Barishal, Oct 4 (UNB) – Outgoing Barisal City Corporation (BCC) Mayor Ashan Habib Kamal, whose tenure was scheduled to expire on September 23, rendered his resignation to the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry on Thursday, citing non-cooperation from the corporation officials.
He sent the resignation letter through registered post as per his earlier announcement.
Alleging that officials concerned were not cooperating with him, Kamal at a press conference on Monday said he would step down from the post of mayor on September 4 if the situation continued.
Talking to reporters today, the BCC mayor said he resigned as his financial power has been snatched.
He said he could not pay the salaries of the officials and employees and bills of contractors for noncooperation from officials concerned although there is huge money in the corporation fund, thus depriving the city dwellers of service.
Kamal, former Fisheries Affairs Secretary of BNP, was elected BCC mayor on June 15, 2013.
Jahangirnagar University (Savar), Oct 4 (UNB) – The Jahangirnagar University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Thursday recommended suspension of its 10 leaders and activists over a clash between two dormitory units that left 30 people injured.
The recommendation was made in a letter sent to the BCL central committee, according to a press release signed by JU BCL President Jewel Rana and General Secretary SM Sufian Chanchal.
Show-cause notices were also served to the accused BCL men and they were asked to refrain from all activities of the organisation for one month, the release added.
Earlier on Tuesday night, BCL groups of Mir Mosharraf Hossain and Al-Beruni halls locked into a clash over establishing supremacy on the campus, injuring at least 30 of them.
Meanwhile, the JU authorities have postponed the suspension order of four BCL activists over beating a student.
JU Public Relations Office issued a press release on Thursday in this regard.
The university authorities suspended the four – Shuvashish Ghosh of Bangla department, and Ya Rafiu Shikder, Mustafizur Rahman and Sohel Rana of Public Administration department -- over beating of a student of the university on the campus.
JU Registrar Rahima Kaniz said, “On Tuesday, the vice-chancellor suspended the BCL men exercising her executive power. Now, she has withdrawn it. It’s her personal matter. We don’t know about it’”.
Earlier, Mahmudul Haque Shohag, a master’s student of Journalism and Media Studies department and campus correspondent of an online news portal, was beaten up on September 24 allegedly by some BCL activists in the Swimming Pool area on the campus.
Later, he filed a complaint with the JU authorities.
Rajshahi University (Rajshahi), Oct 4 (UNB) – The admission tests for first year Honours courses at Rajshahi University (RU) under 2018-19 academic session will be held on October 22 and 23.
A press release signed by RU public relations administrator Prof Provash Kumar Karmokar on Thursday said the one-hour admission tests will be held in five shifts, beginning from 8am.
On October 22, the tests of ‘C’ unit (Science and Engineering faculties) and ‘D’ unit (Life and Earth Science and Agriculture faculties) will be held in two shifts while that of ‘E’ and ‘A’ units (Social Science and Law faculties, and Education and Research Institute and Fine Arts faculties) will be held on October 23.
However, the first shift of the intake test of ‘B’ unit (Business Studies faculty and IBA) will be held on October 22 while that of second shift on October 23.
This year, a total of 147,753 applicants will vie for 4,173 seats at the university.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Thursday urged the European Union (EU) to continue trade facilities for Bangladesh in the form of GSP Plus after its graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one.
He made the call at the 4th European Union-Bangladesh Business Climate Dialogue held at the conference room of the Commerce Ministry.
The Commerce Minister led the Bangladesh delegation to the dialogue where the ambassadors of the EU countries took part, led by European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh RensjeTeerink.
At a press briefing after the dialogue, the Commerce Minister said Bangladesh will graduate to a developing country in 2024. “However, the country will enjoy the benefits of the LDCs until 2027. We’ve urged the EU to provide Bangladesh trade facilities in the form of GSP Plus after 2027,” he said.
Describing the EU as Bangladesh’s largest export destination, he said, “Our export volume to the EU countries is US$ 21.33 billion against the total import of US$ 3.5 billion.”
The European Union is now providing Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) facilities for Bangladesh under ‘Everything but Arms (EBA)’ scheme.
Mentioning that Bangladesh is a perfect place for investment, Tofail said he urged the EU countries to invest in 100 special economic zones which are being established in the country.
About the next general election, he told the EU envoys citing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that they want a participatory election. “The election will be held with the participation of all parties as per the Constitution. The ruling party will run the country and the size of the polls-time government will be small. The Election Commission will conduct the election.”
The EU-Bangladesh Business Climate Dialogue was first held in 2016 to overcome challenges in and boost Bangladesh’s trade with the EU countries.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned down a proposal to name the much-hyped Padma Bridge Multipurpose Bridge after her name.
He came up with the information while talking to reporters after visiting minor boy Likhon, who has been suffering from a rare disease, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
The Road Transport and Bridges Ministry earlier sent the proposal to the Prime Minister to name the bridge ‘Sheikh Hasina Padma Bridge’ but she rejected it, said Quader.
He said it is the Prime Minister who took on the challenge to construct the Padma Bridge with own fund without taking money from the World Bank. “So, people of all walks of life were demanding that the bridge be named after her name,” he said.
The minister said Sheikh Hasina does want the bridge to be named after any member of the Bangabandhu family and she has decided to name the bridge after the river.
Earlier on September 29, he said the Padma Bridge will be named after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Meanwhile, Quader, also Awami League general secretary, took the responsibility for the treatment of the ailing boy.