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  • Oil Spill in sundarbans

    Shipping ministry comes under fire

    JS panel slams movement of vessels through Sundarbans, Shajahan’s irresponsible comments; UNDP team arrives to extend help

    A House committee yesterday deplored Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan's remarks that the oil spill in the Sundarbans would not adversely affect the world's largest mangrove forest and its biodiversity. The parliamentary standing committee on the forest and environment ministry also expressed resentment over the shipping ministry's rejection to imposing a permanent ban on plying of commercial vessels through the Shela river, to save the Sundarbans. “We have recommended that the shipping ministry makes the Mongla-Ghasiakhali-Morolganj route eligible for plying of water vessels,” Hasan Mahmud, chief of the committee, told reporters at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. The committee questioned the shipping ministry's response over the spill and its course of action to minimise the impact on the Sundarbans, a world heritage. “The committee also asked the shipping ministry to make sure that no unfit and faulty oil tankers can ply any river,” said Mahmud, also a ruling Awami League leader. The environment ministry informed the JS body that the Southern Star 7, which sank in the Shela river on December 9 carrying some 3.58 lakh litres of furnace oil, was an unfit and faulty vessel. On December 14, Shajahan Khan rejected the environment ministry's pleas to permanently ban playing of commercial vessels on the...

4 nations agree to create fund

A multi-billion dollar fund might be established to pull in resources from various parties to set up a thriving economic belt...

4 nations agree to create fund

A multi-billion dollar fund might be established to pull in...

World leaders hail move to normalise ties

World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the United States and Cuba are moving to restore diplomatic relations and bury one...

World leaders hail move to normalise ties

World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that...

Forkan indicted

A special tribunal yesterday framed five charges against Forkan Mallik , an alleged Razakar commander from Mirzaganj in Patuakhali, for his...

Forkan indicted

A special tribunal yesterday framed five charges against Forkan Mallik , an alleged...

In the cold with no food, shelter

She was looking for something she could salvage in the hope that it would help her get through what apparently was...

In the cold with no food, shelter

She was looking for something she could salvage in the...

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The massacred children are 'Ours'

Ever since the massacre of children in Pakistan I have been thinking about the mindset of the people who carried it out. I was trying to understand what sort of a narrative could have made the assailants so barbaric and how could events have been so perversely interpreted for them as to...

Khaleda denies meeting

Khaleda Zia yesterday dismissed reports of her recent meeting with government officials, saying intelligence agencies provided Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with wrong information. "Intelligence officials have given you [Hasina] false information about the meeting as you are running out of time," said the BNP chairperson. "I was the country's prime minister and also the opposition leader. So, even if they [public servants] meet me, what's wrong in that? However, they did not meet me,” she said at a programme organised by...

‘Dead’ Hefajat man returns

Al Faruk, 15, had gone missing since the May 6 police crackdown on Hefajat-e-Islam in the capital last year. The missing list Hefajat circulated...

'71 campaign that never really worked

With the Pakistan army facing defeats at East Pakistan war fronts one after another in December 1971, there were attempts to use religion to...

Moosa has $7b in 'frozen' Swiss account

Flanked by bodyguards, business tycoon Moosa Bin Shamsher yesterday appeared at the Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters to face interrogation over the allegations that he amassed wealth illegally and laundered a huge amount...

Hamid pays tribute to Gandhi

Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial in Raj Ghat, Delhi yesterday on the first day of his six-day official visit to India.  In the visitors'...

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Switching between mobile networks possible in 3 years

Mobile operators said they will be able to let users switch from one operator to another without changing their numbers within two to three years. Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commi-ssion is now taking opinions of stakeholders, including subscribers and operators, to introduce the service -- mobile number portability (MNP). More than 70 countries have MNP, which increases competition among operators in terms of service quality, said Md Sarwar Alam, BTRC secretary and spokesperson. The process of taking the opinions on whether the service would be viable for Bangladesh, when it should...

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INDIGENOUS people of Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati whose houses and shops were ransacked and torched and temple looted allegedly by some Bengali settlers on Tuesday have refused to accept relief materials and cash provided by the administration. They rather demanded that before everything else, their houses and shops be rebuilt and given assurance against any further attack of this kind in the future. The local indigenous population's sentiments and fears are not without grounds. The nature of the damage done to the dwellings and business outlets in three villages of Burighat union leaves no doubt about the intensity of the hatred the attackers bear against the victim indigenous inhabitants of the area....

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