Dhaka, Apr 1 (UNB) – A total of 10,160 students were absent on the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations on Monday.
Among them, Dhaka board recorded the highest number of absentees. Besides, four students were expelled for adopting unfair means, according to the Education Ministry's control room.
A total of 11, 38,747 candidates are participating in the examinations from eight general education boards while 88,451 under the Madrasa Education Board and 1, 24,264 from the Technical Education Board across the country.
Of them, 6, 64,496 are male and 6, 87,009 female students. Besides, 275 students will appear in the examinations from eight overseas centres.
The written examinations will continue until May 11 while the practical examinations will be held from May 12 to May 21.
Dhaka, Mar (UNB)- Speakers at a seminar called upon the government to lay emphasis on technology-based education at college and university level to reap benefits in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4 IR).
The speakers made the remarks while speaking at a seminar on “4th Industrial Revolution: Potentials for Bangladesh Economy” organized by Industries Ministry at Bangabadhu International Conference Center in the capital.
Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, senior research fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) delivered the keynote.
She said that the nature of jobs will change following the 4 IR. New employment will be created so labour should be skilled and innovative. Garment workers, especially women, should be trained up about modern machineries and new technology.
Dr M. Rokonuzzaman, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of North South University, claimed that there can be no proper research in universities without incentives.
“There are lower budgets on science and technology in poor countries. We should think of knowledge-based economy not only labour-based economy. We are upset to see that an uneducated driver’s salary and a graduated youth’s salary are same in our country. Where is our country’s education value,” he added.
Ferdaus Ara Begum, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) said a technology transfer center should be built in the country. It will transfer ideas to industries.
“Now we can buy all things from one line market sitting at home. So many workers are being jobless. We must increase technological activities for job creation,” she also said.
Md Abdul Halim, secretary of Industries Ministry as chief guest said that there are many questions as to whether the country is in the first second or third Industrial Revolution. “Actually we can go to the 4 IR from the first. We are working to make policy for 4 IR,” he added.
Salahuddin Mahmud, additional secretary of the ministry, presided over the function. He said that the fourth revolution seminar is a pragmatic initiative as Bangladesh is now a role model of development. “We will make policy to take ideas from the discussion,” Mahmud said.
Satkhira, Apr 1 (UNB) – The season to collect honey from the Sundarbans began on Monday.
It was inaugurated from Burigoalini Forest Station in Shyamnagar upazila in the morning. The collection will continue until June 15.
This year, the government aims to collect 3,000 maunds of honey and 1,000 maunds of wax from the Satkhira range.
Honey and wood collectors have already got their permissions from the local forest department.
Jashore, Apr 1 (UNB) – Police here early Monday recovered body of a woman who reportedly killed herself after an argument with her husband in East Barandipara of the town.
The deceased was identified as Farzana Yasmin Doli, 38, wife of Razibul Hasan Babu and a mother of three daughters.
She was found hanging with the ceiling of a room at her brother’s house.
Her brother said she came to his house several days ago after an argument with her husband in Dhaka. “Last night, she spoke with her husband over phone and had a quarrel,” he said.
Doli’s father Makbul Hossain alleged that she had been tortured by her husband who had multiple extra-marital affairs.
“He instigated Doli to kill herself,” he alleged.
Police said they were investigating the matter.
Dhaka, Apr 1 (UNB)- Workers of state-owned jute mills in Chattogram and Khulna demonstrated on Monday, demanding the government accept their demands, including implementation of wage commission.
In Khulna, workers of nine jute mills brought out procession from their factories and paraded through key areas of the city.
They said the government has not fulfilled its promise to accept their nine-point demand.
In Chattogram, workers of Hafiz Jute Mill brought out a procession from the factory. They paraded through Sheetalpur and Baro Aulia before returning to the factory.
Workers’ leaders urged the government to accept their demands.
They also announced to blockade the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway and railway on Tuesday from 9am to 11am to press home their demands.