- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The public universities of the country are set to begin their admission tests from October 1 and will continue to take the tests through to December.
The schedules for the 31 public universities were recently announced by the Association of Universities of Bangladesh, a platform of vice chancellors from all public universities.
A meeting of the association, chaired by its President Ruhul Amin, finalised the schedules last Tuesday.
The series of admission tests will kick off with the exam for National University on October 1.
Key indicators of the HSC examination results published yesterday are showing that students – whose schedules have been put in disarray by political unrest – have performed poorly this year.
Pass rate and the number of students achieving the highest grade point both mark a decline following last few years’ upward trend.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid both said the results would have been much better had the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance not enforced violent blockades and hartals during the exams earlier this year.
The government blames political unrest for poor HSC results, but academics say students could not adopt to new creative questions and teachers were not up to the mark either.
“Introduction of the creative writing system resulted in poor performance in the HSC examinations. Students failed to understand and hence properly answer the questions. The teachers were also not able to give them clear idea about the new method,” said Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam, professor of English at Dhaka University.
Detectives yesterday started extensive surveillance on three suspects for their involvement in the murder of Niladri Chatterjee, who was killed on Friday at his Goran flat allegedly in the hands of radical Islamists.
The trio were identified based on statements of the wife of the slain secularist writer, neighbours and locals, and also by analysing the post-mortem and the inquest reports.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh have strongly denounced the vile aggression committed against Niladri Chatterjee Niloy and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban has voiced deep concern over these gruesome crimes and their impact on the exercise of freedom of expression in Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the overall HSC results this year would have been much better had the BNP-Jamaat nexus not engaged in suicidal activities during the examinations.
“If the BNP-Jamaat had not carried out suicidal activities and engaged in arson attacks, the pass percentage [in HSC] would have been much better,” she said.
Hasina came up with the observation after Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the HSC results of 10 education boards to her at Ganabhaban.
Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday expressed their concern over the deteriorating condition of the baby hit by bullet in the womb of her mother,
They said the baby continued to lose weight but the premature baby is receiving the best treatment.
Her condition is stable except for weight loss. “But anything could happen anytime,” said one of the doctors.
The jaundice level has gone down and the baby was responding to her mother positively. She was also breastfed at an interval of two hours.
Students appeared in the HSC and equivalent examinations from Madrasa Education Board and Technical Education Board performed better than general students.
The madrasa students secured 90.19% pass rate, the highest among all the boards in the result. However, it was 94.08% the previous year.
Students under the Technical Education Board also came out with better results as they secured second position with 85.58% pass rate, a little higher than 85.02% of the last year.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 16 for further hearing on blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder case.
Judge Syeed Ahmed of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 fixed the date following a time petition filed by the prosecution counsels as the witness did not turn up before the court for giving testimony.
So far, depositions of five prosecution witnesses – Rajeeb’s father Dr Nazimuddin, younger brother Newaz Mortaja Haider, cousin Kazi Galibul Islam, Jakir Hossain and Jahirul Islam – have been recorded.
Students of science discipline fared better than those of other disciplines, with a total of 26,556 scoring GPA 5 in this year’s HSC exams.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said such performance was expected as the government had been encouraging science studies over the past few years.
“For a couple of years, this had been a concern among many that science students are not doing well and are also lagging behind those in other disciplines. Another concern was that pupils are reluctant to study science.
Two days into the gruesome murder of secular writer Niladri Chatterjee, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque yesterday advised the free-thinkers not to hurt religious feelings through their writings.
Mentioning that it is a punishable offence, Shahidul said: “No one should cross the limit. And for hurting someone’s religious sentiment, the person will be punished by the law.”
Maximum punishment under the Penal Code and the ICT Act is 14 years of jail sentence.
A Dhaka court yesterday extended the submission deadline for the probe report on the murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi to October 8.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate SM Ashiqur Rahman issued the order as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Wares Ali of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), who is the investigation officer of the sensational murder case, failed to submit the report yesterday, the previously scheduled submission deadline.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo bail after he surrendered to the court and filed a bail petition in a vandalism case.
Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ali Masud Sheikh bailed him after the petition was submitted by his counsel Md Sanaullah Miah.
The case was filed in connection with vandalising a BRTC bus and setting it on fire in front of Baitul Mukarram mosque on January 6.
The driver of the bus lodged the case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday questioned BNP leader Taimur Alam Khandoker regarding his alleged involvement with corruption misusing power in allocating 11 shops of Ondho O Bodhir Organisation (an organisation for sight and hearing-impaired people).
The commission’s Assistant Director Sheikh Abdus Salam interrogated him at the ACC headquarters at the capital’s Segunbagicha from 10:30am to 1pm.
Railway police arrested a man along with 10 gold bars from Chandpur Railway Boro Station on Saturday night.
The arrested is Mridul Chandra Dhar, 40, hailing from Patiya upazila under Chittagong district.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Abul Kalam Azad of Chandpur Railway police station said acting on a tip-off, the General Railway Police challenged Mridul and found 10 gold bars from inside his baggage.
“Each gold bar weighs 10 tola. Mridul was scheduled to reach Dhaka by a launch from Chandpur to smuggle the gold,” said ASI Abul Kalam.
Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury yesterday offered unconditional apology before the International Crimes Tribunal 2 for his contemptuous remarks on its judges.
Sayed Ahmed Raza, a counsel for Zafrullah, submitted the petition before the three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan. The tribunal will hear the matter today.
Freedom fighter Zafrullah was present at the tribunal during the submission. A video footage containing his comments was shown inside the court.
Parliamentary standing committees have failed to play their effective roles due mainly to party influence and conflict of personal interest, says the Transparency International of Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday.
In its latest findings on actions of parliamentary standing committee it found that the committees lacked transparency and accountability because of shortage of frankness, curbing access to information, limited involvement of people and absence of evaluation framework.
In a speech critical of the prime minister’s energy advisor and state minister for power and energy, Md Tajul Islam, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, said the energy sector lacked good governance.
“Its like a reign of illegal gas connections. This should not be going on. As a watchdog, the parliamentary committee has taken the matter seriously to stop it,” Tajul said at a seminar on National Energy Security Day 2015 at Petrobangla Auditorium in the capital yesterday.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has proposed to its Indian counterpart that short-term visas be issued to travellers between Bangladesh and India in order to curb illegal border crossings.
“A short-term visa issued on arrival for a two or three day stay would improve the situation at the border,” the director general of BGB, Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, said.
Aziz made the proposal in New Delhi last week at the annual summit conference between the directors general of the BGB and India’s Border Security Force (BSF).
A Chittagong court yesterday granted bail to former Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and 15 others in a corruption case filed over allocating shops of Chittagong City Corporation.
Chittagong Divisional Special Judge Md Ruhul Amin passed the order. The court fixed September 22 for the hearing of another under-trial case against Mohiuddin which was lodged for discrepancies in his wealth statement.
Defence counsel Iftekhar Saimul Chowdhury said Mohiuddin, also the president of the Awami League Chittagong unit, and others surrendered before the court yesterday.