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Oil Spill in sundarbans

Shipping ministry comes under fire

A House committee yesterday deplored Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan's remarks that the oil spill in the Sundarbans would not adversely affect the world's largest mangrove forest and its biodiversity. The parliamentary standing committee on the forest and environment ministry also expressed resentment over the shipping ministry's rejection to imposing a permanent ban on plying of commercial vessels through the Shela river, to save the Sundarbans. “We have recommended that the shipping ministry makes the Mongla-Ghasiakhali-Morolganj route eligible for plying of water...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

The massacred children are 'Ours'

The massacred children are 'Ours'

Ever since the massacre of children in Pakistan I have been thinking about the mindset of the people who carried it out. I was trying to understand what sort of a narrative could have made the assailants so barbaric and how could events have been so perversely interpreted for them as to make...

Govt Officials

Khaleda denies meeting

Khaleda denies meeting

Khaleda Zia yesterday dismissed reports of her recent meeting with government officials, saying intelligence agencies provided Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with wrong information. "Intelligence officials have given you [Hasina] false information about the meeting as you are running out of time," said the BNP chairperson. "I was the country's prime minister and also the opposition...

‘Dead’ Hefajat man returns

‘Dead’ Hefajat man returns

Al Faruk, 15, had gone missing since the May 6 police crackdown on Hefajat-e-Islam in the capital last year. The missing list Hefajat circulated soon after, too, had his name. His ghaibana janaza (funeral-in-absentia prayers) was held two days later; his kulkhwani followed accordingly. His family even observed his first death anniversary in May this year. One and a half years later, he appeared out of the blue and called his parents from a majar (shrine) in Chittagong. "I'm alive and am residing in Chittagong," Faruk told his mother. Stunned, his parents informed police who rescued him alive on Wednesday evening from a shrine in Chittagong. Hefajat-e-Islam, after the crackdown, had claimed that...

BCIM Economic Corridor

4 nations agree to create fund

A multi-billion dollar fund might be established to pull in resources from various parties to set up a thriving economic belt connecting Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar. About 55 percent of the fund might come from various multilateral development partners while the rest might be borne by the four governments and the private sector. It will cost about $22 billion to build the proposed Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC), according to an initial estimate. The figure is not final and...

In the cold with no food, shelter

She was looking for something she could salvage in the hope that it would help her get through what apparently was the worst time of her life. Two days after the arson, her razed home was still smouldering. Pieces of half-burnt clothes and mangled pots were all Sumoti Bala could collect. They were kept in a neat pile at a corner of the torched house, even though she knew none of that would be useable. Still, she kept on looking for...

Oil Spill in sundarbans

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Impact study with no fund

Impact study with no fund

The forest department has launched a field study in the affected Chandpai range of the Sundarbans to assess impacts of the oil spill on the mangrove forest. The government, however, is yet to allocate funds for the study which would help the department take necessary steps to tackle the crisis.   Meanwhile, an official of the...

News Analysis

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Govt could not care less

The numbers tell the story aptly well. Over 70km is the spread of the oil spill in the Sundarbans. Two hundred is the number of locals employed to manually collect oil from water. Two is the number of trawlers deployed to spray clean the oil from plants. And Tk 2 lakh allocated for the clean-up operation. None of the money has actually reached the authorities. One need not talk more to say how seriously the government is taking this horrendous disaster...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
WB okays $1.1b loan

The World Bank has approved approximately $1.1 billion for three projects to improve quality of primary education, build multipurpose shelters and promote child nutrition in Bangladesh. The projects will benefit about 3.6 crore people by improving the standard of primary education, building coastal communities' resilience to natural disasters, and increasing the nutrition and cognitive development of poor children, the Washington-based lender said in a statement yesterday. The projects are $300 million for the Income Support Programme for the Poorest (ISPP), $400...

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Country gets first female combat pilots

Country gets first female combat pilots

In a momentous feat, two female officers of Bangladesh Air Force yesterday became the first-ever combat pilots of the country. Flight Lieutenant Nayma Haque and Flying Officer Tamanna-E-Lutfi went down in history when they landed their Bell 206 helicopters at the BAF Base Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman in Jessore at 1:19pm and 1:21pm respectively...

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