Nation this week

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka yesterday. Prof Zafar Iqbal, a faculty member of Computer Science and Engineering department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, was attacked with a knife on the campus on Saturday. Photo: BSS


Zafar Iqbal attacked

Renowned writer and teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Dr Muhammed ZafarIqbal was seriously injured in a knife attack on the campus on March 3. SUST Assistant Proctor Abu Hena Pahil said a young man, aged around 24-25, swooped on Dr Zafar Iqbal, while he was delivering his speech on the closing day of a two-day celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ at Mukta Mancha. The attacker stabbed him in the back of his head, leaving him injured. However, SUST students caught the attacker from the Shikkha Bhaban-1 after the attack and gave him a mass beating before handing him over to police.


Bangladesh asks Myanmar to pull its troops from border

Myanmar on March 1 deployed a huge contingent of its army with heavy weapons along the Tombru border with Bangladesh, creating panic among the Rohingyas on the adjacent no-man’s land. Frightened, some of the refugees entered the Bangladesh territory. Terming the army deployment a violation of border norms, Border Guard Bangladesh also increased its strength along the border at Bandarban’s Naikhyangchhari to “face any circumstances”. Myanmar made the move 10 days after it had agreed to take back the Rohingyas from the no-man’s land. Dhaka, on the very same day, summoned Myanmar Ambassador Lwin Oo and asked for immediate withdrawal of the troops.


Hajj Operators: 52 fined Tk 9 crore for irregularities

The religious affairs ministry has fined 52 hajj agents over Tk 9 crore and cancelled and suspended licences of 76 after finding irregularities in their operations last year. The ministry also took other actions, including forfeiting deposits and issuing warnings, against 14 hajj operators, according to a document of the ministry. The irregularities include failure to send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia despite getting their visas, inability to provide accommodation, food and other facilities in Saudi Arabia as promised and realising additional money from them.


Quota in Civil Service: HC snubs plea for re-evaluation

The High Court on March 5 rejected a writ petition that sought re-evaluation and scrapping of the existing quota system in the civil service, as the writ petitioners are not affected by the system and it is a policy decision of the government. The court passed the order saying that the petition was not acceptable for the two reasons. Following the HC order, the quota system in government service will remain in force. The court said the three writ petitioners include two journalists and a university student, but they were not aggrieved for the quota system as they did not apply for any government job.



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