Pabna lychee farmers hit hard by drought, pandemic

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Without any rainfall in the past couple of weeks, lychees are dropping prematurely, shrinking in size and exhibiting black spots on them Dhaka Tribune Lychee production may fall short at least one-third of this year’s target Ishwardi upazila of Pabna is known as one of the leading lychee cultivation zones in the country. But this […]

China, Japan, South Korea vow ‘targeted’ support for recovery from pandemic

Finance ministers and central bank governors from China, Japan and South Korea on Monday vowed “targeted” measures for those countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and committed to foster fiscal and financial stability. In a joint statement issued after a virtual meeting held on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) annual meetings, […]

Austerity During Pandemic: No work order in rest of fiscal year

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

As the government sticks to austerity in face of the pandemic, it has asked all ministries, except health and agriculture, not to issue work order for any physical works during the remainder of the current fiscal year. The finance ministry came up with a circular in this regard Monday and forwarded it to all ministries […]

Pandemic lockdowns cut pollution, slowing snowmelt in South Asia

People walk on the Rajpath on a smoggy day in New Delhi, India, November 1, 2019. REUTERS 

The lockdowns cut emissions of soot and other pollutants, as people drove less and the generation of electricity, largely from coal, was reduced. That meant less soot was deposited on snow, where it absorbs sunlight, emits heat and causes faster melting. The cleaner snow in 2020 reflected more sunlight and did not melt as fast, […]

Covid Pandemic: PM for stronger role of developed nations

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought a stronger role of the developed world and the development partners in attaining quick recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Delivering her recorded statement aired in the 77th Session of the UN-ESCAP, she placed a four-point proposal in this regard. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star’s Google News […]

Hasina calls for global support for pandemic recovery

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The prime minister made the remark during a speech at the 77th annual session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, or ESCAP, on Monday. Hasina highlighted the devastating impact the crisis has had on people, health systems and economies across the globe. “Nearly 2.95 million people have died and hundreds […]

US is under pressure to release vaccine supplies as India faces deadly surge

A health care worker assists a patient with COVID-19 at a hospital in Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. India’s coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis, with hospitals unbearably full, oxygen supplies running low, desperate people dying in line waiting to see doctors — and mounting evidence that the actual death toll is far higher than officially reported. (Atul Loke/The New York Times)

Funeral pyres have lit up the night sky in the worst affected cities, and the country has set a global record of 350,000 new infections a day, which experts say could be a vast undercount. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in response to questions about the export ban that “the United States first and […]

Pandemic hits hard Bangladesh’s aquaculture sector: Study

FE REPORT | Published: April 24, 2021 10:58:11 Despite having potentials, the aquaculture sector in Bangladesh has been affected badly in the wake of the pandemic mainly due to the increased cost of fish feed and sluggish demand, according to a study. The majority of respondents said the supply of fish feed and aquaculture-related goods […]

Pandemic supplies: 135 sacks of govt Aush seeds, fertilisers seized in Naogaon

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

Local authorities seized 135 sacks of Aush seed and fertilisers from an empty house in Manda upazila of Naogaon district on Thursday after these were distributed under the government pandemic grants for agriculture. The seized items include 663 kilogrammes of Aush seed, 1,150 kg of MOP and 2,300 kg of DAP fertilisers, found packed in […]

‘Regional cooperation can bolster South Asia’s capabilities to fight pandemic’

FE Online Desk | Published: April 21, 2021 13:56:02 | Updated: April 21, 2021 16:56:57 Analysts have identified the prevailing coronavirus pandemic as a turning point in world history, with ramifications for everything from climate change to the global balance of power, according to ICC Bangladesh quarterly News Bulletin (January-March, 2021) published on Wednesday. The ICC Bangladesh […]