NATIONAL FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 6 An Art Competition was held in Barisal marking Durniti Protirodh Saptah. Govt School runs with only 4 teachers for 600 students raJBarI : the Goalundo shahid smrity Govt Girls school, a wellknown secondary school at rajbari with around 600 students, has been running with only four teachers where they are also extremely irregular in academic activities, reports unB. the agonizing reality has been persisting at the school for years, witnesses said. Md aslamuzzaman, assistant teacher of shaheed smrity Girls high school, has been absent from school for past 32 months but enjoying all the privileges of government job including the monthly wages, said ranjan Kumar Biswash, headmaster of the school. other three teachers- a Mamin Chowdhury, who takes classes coming from dhaka, and debujit Kumar das and Md Giasuddin come from Faridpur, come to the school regularly. sometimes they also fail to attend the classes as they reside far away from rajbari. the school was established after the Liberation War in 1972 and had been operating with precision and fame which gradually turned into a place of disappointment where day after day students are deprived of proper education. though the school with such large number of students demands at least ten teachers, it has only four, and even these Couple found hanging in Joypurhat JoYpurhat : a couple was found hanging at rukindipur Farkirpara village in akkelpur upazila on thursday morning, reports unB. the deceased are saiful Islam, 24, son of Lokman hossain and his wife sonia akhter, 21. Quoting locals, Golam Mostafa, a sub-inspector of akkelpur police station, said saiful married sonia akhter, a resident of sahapur village, one and a half years ago. saiful 'committed suicide' by hanging himself at his room on Wednesday night following a family feud. after saiful's death, sonia went missing. after a frantic search, locals found sonia's body hanging from a mango tree on thursday morning. on information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Joypurhat Modern hospital for autopsy. separate unnatural death cases were filed. four teachers are not able to attend the school on regular basis, said ranjan Kumar Biswash. none of the teachers live in the locality adjacent to the school resulting in their frequent absence from academic activities while aslamuzzaman remains totally absent, he added. It has become hardly possible to operate the regular activities of school. the higher authorities were informed about the matter, the headmaster said. the deprived students demanded at least eight teachers on regular basis. simi, a student of class 8, said "our classes don't takes place regularly. science students don't get any teachers' assistance and 600 students are suffering from lack of necessary support." Goalunda upazila education officer Md Masudur rahman said that the school has 10 posts for teachers where only four were on-duty. there is no teacher for important subjects. earlier, three teachers were on duty under secondary education Quality and access Police arrested the ICT teacher Sazzadul Karim Tipu in connection with student raping in Gaibandha. Photo : Rafiqul Islam Photo : Star Mail Housewife killed 'by husband' in Jamalpur JaMaLpur : a housewife was slaughtered to death allegedly by her husband over family feud at Choker Char village in dewanganj upazila early thursday, reports unB. the deceased was identified as halima Khatun, 32, wife of abdus salam, a resident of the village. noticing halima's body lying on floor in her house, neighbours informed police, said aKM aminul haque, officer-in-charge of dewanganj police station. on information, police recovered the body. abdus salam and his family members managed to flee after the incident. halima might have been slaughtered by her husband around 3am over family feud, the oC added. 3 killed in Habiganj road crash haBIGanJ : three people were killed and six others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch on dhaka-sylhet highway at pitua in nabiganj upazila on thursday, reports unB. the identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Bimal Chandra Bhoumik, officer-in-charge of highway police Camp, said the accident took place in the area around 10:30am when a habiganj-bound bus from sylhet fell into a roadside ditch as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving three killed on the spot and six others injured. the injured were taken to sylhet osmani Medical College hospital. Housewife stabbed dead in Kushita KushtIa : a housewife was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband over family feud at her house at paikpara in Khoksha upazila on thursday, reports unB. the deceased was identified as sharmin akter Bhanu, 32, wife of delwar hossain. Bazlur rahman, officerin-charge of Khoksha police station, said delwar hossain, son of Masud Mia of sunamganj, district married off to sharmin akter and since then he used to live at his in-law's house. an altercation ensued between the couple over family feud in the night and delwar killed sharmin in sometime in the night and dumped the body near their house. on information, police recovered the body and sent it to sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. police could not arrest delwar as he went into hiding after the incident. Passing out of 7th batch of pre-sea cadets of Int'l Maritime Academy held a Correspondent the passing out ceremony of the seventh batch of presea cadets of International Maritime academy was held with pomp and grandeur at its own purpose-built campus at pubial, Gazipur. twentythree cadets have passed out this year from nautical and engineering division. this is the first permanent installation for maritime training in the private sector. on 1st March 2010, the International Maritime academy celebrated the passing out ceremony of its first batch of cadets. subsequently the second batch passed out from this academy on 28 July 2011, third batch on 30 Jan 2014, fourth batch cadets on 18 Feb 2015 and fifth batch on 23 Feb 2016 and 6th batch on 22 Feb 2017. Beside that the 1st batch ratings passed out from this academy on 11 dec 2014 and second batch on 07 apr 2016 and third batch on 18 May 2017. presently, 39 cadets of 8th batch and 50 ratings of 4th batch is undergoing training. the training was conducted as per the syllabus approved by the department of shipping. on completion of two year training at the institute, the trainees will join as cadets on foreign going vessels managed by M/s haque and sons Ltd. in reputed foreign flag companies. they will also earn their salary as per international scale. these cadets will join the ship for one year prior sitting for their certificate of competency examination. Mr. enamul haque Chowdhury attended the occasion as the Chief Guest. emdadul haque Chowdahur was the special guest. Ms rummana Chowdhury attended as guest of honor. Beside this many invited guest attended the ceremony. Gold Medal for overall best performance was awarded to Cadet taqfiq Bin alam. Cadet Joydev Biswas received the silver medal as the best nautical Cadet and Cadet s M aseer Intisar Boby received the silver Medal as the best engineering cadet. a ceremonial march past by smartly turned out contingent of cadets was followed by an oath taking ceremony. the Commandant of the academy, Capt. Zaki ahad FnI in his welcome address apprised the audience of the progress being made by the academy to enhance maritime education and training in the private sector. he also stated about the training facilities of the installation. the passing out ceremony ended with slow march past by the cadets in line with tradition of the merchant marine. the event was also attended by dignitaries from the shipping, manning as well as local dignitaries and the maritime administration circle. Vote of thanks by Ms. rummana Chowdhury, director, International Maritime academy marked the end of the ceremony. The passing out ceremony of the seventh batch of pre-sea cadets of International Maritime Academy was held at Pubial in Gazipur yesterday. Deputy Commissioner of Joypurhat inaugurated the two-day long family planning fair in the district recently. Photo : Masrakul Alam 4 get 14 yrs imprisonment for acid attack in Chandpur Chandpur Correspondent a tribunal here on Wednesday convicted four people and sentenced them to 14 years imprisonment in a case filed for hurling acid on four people in 2001. the convicts were identified as Monir hosain, 25, his sister hosne ara Begum, 30, Kabil Mia, 26, and suman Mia, 28 of east Islamabad village. the tribunal also fined them tk 50,000 each. according to the prosecution, there had been a longstanding enmity between Khalulur rahman and Monir over a piece of land. as a sequel to the enmity, Monir along with his associates hurled acid on Lucky akter, 25 and rahima akter, 14, two daughters of Khalilur rahman, Lucky's husband Motiur rahman, 40, and her daughter Jannatul Ferdous, 4, while sleeping at their house at east Islamabad village in Matlab north upazila on april 25, 2001, leaving them injured. Khalilur rahman then filed a case with Matlab north upazila, three days after the incident. police submitted chargesheet against the four accused on april 20, 2002. after examining records and witnesses, Women and Child repression prevention Judge abdul Mannan handed down the verdict. Two suspects arrested over killing friend thaKurGaon : police arrested two suspects for allegedly killing their friend in sadar upazila, reports unB. the duo - Mithu and shamim - was first detained for their suspected link with the killing of raju, 15, son of late Monglu of Chaturkhor village of the upazila, said Chilarong union up member nasirul Islam. during primary interrogation, they confessed to the killing of their friend, he said, adding that then they were handed over to police. Victim raju went missing two days ago and he was not found at every possible place. on Wednesday afternoon, Chilarong union up member nasirul Islam suspected raju's two friends -Mithu and shamim for their involvement with the missing incident and interrogated them. during interrogation, they confessed to the killing of raju. Following their information, police recovered the body from a wheat field in rahimanpur village in sadar upazila. the body bore several injury marks on different parts, said sI Golam Murtoza. 15 held from CU halls over BCL factional clash ChIttaGonG unIVersItY : police in a drive arrested at least 15 students from two residential halls of Chittagong university (Cu) following a factional clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Wednesday evening, reports unB. during the drive, police also recovered some 20 locallymade sharp weapons, including iron rods and machetes, two sacks of bricks and stones, from shah Jalal and suhrawardy dormitories. hathazari Model police station officer-incharge Belal uddin said that police arrested 15 students for interrogation. earlier on tuesday afternoon, at least five people were injured in a clash between followers of shatal train coach-based two organisations-sixty-nine and VX. Man killed in mudslide in Gaibandha GaIBandha : a man was killed and three others were injured in a mudslide while making a septic tank at Kuthipara in the district town on Wednesday, reports unB. the deceased was identified as Jabed hossain, of sadar upazila. Mohamamd shahriar, officer-in-charge of sadar police station, said the incident took place in the afternoon when a chunk of mud collapsed on four workers while digging a well for making a septic tank at the house of one nazrul Islam, leaving them injured. 72 houses get electricity in Panchagarh panChaGarh : seventy-two houses of sheikhpara village under debiganj upazila of the district were brought under electricity supply network on Wednesday, reports Bss. Local lawmaker advocate nurul Islam sujon inaugurated the power connection line as the chief guest. a discussion meeting to this effect was held on the premises of Mollikadhao Govt primary school. addressing the meeting, the Mp said presently we cannot do anything without electricity as it has become a part of modern life. the lawmaker assured the locals that every house of the village will get electricity under the present government. the awami league government has accomplished a tremendous development of the power sector, he added. the discussion was addressed, among others, by debiganj upazila parishad Chairman hasnat Zaman Chowdary and upazila awami League president a.s.M. nuruzzaman. sonaher union awami League president Md, delwar hossein presided over the meeting.
INTERNATIONAL FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 7 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Photo : AP Malala says she will continue fight for girls' education ISLAMABAD : Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Thursday said she was excited to be back in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants angered at her championing of education for girls, reports UNB. Yousafzai said in a brief speech at a ceremony at Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's office that she will continue to campaign for the education of girls and asked Pakistanis to be united on issues like providing better health care and education. She said she remembered having to leave Pakistan for treatment after she was attacked. Covering her tear-filled eyes with her hands, Yousafzai said it was hard to wait for more than five years to return home. Abbasi praised Yousafzai for her sacrifices and role in the promotion of girls' education. He said he was happy to welcome her home, where he said terrorism has been eliminated. Since her attack and recovery, Yousafzai has led the "Malala Fund," which she said has invested $6 million in schools and to provide books and India sends notice to Facebook over alleged data breach NEW DELHI : India's government has sent a notice to Facebook asking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity, reports UNB. A similar notice was dispatched to Cambridge Analytica last week following media reports that it had misused data to profile Indians and influence their elections. The government set a Saturday deadline for Cambridge Analytica and April 7 for Facebook to respond to its inquiry. Facebook is facing unprecedented scrutiny following reports that the data mining firm used ill-gotten data from tens of millions of its users to try to influence elections. India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement late Wednesday that Facebook has its largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and sought to know "what proactive measures it is taking to ensure the safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party." The governing Bharatiya Janata Party and the main opposition Congress Party have accused each other of utilizing the services of the British company, but denied any link with it. Cambridge Analytica's allegedly unauthorized harvesting of Facebook data and a series of leaks linked to India's biometric database has refocused public attention on digital privacy in the country. Digital law experts say Indian regulations offered particularly weak safeguards against data breach. The Indian government's notice to Facebook sought to know "whether Facebook or its related or downstream agencies utilizing Facebook's data have previously been engaged by any entities to manipulate the Indian electoral process." uniforms for schoolchildren. "For the betterment of Pakistan, it is necessary to educate girls and empower women," she said. Earlier, tight security greeted the now- 20-year-old university student upon her arrival at Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Local television showed her with her parents in the lounge at the airport before leaving in a convoy of nearly 15 vehicles, many of them occupied by heavily armed police. Her return had been shrouded in secrecy and she was not likely to travel to her hometown of Mingora in the Swat valley, where the shooting occurred. As news broke about Yousafzai's arrival, many of her fellow Pakistanis welcomed her. Cricketer turned opposition leader Imran Khan's party said Yousafzai's return was a sign of the defeat of extremism in the country. Mohammad Hassan, one of Yousafzai's cousins in the northwestern town of Mingora, said it was one of the happiest days of his life. He said he was not sure whether Yousafzai will visit her home town, where schoolchildren were jubilant on her return, JAKARTA : Prosecutors demanded 16 years in prison for a senior Indonesian politician accused of playing a key role in the theft by officials of $170 million of public money, reports UNB. At a sentencing demand hearing on Thursday, prosecutors also called for fines and the seizure of Setya Novanto's assets if he fails to return $7.4 million including a $135,000 luxury "Richard Mille" watch that he allegedly received as part of the conspiracy. Anti-corruption police allege Novanto was among about 80 people, mostly officials and legislators, who used the introduction of a $440 million electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than a third of the funds. Novanto, the former speaker of Indonesia's parliament and senior member of the Golkar party, denies any wrongdoing. Prosecutor Irene Putri told the special corruption cases court that the stolen money flowed through Indonesia, the U.S., Mauritius, India, Singapore and Hong Kong as the conspirators sought to hide its illegal origins. though they wished Yousafzai had visited Mingora so that they could greet her. Javeria Khan, a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Yousafzai's hometown, said she was excited about Yousafzai's return. "I wish I could see her in Swat. I wish she had come here, but we welcome her," she said, as she sat among schoolchildren. Marvi Memon, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, also welcomed Yousafzai, saying it was a pleasant surprise for her to see Yousafzai back home. "What an incredible surprise I woke up to this morning" to know that Yousafzai is back along with her parents, she said. Memon said it was a proud day for Pakistan that Yousafzai was back in Pakistan. Yousafzai was just 14 years old but already known for her activism when Taliban gunman boarded the school van in which she was sitting and demanded to know "who is Malala?" before shooting her in the head. Two of her classmates were also injured. In critical condition, Yousafzai was flown to the garrison city of Rawalpindi before being airlifted to Birmingham in Britain. Prosecutors demand 16 years prison for Indonesian politician She said the trial has revealed "new methods on how to drain money from the proceeds of crime without going through the national banking system, aiming to avoid the detection of financial authorities in Indonesia." The corruption case, brazen and epic even by the standards of Indonesia's notoriously corrupt parliament, has caused outrage in the world's third largest democracy. Novanto last Former speaker of Indonesia's parliament Setya Novanto, center, smiles as he enters the court room after a break during his hearing at the Corruption Cases Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, March 29, 2018. The top Indonesian politician was accused of involvement in a conspiracy of dozens of officials who used the introduction of an electronic ID system to steal more than $170 million of public money. AP Photo year spent months eluding anti-graft officials. In November, he was hospitalized after being involved in a car crash in Jakarta that was widely mocked online as another tactic to avoid arrest. He was arrested in the hospital after doctors who examined Novanto said he was fit to stand trial. Several other leading politicians, including ministers in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government, are possibly implicated by the scandal. Putri likened the anti-graft commission's investigations to a marathon and said it is continuing to pursue the case. "We are not running out of energy to keep investigating," she said. Judgment date for IS suspect Abdeslam set for April 23 Brussels : The sole surviving suspect in the Paris extremist attacks who was once Europe's most wanted fugitive will hear his judgment in an attempted murder case on April 23, reports UNB. Salah Abdeslam is on trial for his involvement in a March 15, 2016, police shootout, four months after the Paris attacks that killed 130. Abdeslam was close to being arrested in a hideout when he and an accomplice fled while another man sprayed gunfire toward police and was killed. Three days later, Abdeslam and the accomplice were caught in Brussels. Kosovo arrests 5 Turks linked to opponent of Erdogan PRISTINA : Kosovo police have arrested five Turks working with a group of schools owned by the cleric who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for an attempted coup two years ago, reports UNB. A source, who has knowledge of the arrests but who declined to be named due to the ongoing operation, told The Associated Press that the five individuals were arrested over expired residence permits and would very likely be deported to Turkey. The Gulistan Education Institutions confirmed the arrests, saying the managers were taken away in "a mysterious way." The school network belongs to Fethullah Gulen, the cleric Erdogan blames for the 2016 failed coup in Turkey. Gulen, who lives in the United States, denies the claim. Egyptian media say election turnout was around 40 percent CAIRO : Egypt's pro-government media say preliminary results of this week's presidential election show a landslide win for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who faced no serious challenge, and a turnout hovering around 40 percent, reports UNB. Vote counting began after polls closed late Wednesday, wrapping up three days of voting. Official results are expected on April 2. Of the 59.7 million registered voters, the Al Masry Al Youm daily said Thursday that around 25 million cast their ballots. Another daily, Al Youm Al Sabea, said some 23 million voted. Rival Korean leaders to meet April 27 in historic summit PAJU : North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27, the South announced Thursday after the nations agreed on a rare summit that could prove significant in global efforts to resolve a decades-long standoff over the North's nuclear program, reports UNB. The announcement was made after officials met at the border village of Panmunjom. The Koreas plan to hold another preparatory meeting on April 4 to discuss protocol, security and media coverage issues, according to a joint statement released by the countries. The leaders of the two Koreas have held talks only twice since the 1950-53 Korean War, in 2000 and 2007, under previous liberal governments in Seoul. The Korean Peninsula was divided in 1945 into a U.S.- dominated south and Soviet-backed north, three years before the Koreas each became sovereign nations. Seoul's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, one of the three South Korean participants in Thursday's talks, told reporters beforehand that setting up discussions between the leaders on ways to rid the North of its nuclear weapons IOC chief visits NKorea after its participation in Olympics PYONGYANG : International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach arrived in North Korea on Thursday after playing a key role in allowing it to participate in last month's Pyeongchang Olympic Games in South Korea, reports UNB. Bach was met at Pyongyang's international airport by North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk and Jang Ung, the country's Olympic committee member. Bach did not take questions at the airport. It was not known if Bach would meet during his three-day visit with leader Kim Jong Un, who has just returned from a summit in Beijing with Chinese would be a critical point. Cho after the meeting told South Korean reporters there was a "sufficient exchange of opinions" on the agendas of the summit, but didn't provide a clear answer on whether the discussions included the nuclear issue. "Both sides agreed to prepare for (the summit) in a way that would allow sincere and heartfelt discussions (between the leaders). If there's a need, we decided to continue discussions on the summit agendas through follow-up high level meetings in April," Cho said. "Both sides will continue working level discussions (on the agendas) while focusing on the issues surrounding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the stabilization of peace and the development relations between the South and North." When asked whether such issues would shape the discussions between Kim and Moon, Cho said "yes." The North's three delegates were led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of a state agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs. The countries earlier this month reached an agreement for a summit on the southern side of the border village. President Xi Jinping, his first known trip abroad as leader. Kim is to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27. During the Pyeongchang Olympics, Bach said he was happy with the role the IOC played in getting North Korea and South Korea together at the games. But he added that sports alone cannot heal all wounds. "You know sport cannot create peace," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We cannot lead their political negotiations. We have sent this message - this dialogue - that negotiations can lead to a positive result. Now it's up to the political side to use this momentum." Delegation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) led by President Thomas Bach, center, arrive at the Pyongyang Airport in North Korea, Thursday, March 29, 2018. IOC President Bach arrived in North Korea on Thursday after playing a key role in allowing it to participate in last month's Pyeongchang Olympic Games in South Korea. AP Photo Vietnam jails ex-Politburo member over oil giant's losses HANOI : A Vietnamese court sentenced a former Communist Party Politburo member to 18 years in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of mismanagement at a state oil giant that cost millions of dollars, reports UNB. The former chairman of PetroVietnam, Dinh La Thang, had already been sentenced to 13 years in prison in January on other charges. The Hanoi court convicted Thang of deliberately violating economic management regulations by investing $35 million in Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank without approval from the board of directors. The investment was lost when the bank was acquired by a state bank at no cost. Six other defendants who were former senior executives of PetroVietnam received from 15 months of probation to 23 years in jail at the end of the weeklong trial Thursday. The court also ordered Thang to pay 600 billion dong ($26.5 million) in compensation to PetroVietnam and the six others to pay the remaining 200 billion dong ($8.5 million). "This is a particularly serious case that ... affected the people's trust and caused especially large losses to the state," the staterun online newspaper VnExpress quoted the verdict as saying. Thang, 57, was once a rising political star but was dismissed from the all-powerful Politburo in May and was subsequently fired as Communist Party secretary of the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. He was arrested on Dec. 8. Phan Trung Hoai, one of Thang's defense lawyers, told The Associated Press that "we were very shocked at the sentences." Foreign press did not have access to the trial. During the court proceedings, Thang denied the charges and maintained that what he did was in line with the law. The state-run online newspaper Dan Tri quoted the verdict as saying Thang held the company's highest position and must bear the main responsibility for the losses. "After committing the crime, the defendant did not really express remorse, but instead used tricks to conceal the crime and avoid responsibility and the consequences that it caused," the newspaper quoted the verdict as saying. PetroVietnam and the banking sector have been at the center of an unprecedented crackdown on corruption, with scores of current or former senior executives on trial. Thursday's meeting was held to determine the date and other issues. Ri after the meeting hailed the agreement over the summit he said provides "immense expectations and new hope for the entire nation that desires for peace on the Korean Peninsula." He called for officials from both countries to do their best to "perfectly secure the historic meeting between the leaders." The countries also agreed to hold a separate meeting to discuss communication issues, such as setting up a telephone hotline between Moon and Kim, and maintain working-level discussions through document exchanges, according to the statement. The South's delegation arrived in Panmunjom after their vehicles crossed the heavily guarded border near the southern city of Paju. Greeting the South Korean officials at the North Korea-controlled Tongilgak building, Ri said that the past 80 days have been filled with "unprecedented historic events" between the rivals, referring to the Koreas resuming dialogue before the Winter Olympics in the South and the agreement on the summit.