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Impact study with no fund

Oil Spill in sundarbans

Impact study with no fund

The forest department has launched a field study in the affected Chandpai range of the Sundarbans to assess impacts of the oil spill on the mangrove forest. The government, however, is yet to allocate funds for the study which would help the department take necessary steps to tackle the crisis.   Meanwhile, an official of the...

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Govt could not care less

The numbers tell the story aptly well. Over 70km is the spread of the oil spill in the Sundarbans. Two hundred is the number of locals employed to manually collect oil from water. Two is the number of trawlers deployed to spray clean the oil from plants. And Tk 2 lakh allocated for the clean-up operation. None of the money has actually reached the authorities. One need not talk more to say how seriously the government is taking this horrendous disaster...

WB okays $1.1b loan

The World Bank has approved approximately $1.1 billion for three projects to improve quality of primary education, build multipurpose shelters and promote child nutrition in Bangladesh. The projects will benefit about 3.6 crore people by improving the standard of primary education, building coastal communities' resilience to natural disasters, and increasing the nutrition and cognitive development of poor children, the Washington-based lender said in a statement yesterday. The projects are $300 million for the Income Support Programme for the Poorest (ISPP), $400...

Country gets first female combat pilots

Country gets first female combat pilots

In a momentous feat, two female officers of Bangladesh Air Force yesterday became the first-ever combat pilots of the country. Flight Lieutenant Nayma Haque and Flying Officer Tamanna-E-Lutfi went down in history when they landed their Bell 206 helicopters at the BAF Base Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman in Jessore at 1:19pm and 1:21pm respectively...

Barbaric Killing of Children

Survivors tell of chaos, terror

Survivors tell of chaos, terror

The scene outside the Army Public School is deathly quiet, like the Cantonment graveyard opposite the school in Pakistan. Outside the main gate, a solitary light shines on a TV correspondent doing a live broadcast. Nearby, a weary TV crew waits in a couple of cars parked at the roadside. It's dark and quiet all...

Palestinian State

European Parliament backs recognition

The European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state "in principle" yesterday, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations that have enraged Israel. Lawmakers approved the motion by 498 votes to 88 with 111 abstentions, although it was a watered down version of an original motion which had urged EU member states to recognise a Palestinian state unconditionally. The motion said the parliament "supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution,...

3 trampled to death by wild elephants

A herd of wild elephants trampled three people to death at Keochia union in Satkania upazila of Chittagong yesterday. The incident occurred when enthusiastic locals surrounded and agitated the herd of around 14 wild elephants in Temuhuni Beel, a vast arable field where the herd came down from the hills southeast of the area. The dead are Mahbubul Alam Talukder, 45, son of Abul Hossain Talukder of Keochia union, Md Shakil, 13, son of Md Forkan of Kaliais union and Md...

Pakistan mourns massacre victims

Pakistan mourns massacre victims

Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning yesterday after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency. In all, 148 people were killed in the attack on...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Savage attack on Pak school kids

Savage attack on Pak school kids

At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed yesterday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. More than eight hours after militants slipped into the heavily guarded compound through a back...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Vow to repay blood debt

Vow to repay blood debt

The national flag was flying everywhere. Colours of Victory Day were in the air. Loudspeakers were blaring out patriotic songs in narrow alleys and besides the thoroughfares. As the sunlight spread over the horizon in the foggy morning, thousands of people irrespective of age, gender and class headed towards nearby memorials and mausoleums built...

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