Highly educated youth in Canada selling cattle



Tasnim Hassan, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Thick frame glasses. Junayed Khan Afsar with a bunch of beard on the face, a 25-year-old young man with a calm face, is highly educated. I was surprised to find out more details because Afsar came from Canada, a country across seven seas and thirteen rivers. This young man who took a higher degree abroad was discovered in the animal market as a cow seller! Yes, Afsar is selling cows at the animal market in Noor Nagar Housing Society grounds of Chattogram city.

In his childhood, if a cow had been bought at home before Eid –ul-Azha, Afsar would take care of it himself for a few days. Since then, Afsar fell in love with the innocent creature. That's when he made a promise - one day he will give a cow farm, he will take care of the animal with love and compassion. Finally, in June 2023, Afsar reflected the desire that had been kept in her mind for many years.

That story was heard from the mouth of Afsar. While selling cows, Afsar told Barta24.com that after completing ‘A’ level in the country, he moved to Canada for higher education. He also started working there while studying. By working as a credit card marketer in a financial institution, he saved a large sum of money while meeting his own expenses. Returning to the country, he thought of using the earned money. That thought took him back to that childhood love. He started two farms in June 2023 from that love for cows. Among them, he built a farm named 'Junayed Javed Agro' in Gazipur.

He started fattening 30 cows in the farm ahead of this year's Eid- ul- Azha. Afsar brought the cows raised in that farm to this market located in a one kilometer area of Chattogram. Another farm of Afsar is at Savar. But it is all dairy farms. Milk is collected from 20 cows and sold in the market. Although Afsar's home is in Chattogram, he spends most of his time in Dhaka. So giving a farm near Dhaka.

As soon as you enter the animal market in the grounds of Noor Nagar Housing Society, you will see several banners of Junaid Javed Agro on the right hand side. 30 cows are standing side by side under that banner. In the beginning, the Australian Friesian breed was a large sized bull. Afsar lovingly named the bull 'Chairman'. Right next to the chairman is a white colored 'Member'. Afsar's black and white striped chairman is priced at Tk. five lakh. And the price of the ‘Member’ is Tk. three and a half lakh.

Afsar laughed at the question of what is the reason for naming cows as Chairman and Member. He stopped laughing and said, 'This name is given by seeing the behavior of the cows. The black and white colored cow is as red as the Chairman. So I call him Chairman. And I have given the name of some of his small sized cows as Members. Because the Member is a little smaller than the chairman!

Afsar's other 28 cows are also quite large. Their weight is between 350 to 700 kg. The price of these cows has increased from Tk. two and a quarter lakh to Tk. three and a half lakh.

Afsar is a son of a solvent family. They also have a family business. The father asked the son to return to Canada after his studies to join the business. But Afsar's dream was different. I wanted to become an entrepreneur, build a cow farm. That irresistible desire takes Afsar not to the air-conditioned room, but to the suffocating environment of the farm itself.

Reminding that once again, Afsar said, 'I have spent about Tk. 80 lakh to build this farm. Of this, the father gave about 30 percent. The remaining 70 percent is the money saved from my job. Many people do many things, but I went back to my childhood love. On the one hand, I can raise the cows with love and compassion. I can also make a good income by selling them.

Afsar returned to the cows as soon as he finished speaking. With great compassion, he wipes the sand off the cows and feeds them husks and water. When someone else goes to where the 'Chairman-Member' comes, if you find Afsar near, it is as if the cows are calm and steady. The people who came to the market were also amazed to see the animal-love of the highly educated youth.

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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