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Brac varsity student killing: drivers put on remand

Dhaka, April 28 – Covered van driver Anis, who allegedly crashed Brac University student Fahmida Haque Labannya under wheel and uber motor-cycle rider Sumon were on Sunday put on remand in the case filed in connection with the killing of Labannya. Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the orders after hearing yesterday. ... Read More »

Seminar on Updates in Hematology held at RMC

Rajshahi, April 24 – A Seminar on“Updates in Hematology” Organized by Department of Hematology of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) and Hematology Society of Bangladesh (HSB) was held at the college on Wednesday. The program was held at the Amin Uddin Chowdhury gallery of the college from 09.00 to 01.00 on the day. President of HSB Prof. Dr Md. Mahbubur Rahman ... Read More »

Schools, colleges asked to form groups to face sexual attack

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – The government has directed all the educational institutions under the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to form five-member committees to prevent incidents of sexual harassment.DSHE director (college and admin) Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury said they have sent the notice to all the government and non-government educational institutions along with the 2009 High Court directive ... Read More »

Secondary school enrollment still low in Bangladesh: UNFPA

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB)- The net enrollment rate for secondary education in Bangladesh is still significantly low, but better compared to the past, according to the UNFPA annual report. The ‘State of World Population Report 2019’ puts the enrollment rate at 57 percent for male children and 67 percent for female in 2017. But in 1999, the rate was 43 percent ... Read More »

Probe over Titumir student Rajib killing deferred

Dhaka, April 18 – A Dhaka court Thursday directed Shahbagh Police Station to submit probe report by May 22 in the case filed over the death of Titumir College student Rajib Hossain in April last year. Magistrate Md Sarafuzzaman Ansary of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order after Sub-Inspector (SI) Edrish Ali, the Investigation Officer ... Read More »

Incompetent people hold charges of public universities: HC

Dhaka, April 18 – Expressing grave concerned over the ongoing erosion of values in public universities, the High Court yesterday commented that incompetent persons were occupying top posts of the universities across the country. “Incompetent persons are occupying the big posts of the universities across the country that resulted in the ongoing erosion of image of the universities. “None of ... Read More »

EU drive for trade liberalisation adds to tensions in Tunisia

by Werner Raza, Jan Grumiller and Bernhard Tröster The European Union’s disproportionate pressure for trade liberalisation risks exacerbating political strains in the last democracy of northern Africa. Tunisia is the only country in northern Africa in which a democratic political system still prevails. The country has been undergoing a difficult transition since it initiated the ‘Arab spring’ in 2011. More ... Read More »

Timely action could have averted Nusrat murder: NHRC

Dhaka, Apr 16 – Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday said the murder of the Feni madrasa girl could have been averted had the local administration and the madrasa managing committee took necessary measures in time. “The Commission also thinks police officials concerned showed negligence and committed a crime. There’s also negligence on ... Read More »

Helper ‘tries’ to strangle CU girl on moving bus

Chattogram, Apr 12 (UNB) – The helper of a bus reportedly tried to strangle a female student of Chittagong University (CU) on his moving vehicle in the city on Thursday when she was the lone passenger inside. A case was filed with Kotwali Police Station in this regard on Friday and police launched a drive to identify and arrest the ... Read More »

Tearful adieu to Feni madrasa girl Nusrat

Feni, Apr 11 (UNB) – Madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi who died after being set on fire was laid to eternal rest at her village home in Sonagazi upazila on Thursday evening. She was buried at their family graveyard at Char Chandia village following a namaz-e-janaza at Mohammad Saber Pilot High School ground around 5:50pm. Nusrat’s father Maulana KM Musa, ... Read More »

2500 schools colleges to get govt monthly pay order from May

Dhaka, April 10 – Education minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said at least 2,500 non-government educational institutions across the country are going to enjoy the monthly pay order (MPO) facilities from next month. The minister said they have screened approximately 2,500 non-government educational institutions out of nearly 6,000 through the digital process and now they have decided to announce MPO ... Read More »

Fake magistrate, 3 students held for leaking fake question

Dhaka, April 07 – An imposter who identified himself as a magistrate at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka was arrested from the premises of the CMM court on the charge of fraudulence. The arrestee was identified as Md Jewel Rana alias Sohel, 27. He hails from Tangail Sadar Upazila. His papers were identified as fake. Later, he ... Read More »

Feni female madrasa student in critical condition

Dhaka, Apr 7 (UNB) – The condition of the female madrasa student from Feni, who suffered 80 percent burns, is critical, doctors said on Sunday. A seven-member medical board, formed by the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the morning, examined the girl. The victim had accused Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa Principal Sirajuddoula of sexually harassing her. The principal ... Read More »

2 RU students die after ‘taking excessive liquor’

Rajshahi (Rajshahi University), Apr 7 (UNB) – Two students of Rajshahi University died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on Sunday reportedly after taking excessive liquor. The deceased were identified as Muhtasim Rafid Khan, a 3rd-year student of Law department, and Turzo Roy, another 3rd-year student of Economics department. Proctor Prof Lutfor Rahman said the two students used to live at ... Read More »

To the cricket victors, the spoils!

Ashikur Rahman Haydarabad Sporting Club held its annual Cricket Grand Final on the weekend. Village family homes emptied to watch the local (and would be international) teen stars battle it out for glory on the temporary cricket ground they had made. Anti corporal punishment crusader Sir Frank Peters was the special Guest of Honour on the happy occasion. In his ... Read More »

Female madrasa student set on fire at Feni exam centre

Feni, Apr 6 (UNB) – A female madrasa student, who had accused her principal of sexually harassing her, was set afire allegedly by fellow students in Sonagazi Upazila on Saturday. But some madrasa students claimed it was an attempted self-immolation. The girl went to Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa centre around 9:30am when some students, loyal to Principal Sirajuddoula, took ... Read More »

Barisal University reopens Sunday after 9-day closure

Barishal, Apr 6 (UNB) – Shortly after the decision to reopen the university on Sunday, students of Barisal University on Saturday evening announced to continue their movement until the resignation of their Vice-chancellor Prof SM Imamul Huq. Mohiuddin Ahmed Sifat, who is leading the movement, made the announcement at a press conference at the Barishal Press Club in the afternoon. ... Read More »

Ex-clerk held for raping schoolgirl for years

Chapainawabganj, Apr 5 (UNB) – A man accused of blackmailing and raping a female high school student for several years was arrested on Friday morning from Naogaon. Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) identified the man as Rahim Badsha, 40, son of Ekramul Haq of Telkupi village in Shibganj upazila.   “Badsha has been raping the girl for five years,” Squadron Leader ... Read More »

JU Alumni Assoc election April 5

Savar (Dhaka) April 04 – The Election of Jahangirnagar University Alumni Association Executive Committee will be held on Friday 5 April. But the general secretary candidate S.M Shadat Hossen expressed fear about the Election at a press briefing held at Jahangirnagar University Journalist Association(JUJA) at Wednesday 3.00 PM(3 April). He requested the Journalist to be present at the election spot ... Read More »

Education for all—refugees too

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 3 2019 (IPS) – Young Rohingya refugees are now facing new hardships as the Bangladeshi government cracks down on their education and future opportunities. Since January, the Government of Bangladesh has ordered the expulsion of Rohingya refugee children from schools, prompting an outcry from human rights groups. “The Bangladeshi government’s policy of tracking down and expelling Rohingya refugee ... Read More »

Attack on DU student: Ducsu VP threatens tougher demo

Dhaka, Apr 3 (UNB) – Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) Vice-president Nurul Haque Nur on Wednesday threaten to launch a tougher movement if the university authorities do not take any action within four days against those who assaulted him and a resident student of Salimullah Muslim Hall. The VP gave the ultimatum while attending a protest rally in front ... Read More »

Ducsu VP Nur ‘confined, assaulted by pro-govt BCL men’

Dhaka University, Apr 2 (UNB) – Newly elected Dhaka University Central Student Union (Ducsu) Vice President (VP) Nurul Haque Nur was physically assaulted and confined allegedly by leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Salimullah Muslim Hall unit on Tuesday. Witnesses said the BCL men slapped and harassed Nur when he along with his followers and general students went ... Read More »

The case of Rohingya refugee students in BD – HRW

The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district to dismiss Rohingya students, who lack Bangladeshi citizenship. The Bangladesh government should cease the expulsions of Rohingya refugee students from schools and ensure that ... Read More »

JU suspends 5 Chhatra League activists for mugging

Jahangirnagar University, Apr 1 (UNB) – The university suspended five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for mugging and assault on Monday. They are –  Sanjay Ghosh of drama and dramatics, Mohammad Al Razi of government and politics, Raihan Patwary of geological sciences, Mokarram Shiblu of philosophy, and Shah Mostaq Shaikat of computer science. Three of them were caught red-handed ... Read More »

DU students demand removal of outsiders from dorms

Dhaka, Apr 1 (UNB)— Residential students of Dhaka University’s SM Hall demonstrated on early Monday against outsiders staying at the dormitory. They demanded that outsiders and non-students vacate the hall immediately. More than 400 students are forced to stay at the hall’s veranda because of acute seat shortage. SM Hall authorities later ordered outsiders to leave immediately, and gave non-students, whose ... Read More »

BAU BCL section demand expulsion committee

Dhaka – A section of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders and activists demanded the expulsion of the existing expired committee and also demanded immediate punishment who are involved in the attack on election seekers to the upcoming committee. They voiced the demand at a press conference at university journalist’ association office . On 24 March, BAU BCL unit president and ... Read More »

About 1.3 million to appear at BD HSC exams from Monday

Dhaka, March 31 – At least over 1.3 mln examinees are going to sit for Higher Secondary School (HSC) examinations beginning Monday. Education ministry sources said they have taken all necessary preparations to hold HSC examinations without any irregularities and warned that tougher actions would be taken if found any lapses in conducting exams. A total of 13,51,505 examinees would ... Read More »

HSC & equivalent examinations begin Monday

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations will begin across the country on Monday. This year, a total of 13,51,309 students are expected to sit for the exams. The examinations will end on May 5 while the practical exams will begin on May 12 and end on May 21. Read More »

Barisal Varsity VC says sorry for his remarks against pupils

Barishal, Mar 29 – Amid growing student protests, Barisal University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Imamul Haque on Friday expressed sorrows for his recent ‘offensive comment’. In a press statement signed by university public relations officer Faisal Ahmed, the VC requested the media to publish his apology saying that his recent remark was misunderstood by the students. Unambiguously, I want to say ... Read More »