Cumilla, Feb 22 (UNB) – Detective Branch (DB) police on Friday detained three people in connection with the case filed over the murder of navy man Meherab Hossain from Bhanti village in Burichang upazila.
The arrestees--Shlanol Union Parishad member Kamal Hossain, auto-rickshaw driver Monir and irrigation-pump operator Harun—have been taken to the DB office for interrogation, said Akul Chandra Bikas, officer-in-charge of Burichang Police Station.
However, the UP member was released later in the evening on condition, said the OC.
Family members said that Meherab joined Bangladesh navy in January 2018. After training in Khulna, he has been transferred to Chattogram as a Navy soldier.
On Wednesday, he came to his village and informed his mother that he had reached at Alekharchar highway and haired an auto-rickshaw for home, but didn’t return home.
As he did not reach home on time, his family members stared searching him and found his body on the bank of the Gumti River, they added.
Later, Meherab’s mother filed a murder case with Burichang Police Station accusing several unknown people.
Meherab was hacked to death on his way to home, the OC added.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Abdul Mannan on Friday said that university teachers should be recruited based on their merit, right skills and attitude.
The process should be transparent, said the UGC Chairman while addressing a day-long workshop on ‘Annual Performance Management: Perspective Shahjalal University of Science and Technology’ at the SUST campus as the chief guest.
“Don’t minimize the basic requirements in recruitment criteria for giving undue advantage to a specific person or persons,” he said.
He also declared that corruption should not exist at any level in the university, said a UGC press release.
Providing quality education should be priority of any university in the country, he added.
SUST Vice-chancellor Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed said all need to ensure good governance at institutions of Bangladesh.
He said SUST appoint teachers on the basis of merit and the recruitment process is always transparent.
The VC also said his university took zero tolerance against ragging, sexual harassment, corruption, drugs and militancy.
Dean of the School of Social Sciences Professor Dr Md Abdul Ghani, Private University Division Director of UGC Dr Fakhrul Islam and Registrar of SUST Mohd Isfaqul Hussain and its Deputy Registrar AFM Miftaul Haque addressed the workshop.
Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Cultural Affairs Md Kamrul Hasan, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Education Zakia Pervin and Md Nazrul Islam, Senior Assistant Director of UGC were the resources persons.
Zafor Ahommed Jahangir, Joint Secretary, Md Shah Alom, Additional Director, Md Shahin Siraj, Deputy Secretary and Shah Mohammad Aminul Islam, Deputy Director of UGC, among others, were present.
Faculty members of the university, senior officials from UGC, SUST and focal points of six public universities took part in the workshop.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said Awami League will have to repay the trust and confidence the people placed in it through continuing the development spree in the country and advancing it further.
"We’ve attained the confidence and trust of people. We’ve to repay the dignity of that trust. The development spree that has started has to be continued. We’ve to advance Bangladesh," she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a discussion at the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh auditorium in the city.
Awami League organised the discussion on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.
After the 2008 election, the Prime Minister said, the country, which plunged into an era of darkness after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, started its journey towards the path of light.
"No one can put any barricade to that journey, no one will be able to stop that. We’ll build the country as Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of Nation. All have to step forward after taking preparations," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of the ruling party, said Bangladesh will be free from hunger which was the dream of Bangabandhu. "And that’s our aim."
As the Awami League government in power for over 10 years consecutively, the development of the country is now visible, she said, adding that Bangladesh has achieved a dignified position among the people of the world.
"Bangladesh is now termed the role model of development. We’ve eradicated hunger from the country. We’re uprooting poverty from the country and it’ll be uprooted completely,” she said.
Talking about the defeat of the BNP-led Jatiya Oikyafront in the 11th general election, the Prime Minister posed a question, “Why people will cast their votes in favour of those burned people alive. People turned their faces from them (BNP-Jamaat)."
She pointed that the nomination trade and auction caused a serious setback to the BNP-Jamaat nexus. "How could they dream of winning the election after engaging in the nomination trade and auction? How’ll they win?" she said.
Hasina also said the people of the country rejected the BNP-led alliance as they nominated war criminals. "The people of the country won’t cast their votes for the war criminals anymore.”
She also highlighted the history of the Language Movement and said the pride of Amar Ekushey now resounds in the hearts of the people of 193 countries transcending the boundary of Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister paid tributes to Bangabandhu and recalled his role in establishing Bangla as the state language of Bangladesh.
She also remembered the contributions of Awami League to all the movements from the Language Movement to the Liberation War.
AL advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed, AL presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and eminent novelist and Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Huq Milon took part in the discussion.
AL joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, AL Central Working Committee member Akhtaruzzaman, Dhaka City North unit of Awami League president AKM Rahmat Ullah, AL Central Working Committee member Marina Jahan Kabita and Dhaka City North unit of Awami League general secretary Sadeq Khan also spoke.
AL Publicity and Publication Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud conducted the function.
Earlier, a one-minute silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the language heroes who laid down their lives on February 21 in 1952 for establishing Bangla as the state language, made the supreme sacrifice for independent Bangladesh, martyrs of the August 15, 1975 carnage and the victims of the devastating Chawkbazar fire.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – Speakers at a dialogue on Friday observed that it is high time for the policymakers to reflect the youth aspirations in the national agenda and implement the election commitments.
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh in collaboration with Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Nagorik Uddyog and Jaago Foundation organised the dialogue on ‘Electoral Commitments and Youth Agenda’ in Rangpur.
The political parties of Bangladesh pledged various commitments concerning the youth in their manifestoes for the 11th parliamentary elections, said a CPD press release.
These include enhancing capacity of the youth, creating sufficient employment opportunities, formulating a policy for young entrepreneurs and increasing rooms for quality education and research among others.
Convener of the Citizen’s Platform and Distinguished Fellow of CPD Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya delivered the keynote presentation at the dialogue.
Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation Md Mostafizar Rahman attended the dialogue as the chief guest.
Freedom fighter Akbar Hossain, Member of Central Committee of the Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), and Prof Malay Kishore Bhattacherjee, former Professor of Economics at Carmichael College Rangpur, shared their views on youth development initiates in the country.
Chief Executive of Nagorik Uddyog Zakir Hossain delivered the welcome speech at the event chaired by Core Group Member of the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, and Distinguished Fellow, CPD Prof Mustafizur Rahman.
The dialogue was attended by youth community from various academic institutions, professionals from non-government and civil society organisations, academia and media among others.
They have shared their observations and comments on various issues related to the youth, SDGs and development process in Bangladesh.
In his presentation, Dr Bhattacharya noted that the youth are the catalytic agent of the development and they have the capacity to identify the challenges faced by society, and contribute towards mitigating such barriers with innovation.
He said the policymakers should act properly to mobilise the youth power towards the sustainable development of the country.
Dr Bhattacharya said Bangladesh is in its journey to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
As one-third of the population of the country belongs to the youth cohort, it is necessary to engage them with the SDGs implementation process, he said.
Dr Bhattacharya said this will require embedding the aspirations and demand of the youth in the development process.
The voices of the youth should be heard and counted by the policymakers while devising the national development agenda, he said.
The ruling party had several commitments concerning the youth in their election manifesto and it is time to materialise the commitments by incorporating youth aspirations in national policies, added Dr Bhattacharya.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - The probe committee, formed by the Home Ministry, said it would ascertain whether there was any negligence of government agencies behind selling and storing chemicals.
Sixty-seven people were killed after a fire broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four buildings in Chawkbazar on Wednesday night.
Members of the investigation committee, led by Security Service Division’s Additional Secretary Prodip Ranjan Chakraborti, visited the site on Friday.
Prodip said they would find out about the responsibility of government agencies as well as ascertain if there was any negligence on anyone’s part.
Replying to a question, he assured that the investigation report would see light. “Our primary task is to find out the source of the fire as well as recommend a work plan so that no such incident recurs,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner (Lalbagh Division) Ibrahim Khan, also a member of the committee, said police have already filed a case with its Chawkbazar station.
After investigation, the names of people whose negligence caused the incident would be included in the charge sheet, he said.
The investigation committee has been asked to submit its report with recommendations within seven working days after proper investigation.