Italy wants to take skilled workers from Bangladesh



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Italy has agreed to take skilled workers from Bangladesh in construction, shipbuilding and hospitality sectors under bilateral migration and movement arrangements.

This information is known from the political talks between Bangladesh and Italy held in Rome on Wednesday.

Foreign Secretary Masoud Bin Momen and Italian Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Riccardo Guariglia led their respective countries in the talks.

Italy expressed satisfaction at this time as more than 46 percent of workers went to Italy from Bangladesh for seasonal and non-seasonal work under the Flusi Decree.

Before the political talks, Masood bin Momen and Riccardo Guariglia signed a memorandum of understanding on political consultation between the foreign ministries of Bangladesh and Italy.

In the meeting, both countries expressed interest in deepening relations in several fields including trade and investment, technology in the textile sector of Bangladesh, defense and security, ICT, agriculture, immigration.

Both sides agree to curb illegal immigration to Italy.

Italy appreciated Bangladesh for providing shelter to the Rohingya and assured them of continued humanitarian assistance and assistance in their safe repatriation to Myanmar.

The Italian delegation expressed interest in working closely with Bangladesh as a partner in the Indo-Pacific under the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

'Complete shutdown' across the country tomorrow



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
'Complete shutdown' across the country tomorrow

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The agitating students have announced a new program in the ongoing movement demanding reform of quota in government jobs, brutal attacks by police, BGB, RAB, SWAT and ensuring a terror-free campus. Tomorrow, Thursday (July 18), they will carry out a complete shutdown program across the country.

Asif Mahmud, one of the coordinators of the Anti-Discrimination Student Movement, a platform of anti-quota activists, announced this program at 7:30 pm on Wednesday (July 17).

He said, brutal attack by police, BGB, RAB, SWAT on peaceful movement of students, protest of murder, trial of murderers, guarantee of terror-free campus and one-point demand, tomorrow Thursday (July 18) I am announcing complete shutdown across the country.

He also said that during this time only hospitals and emergency services will be the exception. Besides, no one will open the doors of any institution; no vehicles will run on the road except for ambulances. I call upon every school, college, University, private University and madrasa students across the country to make tomorrow's program a success.

He said to the parents, we are your children. Stand by us, protect us. This fight is not only for the students, but for the vast masses of the country regardless of party affiliation.

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Prime Minister called upon the students to have patience till the verdict of the court



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that those who have committed murder, looting and terrorist activities, whoever they are, measures will be taken to ensure that they get appropriate punishment. I further declare that a judicial inquiry will be conducted in the interest of fair trial and justice in all the unintended incidents including the murders. On whose instigation the conflict started, who for what purpose pushed the country to an anarchic situation, will be investigated.

Addressing the nation on Wednesday evening, she urged the agitators to be patient until the verdict of the Supreme Court. She said, I believe they will get justice, don't be disappointed. Prime Minister started her speech at 7:30 PM. Finished at 7:38 PM. At that time, the Prime Minister was wearing a black saree. In the 8-minute speech, the Prime Minister said, "I have appeared before you today with a heavy heart." We are working tirelessly for the economic and social development of the people of independent Bangladesh, which was obtained in exchange of the blood of lakhs of martyrs.

Sheikh Hasina said, we have been able to change the destiny of the people of Bangladesh in the last 15 years. We have started the journey of providing better life to the people by providing education-initiation, knowledge-science-technology and providing food-clothing-shelter-medical-education to fulfill the basic needs of people. I have also achieved many successes. Bangladesh has been able to hold a dignified seat in the world court. Still, we have a long way to go. When the people of Bangladesh return to a little peace and quiet, sometimes something happens that is very painful. She said that in 2018, in view of the students’ movement, the government issued a circular canceling the quota system in government jobs. Subsequently, the High Court quashed the 2018 government circular in favor of maintaining the quota on behalf of the freedom fighters.

The Government appealed to the Supreme Court to uphold the circular and the Hon'ble Court fixed a date for hearing. At this time, the students again started a movement with the demand of quota reform. The government has shown considerable patience and tolerance since the beginning of this movement. Instead, the police cooperated in ensuring the security of the protesters. When the agitators expressed their desire to submit memorandums to His Excellency the President, they were given the opportunity and security arrangements were also made.

The Prime Minister said that the sad thing is that some vested interest groups have started different kinds of speeches and terrorist activities to fulfill their ambitions based on this movement. As the matter has been appealed to the Supreme Court, everyone is requested to be patient. It is a matter of great regret that some quarters took the opportunity of this movement to indulge in acts of terrorism to fulfill their undesired ambitions.

As a result, all the events that have taken place around these young students' movement are very painful and sad. How many precious lives were lost unnecessarily? Who knows more than me the pain of losing your loved ones? Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, I wish the souls of those who died. Deepest condolences to the family members. I condemn every killing. What happened was never intended. In Chattogram, terrorists brutally threw students from the roof of a multi-storey building to kill them, severing the limbs of many students. Hitting them with sticks and sharp weapons, one died, many fought to the death. In Dhaka, Rangpur and Rajshahi universities, the Vice-Chancellor's residence and student halls were set on fire and vandalized. Sheikh Hasina said that ordinary pedestrians, shopkeepers were attacked and even ambulances carrying patients were obstructed. In the girls' hall, female students were attacked and assaulted. Provosts have been threatened and assaulted in residence halls. The teachers were assaulted.

The Prime Minister said, I believe that these terrorists have nothing to do with those involved in the quota reform movement. Rather, terrorists are entering into them and creating conflict and anarchy. Those involved in such incidents will be identified and punished accordingly. I will provide all necessary support to the families of those who have confessed to murder. The Prime Minister also said that I am very concerned about the security of the protesting young students. These terrorists can harm them by creating an atmosphere of conflict at any time. So I would appeal to the parents, guardians and teachers of the students to be vigilant about the safety of their children. At the same time, the safety of students of all educational institutions is specially monitored. She said that the government has appealed to the Supreme Court against the verdict of the High Court.

A hearing date has been fixed in the Court of Appeal. The court has created an opportunity to hear the students if they have any statement. There is an opportunity to resolve the issue through this legal process. Despite the opportunity to resolve this legal process, do not allow the perpetrators to clash by taking to the streets. I specially request everyone to wait patiently till the verdict of Supreme Court. I believe our student society will get justice from the court and will not be disappointed. She said, InshAllah, our dear mother in the spirit of liberation war will prevail. We will make the land a smart Bangladesh with the cooperation of all. I once again express my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident and my condolences to the family members. 

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"All dreams are shattered after Sayed's death"



Lelin Ahmed, District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Nilphamari
"All dreams are shattered after Sayed's death"

"All dreams are shattered after Sayed's death"

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I had a dream about my brother. He was a brilliant student in our family. I could not study in the world of poverty; I studied up to the fifth standard. I used to help my brother by working in garments in Dhaka. Everyone in the family had dreams about Sayed, Abu Hossain, the elder brother of BRUR student Abu Sayed, who was killed in the quota reform movement, broke down in tears as all dreams were broken.

Abu Sayed was killed in a clash with the police during the ongoing quota reform movement on the road adjacent to Begum Rokeya University at Rangpur city's park junction on Tuesday (July 16). A shadow of grief has descended on the area due to his death. He was a 12th batch student of English department of the University and one of the coordinators of the quota movement of the University.

According to Abu Sayed's family sources, Abu Sayed grew up in a poverty-stricken family. Due to poverty, he used to drive the van at home to finance his studies. He passed SSC with golden GPA-5 from Abu Sayed Khalashpi Bimukhi High School. Later, he passed HSC from Rangpur Government College with the same result and got admission in English Department at Begum Rokeya University.

Going to Abu Sayed's house, it is seen that he is lying in eternal sleep in front of his house. His mother Monwara Begum is crying on the ground after losing the only talented son of the family. On the other hand, his younger sister Sumi Akhter is crying on the wall of the mud house. Her heart-rending cries seemed to wet the earthen walls.

Abu Sayed's sister Sumi told Barta24.com, "I never thought that my brother would be left like this." I can't accept that my brother has left me. What is my brother's soul saying, why did my brother leave me? I can't forget my brother. My brother was studying English in Rokeya University. I was telling my brother how to do BCS. My brother said I will try to fulfill your wish. Where did my brother go without meeting my expectations? Allah, where will I find my brother?

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Ashura teaches unity, harmony and religious coexistence



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The day of Ashura has a special aspect. People's ignorance or indifference is often overlooked. The point is, Ashura is a symbol of inter-religious unity.

It can be seen in the light of Hadith Sharif and histories, people of almost all religions respect Ashura and see it with respect. Jews follow Hazrat Musa (R.H) by fasting on this day. Apart from this, Christians also look at this day with dignity. Christians consider the day of Ashura to be the birthday of Prophet Jesus (R.A).

According to Mustadara Hakeem, Hazrat Jabir (R.A.) narrated from Zayd Ammi, 'Isa Ibn Maryam was born on the day of Ashura.' - Hakem: 4155

On the other hand, idolatrous Arabs are also seen to have given special importance to this day. During the Jahili era, the infidels of Makkah used to change the gilaf of the Kaaba on this day. On the authority of Hazrat Ayesha (R.A.), she said, "The Sahaba used to fast on the day of Ashura before the fasting of Ramadan became obligatory. That day was the day to wear the gilaf on the Kaaba. When Allah Ta'ala made Ramadan fasting obligatory, Hazrat Rasulullah (SAW) said, those who want to fast, let them fast, and those who want to break it, let them break it. - Sahih Bokhari: 1592

In the light of these descriptions, it can be understood that Ashura is a symbol of inter-religious unity. So it can be said that Ashura teaches inter-religious unity, harmony and religious coexistence.

Three things can be done on the day of Ashura. First, fasting. This act is proved by Sahih Hadith. It is mustahab to fast for two days on the occasion of Ashura. It is mentioned in the Hadith Sharif that fasting should be extended by one day before or after the 10th of Muharram. Fasting of Ashura has special importance in Islam. Fasting Ashura was obligatory before Ramadan fasting became obligatory.

Second, another act is proven by weak hadiths. That is, on the day of Ashura, showing as much spaciousness as possible in food. Eat as much good food as possible. On the authority of Hazrat Abdullah (R.A), who narrated from the Prophet (PBUH), “Whoever shows generosity in his family on the day of Ashura, he will be generous throughout the year.” -Bayhaqi: 3795

There is a weakness in the narration of this hadith. But according to Ibn Hibban, it is a hadith of 'Hasan' or acceptable level. Ibn Taymiyyah (R.A) claims that there is no hadith in Riji regarding the breadth. It is conceptual. Imam Ahmad (R.A) said, it is not pure hadith. However, being 'Hasan' cannot be denied due to the existence of multiple narrations. And it can be done by the hadith of the 'Hasan Ligairhi' level. -As Sawaikul Muhrika Ala Ahlir Rafji Wad Dalal Waj Jandika : 2/536

Thirdly, another deed is rationally proven. That is, because of the martyrdom of the Ahl al-Bayt, the family of the Prophet, to pray for them, recite blessings and learn from them to be steadfast on the truth. Apart from these three acts, there is no other act in Ashura.

It should be remembered that the historical importance of the month of Muharram in the history of Islam is due to various reasons. The tradition of Muharram existed even in pre-Islamic times. This auspicious month stands as a burning witness to countless historic events in the history of the world. And the historical tragedy of Karbala also took place on the day of Ashura, adding a new dimension to the history of the world. A new chapter of grief has been written. The tragedy of Karbala is not the sole and original source of inspiration for Ashura. Rather, this event can be said to be associated with the spirit of struggle nurtured by the righteous great men from the beginning of creation. 

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