Investors chide Toyota’s Toyoda for questioning combustion car ban

Some Toyota Motor shareholders have criticized its President Akio Toyoda for questioning Japan’s plans to ban conventional cars only days after the firm said it was reviewing its climate lobbying and aimed for carbon neutrality by 2050. The five investors, who collectively have around $500 billion in assets under management and spoke exclusively to Reuters, […]

Ban on Chemical Fertilizer a Threat to Food Security

Ban on Chemical Fertilizer a Threat to Food Security

The ban on the import of chemical fertilizer makes sense to some and not to others; however it has far reaching implications for food security. In the pre independence era, the population of the country was around five million with over 80 per cent of the land mass under forest coverage and massive tea, rubber […]

Inorganic fertiliser, agrochemicals ban and fallacies of organic agriculture

Inorganic fertiliser, agrochemicals ban  and fallacies of organic agriculture

By Wicky Wickramatunga Feature View(s): File picture of a farmer in Kilinochchi being advised by a local official. To applause from the audience that comprised high officials, the President determinedly declared that import of inorganic fertilisers will be “banned” in the near future to “protect” Sri Lankans from the adverse effects of such chemicals […]

Two-month fishing ban on hilsa sanctuaries end tonight

The two-month ban on fishing at six hilsa sanctuaries is going to end today (Friday) at midnight. The ban has been in place since March 1, in an area of 432 kilometres across six sanctuaries. Three of these sanctuaries, spanning 272 kilometres, are in Barishal Division, said officials of the fisheries department. For all latest […]

Chattogram shops to shut at 6pm, Sundarbans off limits to tourists as COVID surges

Chattogram shops to shut at 6pm, Sundarbans off limits to tourists as COVID surges

The orders took effect on Friday after the government reported the highest number of 6,830 coronavirus cases in the daily count. Md Mominur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Chattogram district, said eateries will also remain closed after 6pm but pharmacies and kitchen markets may stay open. The authorities may announce more stringent measures on Saturday, he […]

Bangabandhu’s legacy and influence extend far beyond Bangladesh, Ban Ki-moon says

Bangabandhu’s legacy and influence extend far beyond Bangladesh, Ban Ki-moon says

“Bangabandhu Rahman’s influence and legacy extend far beyond the border of Bangladesh, helping to inspire other global anti-colonial and independence movements,” he said at a discussion on Monday. Joining virtually, the veteran South Korean diplomat presented the keynote speech at the fourth edition of the Bangabandhu lecture series “Bangabandhu: the Soul of Bangladesh”, organised by […]

India’s likely ban on export of jute seeds to affect Bangladesh stakeholders

Horse-drawn carriages only means of transportation still!

REZAUL KARIM | Published: March 13, 2021 09:51:15 | Updated: March 13, 2021 14:01:53 India’s likely ban on export of jute seeds has raised concerns among Bangladesh’s millers, cultivators and the government, official sources said. The neighbouring country is likely to take the decision on the ban with a view to meeting its domestic demand […]

2-month govt ban on Hilsa fishing begins to boost production

Mishandling of COVID-19 may cause large-scale hunger: discussion

A two-month government ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting hilsa began on Sunday midnight with a view to boost its production. A 90-kilometre area stretching from Shatnal in Matlab North upazila to Char Bhairabi in Haimchar upazila in the Padma and the Meghna rivers has been turned into a sanctuary for Hilsa. Earlier, the […]