Dhaka-New Delhi agree on joint vision on sustainable future: PM



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that all the issues related to the relations of the two neighboring countries, including water sharing, security and trade have been discussed in a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She also said that they have agreed on a joint vision to ensure a sustainable future for the interests of both countries.

Sheikh Hasina said, both countries have endorsed the Vision Declaration to guide us towards a peaceful and prosperous future. We have agreed to work towards two integrated visions of Digital Partnership and Green Partnership for a sustainable future.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh said these things in a joint statement to the media after signing various agreements including private and bilateral meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday (June 22).

Stating that India is Bangladesh's biggest neighbor, trusted friend and regional partner, Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh has always attached special importance to the relationship established with India through our great liberation war in 1971.

She also said that Bangladesh-India relations are continuously developing and progressing rapidly. Sheikh Hasina said, today we had a very fruitful meeting between the two sides. During the meeting, we discussed politics and security, trade and connectivity, common river water sharing, energy and power and regional and multilateral cooperation, among other issues of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister said, we have agreed to cooperate wholeheartedly for the welfare of our two countries and people. As Dhaka and Delhi have started a new path with the formation of new governments, she said, 'In that continuity, we have decided the future course of action to ensure the establishment of "Smart Bangladesh" through "Vision 2041" and follow through to "Bikshita Bharat 2047". I did

Sheikh Hasina said that they witnessed the signing of several new MoUs this day. Made some updates and announced some joint activities as areas of future work.

She said that in recent years, the two countries have continued to communicate and cooperate at the highest levels, including the highest levels of state.

Sheikh Hasina said that the President and Prime Minister of India visited Bangladesh in 2021 to attend the celebration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Prime Minister said she made her last bilateral visit to India in September 2022 and subsequently attended the G-20 Summit held in New Delhi in September 2023 under the chairmanship of India as the leader of South Asia's only invited 'guest country' Bangladesh.

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina visited New Delhi along with several other world leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the newly formed cabinet on June 9.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh said that these are proofs of our two countries working closely with each other.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that in today's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they discussed the ways and methods of mutual cooperation and engagement between the two countries.

She said, this afternoon she will also meet the President and Vice President of India. Sheikh Hasina said, I believe, these discussions will give us important direction in determining the better way of cooperation with each other.

She said that this is his first bilateral visit to any country after the formation of a new government through the election of the 12th National Parliament in January 2024.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also said, 'I sincerely thank the Government of India for extending warm hospitality to me and my delegation.

Sheikh Hasina gratefully recalled the contribution of the Indian government and people to the independence of Bangladesh.

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



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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



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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



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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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