Capitalizing on Eid, extra fares in the launch, home bound people are suffering



Mehedi Hassan Mahim, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Naushad is the eldest son of the family. Village houses in the island region of South Bengal. After completing his studies, he lived in the capital Dhaka for several years hoping to become a government official. He was busy preparing for University and library job exams for the past one year. However, due to the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, the mother's earnest eldest son will be able to buy the sacrificial animal when he returns home.

Naushad came to the Sadarghat launch terminal on Friday (June 14) at 2 pm to fulfill his mother's wish. He couldn't afford the cabin. So he decided to return home on the roof of the launch. When asked if there was any trouble on the journey, he told Barta24.com that he arrived at the Sadarghat launch terminal at 2 in the afternoon hoping to get into the cabin. Even though the cabin was empty, I decided to skip it because of the triple price.

When asked what to do if it rains due to bad weather, he said, "I haven't been home for a long time." Mother is crying a lot on the phone. I can't think of anything else but to fulfill my mother's wish even if I get wet in the rain.

Najma Parveen suffered a similar fate. She works in a garment in Savar. Najma Parveen lost her husband six months ago. She is going to Hakimuddin of Bhola with two sons and daughters on Eid vacation in Farhan-4 launch. As the cabin rent is higher than other times, mats are spread on the balcony of the second floor of the launch. She said, it is very dangerous to sit on the balcony with a son or daughter. I wanted to sit on the deck because I could not get a cabin for money. But I couldn't do that either. Many people have been worried about the day. If she wants to sit, they will demand Tk. 1000. So, I am going to the balcony of the second floor. The launch staff is also misbehaving here. Survive if you can somehow reach home.

Two days later, the holy Eid-ul-Azha. Homebound people are rushing to their homes to enjoy the joy of Eid with their loved ones. Various irregularities have been observed by visiting the Sadarghat launch terminal on the ground since noon today. The terminal authorities were not seen to take action despite increasing the launch cabin fare.

However, one of the staff of Farhan-4, who did not want to be named, said that the rent is increased a little during the Eid season as there is not much business throughout the year. However, an unscrupulous gang rose up to do business in Deck. Acknowledging the suffering of the passengers, he said, "We have nothing to do with the decision of the owners."

Bangladesh Inland Navigation (Passenger Transport) President Mahbub Uddin Ahmad Bir Bikram was unsuccessfully called to his office several times but received no response.

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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