GK projects’ irrigation pumps shut; farmers are disoriented due to lack of water



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com Kushtia
farmers are disoriented due to lack of water

farmers are disoriented due to lack of water

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The largest irrigation scheme in the country is Ganga-Kobadak or GK Irrigation Project. Under this project, there is a total of 4 lakh 88 thousand acres of land in 13 upazilas of Kushtia, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga and Magura where Aman cultivation and other crops are cultivated. But for 5 consecutive days in Ganga-Kobadak Irrigation Project, the motor has been shut down due to breakdown of electrical power (PLC) circuit. Due to this, the Aman paddy and other crop lands are bursting due to lack of water and the arable crops are getting burnt in the sun. Farmers are desperate for lack of irrigation water.

Meanwhile, two of the three pumps of the Ganga-Kobadak irrigation scheme are broken. One was active but again it broke down due to electrical reasons. In spite of the fact that the water irrigation project used for agriculture in Bangladesh is such a big one, there is no alternative system for irrigation.

 Farmers said, we planted Aman rice a few days ago. There is a special need for water right now. However, due to lack of water in this special period, root rot disease and attack of maggots have appeared. This is like a poison boil on milk.

Farmers said that various pesticides are applied but are not working. If the pest attack and root rot cannot be controlled now, then they are worried about the yield of Aman.

Abdul Mannan, a farmer of Mashan village of Mirpur upazila, said that he planted paddy to have water in the canal, but now I see that there is no water. Due to lack of water, the paddy of my little bigha land is getting lost. Not only me but thousands of farmers in my field are facing this problem.

Also, various crops including rice and vegetables were destroyed in the fields of different areas. Many farmers have stopped boring (deep tubewell) in the hope of water from the Water Development Board. Every year we cultivate with canal water. At this time, I saw that there was no water and I fell into a lot of trouble. This crop seems like we can't do it anymore.

Water Development Board Executive Engineer Mizanur Rahman said the pump's PLC power circulation unit was damaged due to high voltage. The pump has been closed since last September 18. We will fix it soon. APLC switches are not available anywhere in Bangladesh as they are made in Japan. So we are going to import from China or Korea and hopefully it will reach us very soon.

Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday



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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



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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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Bridges Division and Disaster Management office buildings set to fire



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Photo: Collected

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Anti-quota agitators set fire to Setu Bhavan and Disaster Management Building in Amtali, Mohakhali of the capital.

The control room of the fire service headquarters confirmed this information on Thursday (July 18) at 6:30 pm.

According to the control room, the agitators set fire to the Bridges Division building and Disaster Management Building at Amtali in Mohakhali. Fire service units from Kurmitola and Tejgaon tried to go but the agitators stopped them.

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