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A $650 mn pledge aimed at eradicating extreme hunger by 2030

By Thalif Deen UN, Nov 22 2019 (IPS) – When a coalition of international donors pledged more than $650 million to provide assistance to over 300 million smallholder farmers in developing countries, the primary aim was to help increase agricultural and livestock production besieged by droughts, floods and other natural disasters triggered by climate change– mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and ... Read More »

Human chain on Abrar by BNP-backed teachers at BAU

Mymensingh, Oct 14 – A BNP-backed teachers’ organisation ‘Sonali Dol’ has staged a human chain in front of ‘Muktomoncho’ of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) demanding punishment of Abrar killers and stoppage of student torture in the name of ragging and guest room culture in the university. 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 »

No continent, no country not impacted by land degradation

By Desmond Brown Ankara, Jun 17 2019 (IPS) – The coming decades will be crucial in shaping and implementing a transformative land agenda, according to a scientist at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). UNCCD-Science Policy Interface co-chair Dr. Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, who spoke with IPS ahead of the start of activities to ... Read More »

Man killed by ‘younger brother’ in Pirojpur

A young man died after being hit with an iron rod reportedly by his brother at South Khani in Indurkani upazila on Monday night. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Forkan, 30, son of Abdus Salam of the area. Mohammad Habibur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Indurkani Police Station, said Forkan slapped his younger brother Solaiman in the afternoon over family affairs. ... 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 »

Chittagong Jubo Dal man stabbed to death by political rival

Chattogram, May 17 – An activist of opposition BNP associate Judo Dal was stabbed to death allegedly by the activists of local Awami League over previous enmity at East Muradpur Delipara in Sitakunda Upazila early Friday. The deceased was identified as Abul Kalam, 30, an activist of Muradpur union unit Jubo Dal and son of Bazlur Rahman of the Upazila. ... Read More »

BD HC wonders over courage by cops to set up courts at night

Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday wondered how police can set up courts at night at their desired places to settle disputes. “They take up cases if they find it suitable, or else not. No GD is recorded unless their palms are greased. Even officers-in-charge set up courts at their desired places at night for arbitration ... Read More »