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Latest updates: Quota reform movement

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9 April, 2018 15:43 PM



Latest updates: Quota reform movement

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The job seekers and students of various educational institutions in the capital and elsewhere in the country have been demonstrating against the existing quota system in the government recruitment processes for more than a decade.

The job seekers have demanded reformation of the existing quota system in BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) and other government recruitment processes in the country under the banner of "Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad" in the current movement.

During their recent movement in the capital, they have placed a five-point demand, including reducing the allocation of quota privileges to 10 percent from the existing 56 percent in the government recruitment processes.


The five-point demands are- reduction of quota down to 10 percent from existing 56 percent; recruitment of candidates on the basis of merit if eligible candidates with quota privilege cannot be found; no more special recruitment exam for the candidates eligible for quota; uniform age limit for all in government jobs and prevention of all forms of discrimination in the recruitment process.


Stay connected with us to get the latest updates on the ongoing protest.

Protesters’ decision tomorrow

Quota reform demonstrators have taken the movement off as of today and their decision over prime minister’s comment on quota system will be known tomorrow.

Joint Convener of the "Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad" Nurunnabi Nur has confirmed the news this evening.

Quota system cancelled: PM

The prime minister made the announcement while addressing the national parliament session on Wednesday.

She further said: "I don't think that reforming the quota method will bring any permanent solution as the students and jobseekers would be engaged with the issue and would call further movement."

She also strongly condemned and criticized the attack on the official residence of the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University. 

The students should identify the attackers, she said. "We cannot support such type of violent activities and those who were involved with the attack will be brought to trial."

The job seekers and students of various educational institutions in the capital and elsewhere in the country have been demonstrating against the existing quota system in the government recruitment processes for more than a decade.

'PM for no quota system in govt job'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured that no quota system will exist in government recruitment, said Chhatra League's central General Secretary Jakir Hossain.

Jakir made the announcement on his Facebook wall after holding a meeting with the PM on Wednesday afternoon.

He wrote that the PM has assured that no quota system will exist in the government job and all recruitment will be done on the basis of merit.

Countrywide quota reform protests continue

Students and job seekers, who have been demonstrating demanding quota system reform in the public recruitment, resumed their protests for the fourth day across the country.

Students of Dhaka University and other adjacent universities have gathered in front of the central library and several points of the campus.   

Several hundred of demonstrators from different private universities blockaded Panthopath road in the capital demanding the reformation of the existing quota system.

DU administration requests govt to reform quota: VC

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday said that he had requested the authorities concerned of the government to consider the logical demand of the students over reforming quota system.

Professor Akhtaruzzamn made the request while talking to journalists at a press conference in the capital today. 

BCL allegedly attacks female protesters at Sufia Kamal Hall

The leaders and activists of Kobi Sufia Kamal Hall unit Chhatra League have allegedly launched a sudden attack on the quota reform demonstrators inside the hall.

Witnesses said several numbers of BCL leaders and activists led by the hall unit President Iffat Jahan Isha swooped on the general residents early Wednesday, leaving dozens of protesters severely injured.

According to viral Facebook posts, the BCL members cut the tendon of a resident of the hall. However, some BCL members claimed that the students received injuries earlier and she is completely safe now.

Bangabhaban, PMO, home ministry websites hacked

The websites of five important government establishments, including the Bangabhaban and Prime Minister's Office (PMO), have been hacked.

The hackers took control of the websites of Bangabhaban (http://www.bangabhaban.gov.bd/), PMO (http://www.pmo.gov.bd/), Home Ministry (http://www.mha.gov.bd/), National Parliament (http://parliament.portal.gov.bd/) and BCS Admin (http://bcsadminacademy.gov.bd/) on Tuesday night.

Users were unable to access the sites around 10pm. The hackers wrote: “Hacked by Bangladesh" and put the picture of the youth, who stood with the flag of Bangladesh, amidst a haze of tear gas in Shahbagh.

The hackers have also written several numbers of keywords with hashtag: #Reform Quota BD, #Stop the Genocide, #Reform Quota System. 

Later, the website of home ministry was found restored at 1am Wednesday while other four ones were unreachable. 

No comments from any official concerned can be collected immediately.

Quota protesters reunite; vow to wage fresh demo

Overwhelming their division in the ongoing quota movement, the students and jobseekers, who postponed their quota reform demonstration on Monday, reunited to wage movement afresh to meet their demands soon.

Quota system will be reformed after next budget: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith expected that the existing quota system will be reformed soon after the next national budget.

Expunge your speech, protesters to Matia Chy

The quota reform demonstrators on Tuesday demanded an apology from Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury for her yesterday’s remarks on quota reformation given during the parliament session.

State Univ students bring out procession

The students of State University have brought out a procession in the capital's Dhanmondi area, demanding quota reform in government jobs.

Several numbers of students brought out the procession around 5pm on Tuesday, extending their support to a faction of the movement.

During the demonstration, they chanted different slogans in favour of quota reform. They took to the street around 10am and stayed in front of their Dhanmondi 27 campus until 5pm. 

'Political instigation behind attack on DU VC house'

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said political instigation was behind the attack on the official residence of Dhaka University vice-chancellor.

He said: "General students cannot conduct such type of subversive activities. A quarter did it [attack on VC house] out of their political vengeance."

The minister made the remarks while talking to journalists at his Secretariat office on Tuesday.

Quota reform demo cripples Progoti Sharani

The students of several numbers of Private Universities located around Bashundhara Residential area have been staging demonstrations seeking quota reform in government jobs.

Hundreds of students took position near the main gate of Bashundhara residential area and Rampur Bridge at 10am today, extending their support to the faction that vowed to continue their demonstrations.

The students of North South University (NSU), Independent University, Bangladesh ( IUB), American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) and United International University (UIU) blocked the main gate of Bashundhara residential area.

Meanwhile, the students of East West University (EWU) staged a sit-in near the Rampura Bridge, halting the traffic movement on Progoti Sharoni.

Quota reform: Faction takes position at Raju Bhaskorjo 

The faction of quota reform movement has taken position at Raju Bhaskorjo near Teacher Student Centre (TSC) in Dhaka University this afternoon. 

Hundreds of students and job seekers of under the faction that refused to suspend the ongoing movement gathered at Raju Bhaskorjo at 12 noon today.

The members of the divergent group have been chanting slogans demanding immediate settlement of the quota reform issue. 

They also declared that they would not wait till May 7.

East-West Univ students block Badda-Rampura road

The students of East West University in the capital have blocked Badda-Rampura road demanding reformation of quota system and expressed their solidarity with the ongoing anti-quota demonstration this afternoon.

The demonstrators of quota reform movement have given an ultimatum to the authorities concerned, demanding the immediate release of their detained fellows.

Govt decision on quota reform by May 7: Quader

The government would deliver its decision on quota reform after necessary review by May 7, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader. 

The Road Transport and Bridges minister made the comments after holding a meeting with the quota reform demonstrators this afternoon.

He said: "The authorities concerned will let the protesters know their decision on this issue on May 7 after making a necessary review."

As per the assurance of the government, the demonstrators called off their ongoing movement, said the minister. "They will wait until the government decision comes after one month."

Attackers on VC’s residence will get harsh punishment: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul today confirmed that the demonstrators who attacked the Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence will be brought under the harsh punishment soon.

'PM asks officials to brief media over quota issue'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reportedly asked the government authorities concerned to brief the media over "the purpose and proportion of quota system." 

She came up with the instruction while holding the regular cabinet meeting on Monday.

The PM also directed the Ministry of Public Administration, the main stakeholder of the issue, to examine the demands of the students.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told journalists: "The prime minister has ordered the official concerned to brief the media over the exact purpose of keeping the present quota system." 

East West University students block Badda-Rampura road

The students of East West University in the capital have blocked Badda-Rampura road demanding reformation of the quota system and expressed their solidarity with the ongoing anti-quota demonstration this afternoon.

Meeting being held with Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader is now holding a meeting with the delegation of quota demonstrators at his secretariat office in the capital this afternoon.

Private TV station News24, a sister concern of the daily Kalerkantha, has confirmed the news.

Cops-protesters clash at TSC

The job seekers and students of various educational institutions have again engaged in a clash with the law enforcers at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) this afternoon.

The clash ensued at 12 noon when the police tried to remove the agitated students from the street in front of Raju Bhashkorjo at the TSC.

A chase and counter-chase took place between police and the demonstrators. Later, police left the spot and took position near the Academic Building of Dhaka University.

Movement delegates to meet Obaidul Quader

A twenty-member delegation of quota system reforms movement is going to meet Awami League General Secretary and Minister Obaidul Quader today afternoon. 

Obaidul Quader called the demonstrators after the government instructed him to look after the issue.

Hasan Al Mamun, coordinator of Bangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad (Bangladesh General Students Rights Preservation Parishad), confirmed the information to the journalists. 

He said: “We are going to meet Awami League Secretary Obidul Quader. We will share the rational grounds of reforming quota system with the leader.”

Khulna University students block highway

The students of Khulna University have blocked the Khulna-Satkhaira Highway, extending their support to the ongoing quota reform movement.

Hundreds of students brought out a procession from the campus at 1:30pm and took position on the highway, halting traffic movement in the area.

They will stage a human chain demo and protest rally at Zero point area of the city at 4pm.

Protesters block Dhaka-Rangpur Highway

Students of different educational institutions in the district have boycotted their classes and took to the street, protesting the attack on their fellows in Dhaka.

Several numbers of agitated students blocked the Dhaka-Rangpur Highway at 11am, halting the road communications of Rangpur with seven other Northern districts.

Cumilla University students boycott classes 

The general students of Cumilla University have boycotted their classes in protest against the attack on their fellow demonstrators.

They are set to hold a discussion with the district deputy commissioner and the police super in the afternoon on the quota reform issue.

The students vowed to continue their movement until their demands are met.

Roads blocked in Barishal

The students of Barishal University along with other educational institutions have blocked the main highway, demanding quota reform.

Hundreds of students took to the street at 10 am today and blocked the main road in front of the university. 

Road communications of Barishal is snapped with three other districts. 

JU proctor among 30 hurt

At least 30 students, including the proctor and assistant proctor of Jahangirnagar University, have sustained injuries as the law enforcers allegedly attacked the demonstrators of quota reform movement on Monday.

Proctor Shikdar Md. Zulkarnain and Assistant Proctor Golam Mortoza of the university have been injured when they tried to return the students from the agitation programme around 12pm.

Demonstrators deny attack on VC house

The demonstrators of quota reform movement in public recruitments have denied their involvement with the "shameful" attack on the official residence of Dhaka University vice-chancellor.

Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon (Students Rights Preservation) Parishad Joint Convener Nurul Islam while addressing a press conference ruled out their role in the attack. 

Claiming that the house of Dhaka University vice-chancellor was attacked by 'outsiders,' Nurul Islam said: “We do not encourage such destructive activities. The attackers are not the part of our demonstration.”

Quota reform demonstrators give ultimatum 

The demonstrators of quota reform movement in public recruitments have given an ultimatum to the authorities concerned, demanding the immediate release of their detained fellows.

They have threatened that if the protesters, who were nabbed during last night's demonstration in Dhaka University campus, were not released by this afternoon, they will take to the street again.

Condemning yesterday’s attack on peaceful demonstration Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon (Students Rights Preservation) Parishad Joint Convener Nurul Islam said: “We want the release of our detained fellows by this afternoon. Otherwise, we will adopt tougher means across the country.”

Police charge baton on students

Police again charged baton and fired teargas on students, who have been demonstrating demanding reforms of the quota system in public recruitments, at Doel Chattar of Dhaka University on Monday morning. 

Police attacked the demonstrators in the morning, soon after Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia assured them to take necessary action against the cops involved in yesterday's assault on students. 

DU VC house torched

Agitating students, who have been demonstrating demanding the reforms of the quota system in public recruitment, carried out an attack and torched the residence of Dhaka University vice-chancellor early Monday. 

At least two private cars and some furniture of VC house were set ablaze. 

A team of Fire Services and Civil Defense took the fire under control soon after it broke out at the house.

Later, the leaders and activists of BCL dispersed the demonstrators from the spot, attacking them with iron rods and bamboo sticks. 

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Akhtaruzzamn told the journalists: “The attackers are not students of this university. The unprecedented attack was carried out by unidenrified terrorists.” 

50 hurt as police disperse demo

At least 50 people, including five journalists, were injured as police launched an assault on the anti-quota demonstration held at the Shahbagh intersection in the capital this evening. 

Police fired rubber bullets, used water cannons and lobbed teargas canisters to remove the protesters from Shahbagh intersection around 8pm. 

Of the protesters, Dhaka University student Abu Bakar Siddique had been hit by a rubber bullet in his forehead.  

Police disperse protesters from Shahbagh

Police have dispersed the protesters blocking Shahbagh streets with teargas and charged baton on them around 7pm as the gathering created a huge gridlock that spread to other streets in the busy city.

Several unknown jobseekers have reportedly been injured in the assault on them. 

Anti-quota demonstrators occupy Shahbagh intersection

Around 2,000 protesters yesterday brought out a procession from in front of the Dhaka University Central Library. Later, they stopped at the Shahbagh intersection and staged a sit-in around 3pm.

Shahbagh Police Station SI Imrul Shaheed said: "The road blocked caused immense sufferings to the people in the area. Police are trying to remove them from the street."


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