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Loss of biodiversity causes yield reduction

Over the past half-century, the need to feed a growing world population has led to markedly expanded and intensified agricultural production. This transformation has led to the degradation of the global environment. The loss of biodiversity can disrupt key ecosystem services to agriculture, such as crop pollination and biological pest control, which underpin the final provisioning service of crop production. Read More »

Rohingyas will return as soon as assured safety, security

Dhaka, Dec 19 – Rohingyas have said they would return to Rakhine as soon as the Myanmar government would ensure safety and security for them as they don’t want to stay in the camps. The Rohingyas placed these demands before the visiting Myanmar delegation who paid a two-day long visit to Cox’s Bazar, sources said. Read More »

Satellites help track ocean acidification in the Bay of Bengal

by Sahana Ghosh on 13 December 2019 • Scientists are exploring the use of satellites to track ocean acidification in the Greater Caribbean, the Amazon Plume and the Bay of Bengal. • Under a European Space Agency funded project, researchers at IISER-Kolkata are merging satellite data and on-ground observations to monitor the health of coastal Bay of Bengal in the ... Read More »

Keraniganj plastic factory fire toll 17 as 5 more victims succumb

Dhaka, Dec 15 – Five more victims of Keraniganj plastic factory fire succumbed to burn injuries yesterday. Among the five, four at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), and another one died at his home after release from the hospital on the day of the fire, raising the death toll to ... Read More »

10 dead in Gazipur electric fan factory fire; probe body formed

Dhaka, Dec 15 – “Ten workers of an electric fan factory died from smoke inhalation,” said Mamunur Rashid, deputy assistant director of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence. It was the third factory fire incident in the last four days in Dhaka and adjacent areas. Fire in Bangladeshi factories is quite common during the dry season, mainly because of lax ... Read More »

Stop genocide, Suu Kyi told at Int’l Court of Justice

The Hague, December 10, 2019 – Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon appeared in a United Nations court ready to defend her country’s army from allegations of committing genocide against the Rohingya minority. Read More »

India Citizens Report on what ails Ganga Rejuvenation

December 9, 2019 SANDRP The Hindustan Times editorial on Nov 27, 2019, has rightly said the following about “a recently-released Rejuvenating-Ganga River – A Citizen-Report, by the India Rivers Week, a consortium of seven NGOs”. “A key reason for the failure of the river cleaning projects (Ganga and Yamuna action plans), says a recently-released citizen’s report, Rejuvenating Ganga, by the ... Read More »

UN to resolve the Rohingya humanitarian crisis

By Askiah Adam The Rohingya refugees have, for decades now, been fleeing their homeland, the Rakhine province in Myanmar. Mostly through Yangon’s inaction, elements of the military and members of the majority Buddhist population were left to run rampage amongst this helpless Muslim minority. Made stateless by Yangon in 1982, left totally vulnerable to the frightful violence of rape, mass ... Read More »

All eyes on Hague; hearing on Myanmar genocide begins

The hearing on genocide by Myanmar against Rohingyas is all set to begin at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands as the Gambia asked the top UN court to urgently order measures “to stop Myanmar’s genocidal conduct.” Bosnia and Herzegovina had asked for provisional measures when filing its Genocide Convention case against the Federal ... Read More »

Forced to flee. displaced with a dream. time for action

By Yasmine Sherif UNITED NATIONS, Dec 6 2019 (IPS) – Genesis smiles and holds her hand up proudly to answer questions in class. She claps her hands in support of her classmates when they answer the teachers’ questions correctly. “I miss my cousins and aunts in Venezuela, she says.” Her smile fades and her lips tighten. She struggles to hold ... Read More »