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‘Plastic-like rice’ seized in Gaibandha

Gaibandha, Feb 4 (UNB) – Police in a drive seized ‘plastic-like rice’ from a shop in the town on Monday morning. Police said that one Rony Miah identified the rice as plastic while cooking it. Later, he went to Gaibandha Sadar Police Station along with the rice and lodged a complaint. Following his complaint, police raided the shop of one ... Read More »

Drive to free Karnaphuli riverbanks from grabbing begins

Chattogram, Feb 4 (UNB) -The district administration has started a drive to demolish the illegal structures on the banks of the Karnaphuli River in the port city. A team led by executive magistrate and assistant commissioner (land) of Patenga Tahmilur Rahman started the drive in Sadarghat area at 10:15 am on Monday and bulldozed a number of buildings till 12 ... Read More »

Angelina Jolie in Cox’s Bazar to assess needs of Rohingyas

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 4 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrived here on Monday morning to assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingyas. During her three-day mission in the district, she will also assess some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country, according to UNHCR.  Bangladesh is now hosting nearly 1.3 million ... Read More »

Compatriots forced Bd women domestic help into illicit work

Bahrain, Feb 01 – Two pimps who locked a woman in apartments for three months and forced her to have sex with multiple men have been jailed for 10 years each. The Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 44, were convicted by the High Criminal Court yesterday of holding their victim captive, forcing her into prostitution, human trafficking, torture and rape. ... Read More »

Free visa, illegal hiring behind rising worker accidents

Bahrain, Sunday, Feb 2 – Illegal hiring of workers and employing free-visa labourers are major challenges facing authorities trying to curb accidents at work sites, according to a top official. A number of companies bring in workers on daily wages at construction sites, without providing them with proper contracts and/or safety equipment, said Labour and Social Development Ministry occupation safety ... Read More »

Disqualify river grabbers from elections bank loans

Dhaka, Feb 03 – In a landmark verdict, the High Court on Monday disqualified the grabbers of rivers and canals from contesting any election including local government and parliamentary polls. It directed the Election Commission to take steps to this effect. The HC bench also court also ordered Bangladesh Bank to take steps so that any person accused of grabbing ... Read More »

Angelina Jolie plans to visit Rohingya camp

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has planned to visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district this week to see the situation on the ground and meet Rohingya people. She is likely to arrive here on Sunday night and visit Cox’s Bazar on Monday and Wednesday, said a diplomatic source indicating that there ... Read More »

Debar river encroachers from polls, loan: High Court rules

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday directed the Election Commission not to allow any individual to contest any election, including the parliamentary one, if he or she is accused of encroaching on rivers. The High Court bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal also directed the authorities of the National River Protection ... Read More »

Bd govt mulls E-waste management policy: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 2 – Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Saturday said a policy on managing e-waste was at its final stage. “It is currently with the law ministry,” he said at a roundtable discussion on ‘E-waste management: A huge challenge for Bangladesh’ organised by Telecom Reporters’ Network Bangladesh in the city. “The government will give much ... Read More »

Toiling in Delhi’s toxic smog

Delhi is the world’s most polluted major city, its toxic cocktail of vehicle fumes, dust and smoke choking the chaotic metropolis and taking years off its 20 million inhabitants’ lives. But despite this, with levels of airborne pollutants routinely eclipsing safe limits in winter months, people in the Indian capital still have to go about their daily lives. AFP spoke ... Read More »

Bringing greener pastures back home

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 2019 (IPS) – One month on since the Global Compact for Migration was approved, civil society has highlighted the need to turn words into action, supporting those who have been displaced or forced to migrate as a result of environmental degradation. In December, over 160 countries adopted the landmark Global Compact for Migration (GCM) which recognised ... Read More »

Publication ceremony of ‘Satyer Bel-shoot’ held in capital

Dhaka, Feb 01 – The publication ceremony of ‘Satyer belshoot’ a new book by Sohel Mahmud Sagor was held at the Samaj Kalyan Sanity Bhaban in the Mohammadpur area of the capital on Friday. Another book titled Theosophy by the author was published in February last year. Sohel Mahmud Sagar’s book dwells on the usefulness of plants in the healthy ... Read More »

Delhi invites Dhaka business community to Maritime Conclave

Dhaka, Jan 31 (UNB) – India has invited Bangladesh business community, particularly those from shipping and waterways industries, to attend ‘Maritime Conclave 2019’ to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on February 14-15. “Besides presenting opportunities for investment in the maritime sector of India, I am certain that Maritime Conclave 2019 will also generate new ideas on further enhancing bilateral cooperation ... Read More »

21 organizations transforming Australia’s food system

From Danielle Nierenberg Greetings from Melbourne, where I’m speaking at festival21—a celebration of the potential for change in Australia’s future food system, joining food experts like Fabrice DeClerck, Science Director at EAT; David Nabarro, Strategic Director of 4SD and recipient of the 2018 World Food Prize; Kaitlin Yarnall, Senior Vice President of Media Innovation for the National Geographic Society; Linda ... Read More »

For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour

Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar. Now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers. At first blush, the explanation laid out Wednesday by 21 experts in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B seems implausible. Millions of years of evolution have ... Read More »

The world order that’s now emerging

By Eric Zuesse The Post-World-War-II world order was dominated by the one WW II major combatant that had only 0.32% of its population (the lowest percentage) killed by the war: the United States. The Soviet Union’s comparable number killed by the war was the highest — it was 13.7% — 42 .8.times higher than America’s. The U.S. was the main ... Read More »

Bd HC landmark verdict declares Turag river as living being

Dhaka, Jan 30 – In a historic verdict, the High Court on Wednesday declared the Turag River as a legal/juristic person or a living being to save the river from illegal encroachment. In its partial judgment, the HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice M Ashraful Kamal said Bangladesh, i.e. the humankind will fall in danger if rivers ... Read More »

‘Finalise land-use policy very quickly to save farm land’

Dhaka, Jan 30 – Land-use policy needs to be finalised very quickly to completely stop the use of agricultural lands in non-farm activities, said experts on Wednesday. They said, it is necessary to take measures to rescue the agricultural land which has already gone to non- agricultural sector. Besides, we have to ensure that the farmers can buy and sell ... Read More »

Recognise rivers as living beings: Green activists

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Mentioning that rivers are being killed through unplanned development, encroachment, pollution and climate change impacts, experts and green activists on Tuesday demanded that the rivers be recognised as living being for saving those. They made the demand at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference titled ‘River: A living Being’ being at Kuakata of ... Read More »

The Marrakech Compact on Migration: Myths & realities

BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 29 2019 (IPS) – When 164 UN member states adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (the Marrakech Compact on Migration) on 10 December last year, I read on social media that they had decided to give up control over migration to the UN. So, did that mean, as someone who works on migration ... Read More »

Delhi plans to increase green coverage to negate climate change

Delhi government has planned to increase the capital’s green coverage to 33 percent from 22 percent with taking proper steps to drastically reduce carbon emission. To negate climate change impacts, officials and media reports said here on Monday. “The state government under its action plan on climate change (SAPCC) has taken a programme to expand the green coverage planting over ... Read More »

10 Latin American city Mayors commit to share of Paris Deal

Cities will develop Climate Action Plans that deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement, with support from C40 Cities and the UK government.Pledge made at meeting of city officials in Quito, Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador 29 January — Buenos Aires; Curitiba; Guadalajara; Lima; Medellín; Mexico City; Quito; Rio de Janeiro; Salvador & São Paulo today revealed their commitment to bold ... Read More »

Mild cold wave starts sweeping across Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 29 – The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Tuesday forecast mild cold wave in late Magh is likely to sweep over the western parts of the country in the next 72 hours. The mild cold wave may be on the increase for three to four days, said a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department. The winter season mainly lasts ... Read More »

Largest human waste treatment plant opening in Rohingya camp

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The largest human waste treatment plant will be opened at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday. Oxfam and UNHCR have jointly installed the industrial-scale plant, funded by the UN Refugee Agency, which can process the waste of 150,000 people– equivalent to the population of Nawabganj.  State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr ... Read More »

Operate mobile court to stop air pollution: HC

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week to take legal action against those responsible for air pollution in the capital. The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing a writ petition.  The court also ... Read More »

King of the Andes under threat

By all accounts, Dasan and Illika should have died of poisoning. But they are back on their feet, poking their beaks through the bars of their cages, impatient to return to the skies over Colombia, which have been transformed into hostile territory for the so-called king of the Andes — the condor. Dasan, a five-year-old male, fell victim first. Locals ... Read More »

Dhaka seeks Beijing’s strong support on Rohingya issue

Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought China’s “strong support” so that Myanmar moves in the right direction for resolving Rohingya crisis as Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the return for Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said it is ... Read More »

Dhaka North City Mayor poll: JP selling nomination papers

Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – Jatiya Party on Sunday started selling nomination forms to those who want to contest the February-28 by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) with the party support. Jatiya Party presidium member and its Dhaka North unit president SM Faisal Chisti formally distributed the nomination forms among its aspirants for the mayor and councillor posts of ... Read More »

40 dead, many feared buried in mud after Brazil dam collapse

Brazil, Jan 27 (AP/UNB) — Hope that loved ones had survived a tsunami of iron ore mine waste from a dam collapse in Brazil was turning to anguish and anger over the increasing likelihood that many of the hundreds of people missing had died. By Saturday night, when authorities called off rescue efforts until day break, the death toll stood at ... Read More »

AL picks Atiqul for Dhaka North City Corpn by-election

Dhaka, Jan 26 – Awami League on Saturday picked former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam to contest the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral by-election. The ruling party also nominated Syed Zakia Nur Lipi, sister of former AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, to vie for the Kishoreganj-1 by-election. The decisions were taken at a joint meeting of AL Parliamentary Board ... Read More »