Shariatpur, Sep 12 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced three people to death for killing a housewife at Bhanuka village in Sadar Upazila in the district in 2014.
The condemned convicts are Sujon Talukdar, 24, son of Abdul Kader Talukdar, Saiful Islam, 22, son of Mujibur Rahman and Dulal Madbor, 22, son of Manan Madbar of Charsundi village in sadar upazila.
District Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abdus Salam Khan passed the order.
According to the case statement, Samsun NaharTanu, wife of Ishak Molla of Baluchara village in the upazila, left her house on August 17 in 2014 for her tuition.
On her way, Saiful and Dulal picked her up and took her to different places where they violated the woman along with another convict Sujon.
On August 18, they killed the woman and concealed the body in a ditch.
On August 22, police recovered the body from the ditch. A murder case was filed in this connection.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said the proposed uniform guidelines for recruitment and promotion or upgradation of teachers at public universities will remove discrepancies in the recruitment process.
“The uniform guidelines will create a basic foundation in the process of recruitment and promotion for all teachers of the public universities,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a workshop on ‘Uniform Guidelines for Recruitment and Promotion/Upgradation of Public University Teachers’.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) organised the programme at its auditorium in the city to discuss the proposed uniform guidelines.
At the workshop, Vice-chancellors of 42 public universities discussed the proposed guidelines formulated by the UGC.
As per the proposed guidelines, candidates must have GPA 4.50 in a scale of 5.00 in SSC, HSC and equivalent examinations for being recruited as lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors and professors at the public universities.
To promote a teacher as a professor from associate professor, a total of 22 years of working experience is needed, including at least 10 years as associate professor.
For MPhil degree holders, the minimum requirement is 17 years, including seven years as associate professor, while for the PhD holders, it is 12 years, including at least five years as associate professor.
The candidates must have at least 12 publications in recognised journals, say the draft guidelines.
To get promotion as an associate professor, a teacher must have experience of 14 years of active teaching, including at least seven years’ experience as assistant professor.
The requirement is nine years and seven years respectively for MPhil and PhD degree holders.
The minimum experience required for being promoted as an assistant professor is three years which is two years for MPhil degree holders and one year for PhD degree holders.
The Education Minister said the proposed guidelines will be finalised after proper discussions.
He also urged the teachers to produce more original research works and publications to enhance the standard of country’s education.
Taking part in the discussion on the proposed guidelines, some of the VCs suggested dropping the matter of taking the results of SSC and HSC examinations into consideration, and making written test mandatory while recruiting lecturers.
Rajshahi University VC Prof Abdus Sobhan said good results do not always ensure quality teachers. “A student who might not have done well in the SSC and HSC exams can be a good student in university and do well as a teacher,” he said.
National University VC Prof Harunur Rashid said a written test should be made mandatory for recruiting lecturers judging their qualification.
Jahangirnagar University VC Prof Farzana Islam urged all public universities to open their doors for other public university students while recruiting teachers.
Demo classes or seminars can be arranged as part of the recruitment process to judge a candidate’s qualification as a teacher, she added.
UGC members Prof Aktar Hossain and Prof M Shah Newaz Ali also spoke at the programme presided over by Md Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdury, Additional Secretary to the Secondary & Higher Education Division of the Education Ministry.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – After four years of basic renovation works, hotel Ruposhi Bangla, a historic hotel for many reasons, is set to reemerge with a new name as InterContinental Dhaka on Thursday.
Addressing a press briefing at the Secretariat on Wednesday, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the hotel at 7:30 pm.
Bangladesh Services Limited, a state-run company, renovated the hotel spending Tk 620 crore.
The renovation work was carried out under an agreement signed between BSL and InterContinental Hotels Group (Asia Pacific) Pvt Ltd (IHG) on February 19, 2012.
The group will run the hotel for 30 years under the agreement.
Under the renovation project, each room has been widened to 40 square metres from the existing 26 square metres and brought down the number of rooms to 231 from the previous 272. Its dining hall and swimming pool have also been relocated apart from adding some new services.
InterContinental Dhaka had run this historic hotel from 1966 to 1983 before Sheraton took it over.
The hotel played host too many important political events in the run-up to the independence of Bangladesh, including negotiations on the transfer of power after the 1970 elections.
During the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, it was declared a neutral zone by the International Red Cross. Many buildings in its surrounding neighborhoods were targeted by the Pakistani military, including newspaper offices and university halls.
On the dark night of March 25 in 1971, a host of international media journalists including Mark Tali and Saimon Dring of BBC, Anold Zaitlen and Clare Halingworth, Associated Press (AP) bureau chief of Pakistan, David Greenway, a reporter of Washington Post, who were staying at the hotel, captured pictures of the brutal genocide risking their lives.
The world was able to know about the barbarity taking place in the country through their photos.
The hotel’s other basic facilities for its gusset include minibar, electronic safety deposit box; high speed internet connectivity; express check-in; business centre; Wi-Fi Internet in all rooms, executive club lounge, business center, meeting rooms and public areas; gift shop; fitness centre and swimming pool.
Club InterContinental offers guests an even higher level of luxury and exclusivity, from the spacious and generally appointed rooms to the private club lounge overlooking the hotel atrium; everything will revolve around the guests and their individual needs.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - A 19-member delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) on Wednesday called for the sustainable return of Rohingyas as the delegation completed a three-day visit to Bangladesh.
The delegation member visited Rohingya camps on Wednesday to observe firsthand the situation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar sheltered in Cox’s Bazar district.
They called upon all the PUIC Member Parliaments to continue their efforts together with those of the international community and the UN in order to ensure sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their ancestral homeland in Rakhine State in safety, security, dignity, and with full right of citizenship.
Learning about the dire circumstances which forced the Rohingyas to flee their homeland, the delegation condemned the systematic brutal acts committed by the Myanmar forces against this community.
They assured Bangladesh of taking up the issue with their respective parliaments, said the Foreign Ministry here.
During their visit, the delegation met Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and took a tour of the Bangladesh Parliament.
They also met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The delegation included PUIC Secretary General Prof Dr Mahmud Erol Klilic and the Members of Parliament from six member states of PUIC, namely Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Sudan and Turkey.
The PUIC delegation visited Bangladesh following a decision of the 13th PUIC Conference in Tehran in January 2018, which mandated the member states to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh to take stock of their condition and consider the possibility of extending humanitarian aid to the displaced.
The 45th OIC CFM held in Dhaka earlier in May this year garnered special attention and solidarity of the largest association of Muslim countries on the Rohingya issue.
Narayanganj, Sept 12 (UNB) – A fire that broke out in a tyre factory at Fatulla in the city gutted its valuables on Wednesday.
The fire broke out at the warehouse of Asian Cox tyre factory in the area around 8:30 am and burned down huge quantity of chemicals, tyres and machineries, said Mamun Mahmud, Assistant Director of Dhaka Fire Service and Civil Defense.
Nine firefighting units from Dhaka and Narayanganj brought the blaze under control after about three hours of frantic efforts, he added.
Zafor Iqbal, manager of the factory, said the fire might have originated from electric short circuit at the warehouse where huge quantity of chemicals were kept.
Officer-in-charge of Fatullah Model Police Station Shah Md Manjur Quader said additional police forces have been deployed in the area .