Dhaka no longer world’s most polluted city

Dhaka no longer world's most polluted city

Here’s some good news. Dhaka is no longer the world’s most polluted city. That’s Lahore now. On Wednesday, Dhaka occupied the seventh position in the list of world cities with the worst air quality. It’s air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 178 around 10 am, which is considered ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’. The city of […]

OIC: Registration for Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition begins

OIC: Registration for Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition begins

The registration for the “Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020-21 Bangabandhu Youth Art Competition” began on Monday. A press conference was held at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where the promo of the competition was launched. State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel spoke at the programme while Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali […]

2-month ban on catching, transporting Hilsa begins

2-month ban on catching, transporting Hilsa begins

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 […]

Marine fisheries policy designed for proper sea fish production

Marine fisheries policy designed for proper sea fish production

The government has drafted the national marine fisheries policy for the sustainable conservation, management and extraction of marine fish in the country’s vast sea areas. This was conveyed at the 15th meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Livestock Ministry on Sunday. The meeting was held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with chairman […]

Climate change in Bangladesh to ‘impact int’l security’: Muniruzzaman

Climate change in Bangladesh to ‘impact int’l security’: Muniruzzaman

President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security (BIPSS) Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman on Sunday talked about the risks Bangladesh faces as a frontline state in the face of “climate change-induced insecurity”, noting that this will become a regional security issue impacting international security. “This won’t just be a concern of our national security […]

UK to launch greener vehicle petrol to reduce CO2 emissions in September

UK to launch greener vehicle petrol to reduce CO2 emissions in September

A greener vehicle petrol that could cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year is to be introduced across Britain in September 2021, the British government has announced. The British Department for Transport (DfT) said the greener fuel E10 petrol could cut transport emissions equivalent to 350,000 fewer cars on the roads of Britain. […]

Climate-induced displacement a vital security issue for all: Kerry

Climate-induced displacement a vital security issue for all: Kerry

US Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry has said displacement due to climate change would be a vital security issue for everybody, and international financial institutions could do more for the climate change issue. During his recent meeting with Kerry, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen discussed the global issue of climate change and the […]

Anger in Bangladesh over dissident writer’s death in prison

Anger in Bangladesh over dissident writer’s death in prison

Protests erupt over death of Mushtaq Ahmed, arrested last year on charges of violating the stringent Digital Security Act. There is widespread anger in Bangladesh over the death in prison of a dissident writer arrested last year under the Digital Security Act (DSA), which critics say stifles freedom of speech. Mushtaq Ahmed, 53, died on […]

UNSC: Dhaka extends support to Tokyo’s bid for permanent seat

UNSC: Dhaka extends support to Tokyo's bid for permanent seat

Bangladesh has reiterated her support for Japan’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council as the two countries agreed to foster greater cooperation in the international fora including at the UN. The two countries also discussed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s participation at an event celebrating Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and the golden […]

UN chief calls for action to ensure human rights for all

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File photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with Reuters at UN headquarters, in New York City, New York on September 14, 2020 REUTERS António Guterres addressed ambassadors exactly one year after he issued a Call to Action for Human Rights Human rights have been battered during the Covid pandemic but recovery represents […]