Dhaka Courier

Education authorities announced promotion

Education authorities announced promotion or otherwise of class-8 students in all state schools and madrasas will be based on evaluation by their respective educational institutions. The decision was communicated to the chiefs of all educational institutions through a letter of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Dhaka. It said the decision was taken considering the overall situation of coronavirus pandemic. Further instructions will be issued in due time.

The letter referred to an Education Ministry release that requested the bodies concerned to take necessary steps over the promotion of class-8 students to the next standard through evaluation at their respective institutions. The government had earlier announced the cancellation of Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate examinations due to the prevailing adverse situation.

 

Dhaka University decided to ban Rag Day celebrations on campus as part of the academic calendar, terming it an "inhuman, brutal, and unethical" practice. The decision was taken during a meeting of the university's Academic Council, held virtually.Students celebrate Rag Day with much festivity, including colourful rallies and flash mobs on the campus, marking the completion of their four-year graduation course and also to welcome the new batch of freshmen.

Some incidents of students using poor judgement or getting carried away as part of ‘ragging’ however, have served to cast aspersions on the event, usually held during ‘Freshers Week’ at the start of the academic year. Presided over by Vice Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, the meeting of the Academic Council also recommended the formation of  ethical review committees in all faculties, and approved a proposal to complete examinations and publish the final results in a coordinated manner following health and hygiene rules.

 

The High Court ruled that Hindu widows would enjoy inheritance rights to any and all properties left behind by their husbands as a successor. The online bench of Justice Md Miftah Uddin Choudhury pronounced the verdict rejecting a petition filed in 2004 by Jatindra Nath Mandal of Batiyaghata in Khulna, that challenged a lower court verdict that had also ruled in favour of a widow, Gouri Das. In a case dating back from the Pakistan era, petitioner Jatindra Nath was claiming ownership over all properties of his deceased brother (and Gouri’s husband) Avimanyu Mandal, stating that his brother’s widow was not entitled to any of it as the couple had no male children.

Mandal passed away in 1958, setting the stage for a court battle spanning generations. The  Hindu Women’s Rights to Property Act 1937 stipulated widow’s rights to ‘any properties’ of their husband. Hindu widows earlier had inheritance rights to non-agricultural properties of their husband but now they would be entitled to both agricultural and non-agricultural properties.

 

The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase approved 10 procurement proposals including one to import 3.49 million British thermal units (mmbtu) of liquified natural gas (LNG) from the international spot market - the country’s first foray into the market that allows purchases to be made at today’s prices for delivery at a later date when the price is most likely to have shifted.

Briefing journalists on the outcomes of the meeting, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, who presided over it, told reporters that buying the consignment of LNG from the international spot market will cost Tk132.93 crore, saving the government Tk 32 crore on the price offered by long term suppliers. Singapore-based Vital Asia Pte Ltd will supply the LNG to Bangladesh. Prior to this the country has been importing LNG from Qatar and Oman under long-term contracts for the last two years.

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