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Aritree’s suicide shocks the society

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Dhaka  Metropolitan police  arrested Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Class IX class teacher Hasna Hena from the city’s Uttara area on Wednesday night  for  her  involvement  in  provoking  suicide  of   a  class nine  student  of the institution.
Three teachers—acting Principal Nazneen Ferdous, morning shift in-charge of Bailey Road branch Zeenat Akhter and Aritree’s class teacher Hasna Hena—were suspended following an education ministry order,
These actions came hours after the government scrapped “monthly pay order” benefits for the teachers and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid instructed the school’s governing body to fire the teachers.
Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.
Earlier on Wednesday,  Education Minister Nurul Islam in a press briefing at the Secretariat said the decision was taken based on the findings provided by ministry-formed probe body.
He also said that instruction has been given to take departmental and legal action against the accused following recommendations by the probe body.
On Tuesday, the Education Ministry formed the three-member probe committee led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, to submit its report within three days.
“The probe body has found that three teachers had threatened the victim’s parents and behaved with them rudely when they came to meet them,” he said.
“We’ve recommended the managing committee of the school to suspend the three accused teachers and decided to cancel the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) of the three teachers,” said Nahid adding that the decision of cancellation of the MPO has already come into effect.
“We’ve also recommended the managing committee to take necessary administrative steps and other legal steps necessary.”
The minister said the committee has also identified various irregularities in the institute, including in its admission process and coaching business.
“These irregularities have been going on for years. The school authorities have opened additional sections in each class and new branch without taking necessary approval. Even, complaints of taking around Tk 10 lakh for admission of a single student has been raised against the school authorities,” the minister added.
Amid the protests  by  the  students and guardians, the authorites  suspended  all the c;asses  and examination for indefinite period.  
When  the matter  was  brought  to  the notice  of  the court,    the  High Court  on Tuesday made an observation that the suicide by the student of Viqarunnisa Noon School is heart-rending and termed the insult of her parents a ‘very bad example’.
The High Court has directed the authorities concerned to form a five-member committee to determine the cause of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College girl Aritri Adhikari’s death and submit a report within a month.
The committee, headed by the additional education secretary, will aim formulating a national policy to prevent similar incidents further. It was asked to  report  within  a  month.
The HC bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahsan and KM Kamrul passed the order after the matter had been brought to the court on Tuesday (Dec 3).
Barrister Anik R Haque, Jyotirmoy Barua, Ainunnahar Siddiqa and Jesmin Sultana presents.

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Dhaka  Metropolitan police  arrested Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Class IX class teacher Hasna Hena from the city’s Uttara area on Wednesday night  for  her  involvement  in  provoking  suicide  of   a  class nine  student  of the institution.
Three teachers—acting Principal Nazneen Ferdous, morning shift in-charge of Bailey Road branch Zeenat Akhter and Aritree’s class teacher Hasna Hena—were suspended following an education ministry order,
These actions came hours after the government scrapped “monthly pay order” benefits for the teachers and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid instructed the school’s governing body to fire the teachers.
Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
Victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.
Earlier on Wednesday,  Education Minister Nurul Islam in a press briefing at the Secretariat said the decision was taken based on the findings provided by ministry-formed probe body.
He also said that instruction has been given to take departmental and legal action against the accused following recommendations by the probe body.
On Tuesday, the Education Ministry formed the three-member probe committee led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, to submit its report within three days.
“The probe body has found that three teachers had threatened the victim’s parents and behaved with them rudely when they came to meet them,” he said.
“We’ve recommended the managing committee of the school to suspend the three accused teachers and decided to cancel the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) of the three teachers,” said Nahid adding that the decision of cancellation of the MPO has already come into effect.
“We’ve also recommended the managing committee to take necessary administrative steps and other legal steps necessary.”
The minister said the committee has also identified various irregularities in the institute, including in its admission process and coaching business.
“These irregularities have been going on for years. The school authorities have opened additional sections in each class and new branch without taking necessary approval. Even, complaints of taking around Tk 10 lakh for admission of a single student has been raised against the school authorities,” the minister added.
Amid the protests  by  the  students and guardians, the authorites  suspended  all the c;asses  and examination for indefinite period.  
When  the matter  was  brought  to  the notice  of  the court,    the  High Court  on Tuesday made an observation that the suicide by the student of Viqarunnisa Noon School is heart-rending and termed the insult of her parents a ‘very bad example’.
The High Court has directed the authorities concerned to form a five-member committee to determine the cause of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College girl Aritri Adhikari’s death and submit a report within a month.
The committee, headed by the additional education secretary, will aim formulating a national policy to prevent similar incidents further. It was asked to  report  within  a  month.
The HC bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahsan and KM Kamrul passed the order after the matter had been brought to the court on Tuesday (Dec 3).
Barrister Anik R Haque, Jyotirmoy Barua, Ainunnahar Siddiqa and Jesmin Sultana presents.


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EC gets 543 appeal for review

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A total of 543 hopeful candidates submitted their appeals to the Election Commission challenging the cancellation of their nomination papers during scrutiny.
The returning officers on December 2 cancelled a total of 786 nomination papers out of 3,065 on various grounds including conviction, graft cases, loan defaults, flawed filling of forms.  So far, 2,279 candidates are declared  valid after the scrutiny of the nomination papers on December 2.
With the submission of appeals being over, it has been found that a total of 243 candidates did not appeal to the Commission, challenging the cancellation of their papers.
The nomination papers of aspirant candidates Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, Golam Mawla Roni, Ruhul Amin Howlader of Jatiya Party, Reza Kibria who is the son of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, were rejected due to loan defaults and other causes.
Meanwhile, advocates on behalf jailed Khaleda Zia yesterday submitted three appeals to the EC, challenging the cancellation of her nomination forms from three constituencies—Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7—where the BNP submitted the nomination forms for her.
Barrister Kawsar Kamal submitted appeals for Feni-1, Barrister Nowshad Jamir for Bogura-6 and Advocate Masum Ahmed for Bogura-7.
The Returning Officers cancelled her nomination papers on the ground that she had been convicted for over two years in a graft case. The EC’s law bars anyone convicted for two years and before the completion of five years after his/her release.
However, BNP has termed the cancellation of Khaleda’s nomination papers as a “blue print of the government”.
Now, the EC would hold hearings of the aggrieved aspirant candidates to settle their dispute during  specified  dates    from December 6 to 8.   
EC held the hearing of appeal cases   from serial  1 to 160 starting at 10 am on December 6.   while on December 7 the hearing of appeals from 161 to 310 would be held, and on December 8 the hearings of appeals from 311 to 543 will be held, EC sources said.
During the scrutiny some heavyweight aspirants including Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in jail after being convicted in a graft case, senior BNP leaders like Aman Ullah Aman, Sultan Ahmed, Aminul Haque, Morshed Milton, Major (retd) Md Akheruzzaman, Joynal Abedin, Kamrul Islam Mohammad Walid, Abdus Sattar, Kamruzzaman Kamrul were disqualified.
EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told the media at the Election Bhaban on Wednesday   that  they would upload the final list of the candidates on its website on December 8.
According  to election schedule, the date  of  withdrawal of candidacy is  fixed on December 8 and the distribution   of  electoral symbol would be completed on December 9.
The candidates are allowed to officially  start election campaign from December 9 after getting the electoral symbols to contest the polls on December 30.
Meanwhile,   the  main opposition  BNP on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to quickly dispose of petitions filed against the decisions of returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the 11th parliamentary elections.
The party in a letter, signed by its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, requested the Chief Election Commissioner to sort out the petitions by December 7 or within a quickest possible time so that political parties can finalise their respective candidates within the stipulated time.
BNP Joint Secretary Moazzem Hossain Alal handed over the letter to EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed at his office in the city.
“If there’s any delay in disposal of the petitions, it’ll create complexity for political parties in finalising candidates by December 9,” the letter reads.
Political parties will have to send letters to the returning officers and the Election Commission informing their final candidates in case of more than one party aspirants  in any constituency.
BNP in another letter sent to the EC on Wednesday again demanded an immediate stop to the detention, arrest and harassment of its leaders and activists by law enforcement agencies.

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A total of 543 hopeful candidates submitted their appeals to the Election Commission challenging the cancellation of their nomination papers during scrutiny.
The returning officers on December 2 cancelled a total of 786 nomination papers out of 3,065 on various grounds including conviction, graft cases, loan defaults, flawed filling of forms.  So far, 2,279 candidates are declared  valid after the scrutiny of the nomination papers on December 2.
With the submission of appeals being over, it has been found that a total of 243 candidates did not appeal to the Commission, challenging the cancellation of their papers.
The nomination papers of aspirant candidates Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, Golam Mawla Roni, Ruhul Amin Howlader of Jatiya Party, Reza Kibria who is the son of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, were rejected due to loan defaults and other causes.
Meanwhile, advocates on behalf jailed Khaleda Zia yesterday submitted three appeals to the EC, challenging the cancellation of her nomination forms from three constituencies—Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7—where the BNP submitted the nomination forms for her.
Barrister Kawsar Kamal submitted appeals for Feni-1, Barrister Nowshad Jamir for Bogura-6 and Advocate Masum Ahmed for Bogura-7.
The Returning Officers cancelled her nomination papers on the ground that she had been convicted for over two years in a graft case. The EC’s law bars anyone convicted for two years and before the completion of five years after his/her release.
However, BNP has termed the cancellation of Khaleda’s nomination papers as a “blue print of the government”.
Now, the EC would hold hearings of the aggrieved aspirant candidates to settle their dispute during  specified  dates    from December 6 to 8.   
EC held the hearing of appeal cases   from serial  1 to 160 starting at 10 am on December 6.   while on December 7 the hearing of appeals from 161 to 310 would be held, and on December 8 the hearings of appeals from 311 to 543 will be held, EC sources said.
During the scrutiny some heavyweight aspirants including Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in jail after being convicted in a graft case, senior BNP leaders like Aman Ullah Aman, Sultan Ahmed, Aminul Haque, Morshed Milton, Major (retd) Md Akheruzzaman, Joynal Abedin, Kamrul Islam Mohammad Walid, Abdus Sattar, Kamruzzaman Kamrul were disqualified.
EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told the media at the Election Bhaban on Wednesday   that  they would upload the final list of the candidates on its website on December 8.
According  to election schedule, the date  of  withdrawal of candidacy is  fixed on December 8 and the distribution   of  electoral symbol would be completed on December 9.
The candidates are allowed to officially  start election campaign from December 9 after getting the electoral symbols to contest the polls on December 30.
Meanwhile,   the  main opposition  BNP on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to quickly dispose of petitions filed against the decisions of returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the 11th parliamentary elections.
The party in a letter, signed by its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, requested the Chief Election Commissioner to sort out the petitions by December 7 or within a quickest possible time so that political parties can finalise their respective candidates within the stipulated time.
BNP Joint Secretary Moazzem Hossain Alal handed over the letter to EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed at his office in the city.
“If there’s any delay in disposal of the petitions, it’ll create complexity for political parties in finalising candidates by December 9,” the letter reads.
Political parties will have to send letters to the returning officers and the Election Commission informing their final candidates in case of more than one party aspirants  in any constituency.
BNP in another letter sent to the EC on Wednesday again demanded an immediate stop to the detention, arrest and harassment of its leaders and activists by law enforcement agencies.


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Govt plunged into ‘uncertainty’, says Dr Kamal

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The Jatiya Oikya Front   leader Dr Kamal Hossain observed  that  the government had  plunged  into   uncertainty as  the Oikya Front joined the election. He said this while speaking with journalists at the inaugural ceremony of the Oikya Front’s new office at the capital’s Bijoynagar on Wednesday.
Calling upon the media to keep vigil against any “unlawful activities” by law enforcers during the forthcoming parliamentary election, Dr Kamal said, “If you see any irregularities by police, report it. This responsibility of you (the media) is very important and crucial on the election day.”
He also said their alliance will unveil their election manifesto by December 8. Dr Kamal, the president of Gono Forum, a component of the Oikya Front, reiterated his call to the public for “guarding the polling centers” during election.
He said, “Efforts are on to interfere in holding an impartial and independent election, if you (media and people) remain alert and play an active role we’ll able to tackle it in many ways.” Kamal Hossain said the upcoming national election is very important for the restoration of people’s ownership of the country. “People are deprived of their ownership of the country. People must be vigilant to ensure a fair election.
“People, the country’s owners, have now no control over the country. That’s why unelected people became MPs. We’ve long been waiting to get rid of it and an opportunity has come to restore people’s ownership through the election,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday,  Dr Kamal Hossain questioned the role of the Election Commission  in regards  to  ensuring credible and fair polls. “We’ve got the independence through an election. People still expect many things from the election. Election Commission must demonstrate its neutrality for holding a free and fair election,” he said.
Kamal came up with the observation while talking to reporters after a meeting with National Democratic Institute (NDI) at a city hotel on Tuesday. He said, “You’re observing the activities of the Election Commission and evaluate whether it’s working neutrally.”
The senior politician also said though the Oikya Front had a demand for delaying the election for a month, the EC only deferred it by a week.  “The Election Commission is not supposed to be loyal to the government and the government can’t ask the Commission not to defer the election,” he added.   
Gano Forum’s Habiganj-1 seat candidate Dr Reza Kibria was also present at the meeting. Reza said the NDI asked them about the election atmosphere and level-playing field and Dr Kamal briefed them about it.He said he talked about the cancelation of his nomination papers by the returning officer.

EC should resign : Fakhrul
Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said if the election commissioners fail to perform their duties in a proper manner, they should step down.He came up with the observation while talking to reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the city yesterday.Fakhrul said, “We want to say clearly that the countrymen want a free and fair election.”
He alleged that the government wants to come to power again by holding a one-sided election using the EC. A total of 1,972 opposition activists were arrested and the arrests have been continuing since the day of nomination filing, he further alleged.
The district judges were also directed not to grant bail to the opposition activists, he said.He further said there is no level-playing field for all political parties before the elections.”We reiterate that we have joined the polls as a part of our movement. We also want release of Khaleda Zia,” he said.

Khaleda’s  bail  upheld  in appeal
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the arson attack in Cumilla on January 25, 2015.
The seven-member bench of Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order following a petition filed by the state, UNB reports.
The SC also asked the authorities concerned to file leave-to-petition in the regular bench and fixed December 13 for next hearing.
On November 28, the HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case.
On October 15, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a bail petition with the High Court after the Special Judge Court-1 of Cumilla denied the former prime minister bail on September 13 in the case.
The HC accepted Khaleda’s appeal for hearing and issued a rule seeking explanation as to why she would not get bail on October 24.
On 25 January 2015, a covered van was set on fire at Haiderpool of Chouddagram municipality on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
The following day, sub-inspector Nuruzzaman of Chouddagram Police Station filed a case against the BNP chairperson and 31 other leaders and activists of the party over the incident.

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The Jatiya Oikya Front   leader Dr Kamal Hossain observed  that  the government had  plunged  into   uncertainty as  the Oikya Front joined the election. He said this while speaking with journalists at the inaugural ceremony of the Oikya Front’s new office at the capital’s Bijoynagar on Wednesday.
Calling upon the media to keep vigil against any “unlawful activities” by law enforcers during the forthcoming parliamentary election, Dr Kamal said, “If you see any irregularities by police, report it. This responsibility of you (the media) is very important and crucial on the election day.”
He also said their alliance will unveil their election manifesto by December 8. Dr Kamal, the president of Gono Forum, a component of the Oikya Front, reiterated his call to the public for “guarding the polling centers” during election.
He said, “Efforts are on to interfere in holding an impartial and independent election, if you (media and people) remain alert and play an active role we’ll able to tackle it in many ways.” Kamal Hossain said the upcoming national election is very important for the restoration of people’s ownership of the country. “People are deprived of their ownership of the country. People must be vigilant to ensure a fair election.
“People, the country’s owners, have now no control over the country. That’s why unelected people became MPs. We’ve long been waiting to get rid of it and an opportunity has come to restore people’s ownership through the election,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday,  Dr Kamal Hossain questioned the role of the Election Commission  in regards  to  ensuring credible and fair polls. “We’ve got the independence through an election. People still expect many things from the election. Election Commission must demonstrate its neutrality for holding a free and fair election,” he said.
Kamal came up with the observation while talking to reporters after a meeting with National Democratic Institute (NDI) at a city hotel on Tuesday. He said, “You’re observing the activities of the Election Commission and evaluate whether it’s working neutrally.”
The senior politician also said though the Oikya Front had a demand for delaying the election for a month, the EC only deferred it by a week.  “The Election Commission is not supposed to be loyal to the government and the government can’t ask the Commission not to defer the election,” he added.   
Gano Forum’s Habiganj-1 seat candidate Dr Reza Kibria was also present at the meeting. Reza said the NDI asked them about the election atmosphere and level-playing field and Dr Kamal briefed them about it.He said he talked about the cancelation of his nomination papers by the returning officer.

EC should resign : Fakhrul
Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said if the election commissioners fail to perform their duties in a proper manner, they should step down.He came up with the observation while talking to reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in the city yesterday.Fakhrul said, “We want to say clearly that the countrymen want a free and fair election.”
He alleged that the government wants to come to power again by holding a one-sided election using the EC. A total of 1,972 opposition activists were arrested and the arrests have been continuing since the day of nomination filing, he further alleged.
The district judges were also directed not to grant bail to the opposition activists, he said.He further said there is no level-playing field for all political parties before the elections.”We reiterate that we have joined the polls as a part of our movement. We also want release of Khaleda Zia,” he said.

Khaleda’s  bail  upheld  in appeal
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the arson attack in Cumilla on January 25, 2015.
The seven-member bench of Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order following a petition filed by the state, UNB reports.
The SC also asked the authorities concerned to file leave-to-petition in the regular bench and fixed December 13 for next hearing.
On November 28, the HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case.
On October 15, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a bail petition with the High Court after the Special Judge Court-1 of Cumilla denied the former prime minister bail on September 13 in the case.
The HC accepted Khaleda’s appeal for hearing and issued a rule seeking explanation as to why she would not get bail on October 24.
On 25 January 2015, a covered van was set on fire at Haiderpool of Chouddagram municipality on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
The following day, sub-inspector Nuruzzaman of Chouddagram Police Station filed a case against the BNP chairperson and 31 other leaders and activists of the party over the incident.


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