Savar, Sept 16 (UNB) - A faction of Awami League-backed teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged a sit-in in front of the Vice-chancellor’s office on the campus on Sunday demanding dropping probe into the allegation of recording VC’s conversation secretly against two of their fellows.
Over 25 teachers under the banner of ‘Bangabandhur Adarsha O Muktijuddher Chetonay Biswashi Progatishil Shikkhak Samaj’ took position at in front of the VC office around 12 noon and continued their protest for half an hour.
Terming the allegation baseless, spokesman of the teacher’s group Associate Professor Farid Ahmed claimed that VC Prof Farzana Islam formed the probe body to investigate a ‘false’ allegation against Geography department teacher Prof Shahedur Rashid and
Associate Professor of the Law and Justice department Md Rabiul Islam.
‘There’s a specific ordinance of teachers’ discipline and skills in the university act. According to the act, only syndicate can investigate any allegation against any teacher of the university by forming a fact-finding committee,” he said.
“We came here to protest the illegal decision of the Vice-chancellor as she didn’t follow the law, Farid Ahmed added.
Meanwhile, Prof Farzana Islam was not in her office during the sit-in programme.
Earlier, a probe committee was formed with Prof Farhad Hossain of Statistics department as its head look into the allegation.
The JU teachers allegedly recorded the conversation of the VC through their mobile phones secretly during an informal meeting.
Bogura, Sept 16 (UNB)- Police in a drive arrested six people, including a couple, along with 2100 pieces of Yaba tablets from two houses in district town on Sunday.
The arrestees are Naimul Hasan Shanta, 25, son of Zahedur Rahman, Shanta’s wife Shimu, 23 of Thanthania Hazipara Lane in the upazila, Laboni, 28, wife of Nahid Alam, Mariam Akter Nipu, 25, wife of Ashadul Kabir, Monika, 20, wife of Rusho and Lokman Hossain, 45, son of Abul Kashem of Naogaon district.
Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive at four flats in Jaleshwartoli and Sutrapur areas and arrested them along with the Yaba tablets around 10 am, said Sanatan Chakrawarty, additional superintendent of Bogura Police.
The arrestees have long been involved in drug trading in rented flats in the town.
Jashore, Sept 15 (UNB) – Police recovered the bullet-hit bodies of two brothers from Sharsha and Keshabpur upazilas on Sunday morning.
The victims were identified as Azizul Haq, 45, and Faruk Hossain, 50, sons of late Jeher Ali of Jamtola in Sharsha upazila.
Another bother of the victims, Shaidul Islam, said the duo remained missing since they left home for going to a local bazaar on Saturday evening.
Later, they informed Sharsha police about it.
Moshiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sharsha Police Station, said it is suspected that there was a gunfight between two groups of drug traders that left Azizul dead on the spot.
On information, a team of police went to Samta village and recovered the body and sent it to Jessore Medical College and Hospital for autopsy. Azizul was accused in several narcotics-related cases, the OC added.
Being informed by locals, police recovered the body of Faruk from Rampur area, said Mohammad Shahin, officer-in-charge of Keshabpur Police Station.
Police found an injury mark on the neck of the victim and said it was not a bullet wound.
Sohel identified the two bodies at Jessore General Hospital, police said.
Sohel claimed that his brother Azizul was a soil trader and he lost his two hands in a bomb blast long ago.
On Friday, bullet-hit bodies of three friends were recovered from 300 Feet area of Purbachal in Narayanganj.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Mentioning that the minimum wage of Tk 8,000 was fixed for garment workers to protect the interests of both owners and workers, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Sunday said there is nothing to be dissatisfied with it.
“We’ve announced a logical minimum wage taking into consideration the interests of both sides. We’d formally discussed with the leaders of almost all organisations concerned before announcing the wage and they all agreed with the structure,” he said.
The junior minister was talking to reporters after a function at the Secretariat to hand over BSRM’s contribution to Bangladesh Workers’ Welfare Foundation Fund.
“I think most of the garment workers will accept the minimum wage. There’s no scope of creating unrest over it as the wage was increased by 51 percent,” he added.
Replying to a query about the rejection of the minimum wage by some workers’ bodies, Chunnu said, “It’s up to them who will accept and who won’t. But this is the minimum wage. No one can pay less than it.”
Earlier on September 13, the government fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment workers at Tk 8,000, which will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification.
The basic in the new wage is Tk 4,100.
Turning down the minimum wage, some garment workers demanded raising it to Tk 16,000.
The minimum wage for garment workers was Tk 1,662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and TK 5,300 in 2013.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Sunday laid emphasis on creating awareness against the political propaganda by BNP-Jamaat based on lies.
The Foreign Minister highlighted a recent controversy created by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir over his invitation by UN high officials.
While addressing at a workshop, Minister Ali emphasised educating and practising glorious political history, said a press release.
International Affairs Sub-Committee of Bangladesh Awami League arranged the workshop on ‘Highlighting Bangladesh in the International Arena’ at the Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies (BIISS).
Minister Ali inaugurated the workshop moderated by Chairman of Suchinta Foundation Mohammad A Arafat.
AL International Affairs Secretary Dr Shamim Ahmed and Chairman of the Sub-committee Ambassador Muhammad Zamir and BIISS Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad also spoke.
Former diplomats, journalists, members of AL central executive committee and members of international affairs sub-committee were present.