Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - State Minister for Women and Children Affairs, Meher Afroz Chumki on Wednesday said that the government is going to take measures to provide training and employment of backward women in haor areas of the country.
The state minister came up with the remarks as chief guest in a programme of inaugurating “Earning and employment project for economic and social empowerment of women in haor areas.”
The Tk 6,23,00,000 project will be established in 28 upazilas of four districts, she added, said a press release of Press Information Department.
“For strengthening the social security, projects of earning and employment has been taken for social and economic development of women in haor areas. The initiative will help the rural women to get self –reliant economically”, she said.
Produced crops damaged tremendously and people become jobless for floods in Sunamganj, Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Kishoreganj and Netrokona, Chumki said.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Three members of a family were killed and five others injured in a gays cylinder explosion at Aramnagar of Joypurhat municipality on Wednesday night.
One of the deceased was identified as Mominul.
Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Sirajul Islam said the gas cylinder went off at the house of Mominul around 10:15pm, leaving three inmates dead on the spot and five others injured.
The injured were taken to Joypurhat Modern Hospital, he said.
Jahangirnagar University, Nov 7 (UNB) - Two factions of ruling Awami-League backed teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Wednesday were locked into a scuffle at Vice Chancellor’s office centering regular syndicate meeting.
The scuffle ensued between the pro-VC and anti-VC teachers of the ruling party when anti-VC teachers of ruling party tried to prevent Bangladesh Krishok League President and the syndicate member Motahar Hossain Mollah from entering the meeting room.
However, Motahar Hossain Mollah managed to enter the meeting room later with the help of VC backed teachers to fulfill meeting-quorum.
The meeting started and continued while the Anti-VC syndicate members boycotted the meeting claiming that JU Vice Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam did not cooperate with them.
Anti-VC syndicate member Prof Dr Laek Sazzad Andallah claimed, Vice Chancellor Professor Farzan Islam did not cooperate with them about the syndicate meeting.
“We requested VC for not raising the fresh teacher recruitment issue in the meeting till the election of different unelected posts including dean, syndicate members, VC panel polls and JUCSU held on the campus. But, she did not pay heed to our demand,”said Prof Sazzad.
Meanwhile, Anti-VC teachers’ organization ‘Bangabandhur Adarsha O Mukti Juddher Chetonay Biswashi Progotishil Shikkhok Shomaj’, denounced such incident at a press conference in the evening held at the Old registrar building premises on the campus.
Spokesperson and the secretary of the teachers’ group Associate Prof Farid Ahmed said, “We became astonished that VC did not cooperate with our elected syndicate members. Maximum syndicate members are not elected right now.
“All of our syndicate members are elected. But, it is very regrettable that VC was continuing the meeting without them,” he alleged.
He claimed JU VC appointed her loyal members in syndicate with her executive power.
“Prof Farzana Islam appointed many controversial people in different noted posts on the campus including provost, dean and transport official which is unprecedented in the university’s history,” he further alleged.
Meanwhile, BNP-backed teachers protested the recruitment of fresh teachers at Institute of Information Technology (IIT) alleging that JU VC has recruited new teachers for the institute holding its director post.
They also demanded the immediate appointment of new director of the institute following the university’s rules and regulations.
In the meantime, left leaning students’ group staged sit-in demanding the cancellation of departmental development fees from the admission seekers during the meeting.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, placed three proposals, including an outline of the election-time government, during its second round of talks with the Prime Minister-led 14-party alliance on Wednesday, but none was accepted by its opponents.
The opposition alliance strongly argued for dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of the Election Commission and Khaleda Zia’s release, but could not reach any consensus with the 14-party leaders, JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan told UNB.
He said they discussed their various demands under three major points -- neutral election-time government and dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of the Election Commission and creation of a level-playing field. “We’re frustrated as we didn’t get any positive results.”
Another Oikyafront leader, wishing anonymity, said Dr Kamal Hossain urged the Prime Minister to sit in talks further for resolving the contentious issues and paving the way for a meaningful election. “But the Prime Minister didn’t respond to it only hinting that informal discussions can be held,” he said.
He said the Oikyafront leaders placed an election-time government outline comprising 10 advisers, and a chief adviser to be constituted by the President after dissolution of parliament, but the 14-party leaders rejected it.
The Oikyafront leader also said parliament can be dissolved as per the section 123 (3) (B) and the election can be held in the last week of February or in early March.
In reply, the Prime Minister said it is now not possible to dissolve parliament and the government has nothing to do with the deferment of the election schedule since it is the jurisdiction of the Election Commission.
Another Oikyafront leader said the Prime Minister urged them to join the polls assuring that it will be free and fair. “Keep trust in me as the election will be fair,” he quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
He said they also placed a proposal for the reconstitution of the Election Commission.
The the Oikyafront leader mentioned that in their proposal they said at least the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) can resign as per section 118 (6) of the Constitution and the President can appoint a new CEC based on discussions with the political parties.
But most of the 14-party leaders opposed the proposal, saying a fair election is possible by the current CEC, he added.
The Oikyafront leader said they also placed a proposal with some demands for creating a level-playing field during the election.
As per their demands, they said Khaleda Zia must be released from jail on bail and it is possible if the Attorney General and the state lawyers do not oppose her bail petitions.
He said they also demanded the release of the political leaders who are in jail on various charges, except those in killing and rape cases.
They also demanded the guarantee for exercising their rights to hold rallies and political programmes.
Their some other demands include taking steps to stop leakage of telephonic conversation and cancellation of the decision of using EVMs in the election.
In response to the proposal and demands on the level-playing field, the 14-party leaders assured the Oikyafront leaders that a level-playing field will be created as MPs and ministers will have no authority during polls.
They also said they will assist the EC to ensure a level-playing field.
Besides, the Prime Minister assured the Oikyafront leaders of taking steps to stop arrest of their leaders and withdraw false cases.
She, however, said the court will decide on Khaleda issue, the Oikyafront leader added.
At the beginning of the talks, an Oikyafront leader said, Dr Kamal Hossain told the Prime Minister that they came to hear from her on their seven-point demand, but the Prime Minister urged the Oikyafront leaders to speak first.
At one stage of the talks, Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed said Oikyafront’s formula on the election-time government cannot be accepted as it will only create a constitutional crisis.
BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said their proposal can be accepted in line with the Constitution and it will not create crisis.
At one stage, Moudud and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader exchanged some heated words over their local politics.
As Moudud said he cannot go to his village home due to police harassment, Quader said he had also faced the same problem during BNP’s rule.
The Prime Minister concluded the dialogue with her speech and she warned that she will not allow anyone to implement any plot to foil the election.
After the talks, Awami League’s advisory council member Tofail Ahmed said Oikyfront placed some unconstitutional proposals and statements that are not acceptable.
He also said the dialogue is over but they will not have any objection if the Oikyafront leaders want to sit with them after the announcement of the election schedule.
Oikyafront leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna said they discussed many things but did not find any solution.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – The admission test of Bangladesh Dental Colleges (BDC) for the 2018-19 academic session will be held across the country on Friday.
The examination will start at 10 am and end at 11 am.
The aspirants were asked to be present in the examination halls by 9:30 am without any electronic devices (mobile phone, calculator, watch, headphones).
The guardians have been urged not to pay heed to any rumors of question paper leak on social media.