Cumilla, Feb 18 (UNB) –Although 67 years have passed after the Language Movement majority of the primary schools in the district have no Shaheed Minar, a monument to commemorate the martyrs of the Language Movement in 1952.
Of the total 2,107 primary schools in the district, only 389 schools have Shaheed Minar while the rest have none. Besides, there are also Kindergarten schools and Ibtedayee madrasas where no Shaheed Minar was built.
Like the other years, 21st February will be observed across the country on Thursday but the students of these institutions won’t get the opportunity to show their respect to the martyrs for not having Shaheed Minar of their own.
Even many of them will remain ignorant of the great Language Movement and sacrifice of the martyrs.
There are 30 Shaheed Minars among 108 primary schools in Comilla Sadar, five among 80 primary school in Laksam upazila, 91 among 185 primary schools in Debidwar upazila, 66 among 203 primary schools in Muradnagar, five among 149 primary schools in Daudkandi, 15 among 175 primary schools in Chouddogram, 20 among 148 primary schools in Brahmanpara, 41 among 154 primary schools in Barura, and 20 among 148 primary schools in Burichong.
Besides, there are 22 Shaheed Minars among 135 schools in Chandina, 12 among 92 primary schools in Homna, eight among 150 primary schools in Nangalkot, six among 65 primary schools in Meghna, seven among 104 primary schools in Monohorganj, 40 among 92 primary schools in Titash upazila, and 13 among 153 primary schools in Sadar Dakhshin upazila.
Sources said that although already information have been collected from all upazila primary education offices for constructing Shaheed Minar in all schools, no further progress was made.
Anwar Hossain Siddiqi, district primary education officer, said they have sent a list of the schools to the higher authorities concerend. There was also a discussion over the issue at the meeting of district coordination committee.
“We hope that Shaheed Minar will be constructed at all schools in phases. It is necessary to have a Shaheed Minar at every school for giving knowledge to the young leaders about the Language movement,” he said.
Munshiganj, Feb 18 (UNB) - The ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route resumed on Monday morning after four hours of suspension due to poor visibility caused by thick fog.
The ferry movement was suspended from at 4 am due to poor visibility, said Abdus Salam Miah, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) of Kathalbari ghat.
However, the ferry services resumed around 8 am as the fog started disappearing.
Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) - Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl arrives here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to discuss bilateral issues and pay respects to the Language Movement martyrs on February 21.
She is coming here at the invitation of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.
A bilateral meeting between the two foreign ministers is likely to take place on February 20 to discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two countries, Foreign Ministry officials said.
The Austrian Foreign Minister is likely to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her three-day visit.
The International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Feb 17 (UNB) - A group of teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Sunday demanded that the university authorities take steps to stop physical and mental harassment of newcomers in the name of ragging on the campus.
The teachers under the banner of ‘Sammilita Shikkhak Samaj’ made the demand at a press conference in front of the dean office of Mathematical and Physical Sciences faculty at noon.
The teachers’ group convener and JU Teachers’ Association (Juta) President Prof Ajit Kumar Majumder said mental and physical torture on freshers by some of their seniors in the name of ragging has become a serious problem at the male dormitories. “Although some hall provosts took initiatives against ragging earlier, they couldn’t succeed as the central authorities could not support them. “
He also said they have decided that a team formed by teachers will start visiting dormitories at night after the arrival of freshers on the campus.
The teachers’ group also denounced the recent clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League when various types of firearms were brandished.
Expressing deep concern, teachers’ group coordinator Prof Zamal Uddin Runu said, “The university authorities didn’t take any initiatives to seize arms from dormitories. If it continues, university will face anarchy in future.”
Juta General Secretary and Biochemistry department teacher Prof Sohel Rana, Chemistry teacher Prof Kaushik Shaha, Government and Politics teacher Prof Shamsul Alam, Geography and Environment teacher Prof Nurul Islam and Statistic department teacher Prof Alamgir Kabir were, among others, present.
Chattogram, Feb 17 (UNB) – A young man who was reportedly tortured for two days over his love affairs with a girl at Katrikpur village in Fatikchhari upazila died on Saturday night.
The deceased was identified as Shimul Mahajan, 22, son of late Anil Mahajan of the village.
Quoting locals, Sheikh Abdullah, officer-in-charge of Fatikchhari Police Station, said Shimul had love affairs with the daughter of Santos Kumar Dey of the village.
Shimul went to meet his girlfriend on the Valentine’s Day on February 14 when some youths detained him. Later, they tortured him for two days keeping him confined to a room.
Meanwhile, the victim’s family filed a general diary with Bhujpur Police Station on Friday night over the missing of Shimul.
Later, Santos handed over the youth to the police station on Saturday and he was taken home. However, he died at night.
On information, police recovered the body from his house. They also arrested the girl’s father in this connection, the OC added.