Journalism educators’ networking conference begins at ULAB



News Desk, Barta24.com
Journalism educators’ networking conference begins at ULAB

Journalism educators’ networking conference begins at ULAB

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Journalism has changed. So, journalism education must adapt the change to remain relevant.

Speakers told this at a two-day long conference on media and journalism education in the country that has begun at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) in the capital today. 

The Department of Media Studies and Journalism at ULAB organized the conference titled “Communication and Journalism Educators Network (CJEN) Bangladesh Fifth Networking Conference 2022”, where communication and journalism educators from different universities in the country took part. 

ULAB Vice Chancellor Professor Imran Rahman inaugurated the event. In his inaugural speech, he said the authorities of the university has high commitment for promoting media in the country. So, the Media Studies and Journalism Department always try to prepare its graduates by updating its courses and curriculum in consultation with stakeholders from the media industry on regular basis.

Addressing the session, MSJ Department Head Professor Jude William Genilo said the media and journalism education institutions must think critically about their roles, and know their strengths and weaknesses today.

“We at the ULAB try to prepare our graduates who are equipped with knowledge and skills needed in their real-life professional works,” he added.

In plenary session titled “what is wrong with journalism education in Bangladesh”, Professor Jude called for building a strong network among media and journalism educators in the country to share experiences, expertise, and to enhance research and scholarships on the field.

In the session, ULAB MSJ Assistant Professor Dr Abdul Kabil Khan presented findings of a research on “What I wish My Faculty Would Do and Would Not Do for my career development?”

In another plenary session, a roundtable discussion titled “The future of media industry- new approaches and business models” was held.

Bangla daily Somoyer Alo Executive Editor Harun Ur Rashid, Jamul TV Special Correspondent Mohsin Ul Hakim, online news portal Bangladesh Times’ lead mobile journalist took part in the discussion moderated by MSJ department senior lecture Nandita Tabassum Khan.

Deutsche Welle (DW) Media Services GmbH Program Manager Dr. Esther Dorn-Fellermann, and DW Akademie Program Director in Bangladesh Priya Esselborn also attended the event.

At the first day of the conference, three research papers were presented, and two roundtable discussion was held followed by a cultural event.

12000 students did not get college even in the third phase



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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The results of the third and final phase of admission to class XI have been published today at eight o'clock. Analyzing the results, it can be seen that almost 12 thousand students did not get the college even after the time was over. Among them, the number of students who got GPA-5 is 700.

This information came to light after the release of the third and final phase results on the central website of eleventh admission on Friday (July 12) at 8 pm.

Apart from this, Prof. Tapan Kumar Sarkar, Chairman of Inter-Education Board Coordinating Committee and Chairman of Dhaka Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, confirmed the matter to the media.

He said that according to the admission policy, the application was supposed to be taken in three stages. Even after these three stages, more than 12 thousand students did not get college allocation. Among them about 700 students who got GPA-5 in SSC.

Professor Tapan Kumar could not say anything clearly about whether the admission notification will be given again.

He said that the decision will be taken subject to discussion. However, no one wants a student to be denied admission.

Professor Tapan Kumar said, according to calculations, there are about 2.5 lakh seats in the college against more than 1.6 lakh students of the country who have passed the SSC. Even then, the reason for students not getting admission is not getting the preferred college.

According to the admission information, the admission process is scheduled to start from July 15 after the three-phase application, result publication, confirmation and migration, and will continue until July 25.

After the admission process, classes of XI will start simultaneously across the country on July 30.

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22 lakh passport holders traveled to India through Benapole in the outgoing financial year



Azizul Haque, Senior Correspondent, Barta24.com, Benapole(Jashore)
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22 lakh 5 thousand 478 passport holders traveled between India and Bangladesh during the outgoing financial year (2023-24) using Benapole land port. Among them, 11 lakh 25 thousand 4 people went to India and 10 lakh 80 thousand 474 people came from India. Earlier, the number of passenger journeys in the financial year 2022-23 was 21 lakh 29 thousand.

At this time, the Bangladesh government earned about Tk. 120 crore from travel tax. And the income of Indian government is above 100 crore.

The number of passengers has increased by 76,478 in 2023-24 compared to 2022-23.

However, even though the government's income from passenger traffic has increased, the desired service has not increased, the sufferers complained. However, the port authorities say that the acquisition of space for passenger terminal is in progress at the port to increase the service, and the immigration in India has also been requested to increase the service.

It is known that the distance from Benapole port to Kolkata, one of the commercial cities and tourist centers of India, is only 85 km. Most passport holders use Benapole border for medical, business, higher education and sightseeing due to ease of communication. This journey has become easier by using Padma bridge.

However, the sufferers are angry about the immigration, customs and port management of the two sides, there are incidents of robbery and fraud of passport holders under the grip of brokers. Passport holders have protested these issues several times, but no remedy has been found. A passenger has to wait for 6 to 7 hours, ignoring the sun, rain and mosquito bites to clear Benapole and India immigration. But in the name of passenger service, Port collects Tk. 55, Sonali Bank collects Tk.1000. Besides, the Indian Embassy collects a deposit of 840 rupees per person for issuing the visa.

Ziaur Rahman, general secretary of Benapole Import and Export Association, said that in the Indian side the passengers are most harassed. Although requested to increase the passenger service in various meetings, the desired service was not met.

Passport holder Ratan Sarkar said that the service has not increased even though the travel tax has increased. You have to stand on the road for 6 hours in the sun and rain.

Palash, another passport holder, said that Benapole can be reached in 5 hours from Dhaka with the facility of Padma bridge. However, the opening of the port after 6:30 in the morning remains a problem.

Benapol director Rezaul Karim said that the passenger traffic has increased in the financial year 2023-24 compared to the financial year 2022-23. Passengers have been asked to beware of brokers. Acquisition of passenger terminal space at the port is underway to increase passenger facilities. They have been asked to increase their services in India as well.

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Today's 'water logging' in Dhaka, the city of canals and rivers, is the result of sin!



Jahid Rakib, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Todays water logging in Dhaka

Todays water logging in Dhaka

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Despite the sky-high promises of the two Mayors of Dhaka, the City Corporation is unable to resolve the water logging in the area. Dhaka has been immersed in water logging in just a few hours of rain. And lakhs of city dwellers suffer. Normal life has stopped. All the civic facilities have been cut off.

Citizens of the capital and city experts blame the City officials. They complain that they promise more than work. All they do is hoping to get media coverage. At the beginning of every monsoon, they make hundreds of promises about the flooding of the city, but there is no action to implement it.

Experts say that today's urban flooding is the result of long-standing sins. In the city where there is no place for a single brickyard, big concrete buildings are coming up every day occupying canals and rivers. So how will the water logging be removed in this city - their question.

The canals were handed over from Dhaka Wasa to the City Corporation in 2019 to resolve the water logging. Since then, the Corporation has not been successful in recovering the canal. Every day new buildings are being constructed occupying canals in some areas.

Meanwhile, since Friday morning, torrential rains have caused water logging in various roads and alleys in the capital Dhaka. Hundreds of thousands of city dwellers have suffered from the resulting flooding. The people of the North City area have suffered more, especially the residents of Mirpur. On the other hand, the roads of Motijheel under the jurisdiction of South City are almost waist high.

Meteorologist Tariqul Nawaz Kabir told Barta24.Com, the capital received torrential rains of 130 millimeters from 6 am to 12 noon. These showers and overcast skies will continue throughout the day. On Saturday, the weather in the capital will start to become normal after the rainfall subsides.

This meteorologist also said that due to the strong monsoon, it has rained in different districts of the country. But the most happened in the capital Dhaka. Apart from this, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, Sylhet and Rajshahi may receive moderate rain with thunder.

Flooding has become a common occurrence in Mirpur since few years due to light rains. Even a few millimeters of rain can disrupt the lives of residents. Residents of Sheorapara, Kazipara of Mirpur have complained.

North City Chief Executive Officer Mir Khairul Alam told Barta24.Com said, we have adopted a long-term plan to resolve water logging. He urged to accept temporary difficulties for long-term solutions.

Like the North, similar stagnation of water in another City Corporation South of the capital. Light rain in the morning in this City caused water logging in Paltan, Fakirapool, Shantinagar, Rajarbagh, Malibagh, Jatrabari and Shanir Akhra areas.

When the area around South City is submerged in water; the Chief Executive Officer could not be found even after several attempts to contact him to bring the matter to his attention.

Professor of Jahangir Nagar University and president of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) Adil Muhammad Khan has been talking about urban planning in the media and seminars for a long time.

He told Barta24.com with deep disappointment about the flooding of the city, "We have destroyed the city due to long-standing sins. I have made canals, roads, bridges and culverts. Sadek Agro's farm and Surer Dhara building has been built on Ramchandra canal in Mohammadpur. If this is a sin then there will be no flooding - so what?

Regarding who is responsible for controlling the encroachment of the canal, he said, the City Corporation has announced that the Ramchandra canal will be saved and a playground will be built there. Building where there is green is a sin. Don't the Mayors have any power to save one or two canals and remove the water logging, asked this urban expert.

According to city planners, the fault of RAJUK, Urban Development Authority, WASA and City Corporation are responsible for today's water logging.

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Sit-in program at JnU to protest the attack across the country



JnU Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: Sit-in program at JnU

Photo: Sit-in program at JnU

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The students of Jagannath University (JnU) held protest marches and sit-in programs in protest against the brutal attacks by police across the country including Cumilla University, Chattogram University and Islamic University.

On Friday (July 12) from 4 pm, the students started the sit-in program in front of the main gate of the University. Earlier, the protest march left the Kanthaltala of the University, turned around Bangla Bazar and ended in front of the main gate.

Taking position in front of the main gate, the students chanted various slogans against the attack on the quota activists across the country.

Atiqur Rahman Tanzil, one of the coordinators of the quota movement of Jagannath University, said that our movement will continue until our demands are met. The brutal attack that the police-administration has chosen to stop the movement is a shame for the administration. We are not their opponents. Yet the administration opened fire on us. Immediately investigate this attack and bring the culprits to justice.

Another student named Ivan Tahseeb said that the High Court has ruled that the quota decision is entirely on the government. However, from the beginning, the government tried to suppress our movement by calling it a court issue. Today's High Court verdict has made it clear that the quota circular has been canceled on the orders of the government. Our demand is clear that the law should be passed in the parliament by reforming the quota and keeping a minimum quota of 5 percent.

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