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Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in swampy Sundarbans

Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in swampy Sundarbans

The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down in. The water has taken everything else from them, and one day it almost certainly will take this, too. Saltwater long ago engulfed the 5 acres where Mondol...

Robbers shoot 8 fishermen in Bay

Robbers shoot 8 fishermen in Bay

Robbers attacked three fishing trawlers and shot eight fishermen in the Bay of Bengal, 50 kilometres off Rangabali Upazila of Patuakhali district, last night. The fishermen went to catch fish in the Bay and came under the attack around 10:30pm, reports our Patuakhali correspondent. The bandits also looted Hilsha fish, fuel, money and mobile phones...

India test-fires ballistic missile

India test-fires ballistic missile

India today successfully carried the trial launch of its longest range ballistic missile Agni-5 which is capable of carrying nuclear warhead and can strike a place as far as 5,000km away. The missile was launched from a canister at Wheeler Island off the coast of Bay of Bengal in eastern state of Odisha, giving...

16 fishermen missing in Bay for 40 days

Forty days into the disappearance of 16 fishermen during a fish haul in Rayenda coastal area of Sarankhola upazila of the Bay of Bengal, authorities are yet to give any clue about the missing men. Though the members of a law enforcement agency in India had reportedly arrested 15 fishermen, hailing from the same upazila, for alleged trespassing into the Indian territory a few days back, details of their identities are yet to be confirmed by the Indian authorities. Sarankhola Upazila...

BOAT CAPSIZE IN BAY

Missing fishermen rescued

Missing fishermen rescued

Five fishermen, who went missing after a fishing boat capsized at Bangla Channel in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar, were rescued this evening. The boat sank after being hit by a tourist ship around 3:30pm, Abu Taher, president of Teknaf Fishing Boat Owners Association. Other fishermen rescued their fellows around two and a half hours...

INDIA, CHINA AND THE US

INDIA, CHINA AND THE US

THIS paper brings out the evolving complexity of relations among China, India and the United States. It highlights how a number strategic initiatives undertaken by China, like investing in a deep seaport in Bangladesh, an oil-pipeline from Chittagong to Kunming, BCIM Economic Corridor, and Maritime Silk Road are  yet to be realised in...

By Sea, to Malaysia and Thailand

53,000 went this year, 540 died

An estimated 53,000 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar have voyaged to Malaysia and Thailand this year, says a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. About 1,000 more, especially those from different South Asian countries, have made voyages to Indonesia and Australia, according to the UN organisation's January-November report titled "Irregular Maritime Movements in Southeast Asia” released on Friday. “The outflow from the Bay of Bengal tends to peak in October, when calmer waters follow the end of...

53,000 including Bangladeshis fled for Thailand, Malaysia in 2014: UNHCR

53,000 including Bangladeshis fled for Thailand, Malaysia in 2014: UNHCR

Around 53,000 South-East Asians including Bangladeshis fled towards Thailand and Malaysia through the Bay of Bengal this year, the UNHCR report said. About 540 people have reportedly died during the journey at sea for beatings, starvation or dehydration. Their bodies were thrown overboard. The report published on Friday has found that more people are risking...

Monday's Foiling of Human Trafficking to Malaysia

Coast Guard arrests boat owner

Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone) yesterday stated to be looking for five human traffickers and to have arrested the owner of the boat being used in an attempt to take 36 men to Malaysia over the Bay of Bengal, saying he is a member of the gang. The 36 were taken into police custody while five boatmen were detained after the coast guard intercepted a small engine-run boat near Chittagong Boat Club area in the Karnaphuli river on Monday night. Arrested...

Rescue hope fades

The 26 people, who had gone down with the FV Bandhan in the Bay of Bengal early Friday, remained missing even after 32 hours. Divers of Bangladesh Navy, however, located the sunken fishing vessel yesterday morning, but could not enter it due to stormy currents. The missing crews are feared dead and the bodies are trapped inside the vessel. Navy ship BNS Adamya reached the spot from Chittagong in the wee hours of yesterday and joined the search and rescue operation. BNS...

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