Singapore’s urban farmers seek high-tech solutions to turn waste into resources

Singapore’s urban farmers seek high-tech solutions to turn waste into resources

SINGAPORE — Thousands of wriggling larvae won’t deter this self-declared “urban farmer.” Chua Kai-Ning is one of the founders of Singapore’s first urban insect farm, Insectta — a high-tech farm that rears the black soldier fly to help turn food waste into biomaterials for industrial use. “The black soldier fly is a way to contribute to […]

Economists emphasise agro-based infrastructure

Economists emphasise agro-based infrastructure

Three of the country’s leading economists urged to put emphasis on agro-based industrialization in the wake of the global economic downturn and coronavirus epidemic. They made the call while participating in a web seminar titled ‘Industrialization: In Search of a Decent Bangladesh’ organized by the Bangladesh Economic Association on Saturday afternoon. The economists participating in […]

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russia on Friday responded in kind to a barrage of new U.S. sanctions, saying it would expel 10 U.S. diplomats and take other retaliatory moves in a tense showdown with Washington. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said Moscow will add eight U.S. officials to its sanctions list and move to restrict and stop the […]

Quinoa: Cultivating the ‘mother of all grains’

Quinoa: Cultivating the 'mother of all grains'

One of the world’s most popular health foods that has its roots in South America, quinoa is now being grown in Bangladesh for the domestic market. High in protein, dietary fiber and amino acids, quinoa is often referred to as the mother of all grains. It is basically a herbaceous annual plant grown as a crop primarily […]

ECOSOC Forum: Dhaka stresses mitigating gaps ICT, health, education gaps

ECOSOC Forum: Dhaka stresses mitigating gaps ICT, health, education gaps

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima has said the lack of infrastructure, especially in the areas of ICT, health, and education is acutely felt during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Therefore, it should be our urgent priority to build adequate infrastructure in all these areas,” she said. The envoy made remarks […]

Another whale carcass washes ashore on Cox’s Bazar beach

Another whale carcass washes ashore on Cox’s Bazar beach

Another dead whale washed ashore on Himchori beach in Cox’s Bazar early Saturday morning. Locals spotted the rotten  whale carcass exactly where the first dead giant whale was spotted on Friday. Later, officials of  the District Administration, Forest Department, Department of Environment and  Fisheries Department rushed to the spot and conducted preliminary investigation into the […]

DoE’s top bureaucrat dies of Covid-19

DoE's top bureaucrat dies of Covid-19

The Director-General of the Department of Environment (DoE), Dr AKM Rafique Ahammed, died at a hospital in Dhaka early on Saturday morning, days after contracting Covid-19. Dr Rafique passed away at Central Police Hospital around 4.14 am, said Dipankar Bar, Senior Information Officer of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. The top environment […]

Biden to rush vaccinators to Michigan as gov urges limits

Biden to rush vaccinators to Michigan as gov urges limits

Washington will rush federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and treatments, but not vaccines, to Michigan in an effort to control the state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak, the White House said Friday. The announcement came as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer strongly recommended, but did not order, a two-week pause on face-to-face high school instruction, indoor restaurant dining […]

Bangladesh, US to work together to address challenges of climate change

Bangladesh, US to work together to address  challenges of climate change

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has sought US support for increasing global climate ambition and commitment to accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement. He raised the issue during his meeting with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry held at State guesthouse Padma on Friday.  Dr Momen recalled United States’ crucial role to […]

Grim view of global future offered in intelligence report

People wait in queues outside the office of the Chemists Association to demand necessary supply of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, in Pune, India, Thursday, April 8, 2021. India is amid its worst pandemic surge, with over 100,000 cases in the past 24 hours. And experts concur that the worst is yet to come. Hospitals across […]