Walking the extra mile for water in coastal Khulna

Walking the extra mile for water in coastal Khulna

At the crack of dawn every day, 39-year-old Aleya Begum’s  struggle for water begins. A resident of Sutarkhali village in Khulna’s Dakop upazila, she wakes up around 5 am daily to the family rooster’s sunrise song to walk for kilometres to fetch water for her husband and children. On a normal day, she makes two […]

Dinosaur-killing asteroid strike gave rise to Amazon rainforest

Dinosaur-killing asteroid strike gave rise to Amazon rainforest

The asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs gave birth to our planet’s tropical rainforests, a study suggests. Researchers used fossil pollen and leaves from Colombia to investigate how the impact changed South American tropical forests, reports BBC News. After the 12km-wide space rock struck Earth 66 million years ago, the type of vegetation that […]

PM calls for unity in war against nature

PM calls for unity in war against nature

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all to remain united in the war against nature to avert a possible loss for mankind. “In our war against nature, we’ll lose unless we unite,” she wrote in the renowned magazine Diplomat in its April 2021 issue. In the write up – ‘Forging Dhaka-Glasgow CVF-COP26 Solidarity’ – she […]

National Zoo, Rangpur Zoo shut to check coronavirus transmission

National Zoo, Rangpur Zoo shut to check coronavirus transmission

A record surge in fresh Covid-19 infection in the country has forced the authorities concerned to close Bangladesh National Zoo in the capital’s Mirpur and Rangpur Zoo on Friday. They will remain closed for visitors until further order, according to a decision taken by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. Fisheries Minister SM Rezaul Karim […]

Fighting plastic pollution: EcoVia working to transform RMG waste

Fighting plastic pollution: EcoVia working to transform RMG waste

EcoVia, a biodegradable plastic manufacturing startup, is working to combat plastic pollution by offering environmentally friendly alternatives.  The organisation uses plant-based waste, such as apparel and paper waste, to make bioplastics. Plastic is responsible for polluting water bodies and soil, and for disrupting the ecological balance. The main reason behind this destruction is the non-biodegradable […]

Sunflower cultivation in Khulna: Salinity no longer a barrier

Sunflower cultivation in Khulna: Salinity no longer a barrier

Salinization of soil is a serious problem in the coastal areas of Bangladesh as it has adverse effects on crop production. Despite the challenge, farmers in Khulna’s coastal areas have shown success in cultivating sunflower in fallow saline land. New possibilities have been created to meet the demand for high quality sunflower oil.  Farmers are […]

China committed to remain engaged in future development

China committed to remain engaged in future development

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming on Wednesday said China will coordinate sustainable and green development and respond to the core concerns of Bangladesh and the international community on climate change. He made the remarks at a webinar titled-“Impressions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on newly born People’s Republic of China” organised by Bangladesh-China Silk […]

UN-Habitat calls for post COVID-19 cities to lead the way to a healthier future

UN-Habitat calls for post COVID-19 cities to lead the way to a healthier future

A new report on pandemics and cities from UN-Habitat, points the way to how hard-hit urban centres can reduce the impact of future outbreaks and become more equitable, healthy and environmentally friendly. ‘Cities and Pandemics: Towards a more just, green and healthy future’, launched on Tuesday, describes how urban areas have been at the forefront […]

Extreme poverty to fall to 3% by 2030: Foreign minister

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said the extreme poverty rate will come down to 3 percent by 2030 and that the country will be free of poverty after 2041. “Once, 80 percent people were poor in Bangladesh but now the poverty rate stands at 20 percent thanks to good initiatives. The Sheikh Hasina […]

Extreme poverty to fall to 3% by 2030: FM

Extreme poverty to fall to 3% by 2030: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said extreme poverty rate will come down to 3 percent by 2030 and that the country will be free of poverty after 2041. “Once 80 percent people were poor in Bangladesh but now the poverty rate stands at 20 percent thanks to good initiatives. The Sheikh Hasina […]