Hopes dampened by falling prices in Pirojpur

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

The joy of reaping a good harvest this year did not last long for Boro farmers in Pirojpur after they stumbled on unexpectedly low prices at markets.    The harvesting of Boro began in the last week of April and likely to be over around the first week of May.   For all latest news, follow The […]

Boro farmers’ hopes dashed by nor’wester, heat wave

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

The nor’wester and accompanying heat wave that swept over the country on Sunday massively damaged Boro paddy in both plain and haor areas of at least seven districts in northeast and southern divisions, dampening hope for increased production of rice and decline in prices to ease pressure on low income people’s budget. This year, farmers […]

China says hopes US will remove ‘unreasonable’ curbs on cooperation

Chinese and US flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS

Last week US President Joe Biden singled out a “growing rivalry with China” as a key challenge facing the United States, with his top diplomat describing the Asian country as “the biggest geopolitical test” of this century. Speaking at his annual news conference, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, struck a tough […]

As US rejoins Paris pact, hopes rise for reopening of climate finance tap

John Kerry speaks at an event in Wilmington, Del, Nov 24, 2020, where he was introduced by then President-elect Joe Biden as his choice to be global envoy for climate change. Serious efforts to address global warming might mean big changes for America’s trade, foreign relations and even defense strategy. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Under climate-change sceptic Donald Trump, the US government did provide finance for things like building solar power systems in Africa and protecting people from storms and floods in Asia, as part of its international development aid. But Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement and refused to deliver two-thirds of a $3-billion pledge made […]

Draghi sworn in as Italy’s new PM as country hopes to turn page

Incoming Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks to the media after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Italy, February 12, 2021 Reuters Members of his new cabinet, who include technocrats, veteran politicians and ministers held over from the previous government, each took the oath of office Former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi […]

Jessore dairy farmers pin hopes on white revolution to tide over Covid losses

Jessore dairy farmers pin hopes on white revolution to tide over Covid losses

Some 436,000 litres of milk are produced daily in the district but the supply is outpacing demand UNB In Jessore district, for instance, it was a double whammy for the 3,000-plus small dairy farmers in 2020 — first their businesses were hit by the sudden disappearance of demand due to the pandemic and then they […]

Taijul hopes to rehash spin quartet

Taijul Islam

Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam (C) shares a light moment with fellow spinners Nayeem Hasan (L) and Mehidy Hasan during a training session in Chattogram on Thursday. — BCB photo Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is confident that Bangladesh’s spin quartet will form a lethal partnership and trouble the opposition batters in the forthcoming two-Test series against […]

Rohingya Return, GSP: Dhaka pins high hopes on Biden admin

Dhaka sees a ray of hope for Rohingya repatriation and restoring Generalised System of Preferences facilities as new US President Joe Biden is focusing on promoting democratic institutions, human rights and is supportive of the developing countries’ causes. “Our expectation from the Biden administration is indeed reasonably higher and we believe the US will again […]

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For years, Nangji Mal struggled to scrape together a living growing pulses and pearl millet on his farm in Nagarparkar, a desert area in Pakistan’s southeastern Sindh province. But these days his land is lush and fertile, after the government constructed new water-harvesting dams nearby. Using irrigation water from one […]

World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

Leaders across the globe welcomed the arrival of US President Joe Biden and the end of the often confrontational presidency of Donald Trump, noting the world’s most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach Trump ridiculed. Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would right the world’s largest democracy […]