- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A radical Islamist preacher and his seven followers, all expelled students of a private university, have been convicted for the murder of secular writer and war crimes trial campaigner Ahmed Rajeeb Haider in the midst of the 2013 Shahbagh movement.
Motivated by a former leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir who was sentenced to death yesterday, the six other students of North South University planned the murder and killed Rajeeb with machetes in front of his house at Palashbari of Pallabi on February 15 reportedly for his writings critical of Islam.
A trial court judge has observed that the meritorious young generation is going astray as they are loosing morality nowadays. As a result, they are being motivated by others towards the wrong path.
Dhaka’s Special Trial Tribunal 3 Judge Sayeed Ahmed made the observation while delivering judgement in secular blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder case. Seven expelled students of North South University and a religious scholar were given punishment on various terms in the case.
A day after the municipal elections, polls-related violence killed at least one person and injured over 20 people in separate clashes across the country yesterday.
The fatality occurred during clashes at Dhulihor village in Hossainpur upazila of Kishoreganj. The deceased, 50-year-old Kashem Miah, was a supporter of the local defeated councillor contestant Wasim.
Around 98.52% examinees have passed Primary School Certificate (PSC) examination while 95.13% examinees have passed PSC equivalent Ebtedayee examination in 2015, according to the results published yesterday.
The PSC pass rate in 2015 increased from the previous year’s 97.92%, but the Ebtedayee pass rate decreased slightly from the previous year’s 95.98%.
With an increased number of GPA 5 success, around 92.33% examinees of Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations have passed in the country in 2015, according to the results that were published yesterday.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed the results over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban around 10am. The prime minister then published the result.
The education minister later held a press conference at the Secretariat in the capital, where he disclosed different statistics regarding the results of 2015.
According to commentators and former election officials, the political parties as well as the Election Commission all achieved some measure of their objectives in the recently concluded municipal polls.
The ruling Awami League (AL) needed to show that a democratic polity indeed prevails in Bangladesh. The BNP needed to exploit a political space that had been closed up. Finally, the Election Commission (EC) needed to improve its tarnished image.
By these measures, all three could look at the municipal polls as a success.
Wednesday’s municipal elections saw a 73.92% voter turnout, the Election Commission has said.
Out of 234 municipalities that saw elections take place, the EC has so far received results of 214 municipalities, while election was suspended in Narsingdi’s Madhabdi and results in 19 others remain pending because voting in 39 polling centres of those municipalities were cancelled.
EC Secretary Sirajul Islam made the disclosure while talking to reporters yesterday at his office in EC secretariat.
Gonojagoron Moncho brought out a torch procession in the city yesterday, rejecting the verdict in the blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider killing case.
The moncho activists started the procession from Shahbagh intersection around 5:45pm following a demonstration there.
Speaking at the demonstration, Imran H Sarkar said the killers of Rajeeb were not handed down due punishment.
The Election Working Group (EWG) said although there were some irregularities and violence, the authenticity of the entire election was not in question.
The EWG said the municipality election held on December 30 in 234 municipalities could not be questioned due to some scattered incidents.
They said this at a press conference titled Preliminary Statement on the Municipal Elections in the capital’s National Press Club yesterday morning.
Rejecting the municipal polls result, the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday demanded resignation of the government and the Election Commission.
“The incumbent government’s undemocratic, fascist behaviour and Election Commission’s failure to carry out its constitutional duty proves that no election would be free, fair and acceptable under this government.
“For this reason BNP and its 20-party alliance rejected yesterday’s municipal polls result,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the BNP.
The Supreme Court yesterday released the full judgement of the appeals case of condemned war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee, delivered nearly 16 months ago.
The release of the full verdict paves way for the state to file a review plea seeking death penalty for the war criminal.
While 2015’s high-profile murders and militant attacks cause it to stand out, the plodding and ineffectual investigations that have followed make it just like any other year.
Law enforcers now fear a rise in suicide bombings, after India’s National Intelligence Agency shared intelligence with Dhaka about possible suicide attacks by the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Two foreign nationals, five secular-minded bloggers, three Islamic scholars and two members of law enforcement agencies were murdered in 2015.
The BNP’s participation in the municipality elections proved that the Awami League-led government is legal, said Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday.
He said the BNP contested the polls because it had realised its mistakes, but also blamed the party for rejecting election results.
Hanif was addressing a press briefing at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office in the capital.
Rampant vote rigging, clashes allegedly took place during Wednesday’s election at five polling centres of Manikganj Sadar municipality.
Sources said around 150 people led by Abu Bakkar Siddique Tusar, suspended Jubo League activist and also stalwart of State Minister for Health Zahid Malik, entered Shaheed Titumir Academy around 7:30am Wednesday and started casting fake votes in favour of AL-backed mayor candidate Ramjan Ali.
The government has extended the deadline to collect retro-reflecting digital number plate with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags for motor vehicles by three months
A gazette notification was issued yesterday by Road Transport and Highways Division in this regard.
According the notification, automobile owners will have to collect these plates issued for them by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) within March 31.
In October this year, the government had set December 31 as the deadline.
Rajshahi students have emerged as the best in this year’s Junior School Certificate exams with a whopping 97.46% passing rate, the highest among the country’s education boards.
The number of GPA-5 achievers was also higher than before – 35,083 students getting the top score compared to last year’s 23,606 students.
Exam Controller Shamsul Kalam Azad announced the JSC results at the Rajshahi Education Board office yesterday afternoon, saying 218,084 of the appearing 223,754 students passed this year.
This year male students have done excellent in Junior School Certificate (JSC) under Chittagong Education Board lagging behind the girl students.
A total of 170,716 students passed the public examination this year in the board. Pass rate of the examination is 85.48% while the pass rate was 84.29% in last year.
A total of 12,268 students secured GPA 5 and the number was 10,487 in last year.
However, the average GPA 5 rate dropped than the last year as the sum stood at 7.29 from 8.26%.
This year, a total of 97.36% students successfully came out in the primary terminal examination PSC. The pass rate was dropped 0.51% compared to the previous year which was 98.87%Like previous year, schools in rural areas of Chittagong topped the Primary School Certificate (PSC) and equivalent examination, but students of urban areas secured highest number of GPA 5 grade.
This year, a total of 97.36% students successfully came out in the primary terminal examination PSC. The pass rate was dropped 0.51% compared to the previous year which was 98.87%.
A total of 97.26 percent students in Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations in six districts under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Barisal (BISEB), passed this year.
Sources said 1,03,181 students out of 1,06,085 passed the examinations, under the board, published yesterday.
The number of GPA-5 achievers this year is 13,464 in the board which is more than previous year, said BISEB sources.
A three-day ‘mega beach carnival’ began in the beach town Cox’s Bazar yesterday with a view to boosting the tourism industry as the government is going to mark the Tourism Year 2016.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the festival with presence of Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.
On the occasion, the beach town Cox’s Bazar took a colourful look. Renowned singers of the country are performing every day.