Great Independence and National Day today



News Desk, Barta24.com
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Today is the 54th Great Independence and National Day. On the night of March 25, 1971, the Pakistani military launched a sudden genocide operation 'Operation Searchlight' against Bengalis and arrested Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the undisputed leader of the Bengali nation. Before his arrest, Bangabandhu announced the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26 in Dhaka. Bangabandhu's announcement was broadcast in various media including Bangladesh.

Despite the Awami League winning a majority in the 1970 general elections, the Pakistani military did not hand over power to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the Pakistani military began massacring Bengali civilians. The main aim of their campaign was to indiscriminately kill all the progressive political leaders and activists and all the conscious citizens of East Pakistan including Awami League.

Before Bangabandhu was arrested from his residence in Dhanmondi, he called for the declaration of independence of Bangladesh as well as resistance against the enemy at any cost. Bangabandhu's announcement was spread across the country and abroad through wireless. At that time, it was not possible to preserve this declaration of independence document of Bangabandhu due to reality and security reasons. Later Bangabandhu's Declaration was included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

The announcement was broadcast across the country by the transmitters of the then EPR. Later on March 26 and 27 several people read out the declaration of independence on behalf of Sheikh Mujib from the Swadhin Bangla Betar center in Chattogram.

The precious document of Bangabandhu's declaration is recorded there as 'This may be our last message, Bangladesh is independent from today. I call upon the people of Bangladesh to stand up with whatever they have, wherever they are, to resist the invading forces with all their might. Keep fighting until the last soldier of the Pakistani occupation forces is expelled from the soil of Bengal and the final victory is achieved. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. March 26, 1971.'

The full details of the announcement were published in the Bangladesh Documents published by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The announcement said, 'This may be my last message to you. Bangladesh is an independent country from today. I call upon you, wherever you are, in whatever condition you are and with whatever you have in your hands, resist the occupying Pakistani army till your last breath. Keep fighting until the last soldier of the occupying Pakistani forces is expelled from the soil of Bangladesh and the final victory is achieved.'

On December 16, 1971, after nine months of bloody war, a land called Bangladesh appeared on the world map as a new state.

The annual budget of just TK. 786 crore of newly independent Bangladesh in 1972 has today become a budget of Tk. 6 lakh 78 thousand 64 crore. The current per capita income in the country with a per capita income of 129 US dollars on that day is 2 thousand 961 US dollars. Time has passed, Bangladesh has also progressed in keeping with the world. Per capita income, infrastructure development, visible changes in education and health sector, private sector investment and increase in domestic production, increase in foreign trade, technological development and consumption and production and extraction of resources have increased visibly.

After independence, Bangladesh was called the country of 'bottomless basket'. After 50 years of independence, Bangladesh of poverty and disaster is now on the way to become a developing country. Bangladesh has progressed in every socio-economic index including economic growth, health, education, women's empowerment and increase in per capita income. Nation will celebrate Independence Day with this achievement.

Elaborate programs have been taken up at the national level to celebrate the Great Independence and National Day with due dignity. On this day, the day will be started with the firing of cannon 31 times in the whole country including Dhaka. As the sun rises, President Md. Sahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at Savar National Memorial. After that, led by the Minister of Liberation War, the Bir Shreshtha family, war-victims and brave freedom fighters will offer wreaths. Foreign diplomats based in Bangladesh, people from all walks of life including various political and social organizations will pay their respects to the freedom fighters martyred in the Great War of Liberation by offering wreaths.

On this occasion, the national flag will be hoisted at sunrise in all government, semi-government, autonomous and private buildings and the national flag will be hoisted on the buildings of Dhaka city and important buildings and structures will be decorated with lights.

Today is a public holiday. The President and the Prime Minister gave inspirational messages on the occasion of the day. Highlighting the significance of the day, newspapers will publish special articles, articles and literary magazines on this day. On this occasion, the electronic media are promoting various programs based on the Liberation War.

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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