The government is determined to preserve the democratic rights of the people of the country’



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the Awami League government is determined to keep the democratic rights of the people of the country intact, inspired by the spirit of all democratic movements and struggles, including the historic June 7.

She said, we are working to advance the country in the spirit of the liberation war and deliver the benefits of freedom to every people. In the last 14 and half years, we have made unprecedented development in the country. Bangladesh has now gained the status of developing country from least developed country.

The Prime Minister said this in a message given on the occasion of the historic 6-point day. She said, June 7 is the historic six point day. The important chapter of the 6-point movement announced by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began on this day in 1966. The day is unforgettable and significant in the history of Bangladesh's freedom struggle.

Sheikh Hasina said that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman raised 6-point demands on behalf of the people of East Bengal in a national conference convened by all the opposition political parties of East and West Pakistan on February 5, 1966 in Lahore against the dictatorial Ayub government in order to get rid of the Pakistani rule-exploitation-deprivation. . Later, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib returned to Dhaka on February 11 and started a nationwide campaign in favor of 6-points and went to the remote areas of East Bengal to highlight the need for 6-points in front of the people.

She said that the people of all levels of East Bengal spontaneously supported the 6-point. The six-point became the charter of liberation of the exploited and deprived people of East Bengal. Frightened by the widespread public support for the six-point movement and the popularity of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the dictatorial government of Ayub Khan's military junta arrested Bangabandhu on 8 May 1966 and sent him to prison. Angry people took to the streets in protest.

The Prime Minister said that the 6-point movement announced by the Father of the Nation got a new dimension on June 7, 1966. On this day, the police and the then EPR fired on the unarmed crowd during the hartal called by the Awami League to collect the 6-point Bengali liberation certificate. 11 people including Manu Mia, Abul Hossain, Safiq and Shamsul Haque were martyred in Dhaka and Narayanganj. On this day, she paid deep respect to the memory of all the martyrs of the freedom struggle, including the historic June 7.

Sheikh Hasina said, under the leadership of the undisputed leader of Bangalees, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the outline of independence was drawn up with the unwavering support of the people of this country on the basis of the 6-point. Through the six-point movement, the seeds of freedom sprouted. In the continuation of the six-point movement-struggle, the Bengali independence movement turned into a freedom struggle. The six-point based 11-point movement started with the mass uprising of 1969, the people of Bengal won an absolute majority in the general elections of 1970, and the independent-sovereign Bangladesh was born on the world map through the victory in the Great Liberation War of 1971. The six-point is not only the liberation charter of the Bengali nation, but the source of inspiration for the liberation movement of oppressed people all over the world.

Inspired by the spirit of the Great Liberation War, the Prime Minister called upon Bangladeshis to unite against any conspiracy to protect the development and continuity of democracy and to build a developed, prosperous and modern-smart golden Bangladesh , the dream of the Father of the Nation by 2041.

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

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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

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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