Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that the government has decided to modify the primary education curricula by 2020.
“A decision has been taken to modify the primary-level curricula to introduce new education activities at primary schools,” she said replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Mohammad Shahiduzzaman (Meherpur-2).
The Prime Minister said the curricula from pre-primary level to Class-V will be revised within 2019-20 and textbooks to be printed in line with the new curricula will be given to students next year.
She also mentioned different measures taken to make teachers of government educational institutions attentive to teaching in classrooms.
Hasina said the government has a plan to arrange seven-day foreign trips or overseas training for 7,000 primary school teachers, including the best ones, at national, divisional, district and upazila levels.
In reply to a supplementary question from treasury bench MP Dr Shamil Uddin Ahmed Shimul (Chapainawabganj-1), the Prime Minister said the government has a goal to establish a digital university in every division by phases.
She said the government has already established a digital university -- Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University, Gazipur.
Replying to a starred question, Hasina placed the names of 97 heads of the state and government, important world leaders and organisations who have so far greeted her for being reelected Prime Minister following her party’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election held on December 30 last.
Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam raised the question on behalf of JaPa MP Rustum Ali Faraji (Pirojpur-3) in his absence.
In reply to another starred question from AL MP Mamunur Rashid Kiron (Noakhali-3), the Prime Minister said the government will take legal measures against those who will destroy the peace and order, and the country’s image through communal propaganda. “If there’s any attempt to spoil the existing communal harmony, the government will curb it with an iron hand,” she added.
Responding to a starred question from AL MP Aslam Hossain Saudagar (Kurigram-1), she said the process to conduct feasibility studies is underway to construct subways or underground metros to ease unbearable traffic congestions in capital Dhaka.
She said the feasibility study has already completed over the construction of 39.24-km elevated expressway from Baliapur of Savar to Nangalbandha of Narayanganj via Nimtali, Keraniganj, Fatullah and Bandar.
Besides, she mentioned that a project proposal is pending with the Planning Commission for conducting a feasibility study for constructing a tunnel the under Jamuna River with the government’s own finance.
Hasina also mentioned other ongoing activities to ease the nagging traffic congestion in the country.
Faridpur, Feb 13 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Wednesday sentenced 29 people, including 13 women, to seven-day imprisonment for their alleged involvement in antisocial activities.
The mobile court, led by Sadar upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) Parvez Mallick, conducted a drive at two residential hotels –- Rangdhanu and Gulshan Palace -– in the district town in the morning.
During the drive that last till 2:30pm, it detained 31 people from the two hotels.
Later, the mobile court jailed 29 of them and sent the rest two to safe home as they were underage.
The convicts were later sent to jail.
Executive magistrate Parvez Mallick said such type of drive will continue to build the district town as a beautiful, clean and drug-free one.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) - Teams of Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have provided one million medical consultations to Rohingyas and the local community in across Cox’s Bazar between August 2017 and December 2018.
MSF medical coordinator Jessica Patti said almost 9 percent (92,766) of their 1.05 million consultations were for acute watery diarrhoea, most of them children under five, who are particularly vulnerable to the condition, and who can die if it goes untreated.
While severe cases need to be admitted to hospital, most people can go home after being properly rehydrated, said the MSF on Wednesday.
Diarrhoea is related to the poor and overcrowded living conditions in the camps, MSF said adding that often Rohingyas live in small shelters built from bamboo and plastic sheeting and shared with many family members.
Clean drinking water and well-maintained latrines are key factors in preventing diarrhoea, and health promotion activities focusing on improving hygiene are crucial.
Today, accordingly to MSF, people in the camps are better protected from disease outbreaks, and their teams continue to do routine vaccinations, but the risk still exists.
In recent weeks, for example, they have treated several hundred cases of chicken pox, a disease that can have complications for pregnant women, or when the person who catches it is also suffering from other diseases.
Most of the Rohingyas, the MSF said, have experienced traumatic events and many have suffered or witnessed violence and lost close relatives and friends.
“A lot of people would like to go home, but that’s not possible. So, they feel hopeless. Since the very beginning, providing mental health services has been a priority. Mental health consultations represent 4.7% (49,401) of our total consultations so far.”
As at the beginning of the emergency, though now for different reasons, the MSF said sexual violence remains an important focus.
“A number of women arrive at our facilities with sexually transmitted infections that have gone untreated for a long time,” it said.
The MSF said their continued presence in Cox’s Bazar is also leading to an increase in consultations for members of the local Bangladeshi community, particularly in those health facilities that are not located in the middle of the camps.
Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Feb 13 (UNB) - Two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed at Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Wednesday, leaving at least five activists injured.
Besides, JU Proctor Associate Professor ASM Firoz Ul Hasan suffered slight injuries when he tried to bring the situation under control.
At least six rounds of bullets were fired during the melee, said witnesses.
The clash erupted after former JU unit BCL General Secretary Razib Ahmed Rasel was assaulted by incumbent secretary SM Abu Sufian Chanchal over previous enmity on the campus.
The injured were identified as Mostafa Shahin of Economics department, Sazzad Hossain and Bahar of Institution of Information Technology (IIT), Utshaw Datta of Physics and Roni of International Relations.
The injured were given first aid at the university medical centre.
Witnesses said Chanchal swooped on Razib and physically assaulted him at the central playground of the university around 5pm.
Later, Razib’s followers from different halls gathered at Bottala and locked in a clash with the rivals after equipped with weapons and sticks.
Contacted, JU Proctor ASM Firoz Ul Hasan said police have been deployed to fend off further trouble. “‘We noticed that there were huge indigenous weapons at dormitories. We need to conduct raids on the dormitories as early as possible,” he said.
Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday fined Tk 5,000 to Feni’s former District Judge Md Firoz Alam for not providing protocol to an HC judge during his visit to the district in 2003.
The former lower court judge will have to face a seven-day jail if he fails to pay the penalty within 15 days.
A bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order after disposing of a rule issued earlier over the matter.
The court also issued a four-point directive over the protocol during the visit of Supreme Court judges across the country and ordered the SC registrar general and law secretary to publish those through a circular.
Advocate Faisal H Khan and Advocate Moin Uddin Tipu stood for Firoz Alam while Deputy Attorney General Rafi Ahmed represented the state.
On October 20, 2003, a letter was issued to the Feni Judge’s Court informing it about the visit of Justice Syed Amirul Islam of the High Court. As per the rules, the district judge was supposed to provide protocol to the HC judge.
On October 22, the HC judge reached Feni Railway Station but there was no one there to receive him. He made a phone call to the Judge’s Court where a representative of the court received the phone and told him to wait as the district judge was busy with the court proceedings.
The HC judge had to wait for hours and later the district judge arranged the protocol in the afternoon.
After returning to Dhaka on October 29, Syed Amirul Islam issued a suo moto rule against three people, including District Judge Md Firoz, on contempt of court charge.
The two other accused were Feni District Judge Court Najir Year Ahmed and Nayeb-e-Najir Altaf Hossain.
The court asked the trio to submit a written apology to the HC on November 17 but before that, Firoz Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division challenging the HC order.
Later on January 31, 2011, the Appellate Division rejected the petition and ordered for disposing of the rule.
As per the HC directives, a district and session’s judge or a judicial officer of the same rank will receive a Supreme Court judge during his/her visit or tour to a district town during holiday. The district and session’s judge must make a courtesy call to the visiting SC judge if she stays in the district town.
If the visit is made during a workday, judge in-charge Nejarat will receive the SC judge. However, the district judge or a judicial official in his absence must call the SC judge after the court’s proceedings.
Judge in-charge Nejarat or a senior official will take care of the visiting SC judge if he/she stays at any village or upazila.
During the departure of the SC judge after the visit, the district judge or additional judge must remain present. The deputy commissioner and the police super of the district or their representatives will have to be present.