the river bank in the downstream region is being monitored all the time.

He also said that there is some fear among the people on the banks of the river when the Teesta water rises before the monsoon season. So far there is no sign of flooding. If the rainfall in India is high, the water coming down from the upstream can increase the water level of our river here.

Ansar Ali, Chairman of Balapara Union Parishad of Kaunia Upazila, said that the Teesta water has been increasing since morning. There is some fear among the people of river bank and Char villages due to the rise of water in the Teesta before the monsoon.

Mozaffar, a resident of Char Gonai village, said that the water in the river has started to rise in the morning. I am afraid If there is a flood before Eid, I will be in great danger.

Abbas Ali of the same area said that due to the sudden rise in water, there is a danger that livestock and poultry birds will also be in trouble.

Kaunia Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mahidul Haque said that the water in Teesta is increasing. There are no signs of flooding so far. However, the government has taken all kinds of advance preparations so that no one is affected by the flood.

Internet Shutdown in the Country, BTV Fire, Death Toll Rises



BTV set ablaze in deadly protests, death toll rises

BTV set ablaze in deadly protests, death toll rises

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The latest updates on the quota reform movement have become challenging to obtain and share due to restricted or disconnected internet access across the country, including Dhaka. Internet-based calls to Bangladesh from various parts of the world are also impossible. This information has been reported by various international media outlets.

Recent reports indicate that the death toll in the quota movement has reached 18, with six fatalities occurring on Thursday. However, the actual number may be higher, as unverified reports on social media suggest the death toll could be as high as 35. No official confirmation has been provided.

In addition, several international media outlets reported that protesters set fire to the BTV (Bangladesh Television) building on Thursday evening.

Since Thursday evening, there have been reports of an internet shutdown in Dhaka. Before the shutdown, updates on Facebook indicated that protesters had set fire to the BTV building, with images circulating on social media. There were also reports and pictures of a metro train set ablaze.

A post on BTV's official Facebook page stated that several people were trapped inside the building. Initially, it was reported that the fire brigade was not allowed to access the site, but later updates confirmed that firefighters had arrived. BTV's broadcast had already been halted by that time.

Various sources have reported different death tolls. AFP stated that 32 people have died, most of them on Thursday.

Among the dead were at least two journalists, one from Dhaka Times who died in the capital and another killed in an attack in Gazipur. The Gazipur incident has not been confirmed.

Media reports also mentioned that protesters set fire to a police station before targeting the BTV building. The BBC quoted Information Minister Mohammad Ali Arafat, who said that some people were trapped inside the BTV building and were not safe.

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Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday

Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday

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The hearing of the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on quota will be held next Sunday (July 21).

The special chamber court passed the order on Thursday (July 18) evening.

Earlier, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin said that he will apply to the Appellate Division for a leave to appeal hearing against the High Court verdict on quota.

In the afternoon, Law Minister Anisul Haque said, "The Prime Minister said to take measures to bring forward the hearing of the case which was supposed to be heard on August 7, 2024." I have instructed the Attorney General of Bangladesh to apply to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh next Sunday so that they bring forward the hearing date of the case. 

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The fire has spread in BTV, many people are trapped inside



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: The fire has spread to BTV

Photo: The fire has spread to BTV

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The fire at the Bangladesh Television (BTV) building in the capital's Rampura is spreading. Many are trapped inside the building.

This was announced by a post on the official Facebook page of Bangladesh Television at 6:39 PM on Thursday (July 18).

The post reads, 'Horrible fire at BTV. Spreading rapidly. Many are trapped inside. In this situation, quick cooperation of fire service is requested.

On Thursday (July 18) around 3 pm, the agitators attacked the office of Bangladesh Television (BTV) and vandalized it extensively. At that time, they brought out the motorcycles in the building and set them on fire.

It has been seen that practically all types of traffic have been stopped in Rampura area. The police box located next to the office of the BTV building was set on fire. At least 15 to 20 motorcycles of the sergeants were burnt. One by one, patrolling teams of law enforcement forces are patrolling through helicopters.

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Freedom fighters cannot bow down to evil forces: Liberation War Minister



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque

Photo: Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque

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Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said that there are crores of people who are in favor of the liberation war, they can never bow down to the evil forces, they cannot compromise.

He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a rally organized by Freedom Fighters Workers-Employees-Professionals Coordinating Council on Thursday (July 18).

He said, those who want to fish in muddy water, those who have failed in all movements in the past and BNP Secretary General also said what we could not do now is being done. In other words, they are making an evil plot in front of our young children to oust Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from power.

Referring to the speech of the freedom fighters, the Minister said, "We submitted weapons under the leadership of Bangabandhu, but we did not submit training, we did not submit consciousness." There are crores of people in favor of the liberation war, they can never bow down to the evil forces, they cannot compromise. In 1971 this evil power was defeated. We will fight again if necessary as we defeated them 53 years ago.

Mentioning that we have no word against the anti-quota movement, he said, "We do not oppose it." Our only demand is that the safety of people's life and property should not be disturbed in the name of movement. The movement was going smoothly and was not hindered. The violence that the Jamaat-Shibir and Chhatra Dal terrorists entered Dhaka University in the dark of night and carried out was not in the hands of those who started the movement.

Stating that the movement has already been looted and passed into the hands of the anti-independence forces, AKM Mozammel Haque said that, the conflict and anarchy for the last three days are because they have left. What we see now.

Referring to the Prime Minister's speech yesterday, the Liberation War Minister said that not only the Bengali nation but the whole world appreciated it. Still, who did this terror, vandalism, arson today.

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