Heavy rainfall likely in Koshi, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini

Kathmandu: The weather of the country remains partly to generally cloudy in Koshi, Madhes, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini provinces, while the weather is mostly clear in the rest of the country. Some places of Koshi, Madhes, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini are experiencing light to moderate rain with thunder, storm and lightning. This is due to the affect of the westerly and local winds as well as the low pressure system formed around Bihar in India, says the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. The weather will remain partly to generally cloudy across the country this afternoon, with light to moderate rain accompanied by thunder and lightning in some parts of the country. There is a possibility of heavy rain at one or two places in Koshi, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini. Late tonight, the weather will remain partly to general cloudy across the country. There is a possibility of light to moderate rain with thunder and lightning at some places of Koshi, Madhes, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini provinces as well as at one or two places of the remaining provinces. In the next 24 hours, there is a possibility of light to moderate rain with lightning in some parts of the country, according to the weather bulletin issued by the department this morning. Source: National News Agency Nepal

82.80 pc pass SSC exams in Ctg board

A total of 1,20,087 students came out successful in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations under Chattogram Education Board (CEB) this year with increasing the percentage of pass and the decreased the number of GPA-5 scorers. According to results published today, the pass rate in the board is 82.80. Professor AMM Mujibur Rahman, CEB Controller of Examinations, told BSS that this year, 1,45,590 students from 1,125 educational institutions under the CEB took part in the SSC examination at 219 centers. Of them, one lakh 20 thousand 87 student came out successful. Mujibur Rahman said 10,823 students got GPA-5 in SSC examination under CEB this year. Last year, 11,450 student got GPA-5. Only 7.46 percent of the total students who appeared in the examination obtained GPA-5, the source added. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

PM unveils SSC, equivalent results-2024

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today unveiled the results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2024. She released the results virtually pressing a button at a function at her official residence Ganabhaban here. Earlier, Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury handed over the combined result statistics of the SSC and equivalent examinations to the premier. The chairmen of 10 education boards - nine general, one madrasa-- and director general of technical education board also handed over the result statistics of their respective boards to the prime minister. The results will be published at the respective educational institutions and online simultaneously around 11am. Students can get their results through SMS after the official announcement. They can also get their results by visiting the website www.educationboardresults.gov.bd. Around 20, 24,192 students of 29,735 educational institutions appeared in the SSC and equivalent examinations at 3,700 centers. Starting on February 15 last, the exams concluded on March 12. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Govt identified short, long term actions for leather industry’s development: Humayun

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun today said the government is working relentlessly for the overall development of the leather industry as it is one of the most export-oriented sectors of the country. "Short and long term actions have been identified for the development of the leather industry. Short term actions have been fixed for the upcoming Eid-ul- Azha and long term actions have been identified for the overall development of the industry. All kinds of support will be provided for the implementation of the actions," he said. Humayun said this while presiding over the seventh meeting of the "Task Force on Recommendation for Development of Leather Industry and Formulation of Action Plan" at the Industries Ministry in the city, said a press release here. Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu and Senior Secretary of the Industries Ministry Zakia Sultana, among others, were present. Humayun said st eps are also being taken to ensure that leather traders or wholesalers do not face capital problems and get loans on easy terms. "We need to increase the preservation facilities in the leather industry so that leather does not spoil," he added. The minister said animal skins are sent to various religious institutions including orphanages during the Eid-ul-Adha. "It involves our religious feelings. Training can be arranged for the concerned in proper skinning, preservation and ensuring a quality environment," he added. Like earlier, in the meeting, decisions have been taken to fix the prices of the sacrificial animal skins, to arrange broadcast of TVC or advertisements about proper removal of skins and to build temporary storage at strategic places for skins preservation with sufficient salt. Decisions have also been taken to prevent smuggling of skins of sacrificial animals, any kind of extortion, disorder or obstruction in skin collection and transportation activities and any rumors from sprea ding in the media including social media. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

83.04 pc pass SSC exams, 1,82,129 get GPA-5

The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2024 under 11 education boards were published today with 83.04 percent pass rate, a 2.65 percent rise than the last year. "A total of 16,72,153 students passed this year's SSC and equivalent examinations out of 20,13,597 examinees who appeared in the test", said Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury while announcing the results at a press briefing at the education ministry here. State Minister for Education Shamsun Nahar, senior officials and chairmen of different education boards, among others, were present at the briefing. Among the successful students, as many as 1,82,129 students got the highest grade point average (GPA-5) which was 1,83,578 in 2023 and 2,69,602 in 2022, said the minister. Earlier, the education minister formally handed over the combined result statistics of the SSC and equivalent examinations to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban here this morning. This year, the female students have outnumbered their male counterparts in terms of both pass rate and getting GPA-5 as a total of 10,24,803 female students passed the examinations with 84.47 percent success rate while the number for male students is 9,88,794 with 81.57 percent pass rate. Among the GPA-5 holders, 83,353 are male and 98,776 are female students. Meanwhile, the Dhaka education board has secured top position in getting GPA-5 while Jashore Education Board has secured the top position in terms of pass rate. A total of 49,290 students from the Dhaka board secured GPA-5 in the examinations while the Rajshahi board secured 2nd position in terms of GPA-5 recipients, with 28,074 students. The third highest GPA-5 recipients were from Jashore board with 20,762 students followed by Dinajpur board with 18,105 students, Madrasha board with 14,206 students, Mymensingh Board with 13,176 students, Cumilla board with 12,100 GPA-5 recipients and Chattogram board with 10,824 students. Technical education board had the lowes t number of GPA-5s with 4,078 students, while Barisal and Sylhet education boards did slightly better with 6,145 and 5,471 GPA-5 recipients, respectively. In terms of pass rate, Jashore Education Board has secured the top position among 11 education boards with 92.33 percent pass rate while Sylhet Board witnessed the lowest pass rate of 73.35. The pass rates of other boards are: 89.26 percent in Rajshahi Board, 89.13 percent in Barishal Board, 85 percent in, 83.92 percent in Dhaka Board, 82.80 percent in Chattogram Board, 79.66 percent in the Madrasah Board, 79.23 percent in Cumilla Board and 81.38 in technical education board. In the nine general education boards, some 13, 45,678 students passed out of 16, 06,394 - where some 6, 23,853 are male and some 7, 21,825 are females. A total of 1, 63,845 students got GPA5 the highest Grade Point Average (GPA-5) in the SSC exams, according to the results published here today. In the Madrasah Education Board, a total of 2,26,754 students - 1,09,714 male and 1,17,0 40 female - passed out of 2,84,665 students. Of them, some 14, 206 students got GPA-5. In the Technical Education Board, 99,721 students - 72,986 male and 26,735 female - passed out of total 1, 22,538 students. Of them, 4,078 students got the GPA-5. This year, a total of 2,968 educational institutions achieved 100 percent pass rate while students from 51 schools and madrasahs under five education boards failed to come out successful in the examinations. Among the institutions with 100 percent pass, 174 institutions are from Dhaka, 289 from Rajshahi, 98 from Cumilla, 422 from Jashore, 66 from Chattogram, 222 from Barishal, 31 from Sylhet, 77 from Dinajpur, 80 from Mymensingh while 1,089 are under Madrasah Board and 440 under Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB). Among the institutions with zero pass rate - two institutions are from Rajshahi Education Board, three from Dhaka, five from Mymensingh and the maximum 42 from Madrasah Education Board. A total of 298 students of eight foreign centres have come out successful in the SSC examinations this year with 85.88 percent pass rate. A total of 347 overseas students appeared in the SSC examinations this year. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

JS body meeting on foreign ministry held

The second meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held today at the seminar room of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner here with committee chairman A K Abdul Momen in the chair. Committee members Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Md Zahid Ahsan Russel, Nahim Razzaq, Nurul Islam Nahid, Habibur Rahman, Shaimum Sarwar Kamal and Zara Jabeen Mahbub joined the meeting, said a press release. The body analyzed the overall situation of the Rohingyas and discussed what steps should be taken to strengthen their repatriation process. The meeting also reviewed overall peaceful process of repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar. Besides, the body exchanged views with UNHCR, RRRC, local administrations, NGOs and Rohingya representatives. Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, senior officials of the Ministry, security forces and senior officials concerned of Parliament Secretariat were present in the meeting. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Rain with gusty wind likely over country

Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places over seven divisions and at a few places over Chattogram division. "Rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Chattogram division with hails at isolated places", according to a met office forecast for the next 24 hours begins from 9am today. Trough of westerly low lies over West Bengal to North-West Bay. Country's maximum temperature was recorded 34.7 degree Celsius at Rajshahi and minimum temperature today was recorded 21.2 degree Celsius at Srimangal. Maximum rainfall for the last twenty-four hours till 6am today was recorded 87 millimeters(mm) at Dhaka. Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. The sun sets today at 06:33 pm and rises tomorrow at 05:17 am in the capital. Source: Bangladesh San gbad Sangstha

Aspirant migrant workers asked to check documents for entering Malaysia

Aspirant migrant workers have been asked to verify all their necessary documents before entering Malaysia, as the government of the country has imposed an obligation for 14 states, including Bangladesh, on entering the country. Under the current quota, the Malaysian government has imposed an obligation to enter the country by May 31, 2024, for 14 migrant-sending countries, including Bangladesh, a press release said today. Interested migrant workers intending to go to Malaysia within this time frame are requested to prepare themselves by verifying the correctness of all documents, including e-visas issued by the Malaysian government, exit clearance from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and airline travel tickets, the release added. The maximum immigration fee set by the government for Malaysian is Taka 78,990. It is requested not to transact money in excess of this amount and not to transact the aforesaid transaction in any way other than a proper document/receipt or bank acco unt. Any extension of time or new quota granted by the Malaysian Government will be notified accordingly. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Female students outnumber male counterparts in SSC exams

The female students have outnumbered their male counterparts in terms of pass rate in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2024. A total of 10,24,803 female students passed the examinations with 84.47 percent success rate this year while the number of successful male students is 9,88,794 with 81.57 percent pass rate, according to the SSC results published here today. Last year, the pass rate of female students was 81.88 while success rate of male students was 78.87, simultaneously female students also outnumbered their male counterparts in terms of getting GPA-5. Among the GPA-5 holders, 83,353 are male and 98,776 are female students this year, the statement of the results added. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Visiting Saudi delegation for safe return of Rohingyas to their homeland

The visiting Saudi delegation led by Deputy Interior Minister Dr Nasser Bin Abdulaziz Al Dawood laid emphasis on the safe return of the Rohingyas to their homeland as soon as possible. During a bilateral meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today, the Saudi delegation also discussed the present situation of Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine region facing persecution by Myanmar authorities. "The bilateral discussion with the Saudi delegation focused on many issues including ways of extending cooperation for enhancing the capacity of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the police," home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told journalists after the meeting at a city hotel. "They discussed ways to enhance understanding in terms of security cooperation," he added. Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal who led the Bangladesh delegation during the meeting said the Saudi delegation raised the issue of progress of efforts regarding renewing the passports of the Rohingyas who went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 1973-74 with Bangladeshi passports. "Many years ago - back in 1973-74, some Rohingyas went to Saudi Arabia. The exact number is unknown to us. They (Saudi side) had informed us that the number is 69,000. It could be more or less," Kamal added. He said a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the KSA there. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Former BNP lawmaker Gias Uddin sent to jail in graft case

A court here today sent former BNP lawmaker from Narayanganj-4 constituency Mohammad Gias Uddin to jail in a case lodged over amassing illegal wealth of Taka 1.41 crore. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Mohammad Ash Shams Zaglul Hossain passed the order as the accused surrendered before the court and pleaded for bail. Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) deputy director Jahangir Alam filed the case on December 19, 2021, for amassing wealth of Taka 1.41 crore beyond known source of income. The anti-graft body later filed charge-sheet against him. According to the case documents, the ACC on November 2, 2020, sent the former Narayanganj-4 lawmaker notice to submit his wealth statement. Following the ACC notice, Gias Uddin submitted his wealth statement on December 23, 2020. The ACC, after scrutinizing the statement, found wealth of Taka 1.41 crore beyond his known source of income. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

3-day BUP national research project contest ends

Three day 'National Research Workshop' and 'Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) National Research Project Contest 3.0, 2024' concluded today following a closing ceremony on the university campus at Mirpur Cantonment in the city. BUP Vice Chancellor Major General Md Mahbub-ul Alam addressed the closing ceremony as the chief guest and distributed prizes among the winners, said a press release here. Under the supervision of BUP English Department, the Research Society of the university organized the events from May 10 to 12 with a view to enhancing students' skills to carryout research activities. The three-day long workshop and the research project contest focused on research processes, research methodologies, techniques and tools, writing of research article, and research publication. Professor of Dhaka University (DU) Institute of Education and Research (IER) Dr Mariam Begum, Professor of Daffodil International University (DIU) English Department Dr Shamsul Hoque and Associate Pr ofessor of DU Bangla Department Dr Md Abdus Sobhan Talukder presented keynote papers at different session during the events. The research project contest drew 88 research papers from 31 universities across the country. The research team of BUP International Relations Department became champion in the contest. Research teams from DU and Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) jointly secured the first runner-up position while Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) became the second runner-up. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha