No gathering on Ijtema premises before polls Home minister

first_imgAsaduzzaman khan kamalHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said no gathering will be allowed at the venue of Biswa Ijtema mentioning the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj will be fixed after the national election, reports UNB.The decision was taken at a meeting with the representatives of two factions of Tabligh Jamaat held at the home ministry, he said.The meeting was convened following a clash between two groups of the Tabligh Jamaat earlier in the day for establishing control over Ijtema Maidan that killed one person.The minister said the Ijtema has been delayed due to the 11th parliamentary elections billed for 30 December. “All kinds of religious gatherings or rallies will be restricted on the Ijtema premises and law enforcers will guard the venue,” he added.Earlier, one person was killed and over 200 people were injured in a series of clashes between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat for establishing control over the Ijtema Maidan on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi of Gazipur.Representatives of the two Tabligh Jamaat factions – one led by Maulana Saad Kandhalvi and the other by Maulana Jubair Hassan, inspector general of police, director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and other top officials were present at the meeting.last_img read more

Its Final Texas Rejects MexicanAmerican Studies Textbook

first_imgJORGE SANHUEZA-LYON | KUTThe Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition holds a rally to call on the Texas State Board of Education to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook on September 13, 2016.About a dozen professors across Texas found hundreds of factual errors in the textbook. Many were also upset that the book, titled “Mexican-American Heritage,” promoted stereotypes of groups of people.The book called Mexican people lazy and said Chicanos wanted to destroy society. State Board of Education Member Ruben Cortez says, sometimes, these fights come down to ideology.“But, when it came to this topic it was a clear, clear 15-0 vote,” Cortez said. “So, it was obvious that they didn’t want to put any factually inaccurate book in the hands of kids.”The vote comes after a preliminary 14-0 vote to reject the textbook.“Aside from the all the stereotypes in the book that people found deeply offensive, we have a job as the state board and we can’t allow any book that has factual errors.”UT Austin Professor Emilio Zamora was one of the most vocal opponents to the book. Zamora says he spent hours documenting mistakes and is happy his hard work paid off.“I’m glad that people recognize the seriousness of this and I think a lot of people showed up and we put in the long hours in large part because we understood the important of this,” Zamora says. “It’s important not only for our children in the schools of all background, but it’s all important for the rest of nation because the fact that Texas influences the rest of the country in the adoption of books and sale of books by major publishers.”The State Board of Education has already put out a fresh request for what it calls special topics in social studies textbooks for next year. Sharelast_img read more

Unity in diversity is Indias strength Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India’s strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning, “the world is one family”, the chief minister, on International Human Solidarity Day, urged everybody to stay united and fight the divisive forces. “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us pledge to uphold the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in truest sense. Unity in diversity is India’s strength,” Banerjee tweeted. “We must all be united and fight against the forces which seek to divide us for selfish reasons,” she added. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.last_img read more