Bagerhat, Mar 18 (UNB) – The deer which entered the locality was released into the Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre in the Sundarbans on Monday.
Local people caught the deer, locally known as ‘Chitral Harin’ after a chase from Chilabazar in Mongla upazila in the morning.
On information, a team of the Forest Department went to the spot and recovered the deer.
Forest Department sources said the deer might have entered the locality after being chased by a tiger from the Sundarbans.
Hawladar Azad Kabir, officer-in-charge of Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre, said the deer came to the area through a river and when they were informed about the incident, a team went to the spot and released it into the forest.
Mohammad Mahmudul Hasan, divisional forest officer of Sundarbans East Zone, said they are investigating the incident and a source was appointed to unearth the reason behind it.
He also suspects that the deer might have been forced to enter the locality due to the rampant activity of poachers in the forest.
Jahanginagar University, Mar 18 (UNB) – A faction of Jahangirnagar University teachers on Monday staged a token ‘sit-in’ programme in front of Vice Chancellor’s office demanding academic council election for unelected and date-expired posts.
The teachers under the banner of ‘Shommilito Shikkhak Shomaj’ also demanded the election of Jahangirnagar University Central Student Union (JUCSU) after ensuring congenial atmosphere on the campus.
They took up positions in front of the VC’s office at 11 am and staged the ‘sit-in’ until 1 pm.
Leader of the anti-VC alliance, Professor Md Kamrul Ahsan said “According to the university act, VC is compelled to hold elections of different unelected posts. VC Professor Farzana Islam earlier decided to hold the elections within May 6 after discussing with the authorities. But, now she is delaying process by showing cause of her sicknesses.”
Addressing the function, convener of the teachers’ unity and President of Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) Professor Ajit Kumar Majumder said they want that the university authority would ensure the congenial democratic atmosphere on the campus and would follow the university acts.
“We are not demanding the resignation of JU VC,” he added.
Professor Jamal Uddin Runu, JUTA Secretary Professor Sohel Rana, Professor Shamsul Alam Selim, Professor Koushik Saha, Professor Farid Ahmed, Professor Khabir Uddin, Professor Kamrul Ahsan and Professor Mafruhi Satter spoke at the programme among others.
Meanwhile, another faction of teachers backed by the VC - ‘Bangabandhur Adarsher Shikkhak Parishad’, termed the demands as inhuman and illogical.
JU VC Professor Farzana Islam has been on leave since March 6 due to illness.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) - Fatema Chowdhury, the younger sister of former president and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh chief Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, passed away in Bangkok early Monday. She was 76.
Fatema, also the wife of late UN official Muyeed Chowdhury, breathed her last at a Bangkok hospital around 12:15am (BST) after suffering a heart attack, said a press release.
She is survived by two daughters, two sons and a host of relatives to mourn her death.
Fatema, who completed her post-graduation from Dhaka University’s history department and obtained MS degree on elderly education from US’s Michigan University, taught English at different institutions, including Purana Paltan College, Cumilla Cantonment School and Uttara Women’s Medical College.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) – Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Monday said the second phase of the countrywide upazila election held in 116 upazila parishad was held in a peaceful and neutral manner.
“The voting in the second phase was held in a free, fair and peaceful manner,” he told a post-election briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
The balloting to 116 upazila parishads was held from 8am to 4pm on Monday.
Out of 7,039 polling stations in 116 upazila parishads, the balloting of eight polling stations was suspended, said the EC Secretary adding that the Commission received no information of irregularity from other polling stations.
The turnout of voters in the second phase might be higher than 43 percent of the first-phase election held on March 10, he said.
“We’ve received information that turnout of voters was high in most places,” said Helaluddin.
About the remarks Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder made on Monday, the EC Secretary said it was his personal opinion.
“He (Mahbub Talukder) unilaterally delivered this statement. It was not discussed in the Commission (meeting). It’s his personal view,” Helaluddin said.
Mahbub Talukder at a press conference on Monday said it is essential to reform the election system for making the polls meaningful and democracy uninterrupted.
He, however, said it is not EC’s job to reform the electoral system rather it is a matter of political decision.
The Election Commission also questioned whether the candidates elected unopposed in the ongoing upazila election are elected or selected.
“I think the election means choosing one from more than one contestant. How can it be election which is not competitive one? Can the uncontested ones be called selected not calling them elected?” Mahbub Talukder said.
Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) -Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited arranged a discussion meeting and doa, marking the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at its Panthapath branch in the city on Sunday.
Major General (Retd.) Engineer Abdul Matin, Chairman, Risk Management Committee of the bank was present in the program as chief guest, said a press release on Monday.
Mohammed Monirul Moula, Managing Director (Current Charge) presided over the programme while Professor Dr Qazi Shahidul Alam, Helal Ahmed Chowdhury, Md. Syful Islam, FCA, FCMA, Md Joynal Abedin, Syed Abu Asad and Md Quamrul Hasan, Directors of the bank were, among others, addressed the programme.
Mohammad Ali and Taher Ahmed Chowdhury, Deputy Managing Directors of the Bank along with top executives and officials were present on the occasion.