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ADB to finance upgradation of four BD highways

Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to provide funds for the upgradation of the country’s four highways into four-lane ones, said its country director Manmohan Parkash on Wednesday. The four highways — Dhaka-Sylhet, Rangpur-Banglabandha, Rangpur-Burimari and Faridpur-Barishal — will also have separate lanes for slow-moving vehicles. Manmohan said this when he met Road, Transport ... Read More »

How South Asia can remain world’s fastest-growing sub-region

Lei Lei Song Since 2014, South Asia has been the fastest-growing subregion in the world, with its eight economies collectively boasting average annual growth of 7.0%. This is higher even than East Asia (6.2%), which includes China; Southeast Asia (4.9%); and the Pacific (4.7%). To carry on this impressive performance beyond the next couple of years, though, will require reforms ... Read More »

Is India on track to beat the perfect storm?

By Manipadma Jena New Delhi, Aug 12 2019 (IPS) – “The Perfect Storm” was a dire prediction that by 2030 food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources together with climate change would threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration from worst-affected regions. Read More »

$54.8 mn to improve living in BD coastal chars: IFAD

Rome, 8 August 2019 – More than 342,000 people in southeast Bangladesh living on coastal chars created by silt deposits will benefit from new financing for a project to reduce poverty and hunger and develop rural livelihoods. People living on chars are often hardest hit by climate change effects like sea-level rise as they often live in poorly constructed housing ... Read More »

Don’t fear the scooter

by Alon Tal Tel Aviv – Electric bicycles and scooters are taking a lot of heat. Concerns about traffic fatalities, terrorized pedestrians, and urban lawlessness have led a growing chorus of politicians and media commentators to conclude that the technology should be banned outright. But these critics are missing the point. Small, portable, electric transportation options are a tremendous opportun ... Read More »

14 water development projects being implemented in Rajshahi

Public health engineering department (DPHE) has been implementing 14 water supply and sanitation improvement projects involving more than Taka 99.94 crore to provide safe drinking water to people here. Abujar Masudar Rahman, Superintending Engineer of DPHE, here told BSS that the projects are being implemented in different district headquarters and upazilas in almost all eight districts under the division aims ... Read More »

Poor nations not liable for emissions ‘collected thru ages’

12 July 2019 – Citing climate change as being caused by “emissions accumulated throughout history”, the head of China’s Xiamen Airlines told the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York on Friday that heavy carbon dioxide emitters should “take on greater responsibility” to ameliorate the problem. Read More »

Unlock opportunities for sustainable development: UN Chief

UN, July 11 – As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for ... Read More »

Sustainable development needs fundamental governance changes

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.” “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of ... Read More »

Dhaka-Beijing strategic ties helpful for prosperity in Asia

Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) – China has conveyed Bangladesh that the strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries will be ‘helpful in a big way’ towards the prosperity and stability in Asia and beyond apart from serving the mutual interest of the two nations. The Chinese leadership conveyed it to Bangladesh during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s five-day official that ... Read More »

World is off track in its education commitments for 2030

Almost a third of the way to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals, new UNESCO projections prepared for the UN High-level Political Forum show that the world will fail its education commitments without a rapid acceleration of progress. In 2030, when all children should be in school, one in six aged 6-17 will still be excluded. Many children ... Read More »

The Tivare Dam disaster in Maharashtra, India

July 6, 2019 SANDRP Late that night of July 2, shouts of “Dharan Futla, Dharan Futla” (The dam has breached!) saved the already-scared 62-year-old Narayan Gaikwad and his family, as the family ran to a nearby hill. Tivare Dam (Longitude: 73° 42′ 0″; Latitude: 17° 36′ 0″ as per CWC’s National Register of Large Dams), across a rivulet in the ... Read More »

Why environmental and humanitarian action must be linked

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jul 4 2019 (IPS) – Environmental and humanitarian action is often understood as two different sectors. However, the lack of awareness regarding its intersections could lead to further long-term devastation. With the growing number of crises around the world, humanitarian actors are essential. They are often the first responders during and after a crisis, providing urgent, ... Read More »

Why failure to buy Rooppur plant goods on trust not illegal

Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why their failure to procure furniture, pillows and other household products for the officials and employees of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in good faith should not be declared illegal. Following a writ petition, the HC bench of Justice Tariq ... Read More »

Women’s rights are key in slowing down population

By Sivananthi Thanenthiran UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2019 (IPS) – The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership. Our region, the Asia and the Pacific region is already home to 60 per cent ... Read More »

Is there a co-relation between human development & SDGs?

By Pedro Conceição UN, Jul 1 2019 (IPS) – “People are the real wealth of nations,” began the first Human Development Report (HDR). That 1990 report marked a turning point in the global development debate. During the second half of the 20th century there were growing concerns about the tyranny of gross domestic product (GDP). Many decision-makers seemed to believe ... Read More »

No dev work that damages environment: experts

Dhaka, June 29 (UNB) – Stating that no development effort will be effective if it ruins the ecological and environmental balance, speakers at a public dialogue on Saturday urged the government to ensure a more environment-friendly budget. Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club. The speakers said development and environment are complimentary to each other ... Read More »

Create new world based on social feeling: Dr Yunus

Bangkok, June 28 (UNB) – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus here on Friday shared his thoughts on “super happiness” encouraging his global audience to join hands for creating a new civilization based on “social feeling, sharing and caring” coming out from the existing greed-driven civilization. “Let’s transform the society, nation and the world,” he said expressing much hope about the ... Read More »

Poorest nations weighed down by fastest growing populations

By Thalif DeenReprint| UN, Jun 24 2019 (IPS) – With a new report projecting a rise in population, specifically in Asia and Africa, the United Nations has warned that continued rapid population growth presents enormous challenges for sustainable development in the world’s 134 developing nations. Among them, the heaviest impact will be on the 47 least developed countries (LDCs), described ... Read More »

White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

Washington, Jun 23 (AP/UNB)  — The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased “deal of the century” Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million ... Read More »

Budgetary reform for sustainable development in BD urged

Dhaka, June 21 – Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), a civil society platform of Bangladesh called for budgetary system reform for sustainable development. The platform recommended the budgetary system be reformed to effectively impact the country’s sustainable development at roundtable programme held at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka yesterday (Friday). Shujan said in its reaction to the proposed national budget for ... Read More »

11 infrastructure projects involving Tk 80bn okayed at Ecnec

Dhaka, Jun 18 (UNB) – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved 11 projects involving an overall outlay of Tk 8,053 crore. The approval came from the Ecnec meeting held at NEC conference room here with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan ... Read More »

Indian envoy visits Khagrachhari BD-IND Moitree Bridge site

Khagrachhari, June 16 (UNB)- Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das visited the under-construction Bangladesh-India Moitree Bridge-1 and Ramgarh land port here on Sunday. While visiting the sites Riva Ganguli said, “Moitree Bridge and land port will increase scopes of business besides developing inter-communication.” Khagrachari Hill District Council Chairman Kongjari Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner Md Shahidul Islam, Additional Police Super ... Read More »

Asia-Pacific Region falters on UN development goals

By Thalif Deen UN, Jun 14, 2019 (IPS) – UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a Chatham House meeting in London last week that the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), one of the legacies of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “spawned tremendous progress” in the battle against poverty worldwide. She pointed out that the number of people living on less ... Read More »

BD to bring a quarter of population under social safety net

Dhaka, June 13 – The government is going to bring nearly a quarter of the families in the country under the social safety net programmes in the next financial year. The government has planned to allocate Tk. 74,367 crore in the sector, which is 14.21 percent of total budget and 2.58 percent of GDP in the 2019-20 Fiscal Year. In ... Read More »