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Sardar Sarovar dam water drowns Madhya Pradesh villages

by Meena Menon on 10 September 2019 • As the water level rises to near full capacity in Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar dam, villages in Madhya Pradesh are facing the impacts as their homes are flooded, further intensified by heavy rains. • The Narmada Bachao Andolan recently ended a 9-day hunger strike protesting the submergence of the villages without proper rehabilitation. Read More »

Scientific hub planned to protect ocean carbon ecosystems

Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Australian Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne has announced the establishment of a new Perth-based scientific hub that will allow experts from across the Indian Ocean rim to protect the health of ocean carbon ecosystems such as mangroves, tidal marshes and sea grasses. Senator Payne made the announcement at the 3rd Indian Ocean Rim Association Ministerial ... Read More »

Eastern Caribbean takes up strategy for blue-green economy

By Jewel Fraser Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Sep 3 2019 (IPS) – Micro, small and medium enterprises as well as niche markets and experiences such as bee tourism may well hold the key for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States as countries of that sub-region, known as the OECS, ramp up efforts to build economies that are resilient to ... Read More »

Different kinds of dam floods affecting India this monsoon

September 2, 2019 SANDRP Different kinds of Dam Floods is affecting India this monsoon. Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) Dam, thanks to decision of the Govt of India and its Ministry of Water Resources, Narmada Control Authority including its Chairperson UP Singh (Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources), Gujarat Govt is flooding hundreds of villages in Madhya Pradesh, displacing Thousands of ... Read More »

BD Paper Mill shut to save lone carp spawning Halda River

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) -The Department of Environment (DoE) here on Sunday ordered the closure of Asian Paper Mills for polluting the Halda River, the country’s largest fish spawning ground. DoE director (Chattogram) Azadur Rahman Mollick said a team from the divisional office of the department visited the mill on August 14 and issued the order to shut it saying ... Read More »

The soul of water: Spiritualism can redeem our dying rivers

Sudhirendar Sharma The Ganga’s sacredness doesn’t guarantee its purity, as devotees draw a distinction between material cleanliness and ritual purity. Paradox! Exploiting the very source of life for economic and political gains has reduced our individual and collective relationship with water. With the intrinsic value of water being ignored in its sheer assessment as a resource worthy of appropriation, an ... Read More »

Dhaka, Delhi for joint study on Ganges Barrage project

7 common rivers’ water-sharing issues discussed Dhaka, Aug 8 – Bangladesh and India on Thursday agreed to conduct a joint study on Ganges Barrage project and formed a technical committee to finalise the terms of reference (ToR) and constitute a larger panel to do the study to assess its impact on the environment and livelihood. Read More »

Drinking water for all the people of the country by 2030

Mymensingh, July 29 – Drinking water will be provided to the garment industry by 2030 as well as all people of the country. The Deputy Minister of Water Resources Ministry AKM Enamul Haque Shamim said this at a workshop titled ‘Gender Discrimination, Water and Empowerment among Textile Industry Employees of the country’ organized at Professor Muzaffar Ahmed Auditorium of Dhaka ... Read More »

Regulate water filter industry to avert water crises

Sudhirendar Sharma It seems a back-of-envelope estimation that a good samaritan has tossed up on social media to shock us out of slumber. Unbelievable though it may read, Ludhiana city dwellers have been credited for wasting some 15 million litres of water daily; Amritsar and Bhatinda account for 2.5 million litres; and Patiala some 2 million litres. It may seem ... Read More »

Carp spawning spot Halda River, polluter plant fined

Chittagong, July 17 –The Department of Environment on Wednesday suspended the production of Picking power plant in Hathazari Upazila and fined it Tk 20 lakh (Taka 2mn) on the charge of polluting Halda river by dumping wastes. The Halda is the last remaining natural carp spawning ground in Bangladesh. Read More »

Major flood feared in BD: Rivers in North, Northeast swell

Dhaka, July 12 – The flood situation in the eastern, southern and northern regions of Bangladesh worsened yesterday as major rivers there were flowing above the danger-levels.The Teesta River was flowing 25 cm above the danger level at Dalia point in Nilphamari district at the Northern part of the country around 9 am on Friday, flooding the char and low-lying ... Read More »

2000 hand pumps go dry as groundwater down in Dhaka suburb

Keraniganj, July 12 (UNB)- It is not about a single tube- well that would go out of order and could be fixed soon. Imagine a village dependent on groundwater, where one day residents wake up to find not 1, 10, or 20 but rather 2,000 tube-wells together have been rendered useless to the task of lifting water. The situation can ... Read More »

6 bodies recovered from Cox’s Bazar sea beach

Cox’s Bazar, July 10 – Police recovered bodies of six people from Sughanda point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach in the district town on early Wednesday. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. Khairuzzaman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Sadar Model Police Station, said being informed by local people a team of police recovered four bodies from the beach ... Read More »

BD High Court declares all rivers as living entities

Dhaka, July 1 (UNB) – The High Court has observed that Bangladesh’s existence depends on the protection of rivers. “The country will survive, beloved Bangladesh will survive if the rivers are protected,” it said. The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice M Ashraful Kamal came up with the observations in the full verdict declaring the Turag River ... Read More »

Scientists discover vast freshwater reservoir beneath ocean

Dhaka, June 27 – Underneath the salty waters of the North Atlantic ocean, geologists have discovered a giant aquifer of freshwater, hidden from view just off the US coast, reports Science Alert. While the vast size of this massive cache is surprising, it’s not entirely unexpected. Signals of the water first showed up in the 1970s, but until now, nobody ... Read More »

HC to know steps for stopping fish cultivation in Sewer lagoons

Dhaka, June 19 – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday wanted to know the steps taken to implement its 2015 directives for stopping cultivation of fishes in Dhaka, Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) lagoon in Dhaka’s Kadamtoli, as its water and fishes are poisonous and harmful. The apex court directed the authorities concerned to submit ... Read More »

How indigenous people in Sikkim united in anti-dam movement

by Sahana Ghosh on 17 June 2019 • Territoriality through traditional self-governance played a key role in successful and sustained anti-dam protests by two indigenous communities in Lachen and Lachung in the eastern Himalayas. • While many anti-dam protests have not been successful in northeast India, they worked in Sikkim’s Lachen and Lachung because of the deployment of notions of ... Read More »

Washington waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

Port Hadlock, Jun 16 (AP/UNB)— At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says it has run out of places to take them. In response, the agency ... Read More »

Tunisia fishermen turn life-savers in the Medeterranean Sea

Zarzis, Tunisia, June 16 – The Tunisian trawler radioed infor help as it passed the migrant boat in distress out at sea. But with thepacked craft still adrift two days later, captain Chamseddine Bourassine tookdirect action. Fishermen from the North African country are spending more and more timepulling in stranded migrants after a sharp decline in humanitarian andEuropean naval patrols ... Read More »

Teesta, Rohingya feature Dhaka-Delhi Foreign Minister-level talks

Dhaka, June 15 – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has asked his new Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to expedite initiatives to resolve the Teesta issue and sought active supports over the Rohingya crisis in their maiden talks in Tajikistan, a foreign office statement said here today. “He (Momen) drew the Indian counterpart’s attention towards the pending much expected Teesta ... Read More »

Vessel movement snapped by collision resumes at Ctg Port

Chattogram, Jun 14 (UNB) – The vessel movement at the outer anchorage of the Chittagong port resumed on Friday noon after three hours of suspension following a head-on collision between two vessels at the estuary of the Bay of Bengal and the Karnafuli River in the morning. The accident occurred around 8:45 am on Friday although no causality was reported. ... Read More »

In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

Washington, June 11 (AP/UNB) — The world’s oceans will likely lose about one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, a new study says. Every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that the world’s oceans warm, the total mass of sea animals is projected to drop by ... Read More »

Won’t have to depend on others if water properly reserved: PM

Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday said Bangladesh will not have to seek water from others if water could be reserved properly. “Bangladesh is delta [country]. All rivers originated from the Himalayas flow through Bangladesh. If we take steps to preserve water, we won’t have to seek water from others.” Sheikh Hasina said this ... Read More »

Once mighty Titas reduced to a trickle in B’baria

Brahmanbaria, June 8 (UNB)- The literary sketch of Titas River in Adwaita Mallabarman’s ‘Titas Ekti Nadir Naam’ or ‘a river called Titas’ – later made into a film of the same name by Ritwik Ghatak – has undergone a sea-change in reality over the years and turned into a narrow canal due to navigability crisis and ongoing illegal grabbing. Whoever ... Read More »

Water supply, sanitation facilities for school girls a must

• Malva Baskovich • Berenice Flores Arias Uijtewaal WSS Facilities & Menstrual Hygiene Management in Rural Schools of Latin America How memorable is your “first-period story”? Were you at school? Did you dare to tell a friend or teacher? Did you have a proper functioning bathroom to run to, with a door you could close? And for the male readers: ... Read More »