Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – The children of freedom fighters blocked Shahbagh intersection in the city for the second consecutive day on Thursday, demanding that the 30 percent quota privileges be retained for them in government jobs.
Around 40-45 people under the banner of ‘Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command’, a platform of freedom fighters’ children, blocked the intersection around 7 am, halting traffic on the busy road.
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Traffic from Jatiya Press Club to Science Laboratory, and from TSC intersection to Karwan Bazar remained suspended following the blockade.
Earlier, some 150-170 freedom fighters’ children blocked the intersection around 9 pm on Wednesday, hours after the Cabinet approved a proposal for abolishing the existing quota system in the recruitment process of first class and second-class government jobs.
The quota system was abolished following months of mass upsurge of students, which had ultimately rolled into violence. They claim that the quota provision is discriminatory.
Meanwhile, general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Golam Rabbani expressed solidarity with the freedom fighters’ children.
He met the protesters at the intersection around 11 pm and expressed his solidarity with them.
Jagannath University, Oct 3 (UNB) – A female teacher of Jagannath University (JnU) has been relieved of her duties for indulging in negligence and irregularities during an admission test for the 2018-2019 session held on September 29.
University administration has also issued a showcause notice to the teacher, Dr Ferdousi Khatun, associate professor of Bangla department of the university.
Sources said Ferdousi Khatun was performing her duties at room no 333 of Bangla Department of the university during this year’s ‘Ka’ unit admission test.
Twenty minutes after the exam ended, she went out the room along with question papers and answer scripts without informing other teachers on duty.
Later, duty teachers intercepted her while she was getting down the stairs and asked her to show the grounds and put forward a written complaint to the university administration.
JnU registrar Eng Ohiduzzaman said Ferdousi Khatun was relieved and issued the showcause notice after getting a written complaint against the teacher.
Contacted, Ferdousi Khatun denied receiving any notices from the university administration.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – The cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for abolishing the existing quota system in the recruitment process of first and second class government jobs.
The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the secretariat.
“Now, the recruitment to the first and second class jobs (from grade-9 to grade-13) will be made directly on merit basis,” the cabinet secretary said adding the quota system will be there only in class-3 and class-4 jobs.
The Ministry of the Public Administration will be informed about the cabinet’s decision by today or tomorrow, and it will issue a gazette notification in this regard later, said Shafiul Alam.
On September 17, the Quota Review Committee, led by Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, submitted its report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recommending abolishment of the quota system from the 9th to 13th grades (1st class and 2nd class) of government jobs.
The cabinet secretary said the seven-member committee in its report also placed two other recommendations -- to make recruitment to the grade-9 (ex-1st class) and the grade 9-13 (ex-2nd class) government services on merit basis, and make proper decision in the future reviewing the impacts of quota abolishment on socio-economic condition of the exiting beneficiaries of the quota system after a certain time.
Explaining the third recommendation, he said if the necessity of quota becomes inevitable in any changed situation in the future the government may take steps again in this regard.
On July 2, the government formed the seven-member committee to review the existing quota system in public service.
In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reforms in the quota system in public service recruitment process.
In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in government jobs.
Dhaka, Oct 03 (UNB) – Results for admission test of Dhaka University’s ‘Ka’ unit under Science faculty for 2018-2019 academic session were published on Wednesday with a pass rate of 13.04 percent.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman announced the result at the central admission office in the campus at 1 pm.
A total of 10,117 among 77,572 admission seekers passed the test for the available 1,750 seats, said the VC.
The results can be viewed from the university website (www.admission.eis.du.ac.bd) or via short message service (SMS) on any mobile operator service.
The successful students have to be file and submitted the “choice form” on the website within 3:00pm, September 17 to 3:00pm, October 31.
The one-hour long Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based entry test was held on September 28.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) - Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council on Tuesday demanded unconditional release of those arrested during and over the road safety and quota reform movements, including renowned photographer Shahidul Alam and Chittagong University teacher Maidul Islam.
It made the demand from a human chain formed in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in the city in the afternoon.
The platform also demanded withdrawal of all ‘false’ cases filed against students over the two movements, punishing those assaulted protesters and reforming the existing quota system in government jobs in line with their five-point demand.
Speaking on the occasion, Nurul Haq Nur, a joint convener of the student platform, urged the government to fulfill their demands, warning that they will take to the street again if those go unheeded.
Dhaka University (DU) teachers Rushad Faridi and Samina Lutfa, Jagannath University teacher Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh General Student’s Rights Protection Council joint conveners Faruk Hossain and Bin Yamin Mollah, among others, addressed the human chain.
CU authorities on September 24 suspended Maidul Islam, an assistant professor of Sociology department, a day after he was sent to jail in a case filed under section 57 of the ICT Act.
Shahidul is now in Dhaka Central Jail in a case lodged under the same section.