“A class of people is harming the country through distortion of history”



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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"Distorting history is a congenital problem of a class people. They are harming the country. Whatever they do for the development of the country, they don't like anything.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said these things at a discussion meeting organized by Dhaka District Awami League in Tejgaon on the occasion of National Mourning Day on Thursday (February 22).

Pointing out that there was an attempt to erase Bangabandhu from the language movement history, the Prime Minister said, Awami League and Bangabandhu struggled to establish the rights of Bengalis. We have achieved liberation through this struggle. Not only that, Bangabandhu's contribution was erased from the history of independence. "Somewhere a Major stood on a drum and announced Bangladesh became independent, we are also being told the distorted history".

Commenting on the contribution of Awami League to celebrate February 21 as 'International Mother Language Day', the head of government said that Bangabandhu had to go to jail repeatedly for speaking about the people of the country. Awami League has declared February 21 as 'National Mourning Day', granted a holiday and budgeted for the construction of Shaheed Minar.

Recalling the contribution of Bangabandhu in the language movement, Sheikh Hasina said that Bangabandhu laid all the foundations of state management. He proceeded step-by-step with the plan, exactly as it was necessary to proceed to give economic emancipation to a nation. He inspired people with the spirit of freedom.

The Prime Minister also said that there is evidence of Bangabandhu's contribution to the language movement in Pakistani intelligence reports.

   

Doel Chattar is the kingdom of elegance for urban handicraft lovers



Gulshan Jahan Sarika, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Doel Chattar

Doel Chattar

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Various handicrafts are part of the century-old tradition of Bengali life. Handicrafts, pottery are connected with modern Bengal and Bengali life diversity. These cottage arts are not only delicate handicrafts, but they tell the story of Bengali life.

A handicraft fair is held throughout the year at Doel Chatter next to Shishu Academy opposite Curzon Hall of Dhaka University. The shopkeepers are sitting in rows of varieties handicrafts. Small and large clay vases, tubs, wall mats, pen pots, clay elephants, horses, banks, plates, bowls, glasses, spoons, wall and home decoration items are found here. A new color is riding on the clay urn around Pohela Boishakh.

The shops are full of Bangaliana prints. A variety of earthenware, terracotta work, wooden carvings. Doel Chattar area of the capital is a kingdom of delicacy for urban handicraft lovers. Handicraft lovers get lost in this state of delicacy in the amalgamation of pottery, handicrafts and cane art.

Along with pottery in Doel Chattar, wood, cane, jute, brass, and bronze products also attract buyers. Savvy people visit Doel Chattar to buy wooden and clay jewelry including carved wooden jewelry boxes, table lamps, wall mats, jute bags, doll showpieces. Demand for these products is high during Bengali New Year.

There are more than 40 shops across the footpath from Dhaka Gate to Shishu Academy. About 30 years ago, a few shops started selling various items made of clay, then various handicrafts were added to it, the demand and the number of shops increased with time. They bring these things from kumartuli of various places including Savar, Patuakhali and sell them. In Kumartuli, there is a game of hand and mind with potter's clay. There, making a clay palm, turning the wheel, making various beautiful things by hand. Those things take place in beautifying the urban meeting room. And the people of the city can get these things very easily in the Doel Chattar area of DU.

Ariful Islam, the owner of Golam Pottery, has been doing business at Doel Chattar for about 25 years. He told Barta 24, "I have been doing business here for many years; it will be fifty-five years. Many people in the city, including local and foreign tourists, buy things from us. People who like to buy things from here to decorate their houses. We bring earthenware from Patuakhali. These items are sold more during Pohela Boishakh. Moreover, there is a demand throughout the year."

Shahadat Hossain from Rewan Handicraft said, "We sell bamboo, wood cane, brass, jute and earthen goods in retail and wholesale. There are many home decoration items. There are also earthen dinner sets, jewelry, jute bags. In fact, sales double on the first Boishakh. Things made from Savar, Patuakhali come here, we make them more beautiful by painting them and they sell Taka 80 thousand to Taka 1 lakh  every month in almost every shop.

Shahnewaz Khanam, who came to buy home decoration items from Doel Chattar, said, "Most of the clay items for my house are taken from here. Items are available from Tk. 50 to Tk. 2500. Clay ornaments, wooden ornaments, terracotta are all available at low prices."

The heritage of Bengali folk culture extends beyond the village to the elegance of urban life. Apart from handicrafts, pottery and various handicrafts made of wood, bamboo, rattan, the people of Bengal cherish the tradition of their lifestyle, the beauty of which people go to the handicraft fair adjacent to Doel Chattar. 

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BNP is making imaginary lies about disappearances and torture: Obaidul Quader



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that when the people of Bangladesh from all walks of life are celebrating the holy Eid festival, in a safe and joyful environment, every corner of the house is celebrating the festival with families and relatives at that time, BNP is misleading the people.

Obaidul Quader said this in a statement sent to the media condemning the false, fabricated and misleading statements of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday (April 13).

In the statement, Obaidul Quader said that the information given by Mirza Fakhrul about the disappearances and murders of activists and the number of cases filed is completely fabricated. After all the conspiracies of the BNP to obstruct the democracy and electoral process of Bangladesh have failed, they are now making blatant lies with fabricated information.

Awami League General Secretary said, BNP leaders are continuously running this anti-government propaganda in the hope of getting mercy and political support from foreign masters regarding the number of so-called disappearances, murders and cases. Mirza Fakhrul Islam demanded to publish the complete list of BNP leaders with specific information if there is any incident of so-called persecution for political reasons without spreading false propaganda.

He said that the Jubo Dal leader who died in Thakurgaon was a locally identified drug addict and several cases were pending against him for various terrorist activities including drug trade. If there is any violation of law, the government will look into the matter seriously. But Mirza Fakhrul is trying to gain political advantage by spreading false propaganda by accusing the natural death of a criminal like a drug addict and drug dealer as 'government torture on the opposition'.

Obaidul Quader said, when the BNP was in power, on August 21, 2004, a hellish grenade attack was carried out to completely wipe out the Bangladesh Awami League. Between 2001 and 2006, a total of 1,223 Awami League leaders and activists were killed in crossfire and police custody by law enforcement forces including Operation Clean Heart. Bangladesh Awami League does not believe in revenge politics. Awami League government is determined to establish democracy and rule of law in the country at any cost.

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Why the flight from Israel to Dhaka? CAAB explained



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) explained about the direct landing of two flights from Israel in Dhaka recently.

In a circular signed by Mohammad Sohel Kamruzzaman, Deputy Director (Public Relations) of CAAB on Saturday, it is said that the attention of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) has been drawn to the news published in the online edition of various newspapers and social media under the title 'Airplane from Israel has arrived in Dhaka'. One flight took off from Tel Aviv on April 7 and landed in Dhaka at 7:22 pm and took off from Dhaka at 11:55 pm with cargo and the other one landed in Dhaka on the night of April 11 and landed in Dhaka at 12:30 midnight on April 7 to transport Bangladeshi-made garments to the Middle East and Europe. The planes took off from Dhaka with cargo. Both the planes are registered in the United States and belong to National Airlines of that country.

The notification also said, 'Bangladesh and the United States have a bilateral aviation agreement. As per the aviation agreement, two cargo flights arrived at Dhaka. The garment flights from Dhaka went to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and a destination in Europe. There is no aviation agreement between Bangladesh and Israel and no Israeli aircraft has landed in Bangladesh.

The notification also said that there is a possibility of creating confusion in the public mind as a result of various online magazines and social media reporting the issue under the title 'Airplane from Israel has landed in Dhaka'. Moreover, such misleading news coverage is considered unintended and purposeful. All concerned are requested to refrain from reporting such news.

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How did the Fire men observe Eid?



Avijit Roy Kaushik, Barta24.com
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Eid means joy, Eid means happiness. But not everyone can enjoy that happiness with family. Some go home to enjoy Eid with their families. And no one tries to fulfill his responsibility so that the happiness of others does not turn into sadness due to any accident.

One such government service organization is fire service. Those who sacrifice their lives to save the lives of others do not retreat even a mole.

Is there really no celebration in their lives? How is their festival? Barta24.com has found these. According to the information received by Barta24.com, yesterday (April 11) the fire service officers and employees spent Eid on the run due to two major incidents in the capital. Apart from these two incidents, numerous small incidents have occurred in the capital. With which they had to go through the busy time.

Rozina Akhtar, the duty officer of the fire station's control room, told Barta24.com that on the Eid day (April 11), besides the fire at the Sadarghat launch terminal and the microbus accident on the expressway, several other incidents took place in the capital Dhaka. As a result, many of the fire officials had to spend busy time running around in these incidents. However, apart from the Sadarghat launch terminal and the expressway, no major accident occurred anywhere else.

Atiqur Rahman, Station Manager of Kurmitola Fire Station, told Barta24.com that we work in a service organization. It has been like this since the beginning of our service. We can go to the family on some Eids, and we can't go on some Eids. Since it is a service emergency organization, we have to be responsible for celebrating various festivals with our families. Eid can be celebrated with family when fortune is good. And if we are not lucky, we have to celebrate Eid with those who are on duty at our station.

He said, among those who are on duty at our station, some workers can go to celebrate Eid with their families. It was found that the station has a total of 30 employees, out of which 10 can go on leave.

In response to a question about how Eid was celebrated at the fire station, he said, after finishing prayers in the morning of Eid, the government organizes a big Khana (meal). This time there was also an arrangement. There was also an accident on the expressway. Fighters have been running around a lot with that. All in all, this is how Eid has passed for us.

Inspector Mahmud of Sadarghat Fire Station told Barta24.com that yesterday was the day of Eid. We finished the Eid prayers at our station and were performing our usual duties on Eid days. Then at 2:55 a.m. a sudden accident occurred at the launch terminal of Tasrif-4 and Farhan-6 launches. The Tasrif-4 launch was strapped to the platoon. The Farhan-6 launch was crowded at the wharf. At that time, the Tasrif-4 launch tore the rope and hit the passengers hard. There was a loud noise, so we ran to the spot. Basically, the torn rope hits the passengers' heads and their heads hit hard against various iron parts of the pontoon. Immediately they bleed profusely. We did not get a chance to recover them. They bled profusely in no time.

We also have some training to stop bleeding, he said. But we are in a state of shock after seeing the situation where their heads burst yesterday. Then we immediately sent him to the hospital on a stretcher. I checked the baby's pulse and saw that it was fine. I then rushed the baby, the baby's mother and another person to Mitford Hospital in an ambulance. Later I sent the other two in another ambulance. After this incident, running around thus our Eid was spent on running. Last year, a fire broke out in a launch during Eid. The service is also cut on the run. This time too. This is how Eid ends for us. I have not been able to spend Eid with my family for the last 6 years. Duty should be done considering own responsibility.

In response to the question whether there was any arrangement at the station for the fire service officers on duty on Eid, he said that there was an arrangement for Eid prayers in the morning by the fire service officials. Apart from this, lunch was organized by the government. There was nothing else. However, we were unable to celebrate even as much as we had planned due to such an accident at the launch terminal.

When asked when he last celebrated Eid with his family, this official said, I last celebrated Eid with my family 6 years ago. After that there was no chance for me to celebrate Eid. In fact, due to their sense of responsibility and duty, they have to do duty even on Eid at the request of senior sirs (officers). I am very sad for the family this Eid. Staying away from the family, how is the relationship with the family.

Before this, the holy Eid-ul-Fitr was being celebrated across the country on Thursday (April 11). On that day at around 5:17 PM, a fire occurred in a microbus on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway in the capital. Two units of Kurmitola Fire Service worked in this incident.

Also, on the same day, five passengers were killed and two seriously injured when the rope of the launch torn at Sadarghat in the capital. Immediately the workers of Sadarghat Fire Service started to rescue them and sent the injured to the hospital. In this incident, the naval police arrested five people including the driver and manager of two launches. Along with that, a three-member investigation committee was formed.

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