Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) – No one of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) candidates for the top three posts -- VP, GS and AGS -- managed to bag even 500 votes in the latest Ducsu election, demonstrating a stunning fall of the BNP’s student front which had won the top posts in the last election 28 years ago.
Talking to UNB, some BNP and ex-JCD leaders said they had not expected good results in the Ducsu polls, but they could not imagine such a debacle of their student body.
They think lack of preparation, suitable candidates and strong committees at DU and its different halls, serious organisational weakness and running the organisation for long by non-students are the major reasons behind the very poor show of the student body in the Ducsu election.
Besides, some JCD leaders said a long gap has developed between common students and them as they could neither stay in halls nor enter the campus for over the last 12 years while Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) established its ‘unilateral control’ over the country’s premier university.
They, however, believe JCD could have performed far better had the election been held in a free and fair manner.
General students said most JCD candidates were not known to them as they were not active on the campus for a long time.
They also think the Quota Reform Movement leaders filled the position of an alternative opposition student body on the DU campus through their strong role in favour of the common students in JCD’s absence.
Under the circumstances, former leaders of the BNP’s student body think JCD must be vigorously overhauled with regular students removing non-student ones for the survival of the organisation and bringing dynamism in it.
In the March-11 elections, JCD vice-president (VP) candidate Mostafizur Rahman got 245 votes while general secretary contender (GS) Anisur Rahman Khandaker 462 and assistant general secretary (AGS) candidate Khorshed Alam Sohel bagged 294 votes though over 25,000 voters cast their votes in the polls.
Of the JSD panel members, only its common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Kaneta Yalam got substantial votes of 7,119 and secured second position in the post.
Even, no JCD candidate could obtain any post in any of 18 hall unions while the organisation had only 54 candidates against 234 posts in the halls.
Imam Hossain, a final-year student of Dhaka University’s Mas Communication and Journalism department, said most of the JCD candidates were not known to common students since they had no activities on the campus for a long time.
“Even, they didn’t carry out a good campaign before the voting. Students didn’t get confidence in the JCD candidates that they’ll be able to play any role for them since they’re inactive for the last 10 years. That’s why students kept their trust in the Quota Reform Movement panel as an alternative to JCD,” he observed.
Sanjida Khataun, a 3rd-year student of Dhaka University, said the top leaders of JCD are not students while those who contested the Ducsu polls could not impress the students with their election campaign. “Common students, even those who support BNP, wanted the Quota Reform Movement panel to come out successful as they proved their worth and capability during different movements.”
A DU unit JCD leader, wishing anonymity, said organisation weakness, internal feud, lack of preparation, wrong choice of candidates and lack of focus by BNP and ex-JCD leaders are the main reasons behind their organisation’s frustrating performance in the polls.
He said JCD should now recast its DU committee first and then form the committees of all the hall units to revive the organisation on the DU campus.
Former Ducsu VP and ex-JCD president Amanullah Aman said it will not be wise to judge Chhatra Dal’s strength by the ‘manipulated’ results of a ‘controversial and flawed’ Ducsu election.
He, however, said it is necessary to recast JCD with the capable leaders to represent the student community. “JCD is BNP’s vanguard. So, I think a vigorous overhauling of the organisation is necessary so that it can restore JCD’s glory by playing an active role on the campuses in protecting common students’ interests.”
EX-JCD president Shamsuzzaman Dudu said the student body would have done better had the election been fair and credible. “What you have got was not the outcome of a real election. It was manipulated one.”
He, however, admitted that JCD has organisational weakness for various reasons, including long absence on the campus due to obstruction by Chhatra League.
“Chhatra Dal will have to think whether it has the capacity to lead the Dhaka University students. I personally think current Chhatra Dal has some deficiencies in this regard,” Dudu said.
He suggested immediate reorganisation of the JCD with regular and active students of Dhaka University to strengthen the organisation so that it can play a lead role on the campus in ensuring students’ rights and welfare.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh’s one and only international automobile exhibition, ‘Dhaka Motor Show’, is undoubtedly the prime endeavour of CEMS-Global where a good number of cars, motorcycles alongside commercial vehicles for industrial and rural usage are being displayed at International Convention Center, Bashundhara (ICCB).
While the boasting is justified with the ever-increasing popularity of the event, the fair itself is becoming more lucrative to the car lovers of the country.
This year marks the 14th anniversary of ‘Dhaka Motor Show’ and the 5th of the ‘Dhaka Bike Show’, focusing on the middle and upper middle class of the social structure.
The three-day exhibition which began on Thursday was divided into several segments and neatly exhibited cars were a treat for spectators. Several distributors and importers put on display at their stalls the finest vehicles alongside a boatload of promotional offers.
Mahbub Alam, head of sales of Nitol Motors Limited, importers of Tata branded automobiles in the country, told UNB that they have been offering a brand new 150cc motorbike with each purchase of two new cars -- Tata Tiago and Tata Nexon. “We’ll also bear the registration and insurance cost for the cars sold at the Dhaka Motor Show-2019,” he added.
Two renowned international brands -- Peugeot and Volvo -- brought to Bangladesh by AG Motors offers different types of promotional facilities.
“We’re offering free servicing for three years with each new model of our cars,” said Anis Khan, head of sales (retail and corporate) of AG Motors.
Australian-Chinese brand Haval, a newcomer to Bangladesh and brought by Ace Autos, has attracted attention from the visitors by offering some excellent SUVs with eccentric designs.
Rubeluzzaman, deputy manager (commercial and sales) of Ace Autos, described more about it, saying Haval has so far two showrooms in Bangladesh -- one in Dhaka and the other in Sylhet. Haval was globally launched back in 2013 while it debuted in Bangladesh in 2018.
“We’re offering promotional discounts of Tk 3 lakh for Haval H9, Tk 1.5 lakh for H6 Coupe and 1 lakh for H2. The registration is free for all the models,” he said.
Not only the cars but also automobile essentials like lubricants and other accessories are being displayed at the fair as well.
Karnaphuli Automobile Group incorporated with Liqui Moly, world famous lubricant oil producer, is selling their products with 8 percent discount, said Nizam Uddin, deputy general manager of the company.
Syed Ghulam Dastagir, head of brands and market communications of Mobil Jamuna Lubricants (MJL), said Mobil has seen enormous support from customers as Mobil 1 is the number one lubricant oil worldwide.
Apart from the shiny and dazzling vehicles being displayed, few commercial banks and financial groups have set up stalls offering loans and other deals for buying cars.
Tania Islam, head of Auto Loan of National Finance Limited, told this correspondent that the company’s car loan policy will make it easier for the first-time car buyers.
Business Development Manager of United Commercial Bank (UCB) Mohiuddin Ahmed spoke about similar offers for their customers. “The interest rate of our bank on car loan is much lesser than other financial institutions,” he said.
The all-star ensemble of the country’s leading automobile groups and their trusty vehicles wrapped in lucrative offers will continue to gather speed lovers for another day as the fair ends on Saturday.
Dhaka, Mar 15 (UNB) – In an effort to check land wastage, the government has taken an initiative to build multi-storey buildings after demolishing luxurious two-storey ones allotted to ministers and high government officials, including secretaries, in the city’s VIP areas.
Under the project, the government has already constructed a 10-storey building at a cost of Tk 53 crore at Minto Road where 10 ministers can be accommodated, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim has said in an interview with UNB.
The minister said the duplex houses for ministers and secretaries were built back in 1905 and each of the bungalows was allotted to only one family. “And some of those were built on a piece of around 6-7 acres of land.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already directed the authorities concerned to demolish all those two-storey buildings and construct several multi-storey ones for the accommodation of ministers, secretaries, other government officials and even some prominent personalities, he said.
Quoting the Prime Minister, Rezaul Karim said there is no scope of constructing any luxurious building in the capital where an acute accommodation crisis is prevailing. “Not an inch of land will be kept unused.”
According to sources at the Housing and Public Works Ministry, all buildings on Minto Road will be dismantled to build several 14-storey buildings in the first phase. Each floor will be of 5,000 square feet which will be allocated to ministers, they said.
Later, more multi-storey buildings will be constructed on Hare Road, Bailey Road, they said.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Bangladesh have performed poorly in away Tests in recent years but showed great spirit and results in games at home.
In the last five years, they won only one of the 13 away Tests and lost the others, including the first two Tests in the ongoing New Zealand series.
But at home turf, the Tigers fought valiantly and won eight Tests during the same period against opponents like Australia and England. They lost five others and ended up drawing as many.
With two consecutive innings defeats in Test against host New Zealand, Bangladesh now has last opportunity to break the jinx.
Bangladesh had a chance to draw the virtually three-day second Test (first two day’s play was washed out due to rain) but short deliveries on a wicket favouring the fast bowlers of the hosts trounced that dream to concede nine defeats on the Kiwi soil, featuring seven innings defeats.
But, Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah, who led Bangladesh in six Tests featuring four defeats, one win and a draw, reached the landmark of scoring 1000 plus runs (1043 runs) as the 6th Bangladeshi batsmen in the away Test. Tamim Iqbal dominated the list scoring 1851 runs.
Cricket coach and analyst Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury noted that the inability of Bangladeshi batsmen to face short deliveries is one of the reasons for their poor show.
“I think the unfamiliarity of playing short-pitched balls in a pace-friendly condition was a big reason behind Bangladesh’s capitulation in New Zealand,” Jalal recently told UNB.
“They have the right technique to play short deliveries, but they are not habituated to do that on a regular basis,” he pointed out. “They failed to respond instantly against short deliveries in both Tests in New Zealand.”
Bangladesh lost eight wickets to short deliveries in the first innings of the first Test in Hamilton. In the second innings, they lost four wickets to short balls. They did not learn from the first Test and lost more than 10 wickets to short balls in the second Test in Wellington.
Jalal noted issues with the footwork of the batsmen and their failure to move the bat from the line of the balls. He said the team might have been “weak” mentally. “There was a lack of characters who could inspire the team in tough situations,” he said.
The analyst said Tigers failed to sense New Zealand’s plan and prepare accordingly.
“We should have realised their plan because we’ve been playing international cricket for a long time now. If we had sensed their plan we could create ours. But we failed to do that and we failed to execute ours as well,” Jalal said.
Bangladesh missed Shakib Al Hasan in the ODI series against New Zealand. The ace all-rounder is set to miss the Test series as well. Mushfiqur Rahim also missed the first two Tests. He was sidelined after ODI series due to some issues with his finger and rib.
Jalal believes the absence of Shakib and Mushfiqur also added to the Tigers’ sufferings.
“Their absence was a big reason behind Bangladesh’s dismal show. Bangladesh relied too much on Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the first Test which was not fruitful at the end of the day,” he said. “We failed to respond to the situation suitably. “
Just before the series against Bangladesh, New Zealand played against Sri Lanka and won the two-match Test series 1-0. They had adequate preparation to play against a sub-continental opponent.
Tigers, on the other hand, went to New Zealand after the 6th season of Bangladesh Premier League.
“Bangladesh did not get enough time to prepare for the condition of New Zealand. I believe, this had a big impact on the series,” Jalal said.
Despite the dismal results, Bangladesh can remember the centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar during the first Test.
“Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam record three 50-plus opening stands in succession. But unfortunately, we failed to capitalise it. Rahi (Abu Jayed) has bowled well. We have understood that our pacers can do well if they get a favorable condition,” Jalal Chowdhury added.
The New Zealand series is a wakeup call for Tigers. Bangladesh needs to seriously work on overcoming their shortcomings to replicate their home turf performance in away games.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – Though people had a high hope of seeing a wonderful Ducsu election, the much-delayed polls only generated controversies since Dhaka University teachers have failed to play a responsible role with honesty, observed educationists and politicians.
Talking to UNB, DU former VC Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, DU Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, Ducsu’s first VP after the independence Mujahidul Islam Selim and last VP Amanullah Aman said a judicial or proper investigation should be carried out into the incidents of irregularities and make the university administration accountable.
Elections to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall union were held on Monday after 28 years, with the participation of major student bodies.
All but Bangladesh Chhatra League rejected the election results bringing allegations of irregularities, and demanded reelection.
Prof Arefin Siddique said though students and the country’s people waited with huge excitement to see a good Ducsu election, unfortunately it was marred by controversies and irregularities thanks to the failure of the university administration.
He said they did not expect a cent percent fair election, but they could not imagine such irregularities and fraud like ballot stuffing in Dhaka University’s election which was conducted by teachers.
“Many questions have already been raised by different student organisations making the March 11 polls controversial. Especially, the recovery of a stash of stamped ballots from Kuwait Maitree Hall was an astonishing one. Unmarked ballots were also found at Ruqayyah Hall. Some other serious allegations were brought by student organisations,” the former DU VC said.
Dr Arefin said a thorough investigation is necessary to immediately identify those responsible for the unexpected incidents and election fraud and punish them. “No election of Dhaka University was questionable in the past. The authorities must find out why this election has become questionable. The responsible persons should be punished to restore the image of the university.”
He said an investigation is also necessary to unearth the reasons why transparent ballot boxes were not used in the polls and the boxes sent at night instead of Monday morning. “It has to be probed why Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall’s provost Dr Mizanur Rahman was forced to resign just two days before the voting.”
Prof Serajul Islam Choudhury said Ducsu has got controversial as the university teachers failed to play a neutral role in conducting the election as guardians of all students.
Prof Serajul Islam said the election should have been held in the administrative or academic buildings instead of dormitories as no student organisation, except Chhatra League, had any political activities in the halls.
Besides, he said, the election time was short and it could have been at least eight hours.
The renowned educationists also think the authorities should accept the students’ demand for reelection and take steps for a fair and neutral election. “The election won’t be fair unless the teachers play a neutral and honest role as true guardians of students.”
Mujahidul Islam Selim said, “You can’t call it an election in any way. It’s a farce and deception jointly staged by the university administration and Chhatra League.”
As the election was held as per a high court order, he said, now the apex court can form a judicial probe body to look into the election irregularities. “Reelection to Ducsu is necessary for upholding the tradition and dignity of the university.”
Selim, also the president of Communist Party of Bangladesh, regretted that the Dhaka University teachers could not leave up to their social standing as they have failed to ensure a credible election rising above parochial party politics.
“It’s unfortunate that the teachers of the university are involved in mechanism to snatch student’s voting right instead of protecting it. It’s an ominous sign for the country since our teachers are compromising with honesty.”
Amanullah Aman said the university authorities had got a chance to show people how to hold a fair election, but they failed as the teachers involved in the election process sacrificed their morality, dignity and social status only to protect the interest of a party.
He said reelection involving neutral teachers is now crucial to restore the university’s image. “Or else, people will lose their respect for the Dhaka University teachers and students.”