Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the country’s women not to create problems in their families while trying to realise their rights as everyone has the responsibility to the family.
"Your [women] rights have to be realised but be careful that there shouldn’t be any unrest in the family in the name of realising rights," she said.
The Prime Minister said this was addressing a programme marking the Begum Rokeya Day and distribution of Begum Rokeya Padak 2018 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
She said everyone has the responsibility to the family and society, and everybody should understand their respective responsibilities. “There should be a sense of proportion… this is the most important virtue."
Sheikh Hasina asked the women of the country to maintain their families while attaining their respective positions at the workplace.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of ensuring the scope for women to flourish their merits and talents. "Women should get their place and scope, and they also should properly utilise their chances as no one gives a space to others."
Referring to well-educated women, the Prime Minister asked them to give proper education to their children so that they could be worthy citizens of the country.
"Stay alert so that your children don’t involve in militancy, terrorism and drugs…you’ll have to build friendly relations with your children so that they share everything comfortably with you," she said.
Recalling the great role played by women during the Liberation War, Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken various steps for women's emancipation and their development alongside rehabilitating the mothers and sisters who suffered brutalities in the hands of Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators.
Following in the footsteps of Bangabandhu, she said, her government paid special attention to the development of poor, marginalised and underprivileged women of society to expedite their empowerment.
The Prime Minister recalled the contributions of her mother to the country at various turning points of the nation’s history as she always supported Bangabandhu from behind the scene.
Hasina said her government first appointed woman secretary, superintendent of police, officer-in-charge of police and justice, and they all were doing excellent job.
“Now the country’s prime minister, deputy leader of the house, opposition leader, Speaker and some ministers are women, a rare example in the world,” she mentioned.
To build leadership from the grassroots level, Hasina said her government has kept seats reserved for women at union parishads.
Hasina also mentioned the increase of maternity leave to six months, setting up of daycare centres to help working mothers, made the mentioning of mother's name mandatory in any document, enactment of Family Violence (prevention and protection) Act, Child Marriage (Prevention) Act, construction of hostels for working women, VGD programme in 4547 unions and community clinic for rural women.
The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organised the programme with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair.
Zinnatun Nesa Talukder, a recipient of the Rokeya Padak 2018, also spoke on the occasion.
Four other winners of the prestigious award are eminent Professor Zohra Anis, Shila Roy, Rauma Chowdhury (posthumous), Rokeya Begum (posthumous).
The Prime Minister handed over the medals, cheques of Tk 2 lakh and certificates among the winners and their family members.
The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a pioneer of women's rights movement in the undivided Bengal.
A leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century, Begum Rokeya was famous for her struggle to establish gender equality and ensure education for women.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB)- Five people received prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak 2018 on Sunday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society and women empowerment.
The award recipients are Zinnatun Nesa Talukder, Prof Zohra Anis, Shila Roy, Rauma Chowdhury (posthumous) and Rokeya Begum (posthumous).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the medals weighing 25 grams of 18-karat gold, cheques of Tk 2 lakh and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organised the programme with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair. Secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum red out the citations.
The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum
Rokeya, a pioneer of women's liberation movement in the undivided Bengal.
Begum Rokeya was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and famous for her efforts to establish gender equality and ensure female education.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – A section of students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College observed a two-hour-log token hunger strike in front of the main gate of the school’s Bailey Road branch on Sunday.
They observed the hunger strike demanding immediate release of its teacher Hasna Hena who was sent to jail in a case filed over the suicide of Aritree Adhikari.
Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on December 3 after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.
Witnesses said around one hundred students staged a sit-in around 8 am flowed by a token hunger strike from 11 am to 1 pm demanding release of their teacher.
While talking to reporters, Farha Dolon, a student of the school, said, “Our teacher Hasna Hena is innocent. We want her immediate release.”
Talking to UNB, some other demonstrating students said they want proper investigation into the incident and immediate release of their teacher.
The students also submitted a memorandum to the Education Ministry demanding withdrawal of the case filed against Hasna Hena and her reinstatement with due respect.
Meanwhile, Zannatul Ferdous Shila, a teacher of the school, met the demonstrating students and offered them water around 12:55 pm to end the strike. Acting Principal Hasina Begum along with other teachers was also present.
Later, the students who have been demonstrating since Thursday left the area.
Detectives arrested Hasna Hena from the city’s Uttara area on December 5 amid protests of students over the suicide incident.
On the next day, a Dhaka court sent her to jail on charges of provoking the student to commit suicide.
Meanwhile, teacher Hasna Hena was freed on bail on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, secretary of Intermediate and Secondary Education Board, Md Sohrab Hossain, urged the protesting students to return to their classes.
Talking to the reporters at the secretariat, he said, “As the preparation of the national election is underway, we are trying our best to secure the educational atmosphere in the country.”
Dhaka, Dec 8 (UNB) - The Election Commission on Saturday cleared BNP candidates M Morshed Khan for Chattogram-8, Afroza Abbas for Dhaka-9, Aslam Chowdhury for Chattogram-4, and independent Barrister Nazmul Huda for Dhaka-17 for the general elections slated for December 30.
However, the EC on the day upheld the decisions of the returning officers rejecting candidatures of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7, Amanullah Aman for Dhaka-2, and Gias Uddin Quader Chowdhury for Chattogram-2 and 7, and Krishak Sramik Janata League chairman Abdul Kader Siddique.
The Commission also rejected two other petitions challenging the validity of candidatures of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad for Rangpur-3 and Mirza Abbas for Dhaka-8.
AL-led grand alliance candidate for Dhaka-8 Rashed Khan Menon filed a petition against the candidature of his rival Mirza Abbas, while PDP contestant Sabbir Ahmed submitted a petition challenging the validity of HM Ershad's candidature for Rangpur-3.
On the completion of three-day hearing, a total of 243 aspirants including 78 BNP's ones got back their candidatures as the Election Commission declared their nomination papers as valid disposing of all 543 petitions submitted challenging the returning officers' decision over rejection and acceptance of nomination papers.
Now the number of total valid contestants increased to some 2,522 for the country's 300 constituencies.
On December 2, the returning officers accepted 2,279 nomination papers and rejected 786 others during the scrutiny.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the EC, the appellate authority, seeking the decisions of returning officers overturned.
Following the hearing, the commission declared 80 candidatures valid on Thursday, 78 on Friday and 85 ones on Saturday.
In the first two days, the EC cleared candidature of a number of well-known aspirants including BNP/Oikyafront candidates Golam Maula Rony for Patuakhali-3, Major (retd) Akhteruzzaman for Kishoreganj-2 and Aminul Haque for Rajshahi-1, Gono Forum aspirant and former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria's son Dr Reza Kibria for Habiganj-1 constituency.
In the next two days, the commission trashed candidatures of some important aspirants including BNP's Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu for Natore-2, Mir Mohammad Nasir for Chattogram-5, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud for Sirajganj-2 and Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan for Khagrachhari, removed Jatiya Party secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader (Patuakhali-1) and Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar (Kurigram-4).
The deadline for withdrawal of candidature will expire at 5pm on Sunday (December 9).
The number of final contesting candidates in the election is likely to come down again.
Jashore, Dec 8 (UNB) – An under-construction residential hall for female students of Jessore University of Science & Technology (JUST) has been named after the Bir Protik Taramon Bibi, as a tribute for her contribution in the Liberation War.
The decision was made at the 52nd meeting of the university’s policymaking body in the afternoon.
Taramon Bibi was one of just two women to be awarded the Bir Protik award as she had engaged in direct armed combat during the Liberation War in 1971.
The authorities also decided to name the second academic building of the campus after prominent scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose, the Medical Center after child specialist Dr MR Khan, and the upcoming third residential dormitory for male students after prominent artist SM Sultan.