Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Nov 27 (UNB) - A discussion on ‘Department Development Fees’ was held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Tuesday.
Progressive Students’ Alliance organised the discussion at Murad Chattar around 11 am.
At the discussion session, teachers and students of different departments exchanged views on the department development fees that have been taken by all departments from the freshers.
The speakers at the function urged the university authorities to cancel such fees.
The government should take the responsibility for the development of the departments as well as the university, they said.
Presided over by Nazir Amin Chowdhury Joy, Professor Bashir Ahmed, Professor Mirza Taslima Sultana and Associate Professor Farid Ahmed and leaders of different cultural and social students’ organisations spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) – The grand finale of ‘Urban Innovation Challenge’ organised by BRAC was held on Monday at BRAC Centre where five teams won the challenges in four categories.
‘Nirvana and City Bird’ won the prize in renewable energy category while ‘Jotno Healthcare’ in healthcare category, ‘Onushongo’ in low-cost housing and Drinkwell in water sanitation and hygiene category and Urbanist in WASH category.
With the objective of engaging the young people to find innovative, low-cost and effective solutions for urban problems, BRAC organised the competition for the second time this year on July 24 themed 'Our cities, Our solutions'where they received 300 ideas at the first stage.
A total of 13 ideas were selected to compete at the final stage. Although ideas were invited in five categories namely housing, healthcare, WASH, renewable energy and climate change, there were no submission for climate change category.
Additional Secretary of the Environment and Climate Ministry Dr Atiqur Rahman was present as the chief guest at the grand final event.
Professor Emeritus Ainun Nishat of Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research at Brac University observed that there is no alternative to finding innovations to ensure social progress.
The winner teams received grants of up to Tk 5 lakh each. In addition, BRAC will assist them to work on their innovations and make it ready for practical implementation.
Rangpur, Nov 27 (UNB) – Both Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Tuesday submitted their nomination papers to contest the general election from Rangpur-6 (Pirganj).
Dr Shirin submitted two nomination papers –- one for Sheikh Hasina and another for herself— to assistant returning officer and Pirganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer TMA Momen around 12:30pm.
She first handed over Sheikh Hasina’s nomination paper to the assistant returning officer.
After submission of the nomination papers, the Speaker said it is not her personal matter. “The party will decide who will contest the election from the constituency,” she added.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Administration Ministry HN Ashequr Rahman and Upazila chairman Nur Mohammad Mandal, Pirganj municipality mayor Tazimul Islam Shamim and acting president of Pirganj Upazila Awami League Azizur Rahman Ranga were present during submission of the nomination papers.
In 2014, Sheikh Hasina was elected from two constituencies –-Rangpur-6 and Gopalganj-3-- in the January-5 parliamentary elections. But she vacated Rangpur-6 retaining Member of Parliament (MP) from Gopalganj-3.
Later, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was elected MP in a by-election to Rangpur-6 (the parliamentary seat no-24).
Bhola, Nov 27 (UNB) – Claiming that the current Election Commission (EC) is performing its duty neutrally, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Tuesday said the election will be a competitive one with the participation of all parties.
He made the remarks while talking to reporters at Bhedurialaunch terminal after returning from the capital receiving Awami Leaguenomination letter for contesting the 11th parliamentary elections from Bhola-1 constituency.
Asked about BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s participation in the election, Tofail said the court has decided her fate. “There’re many like her who cannot contest the election. As per article 66(2) of the constitution, a person who is jailed for more than two years cannot participate in the election unless the Supreme Court scraps or suspends the sentence.”
“Now, those how have been sentenced will have to prove they were not sentenced or their sentence is revoked,” he added.
The Awami League leader expressed the hope that residents of Bhola will vote for the ruling party again in allthe four constituencies of the district.
Dhaka, Nov 27 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday came down heavily on Dr Kamal Hossain and his associates for joining hands with BNP and wanted to know about their intention where they actually want to take the country to.
"They’ve joined hands with the corrupt, convicted criminals and killers. Where do they want to take the country to," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while delivering her speech at a programme where some 150 retired officials of the armed forces expressed solidarity with the pro-liberation forces and the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said Dr Kamal Hossain and his associates and civil society people always talk against terrorism and corruption but have got together at a place where there are people who are convicted for graft and embezzlement of orphans’ money, ten-truck arms haul case, terrorism and militants, August 21 grenade attacks.
"He [Dr Kamal] is now under the leadership of those convicted people…these civil society people will restore democracy under the leadership of those who are convicts," she said.
The Prime Minister questioned where actually Dr Kamal and his associates saw the lack of democracy in the country.
"This is the ill fate of the country that these people are talking about reviving democracy, but what’s the definition of their democracy? They cannot tell that…my question is to them what type of democracy they want to bring in," Hasina said.
Regarding the rhetoric of Dr Kamal Hossain and his associates about values and principles, the Prime Minister said where are their principles now? "Where are they taking their nomination papers from," she questioned.
She said Dr Kamal Hossain and BNP repeatedly said they will establish the rule of law in the country. "But they (BNP) never obeyed the rule of law…who had taken the country to the verge of destruction? I don't know what type of development they will ensure for the country!"
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said joining hands with BNP how will Dr Kamal be able to ensure development, eradicate corruption, terrorism and bring democracy in the country? "That is my question."
Accusing BNP and its allies always of indulging in conspiracy, Hasina urged the people of the country to always remain alert against any sort of plot against Bangladesh.
Briefly describing the various development activities taken by her government in the last 10 years, she said the country’s GDP growth is now 7.86 percent and the aim of the government is to take it to the double digit. "I would like to make the country as a brand in the world instead of wearing various items of various brands."
On the occasion, Prime Minister’s Security Affairs Adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique delivered the welcome address.
He said the retired officials of the armed forces will work together so that the pro-liberation forces, led by Sheikh Hasina, can return to power winning the next general election.
Some retired officers of the armed forces also spoke at the programme saying they will work for the AL in the coming general election.
Earlier, they greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by presenting her a bouquet and joined a photo session with her.