- November 19, 2017
Malaysia has agreed to open more sectors for Bangladeshi migrants through a new manpower recruitment scheme called G2G Plus, said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday.
He said Malaysia would recruit Bangladeshi workers in construction, service, manufacturing and agriculture sectors where it earlier hired only for the plantation sector.
Bangladesh Railways is going to start selling train tickets in advance from today in order to ease the journey of the home-bound people ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Railway Minister Mujibul Haque will visit Kamalapur Railway station today to monitor ticket sales.
Advance tickets for the Eid will be sold from today to September 19 and the return tickets will be sold from September 23 to 27.
Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in the country on September 25.
Demonstrations turned into celebrations yesterday following the withdrawal of an unpopular VAT on private university education, ending nearly a week of sit-ins that ground traffic to a halt in the capital and averting potential clashes between law enforcers and students.
The decision came following a directive from the prime minister that the tax be withdrawn.
In a U-turn on the contentious issue, the Awami League-led government appeared to back down in the face of public disapproval, but won tremendous support in the process.
Ready-made garments businessman Md Enamul Haque, charged with militant financing in a case filed with Chittagong’s Hathazari police station on February 19 under the Anti-Terrorism Act, was placed on two days’ remand yesterday.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order after Enamul was produced in court and shown arrested in a case lodged over the raid of Al Madrasatul Abu Bakar, the ideological training centre of new militant outfit Shaheed Hamza Brigade (SHB), in Hathazari upazila, said Prosecutor Abul Hashem.
In an attempt to regulate the Eid traffic rush, the government has decided to bar trucks from entering Dhaka city before 10pm and recommended that work on Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover stay suspended for the time being.
The restrictions will stay in place between September 20 and Eid day, according to decisions made by a special government taskforce yesterday.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran yesterday said water management was going to be the next focus of the bilateral relationship.
“I think after the land boundary agreement, we seem to be heading for that direction,” he said at a discussion on Bangladesh-India relationship in the city.
He said basin-wise management was mentioned deliberately in the Bangladesh-India framework agreement signed in 2011.
One more prosecution witness yesterday testified before a speedy trial tribunal of Dhaka in the case filed over the 2013 murder of blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider.
Judge Syeed Ahmed of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 recorded the deposition of blacksmith Manik Karmakar and fixed September 30 for next hearing in the case.
Manik told the court that Maksudul Hasan Anik, one of the seven students accused of the murder, had bought two machetes and four knifes for Tk2,600 from his shop located at Natunbazar in Vatara of the capital city before the killing of Rajeeb.
Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali died of a cardiac arrest yesterday morning at a hospital in Singapore. He was 67.
Acting secretary of the ministry Rupon Kanti Sheel confirmed the news: “He breathed his last in Singapore at 8.59 am (Bangladesh time),” the BSS reported.
A veteran freedom fighter, Syed Mohsin Ali left his wife, three daughters, relatives, party men and well-wishers to mourn his death.
He was an elected lawmaker from Habiganj-3 constituency.
A Dhaka speedy trial tribunal yesterday awarded the death sentence to a young man and different jail terms to three others for killing a Brac Bank official in 2011.
After examining records and witnesses, Judge Abdur Rahman Sardar of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 pronounced the verdict in the presence of three of the four convicts.
The condemned convict, Abdul Majid Dalim, 34, of Purba Balikha village in Dhamrai upazila of Dhaka, was also fined Tk20,000.
The National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reform (Nicar) has approved the constitution of Mymensingh division as the eighth administrative unit in the country.
The decision was made at Nicar’s meeting at the Secretariat yesterday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in chair.
Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters in this regard after the meeting.
Chairman of Jatiya Party Hossain Mohammad Ershad yesterday said every day people were dying in the country as there were no good governance in the country.
The Jatiya Party chief said: “We do not know how many people die every day. Rajon was killed in front of us. But we could not be able to save him.
Where is our morality?” he said while addressing the biennial conference, Khulna district unit, Jatiya Party held at Shahid Hodis Park in the city.
Students of Applied Physic and Electronic Engineering (APEE) department at Rajshahi University yesterday protested the authorities’ decision to launch a new department under Engineering Faculty.
Sources said ,in the last academic council meeting, the university authorities took a decision to launch a new department namely Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) under Engineering Faculty.
The students declared of boycotting classes and examinations for indefinite period in protest at the authorities’ decision.
Scenes of student protests turned into massive celebrations yesterday as soon as news broke that the government will be withdrawing its VAT on private university education.
The road blockades across the capital transformed into jubilant processions, with students expressing joy for what they are seeing as a victory for the united student movement.
Earlier around 10am, hundreds of private university students came to streets to join the sixth straight day of protests demanding withdrawal of the 7.5% VAT imposed on private university fees.
About 50,000 children lack access to education, as there is no primary school in 225 villages across the districtPrimary education in Shariatpur district is suffering a setback due to poverty and the shortage of schools in all six upazilas.
About 50,000 children lack access to education, as there is no primary school in 225 villages across the district, according to SEBA, an NGO working in Bhedarganj upazila.
The children, belonging to the age group of 8-12 years, do odd jobs for earning their livelihood instead of going to school.
The students of private universities pay roughly around Tk700,000 as tuition and other fees for a four-year degree and diploma.
The fees for students of private medical schools would be almost twice the amount – hovering around Tk14 lakh.
The figures emerged from interviews by Dhaka Tribune among the students
who staged demonstration during last couple of days protesting VAT suggests the figures. The government yesterday announced withdrawal of the VAT on the private universities and, medical and engineering
The government can listen
The first and most important lesson we learned is that, contrary to popular opinion and expectation, the government is willing to listen to protests, and that, in the right circumstances, it is willing to reverse course. This flexibility on the part of the government signals both a political maturity as well as a growing self-confidence that augers well, both for the government and for the public.
Compromise is not weakness
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named one of the winners of the United Nations’ highest environmental accolade for taking steps to address climate change.
The premier will accept the prize, the Champions of the Earth Award in the Policy Leadership, at a ceremony in New York on September 27, the UNB reported.
The award recognises Bangladesh’s initiatives under Hasina’s government to prepare the country for the challenges it faces from climate change.
Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on September 25 in the country as the new moon of the Hijri month of Zilhajj was not sighted anywhere in Bangladesh last night.
The announcement came after a meeting of National Moon Sighting Committee chaired by Shamim Mohammad Afzal, director general of the Islamic Foundation, at Baitul Mukarram in the capital, said a press released issued by the Islamic Foundation.
The BBIN working group has reportedly agreed to ease the visa issuance systemCargoes as well as passenger-carrying and personal vehicles from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal will be able to travel across each other’s borders from next January, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader has said.
The vehicles will cross borders in accordance with the BBIN motor vehicle agreement, the minister told reporters at the secretariat yesterday.
Six members of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Chittagong University (CU) unit were suspended from the party on Sunday night for breaching the organisation’s rules.
The suspended student activists are Sajidul Kabir of the mathematics department, Fahim of the accounting department, Shimul Bishwas of the marketing department, Imran Khan of the English department, Imam Hossain of the Islamic History department and Ataur Rahman of the Physiology department, sources said.
All six of them are the intake of the 2012-13 academic year in the university.