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Slums-Camps, Terrorism: Worry about virus Hitting South Asia

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS) – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population. In South Asia, the number ... Read More »

Green Steel

By Charlotte KingReprint Beijing, China, Nov 21 2019 (IPS) – How Indonesian craftsmanship is undergoing a revival at the world’s first ‘bamboo university’. Read More »

Turn waste into wealth: World Habitat Day – clean up cities

7 October 2019 – Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. This was the message marking World Habitat Day, on Monday, with a focus on waste management. Read More »

Heavy rains drench Rohingya camps: UNHCR

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – Three days of incessant rains in Bangladesh have destroyed 273 shelters and injured 11 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps, said UNHCR on Friday. “We remain on high alert, ready to deploy additional emergency response teams to support our network of refugee volunteers and partners as needed,” said UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley at a press ... Read More »

‘Born a refugee, I dream of a place called home’

By Mohammed On World Refugee Day, personal reflections of a young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, USA, Jun 20 2019 (IPS) – I am a refugee, born to a refugee family. I was granted that status on the day I came into this world. I was not aware of what had happened before then. I did ... Read More »

Palestinians vow to battle illegal Israeli confiscations

Palestinians pledge to continue the dream of passing land to their children and grandchildren amid accelerating seizures By Shatha Hammad Tayseer Ataya stands, leaning on his cane and gazing at his plot of land on Risan hill, west of Ramallah. The 65-year-old man has been forbidden from accessing his property for close to a year. In August 2018, Israeli settlers ... Read More »

Bonda tribe of India’s Odisha hit by changing climate

by Tanmoy Bhaduri The Bonda people, living in hilltop villages on the Kondakamberu mountain range in Odisha, are one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in the state. • Rising temperatures and deforestation, along with poor development and insurgency by radical groups, have impacted the traditional practices and lifestyle of the Bonda tribal community. • Community members are ... Read More »

UNDP launches waste clean-up campaign in Teknaf

Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) – In response to Rohingya influx, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday launched a month-long waste clean-up campaign in nine wards of the Teknaf Municipality to clean up and recover wastes. During the inaugural session of the campaign in Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf Municipality Mayor Haji Mohammed Islam said,” It’s all of our responsibility to save ... Read More »

2 owners of fire-ravaged Dhaka highrise sent to jail

Dhaka, April 8 – A Dhaka court on Monday sent the two owners of FR Tower to jail in connection with the case filed over the devastating fire that ripped through the high-rise building on March 28 killing 26 people. Metropolitan Magistrate Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury sent them to jail after rejecting their bail petitions in connection with the case. ... Read More »

Mother, 3 kids burned in Dhaka kitchen gas cylinder blast

Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – A woman and her three children sustained burn injuries in a gas cylinder blast in the city’s Kadamtali area on Saturday night. The victims are Fatema Begum, 35, her sons Rafi, 11, and Safawan, 5, and daughter Faria, 9, said sub-inspector Badrul of Kadamtali Police Station.  Neighbour Ali Akbar said the gas cylinder went off around ... Read More »

Dhaka highrise devastated by fire declared unusable

Dhaka, March 31 –The FR Tower, where a deadly blaze on last Thursday killed 26 people, is declared as “unusable until further notice” by a government probe committee as not only the building is badly fire-gutted but also has evinced structural faults. Experts of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) yesterday said that FR Tower cannot be used before renovation as the ... Read More »

Dhaka South Mayor asks for demolishing illegal building

Dhaka, March 31 – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon yesterday challenged Rajdhani Unnyan Katripakkha (RAJUK) to demolish a building owned by an influential person. “No one in the city believes that any building owned by an influential person could be demolished. I am asking them to demolish one, just for the sake of setting up an ... Read More »

UN urges BD govt not to relocate Rohingya refugees

Dhaka, March 25 – United Nations (UN) on Monday urged the govt of Bangladesh not to relocate Rohingyas to Bhasan Char before reaching a consensus with them on the modalities. Appreciating the Bangladesh government’s move to decongest the overcrowded settlements of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, UN in a press release said they are discussing with the government the ‘critical protection ... Read More »

PM for support of all to remove Old Dhaka chemical godowns

Dhaka, Feb 23 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged all concerned to extend their all-out cooperation removing chemical godowns from Old Dhaka. “It’s regretful that still there are chemical godowns in Old Dhaka despite repeated drives against it,” she told reporters after visiting the victims of Chawkbazar fire at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in ... Read More »

46 illegally built religious structures on rivers

Dhaka, Feb 13 – The government has decided to relocate 46 religious structures that built illegally alongside the riverbanks of Buriganga, Turag and Shitlakhya. The shipping ministry has given responsibility to the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to arrange lands for relocating these religious establishments, chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Commodore M Mozammel Haque told ... Read More »

Climate Change on the Menu

By Riccardo Valentini Vitero, Itali – When we think about winning the fight against climate change, most people concentrate on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, trucks, and other machines powered by fossil fuels. But while these emissions sources are certainly worthy of our attention, another culprit receives far less than it deserves: our food. Read More »

Why I became a disaster expert

By Armen Grigoryan Nov 26 2018 (IPS) – Thirty years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through my home country of Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead, 500,000 homeless and annihilating an estimated 40 percent of the national economy. Read More »

Dubai tower The Opus by Zaha Hadid begins handover of commercial units

Dubai developer Omniyat Properties has confirmed that its delayed project The Opus by Zaha Hadid has started handover of its commercial units. Companies will now begin the fitting-out process to complete their bespoke offices, a statement said. Businesses that have collected their keys include multinational companies and regional creative agencies. Located in Business Bay, the Opus is designed as two ... Read More »

Doomsday in real life: Warned of quake, govt eyed risk area

Petobo, Oct 9 (AP/UNB) — When the violent shaking from a massive magnitude 7.5 earthquake finally stopped, Selvi Susanti stood up and realized something strange was happening. First, she saw the ground suddenly begin to sink. Then the pavement split beneath her feet like a broken dinner plate and started to rise. Terrified, she clung to a small sliver of ... Read More »