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CU clash: BCL faction threatens with indefinite strike

CU clash: BCL faction threatens with indefinite strike

A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University unit today issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the authorities concerned to fulfill its seven-point demand including withdrawal of the cases filed against its activists in connection with Sunday’s clash that left a student dead. Otherwise, they will enforce an indefinite strike at the university from next Sunday, Jalal Ahmed, office secretary of the BCL dissolved committee, told The Daily Star after the press briefing at Chittagong Press Club today. Taposh Paul, 20, a first-year student of CU Sanskrit department, shot dead...

10 hurt as BCL, Jubo League men clash

A clash between the activists of Jubo League and Chhatra League over establishing supremacy at Arambagh in Siddhirganj left 10 people, including a former Jubo League leader, injured yesterday evening. Locals said Selim Pathan alias Tunda Selim, former vice-president of Narayanganj Jubo League, the youth front of the ruling Awami League, and Amir Hossain, president of ward-10 unit of Chhatra League, the AL's student body, were locked in an altercation over establishing dominance in the area around 7:30pm. At one stage,...

BCL men 'seize buses' for toll

Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Mirpur Bangla College allegedly seized eight buses of New Pallabi Express over "toll" on Wednesday and demanded Tk five lakh from the bus authorities for their release. The buses, which ply the Gabtoli-Abdullahpur route, were released from the college campus by police later that day. Sirajul Haque, director (finance) of New Pallabi Express, told this correspondent that they introduced 30 buses on the Gabtoli-Bangla College-Mirpur 10-Kalshi-Abdullahpur route in October this year. A few days after the buses...

Violence at SUST

BCL blames it on outsiders!

Chhatra League yesterday blamed “outsiders and some expelled BCL men” for the violent clash at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) the previous day that left a BCL activist killed and 20 people injured. Meanwhile, police rounded up 22 BCL men from different areas in Sylhet city in connection with the clash, and recovered a revolver and 17 machetes from a BCL activist's house near the campus. All the students left the campus yesterday as the university has been closed...

CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS

HT Imam denies assuring BCL men of help

HT Imam denies assuring BCL men of help

Four days after assuring Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of help in viva voce of civil service exams and saying that Awami League benefited from party men during the January 5 parliamentary polls, prime minister’s adviser HT Imam has denied saying these. Amid continuing criticism over his statement made at a BCL programme at Dhaka University, the PM’s political adviser convened a press conference at AL President Sheikh Hasina’s political office in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi today where he alleged that his statement was distorted. HT Imam’s statement is reported to have irked the premier herself, according to sources. Today, he asserted that he had insisted BCL activists to study hard and alleged that the...

Editorial

Providing BCL cadres with jobs by any means!

WE were heartened by the prime minister's exhortations to the country's youths when she urged them to become self-reliant and not take to lobbying for job as it was not a dignified pursuit. However, her adviser H.T. Imam's statement during a discussion at the Dhaka University essentially contradicted her by suggesting that once the BCL members got over the hurdle of written tests at the civil service exams  the rest would be left to them (Imam and his likes)...

Cheers for BCL

Cheers for BCL

It is good news for the Bangladesh Chhatra League men but a shock for others aspiring to be bureaucrats. The BCL men will just have to try and get over the hurdle of written test in civil service examinations. "We will see how much we can help you with the viva voce," pledged HT Imam, one of the advisers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at a discussion at Dhaka University yesterday.  "Our leader [Sheikh Hasina] has told us to arrange jobs for you by any means," he said. Quizzically though, the prime minister had said just the opposite at a meeting the day before. Speaking at the Digital Centre Entrepreneurs Conference, the PM...

Leader Denied Interview Card

BCL activists foil recruitment test

Comilla University postponed teacher recruitment interviews yesterday after some Chhatra League activists caused chaos at the interview venue over not issuing an interview card to one of their fellows. University authorities said they did not pick Faisal Arefin, an applicant for the lecturer post at management studies department, for an interview today as he could not meet the minimum requirement for the post. Faisal is a member of the convening committee of the university unit Bangladesh Chhatra League. Though student politics is...

Ex-BCL leader stabbed dead in Pabna

Ex-BCL leader stabbed dead in Pabna

Leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations blocked an approach road of Pakshey Lalon Shah Bridge, which links the country’s northern and southern districts, for five hours today protesting killing of a former BCL leader in Pabna. The protesters also vandalised at least 20 vehicles near the bridge in Ishwardi upazila...

Chaos at BCL rally venue

Chaos at BCL rally venue

Two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) threw chairs to each other following an altercation over seating arrangement just before its rally began at Suhrawardi Uddyan in Dhaka this afternoon. BCL organised the programme commemorating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Fazilatunnesa. The chaos erupted between the BCL leaders and activists of Dhaka University and...

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