SSC, equivalent exams begin on April 30

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations of 2023 under 11 educational boards will begin across the country on April 30.

Education Minister Dipu Moni said this at a press conference held at the International Mother Language Institute in the city today.

A total of 20,72,153 students under the 11 educational boards--nine general, one madrasa and one technical--will appear in this year's examinations.

She said all coaching centres of the country will remain closed from April 26 to May 23 on the occasion of the exams.

This year the exams will also be held in all subjects with full 100 marks but on curtailed syllabuses. The decision to shorten the syllabuses was made considering the fact that the candidates of these public exams have fewer in-person classes compared to the pre-Covid period.

Dipu Moni said examinees must reach the examination centre 30 minutes earlier of beginning of the examinations. Center secretary will be informed about the question code just 25 minutes before beginning of the examinations.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

List of Razakars will be published within Dec: Mozammel

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque today said a list of Razakars (Pakistani collaborators), who committed crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War will be published within December this year.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said while talking to journalists after visiting the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) here this afternoon.

Earlier, there was no law to make the list of Razakars. Recently, Jatiya Sangsad passed a law and a committee headed by Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Liberation War Affairs Shajahan Khan has been formed to make a list, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Vessel with RNPP machinery anchor at Mongla

Russian flag carrier vessel 'MV Yamal Orlan' today anchored at Mongla sea port with consignment of machinery products for the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).

The ship anchored at the Jetty No. 8 of the port with 2,522 metric tons of machineries.

Chairman of Mongla Port Authority Rear Admiral Mir Ershad Ali said all goods imported for mega projects in the country are being cleared through the Mongla port on special priority.

"As the consignment is being released quickly with modern methods and skilled manpower, traders are now more interested to use this port due to modern facilities and sincerity of the port authorities," he said.

Conveyor Shipping Agent's operations manager Sadhan Kumar Chakraborty said activities for unloading of the goods have started already.

"Within three days, all equipment will be delivered to the RNPP project site at Rooppur, Ishwardi, Pabna by road," he said.

Earlier, the ship left Novorossiysk port in Russia for Mongla with goods on March 28.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Fast track lane users to get 10pc rebate on toll

The users of fast track lanes will get 10 percent rebate on paying tolls through Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System in the toll plazas under the Roads and Highways Department.

The Roads Transport and Highways Division has requested all to follow this order in line with the notification that was issued to make 10 percent discount on paying tolls through ETC System effective from June 1, 2022, said a handout today.

According to the handout, the Road Transport and Highways Division launched ETC system as part of building 'Smart Bangladesh' while the system is currently available at 10 roads and bridges under the division.

Since the tolls are collected digitally through the ETC system, the vehicles can pass the toll plazas without any interruption that play a vital role in mitigating traffic congestions near the toll plazas, it said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

DPDC engineer dies in city road accident

An engineer of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) was killed in a road accident in the city's Shahjadpur area today.

The deceased identified as Md Sadrul Haque, 28, son of Zahadul Haque, hailed from Rajshahi district.

Quoting locals, police said Sadrul along with his friend Mominul was critically injured when a bus hit his motorcycle in front of Cambrian School at around 8:15pm.

He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where on duty doctor declared him dead.

Police seized the bus. The body was kept at the DMCU morgue for autopsy.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Women are getting employed through training- Rail Minister Sujon

Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon today said the women are becoming self-reliant through training under the present government.

The government is giving support to build puca houses to the homeless women and giving stipend to their children. Now, the women are getting employment opportunity through various training.

The Minister said this while addressing an Eid reunion as chief guest at Boda Government Pilot Model School and College ground that was arranged by Boda upazila Mohila Awami League.

The function was addressed, among others, by upazila Awami League President and general secretary Advocate Wahiduzzaman Suja and Faruk Alam Tobi, Mohila Awami League general secretary Joli Monira Akter. Upazila Mohila Awami League President Anwara Begum presided over the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladeshis to be evacuated from Sudan: Alam

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam today said the government has decided to evacuate Bangladeshi nationals from Sudan through other countries.

"The Bangladesh Embassy in Khartoum has already started spreading this message among the Bangladeshis living there," Alam posted in his Facebook page today.

The state minister urged the Bangladeshi nationals in Sudan to follow the instructions provided by the embassy and complete registration.

The situation in Sudan will dictate how the evacuations will be carried out, said the state minister.

He also urged the media to not contact the embassy regarding the evacuation route as it will be confidential given the situation in Sudan.

Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had issued a notification advising Bangladeshi nationals not to travel to Sudan due to uncertainties caused by the current situation there.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

World leaders continue greeting President Sahabuddin

World leaders continue to greet President Mohammed Sahabuddin on his historic assumption of the exalted office as the President of the Republic of Bangladesh.

Mohammed Sahabuddin took oath yesterday (Monday) as the 22nd President of the country.

Emperor of Japan Naruhito, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, President of Iran Saeed Ibrahim Raisi, King of Malaysia Sultan Haji Ahmed Shah Al Mustain Billah, Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida and President of Singapore Halimah Yaqoob in separate messages congratulated him.

The separate messages containing greetings from the above-mentioned world leaders arrived here today.

Wishing peace and prosperity for the people of Bangladesh, the leaders stressed further strengthening the relations.

Emperor of Japan NARUHITO, in his message, said, "I have great pleasure in sending you my heartfelt congratulations and sincere good wishes for the success and happiness of Your Excellency and for the prosperity of the people of your country."

Italian President Sergio Mattarella wished his best wishes for success in carrying out the high task as the President of Bangladesh.

He said, "Since the independence of your country, Dhaka and Rome are linked by solid bonds of friendship. These bonds have been consolidated over time, including with the contribution of the large Bangladeshi community in Italy."

"During your term of office there will be opportunities to further strengthen the relations between our two countries," he added.

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, in his message, said "I hope that in view of the cultural, historical, and religious bonds and the shared values of the two peoples of Iran and Bangladesh, and given the apt potentials and a good history of co-operation between the two countries as important and influential as they are in the World of Islam."

"We will witness all the more development of relations in all areas and in line with the mutual interests of the two nations," he said.

"I pray to God the Almighty for Your Excellency's well-being and success as also for the welfare and prosperity of the people of Bangladesh," he added.

King of Malysia Al-sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta' In Billah extended his warmest congratulations to Sahabuddin.

"We highly value the brotherly relations between Malaysia and the People's Republic of Bangladesh, and it is my fervent hope that it will continue to inspire us to work closely on matters of common interest," he noted.

Japanese Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio, in his greeting message, said, "On behalf of the Government and people of Japan, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations on your assumption of office as President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh."

He firmly believed that Bangladesh would achieve further development under this presidency in the days to come.

"Our friendly and cooperative relations, which were strengthened through the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations last year, will be further promoted toward the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," he observed.

President of Singapore Halimah Yacob offered a warm congratulation to President Sahabuddin on behalf of the people of Singapore for becoming the 22nd President of Bangladesh.

"Singapore and Bangladesh enjoy excellent bilateral relations anchored by strong people-to-people ties, shared values and steadfast cooperation at international fora. Last year, we marked the 50 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries," the message reads.

Noting that both countries are now working to expand bilateral cooperation through collaboration in new areas of potential such as infrastructure, logistics, power and ICT, the President of Singapore looked forward to working with Bangladesh to further advance the existing bilateral ties with Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

People pay last tributes to Pankaj Bhattacharya

People from all walks of life paid last tributes to veteran left-leaning politician and freedom fighter Pankaj Bhattacharya at the central Shaheed Minar here today.

The body of Pankaj, who died at a city hospital on Sunday at the age of 83, was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 4pm where politicians, activists from different political parties and his well wishers paid their tributes to him.

Dhaka district administration led by Additional District Magistrate Hedayetul Uslam gave a guard of honour to Pankaj there.

Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Organizing Secretary Sujit Ray Nandi and Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, President of Workers Party of Bangladesh Rashed Khan Menon, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) former president Mujahidul Islam Selim and incumbent General Secretary Ruhin Hossain Prince and Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal General Secretary Dilip Barua are among the prominent personalities, who paid tributes to Pankaj by placing wreaths at his coffin.

After paying tribute to Pankaj, Dr Hasan Mahmud said, "As a politician, Pankaj Bhattacharya was above all greed and ambition. He never did politics for getting posts and positions, rather he took politics as a commitment".

He took part in all struggles from the Language Movement to the Liberation War and he was also active in all democratic movements after the country's independence, Dr Hasan said, adding his (Pankj's) death caused an irreparable loss to the country's political arena.

"We can learn a lot from his personal and political life," he said, praying for the salvation of the departed soul of Pankaj and conveying deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Besides, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad President Dr Fouzia Moslem, noted playwright Ramendu Majumdar, Jatiya Kabita Parishad President Professor Mohammad Samad and eminent playwright Mamunur Rashid also paid homage to Pankaj.

Pankaj's body was kept at the Central Shaheed Minar until 6pm to allow people from all strata to have their last glimpses on him.

Later, his body was taken to Postogola Crematorium in the city, where his body would be cremated.

Born in Noapara in the Raozan Upazila of Chattogram on August 6 in 1939, Pankaj studied at different institutions in Dhaka and Chattogram, where he was also appreciated as a good footballer and cultural activist alongside his role as a student political worker.

He was expelled from Chattogram Collegiate School in 1959 due to his involvement with the students' movement.

Pankaj was a key witness and organizer of the pre-and post-independence pro-democracy movements and events since the 1960s.

He was elected as the vice-president of the central committee of the East Pakistan Students Union and later as the executive president, while the left-leaning student front was at the forefront of the progressive movement alongside the then Chhatra League, Awami League's students' front.

Pankaj was a key organiser of the NAP-Student Union-Communist Party guerrilla force during the 1971 Liberation War and served as a deputy commander.

He served for a long time as the general secretary of the Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP) after the emergence of independent Bangladesh.

The veteran politician was accused in the "independent Bengal conspiracy" case and was imprisoned in 1966.

He was one of the founders and a presidium member of Gano Forum during its formation under Dr Kamal Hossain's leadership in 1993. Later, he formed a platform named "Shamajik Andolon" (social movement) for the progressive and democratic people of the country.

In 2013, Pankaj founded the Oikya NAP.

Pankaj wrote a memoir titled "Amar Shei Shob Din" published in this year's Ekushey Book Fair depicting what and how he witnessed the eventful political history of Bangladesh over the past six decades.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here this morning on a 15-day official tour to Japan, the USA and the UK.

"A special chartered VVIP flight (BG1403) of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage members departed from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 07.56am," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.

Several cabinet ministers, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, inspector general of police and head of the diplomatic corps were present at the airport to see the Premier off.

The flight is scheduled to arrive in the Haneda International Airport, Tokyo at 5pm (local time) where she will be received by TAKEI Shunsuke, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan Shahabuddin Ahmed.

At the airport, a red carpet will be rolled out in honour of the Prime Minister while she will also be given static guard of honour.

A ceremonial motorcade with a 30 minutes ride on road will take her to the Akasaka Palace of Residence, Tokyo where she will stay during her Japan visit.

Dhaka is expected to sign around eight deals with Tokyo in the visit.

"In the presence of the two prime ministers (Bangladesh and Japan), nearly eight Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) are likely to be signed between the two countries," foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said in a curtain raiser briefing at the foreign ministry here on Monday.

He said the deals on agriculture, metro rail, industrial upgrade, ship recycling, customs matters, intellectual properties; defence cooperation, ICT and cyber security cooperation will be signed during the visit in Japan.

Momen said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a curtsey call on Emperor of Japan Naruhito on April 26.

On the same day, she will hold a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida after the signing of the deals.

The meeting will conclude with a dinner at the residence of the Prime Minister of Japan, said the foreign minister.

During the visit to Japan, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also scheduled to attend an investment summit and a community reception.

On April 27, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver her speech as the chief guest at a Bangladesh business summit jointly organized by Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and JETRO in Tokyo.

On the same day, the premier will hand over the 'Friend of Liberation War Honour' to four Japanese citizens for their contribution during Bangladesh's Great War of Liberation in 1971.

In the evening, the Prime minister will join the event to be organized by the Bangladesh expatriates and community living in Japan.

During her visit in Tokyo, the Prime Minister will also attend several additional bilateral meetings, including meeting with Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi,and meeting with leaders of JAICA, JETRO, JEBIC, JBPFL and JBCCEC.

The Bangladesh Premier will also meet the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe and a Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Besides, Japan state television channel NHK will broadcast an interview of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT)Zunaid Ahmed Palak along with the relevant high level government officials accompanied the prime minister during her visit to Japan.

The prime minister will arrive in the United States from Tokyo to attend the ceremony, marking a 50-year partnership between Bangladesh and the World Bank in Washington DC on May 1.

On May 4, Momen said, Bangladesh's premier would leave Washington for London to attend the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to reach Dhaka from London on May 9.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha