Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi Wednesday



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The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi will be observed Wednesday, marking the birth and demise anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) amid massive religious festivity and fervor.

Different government and non-government organizations including the Islamic Foundation (IF) have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today greeted the countrymen and the Muslims across the world on the occasion of the holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi.

In separate messages on the eve of the day, they underscored the need for following the ideals of the Prophet for peace and prosperity.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi is a sacred and important day for the Muslims of the whole world. Allah had sent Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) to this world as 'Rahmatullil Alamin', a blessing for the entire universe, he added.

He (Muhammad) had emerged as 'Sirajam Monira', the enlightened light in the world, the head of the state said, adding, "He showed the path of light in the era of sinful acts, injustice, falsehood and darkness and established a society based-on truth, beauty and justice".

The Prophet is regarded as the greatest human being because of his unparallel loyalty, love and affections towards Almighty Allah, extraordinary personality, boundless kindness and great virtues, Hamid said, adding that the holy Quran termed the life of the Prophet (PBUH) as 'Uswatul Hasanah', the best ideal.

The President said the Prophet has been successful to discharge his duty of establishing 'tawhid' by establishing Islam, the religion of peace, in the world with his limitless tolerance, hard work, devotion and limitless sufferings and preached the messages of the holy Quran across the word, he added.

Apart from establishing a society based on equality and justice, the Prophet (PBUH) has given clear directives about women rights and dignity, dignity of labour and responsibility of employers, the President said.

The speeches of Prophet (PBUH) in his last Hajj will remain as the pathfinder for the mankind forever, he added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Allah had sent Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) as 'Rahmatullil Alamin' for peace, emancipation, progress and overall welfare of the whole world.

The Prophet (PBUH) came to the world with the messages of emancipating the mankind from all sorts of prejudices, sinful acts, injustices and slavery, the premier said, adding he had called the people across the world towards emancipation and peace and torched the light of truth by shunning the era of darkness.

The Prophet had blown the wind of peace throughout the world by engaging him in establishing brotherhood, justice and equity-based society and ensuring welfare for the mankind, she said.

Sheikh Hasina expressed firm conviction that peace, justice and welfare would be ensured in the current turbulent world, including coronavirus pandemic, through following the ideals, including lessons from his life, lifestyle and worship, of the Prophet (PBUH).

Marking the day, Islamic Foundation (IF) has chalked out a fortnight-long programme from tomorrow.

State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan will inaugurate the 15-day programme at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the city on Wednesday.

The programmes include religious sermons, doa mahfi and milad, seminars, exhibition of Islamic calligraphy and posters based on the life of the Prophet (PBUH), Islamic cultural competitions, and recitation of the holy Quran and poems on him.

The 15-day long Islamic book fair will be organized on the national mosque premises from tomorrow to mark the birth and demise anniversary of the last and final Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

Some 50 Islamic Missions and seven Imam Training Academies have also chalked out various programmes marking the day.

Besides, Qurankhani, doa mahfil and special prayers will be arranged at the Mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj district, marking the day.

The spiritual hub of Maizbhandar has also taken various programmes to mark the day. It will organize a discussion titled "Significance of Eid-e-Miladunnabi" at 9 am Mahanagar Natyamancha in the city's Gulistan area and bring out a Jashne Julush (rally) at 12 noon from the venue.

State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan will address the discussion as the chief guest with Incumbent leader of the Islamic spiritual hub Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Maizbhandari in the chair.

Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) has also taken different programmes, including hoisting national flag and holding discussion and doa mahfil, marking the Eid-e-Miladunnabi.

KUET Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Quazi Sazzad Hossain will join the discussion at university central mosque after Asr prayers.

Marking the day, Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar will broadcast special programmes and different national dailies will publish supplementary highlighting the importance of the day.

The day is a public holiday.

More 17 people die, 9614 get covid & 482 recovered



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Seventeen more people died from deadly virus corona while 9614 people got infected by the virus in the last 24 hours across the country.

This information was sent to the media on Saturday ( January 22) by DGHS through a press release.

According to the press release, the latest deaths and cases of infection have brought the toll to 28209 and 1674230 respectively.

The release said that 482 people have recovered bringing the recovery figure to 1556079 so far.

During the period 34311 samples were tested in 852 authorized labs making a total 12082026 samples so far.

It may be mentioned here that the first case of corona infection was detected in Bangladesh on last March 8 (2020) while the first death occurred on March 18.

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Endangered species of small fish farming in 49 upazillas of the country



Tariqul Islam Sumon, Senior Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has taken initiatives to encourage the cultivation of endangered native species of fish based in the area, conservation of snails and oysters and expansion of pearl farming. Following this, the Department of Fisheries is implementing conservation and development projects of native species of fish and snails.

The program will be implemented in 49 upazilas of 10 districts of three divisions of the country through conservation and development of native species of fish and snails. Which will be started from February this year, said the director general of the Department of Fisheries Kh. Mahbubul Haque.

He told Barta24.com that the importance of local small fish in meeting the nutritional needs is immense. But these fish are no longer seen on food plates. Today these fishes are on the verge of extinction due to various natural causes. Considering the need and nutritional value of these fish, we have taken initiative to cultivate and propagate small scale fish based on area. Besides, sanctuary will be declared on the basis of availability of fish. Under this project, skilled and trained manpower will be developed for cage fish farming, fish farming in paddy fields, creation of alternative employment, fish farming training and safe fish production.

He further said that 392 indigenous fish farming exhibition centers have been set up in the project area, 314 pen fish farming exhibitions have been set up, 100 units have been set up for cage fish farming exhibitions, 49 paddy fields have been set up for fish farming exhibitions, 20 snail farming exhibitions have been set up and 100 oyster farms have been set up. Exhibition will be set up, 200 pearl cultivation exhibitions will be set up.

He hopes that after the implementation of this project, the people of the country will be able to taste at least some of the local fish. Besides, the national economy will also be strengthened.

Concerned project director SM Ashikur Rahman told Barta24.com that it will be implemented in 49 upazilas of 10 districts of Dhaka, Barisal and Khulna divisions. These are: Gopalganj Sadar, Tungipara, Kotalipara, Muksudpur and Kashiani upazilas of Gopalganj district, Bhanga and Saltha upazilas of Faridpur district, Madaripur Sadar, Rajoir, Shibchar and Kalkini upazilas of Madaripur district, Shariatpur Sadar of Shariatpur district, Vedarganj, Gosairhat, Barisal Sadar, Agailjhara, Babuganj, Hijla, Bakerganj, Banaripara, Uzirpur, Muladi, Gournadi and Mehendiganj upazilas, Bhandaria and Kaukhali upazilas, Barguna Sadar, Amtali, Patharghata, Taltali, Bamna and Betagi upazilas of Barguna district, Mollahat and Fakirhat upazilas of Bagerhat district and Narail Sadar, Lohagarh and Kalia upazilas of Narail district.

The project director further said that 30,000 beneficiary fishermen will be created in 49 upazilas through the project. 6,000 groups will be formed with the beneficiaries and fishermen. These small species of fish will be kept alive with the help of various government help.

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'Draft law for formation of Election Commission is flawed'



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda said that the proposed draft law for the formation of the Election Commission seems to have many shortcomings. For the time being, it seems that this is just to form a search committee. As there is no true representation of the people in the present Jatiyo Sangsad so the major political parties need to be involved in this process. The draft law should be finalized on the basis of the views of all concerned.

He said the Election Commission should make sure that the law is acceptable to the people. A good law can take time if needed. It will not be beneficial for anyone to make flawed laws in a hurry.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the shadow parliament on Saturday (January 22), organized by the Debate for Democracy, at the FDC, entitled "The formation of an acceptable election commission depends on the goodwill of political parties." Chairman of Debate for Democracy Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiran presided over the function. In his speech Hasan Ahmed Kiron suggested the names of Prof. Sirajul Islam Chowdhury , Prof. Abdullah Abu Sayeed and Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda for inclusion in the government during the election.

Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda said that in case of appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners, there should be a clear outline of qualifications and disqualifications. Those with complaints should not be considered. If the Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners are involved in any corruption, they should be brought to justice. No one is above the law, so no person in a particular position should have indemnity for the trial of a crime. The present Election Commission could have made a better election if it had had goodwill. Their performance is not satisfactory. Although the caretaker government is not conducive to the political system, the elections held under the caretaker government have become more acceptable.

He further said that institutional development is very important for democracy and good governance. Due to lack of political will, no law has been enacted for the formation of Election Commission in the last 50 years. Good governance is hampered if there is no political will to increase institutional capacity. Punishment of government officials for corruption is very rare. But even during the Pakistan period, government officials were punished for irregularities and corruption in the civil service.

In the competition, the debaters of World University of Bangladesh defeated the debaters of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology. At the end of the competition, trophies and certificates were distributed among the participating teams.

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Indian Supreme Court gives historical verdict on Hindu inheritance law



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The Supreme Court of India has given a sensational verdict on the Hindu Inheritance Act. The main subject of the judgment was the property rights of Hindu widows and daughters.

From now on, Hindu women in India will have full rights over their property after the death of their father, even if they do not leave a will before death. In this case, the rights of the daughters will prevail over the nephews of the deceased.

The Supreme Court of India announced the verdict on Thursday (January 20). According to the verdict, Hindu women will be entitled to their father's acquired and other property. A bench of Justice S Abdul Nazir and Justice Krishna Murari of the country's highest court ruled in favor of the Madras High Court on an appeal against a ruling on the inheritance of property of Hindu women and widows.

The court said that in case of death before making a will, daughters would have more rights over the father's property than other members of the family. If a Hindu man dies before making a will, his property will be distributed among the heirs of deceased.However, the daughter of a deceased Hindu person will get more priority in inheritance of property than her other relatives.

The Supreme Court of India further held that if a Hindu dies in a joint family without any will, then his property will be inherited by the daughters.

The court also noted that the legacy of Hindu widows and daughters is protected by the old Hindu custom as well as by many laws.

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