DU students hold protest against BCL atrocities

On Wednesday, January 17, agitating students of University of Dhaka gave the authorities 48 hours to take action against Bangladesh Chhatra League’s leaders who attacked their demonstration.

Earlier on Monday, the ruling party student wing activists swooped on the students, who were staging a sit-in in front of vice-chancellor’s office, demanding cancellation of the recent affiliation of seven colleges with the university.
Bangladesh Chatra League-BCL leaders and activists allegedly molested some female protestors during the attack and picked up an organiser of the demonstration while two campus-based journalists were assaulted as they were covering the incident.

The students under the banner of ‘Students Against Repression’ ended their daylong demonstration in the evening following assurance from the vice-chancellor to meet all their demands within the deadline.
Their demands include forming a body including two student representatives to investigate the incident of attack and sexual harassment by BCL activists and submit report in 48 hours, expelling the activists involved in sexual harassment and action against the BCL leaders who had picked up an organiser of the movement.

On Thursday, DU proctor Golam Rabbani has filed a case against 50 to 60 unnamed protesters following the attack in his office by the protesters.

On the next evening, several hundred students have brought out a torch-procession demanding the withdrawal of the case.




Science Movement Platform protest at felling trees

On Monday, January 15, Bigyan Andolon Mancha’s Jahangirnagar University unit has protested the government’s decision of cutting down century-old 2300 trees of Jessore Road.

The protest, in the form of a human-chain took place in the campus Sahid Minar.

General secretary of the Socialist Students’ Front, Shushmita Mariyam told the reporters that they strongly protest the government’s decision of cutting those trees, only to broaden the road. She also questioned the move and said, ‘this is not an environment-friendly decision, rather, it indicates that these resources are about to be exploited by local politicians’.

Speakers indicated that there is abundance of government lands around that road but they choose to cut the century-old trees instead.

Concerned students along with Andolon Mancha activists have taken part in this protest.

On Thursday, January 18, high court has ruled out this decision and decreed the government not to cut those trees.





Daffodil University:

On Thursday, January 11, foundation stone of Daffodil Institute of Social Science for comprehensive rehabilitation of disadvantaged children was laid at their Ashulia campus, Dhaka.




On Sunday, January 14, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh has arranged a certificate awarding ceremony for training workshop on KOHA: Integrated Library Management Software Documentalists at their premises.


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