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Jute-made polythene bag in the offing

The government has set a plan to manufacture biodegradable jute made polythene bags soon under a project with a view to replacing environment-harming plastic polythene bags. State Minister for Textile and Jute Mirza Azam said this while addressing an inter-ministerial National Committee Meeting on the eve of the “National Jute Day” at Textile and Jute Ministry’s conference room here recently, BSS reports. “We have a plan to manufacture jute-made polythene bags as these bags will be environment jute goodsfriendly ....i...

Killing spree on tigers in Sundarbans

Wildlife killings are not new, but a recent study has taken a deeper view in understanding why people still kill animals. Specifically focusing on the declining population of the Bangladesh tigers, the study highlighted the typologies of tiger killers, shedding a better light to manipulate their behaviors and decrease the killing spree. Led by Samia Saif of the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom, the research tried tigerto explore the reasons behind the Bangladesh tiger killings. Employing a qualitative research ap...

Solar power on Teesta island

A private firm in Bangladesh is planning to put up a 30 MW solar power plant on Madarer Char, an island formed by sediments brought down from the Himalayas by the Teesta river. A joint venture with a French company, the island is in the Dimla sub-district of Nilphamari district in north-western Bangladesh, about 40 km downstream from the place where the transboundary river Teesta enters Bangladesh from India. The joint venture company formed for the purpose by Bangladeshi business house Nilsagor Group and the French company Velcan Energy will sell the electricity to the national grid. While a sediment-formed island – called char – can suffer partial or complete inundation, some <...

Potential earthquake could jeopardize millions in BD

A potentially giant earthquake may be building up beneath Bangladesh and eastern India and could endanger as many as 140 million people, a study said on Monday. The earthquake is not imminent but inevitable as sections of the earth’s crust press against one another, according to the study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. No estimate on when such a quake may occur is possible without additional research, the earth hourstudy’s lead author Michael Steckler, a geophysicist at Columbia University in New York, ...

Rajshahi took on air pollution, and won

Once, Rajshahi’s sweltering summers were made worse by a familiar problem: windows would have to be shut, not because of the wind or monsoon, but because of the smog, reports the Guardian. Dust blown up from dry riverbeds, fields and roads, and choking smog from ranks of brick kilns on the edge of town helped to secure the place a spot in the top tier of the world’s most polluted cities, the Guardian said. Then suddenly Rajshahi hit a turning point so dramatic that it earned a spot in the record books: last year, according to UN data, the town did more than any other worldwide to rid itself of air particles so harmful to human health.

Buriganga re-excavation project to go

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a project for recovering Buriganga River to keep the water flow running around the capital city. Under the project, new Dhaleswari-Pungli-Bongshai-Turag-Buriganga System would be re-excavated involving Taka 1125.59 crore. The approval came at the 32nd meeting of the ECNEC in the fiscal held at the NEC conference room in city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar with Prime Minister and ECNEC Chairperson Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS. Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal, after the meeting, briefed the newsmen about the