The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the government to explain why directives should not be given to establish separate centres in district and upazila headquarters for holding public examinations.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the rule after hearing a petition.
Supreme Court lawyer Sardar Zakir Hossain filed the writ petition arguing that holding public exams hampers educational activities of many institutions.
Eight people, including secretaries to the education and public works ministries and Controller of Examination of the National University, were made respondents to the rule, which is returnable in four weeks.
Assistant Attorney General Mohamamd Saiful Islam represented the state in the hearing.
Zakir pointed out that Primary Education Completion, Junior School Certificate, Secondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate and degree and other public examinations were held in different district and upazila headquarters after suspending academic and educational activities.
A writ petition filed with the High Court on Sunday sought directives to shut unauthorised rail crossings and evict illegal structures along the tracks.
Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Shahin Ara Laili moved the court in public interest.
Secretaries to cabinet, railways, local government and road transport and highways, chiefs of railway and police have been made defendants.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman might hear the petition, said Advocate Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan, the petitioner’s lawyer.
Quoting the writ petition, Aklas said there are 1,412 level crossings in the country. According to a report of BUET's Accident Research Institute, 244 people were killed and 228 injured in 235 railway accidents last year.
In 2017, 229 people died and 155 were injured in 221 accidents while 59 people lost their lives and 46 were injured in 56 accidents in 2016.
Aklas said 946 crossings lay unprotected although the railways have an option to put up fences. “But no steps are being taken despite so many accidents,” he said.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday asked mobile phone operator Grameenphone to pay within three months Tk 2,000 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues as claimed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
The seven-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the telecom regulator against a High Court order.
It also said the two-month injunction on realisation of the dues slapped by the HC will be vacated if Grameenphone fails to pay the amount.
On October 24, the apex court wanted to know from GP how much of the amount claimed by BTRC it can repay and asked it to come up with the reply within a week.
On November 14, the mobile phone company told the court that it could pay Tk 200 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues.
On October 17, the High Court imposed a two-month injunction on realisation of Tk 12,579.95 crore dues from the mobile phone company.
Later, the BTRC moved the Appellate Division against the HC order.
The BTRC claims dues of Tk 12,579.95 crore in 27 sectors from GP. Having failed to recover the money, BTRC on April 2 sent a notice to GP threatening to revoke its licence.
Later, GP moved a lower court seeking a temporary injunction on the BTRC’s notice which was turned down on August 28. Later, it filed an appeal with the High Court.
Authorities of Bangladesh University of Science and Technology (Buet) have expelled 26 of its students, mostly leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), over the killing of Abrar Fahad.
The Buet Board of Residence and Discipline has taken the decision based on the report of a probe panel formed the university to look into the gruesome murder.
A notice, signed by member secretary of the board and director of Buet's Directorate of Students' Welfare Prof Mizanur Rahman, was issued on Thursday night.
Of those expelled, 25 are charge-sheeted accused in the Buet student murder case.
Besides, six other students have been punished for different terms for breaching discipline, the notice said.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Buet, was beaten to death reportedly by BCL leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of October 7 after he was taken to the room No-2011 around 8pm on October 6 and beaten mercilessly.
On November 13, the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) pressed charges against 25 people in the Buet student killing case.
Those expelled are Mehedi Hassan Rasel, Muhtasim Fuad, Anik Sarker, Mehedi Hasan Robein, Ifti Mosharraf Shakal, Moniruzzaman Monir, Meftahul Islam Zion, Mazedur Rahman, Muzahidur Rahman, Khandaker Tabakhkharul Islam Tanvir, Hossain Mohammad Toha, Md Akash Hossain, Md Shamim Billah, ASM Nazmus Sadat, Ehtesamul Rabbi Tanim, Morshed Amartya Islam, Moaz Abu Huraira, Muntasir Al Jemi, Amit Saha, Muztaba Rafid, Ishtiaq Ahmed Munna, Shamsul Arefin, Mizanur Rahman, SM Mahmud, Morshed-uz-Jaman Mondal and Ashiqul Islam.
The High Court on Wednesday gave the Police Bureau of Investigation sixty more days for further investigation into the much-talked-about murder case of Sagira Morshed.
A HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman issued the order responding to a petition by PBI.
Sagira was killed at Siddheswari Road in the city on July 25, 1989 as she went to bring her daughter home from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.
Riding a motorcycle, two people tried to snatch her gold bangle. At one stage, they gunned her down when she was trying to flee the spot. She, however, succumbed to her injuries on the way to hospital.
After ages of the incident, PBI recently found that it was not merely a mugging incident and sought the court’s attention in this regard.
On June 26 this year, the High Court dismissed a petition filed against the order of further inquiry into the case, allowing resumption of the trial.
On November 13, the investigating authorities found that Sagira was murdered following family feud as two relatives of the deceased – Dr Hasan, her brother-in-law and his wife Shahin Chowdhury – confessed their involvement in the killing before Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain.
According to crimes, information and prosecution department of Police, PBI arrested Dr Hasan after he returned home recently from abroad and produced him before the magistrate’s court.
On Wednesday, the HC ordered PBI to complete a further investigation into the case within 60 days and asked the trial court to finish its judgment procedure within 90 days after the probe.
Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state in the court.