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Bay Of Bengal

No respite from rain

Incessant rain, which has caused immense suffering to people all over the country, is likely to continue today in many parts of the country. According to the Met office, the country may face moderate to heavy rain today due to a low still existing over the western side of the Bay of Bengal. The Met office yesterday recorded the highest 262 millimetres of rain in Rangpur till 6:00am while 27 millimetres of rain in Dhaka till 5:00pm. Torrential rain has brought on...

Editorial

BIMSTEC HQ in Dhaka

A decade after its formation, BIMSTEC, which stands for 'The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation' and encompasses five nations from South and South East Asia, a permanent secretariat has been set up in Dhaka. Experts are lauding it as a major step in realising the vision of “shared development” across 14 sectors spanning from trade and investment, communication, energy, poverty alleviation and counter terrorism. What is of import is to take forward the initiative...

22 held while going to Malaysia illegally

22 held while going to Malaysia illegally

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard detained 22 people from the Bay of Bengal near Cox’s Bazar Sadar upazila when they were going to Malaysia illegally early today. Among the detainees, 11 are from Narshingdi, eight from Sylhet, and three from Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Shahidul Islam, petty officer at coastguard station in Cox’s Bazar,...

Robbers abduct 45 fishermen in Bay

Robbers abduct 45 fishermen in Bay

Robbers abducted at least 45 fishermen from Majer Char area in Pathar Ghata upazila of Barguna in two days. The robbers, locally known as Raju Bahini, attacked several trawlers at Balleshwar Point in the Bay of Bengal between 6:00pm yesterday and 2:00pm today (Friday), and abducted the fishermen, our Patuakhali Correspondent reports quoting Ansar...

Robbers kill fisherman

A fisherman was killed and eight others suffered bullet injuries as robbers opened fire on them in the Bay of Bengal yesterday. The gang also abducted at least 50 fishermen, said Nimai Chandra Das, secretary of Mohipur Fish Traders Association. The dead is Moyjol, 45, of Laxmipur district. He was a driver of FB Basundhara-4, a fishing trawler.     Abul Kashem, in charge of Mohipur Police Investigation Centre, confirmed the death and attack on the fishermen. Of the eight injured, Gojnabi, Masud, Shah...

Invite fresh bids for offshore blocks: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday instructed the energy and mineral resources ministry to invite fresh bids for offshore blocks to ensure optimum extraction of oil and gas from the Bay of Bengal. She spoke at a meeting on formulating a strategy and action plan for extracting maritime resources and their smooth management. Prime Minister's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters after the meeting. Chowdhury quoted Hasina as urging the officials to ensure that no particular bidder gets most of the...

Maritime ports asked to hoist Signal 3

Maritime ports asked to hoist Signal 3

The country’s four maritime ports have been asked to hoist local cautionary signal No. three as a deep convection is taking place over the North Bay of Bengal. Squally weather may affect North Bay, adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh and the four maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra, according to a...

Editorial

Stop reckless trawling

EXCESSIVE and unregulated fishing at the Bay of Bengal is wreaking havoc on conservation of fish resources. The availability of some 15-20 commercially important fish species by now has significantly been depleted. It's happening because bottom trawling (trawling along the sea floor) goes on unchecked by any authority whatsoever. Let's not forget that, in addition to affecting fish resources, a large number of trawlers are likely to cause environment pollution. According to Department of Fisheries (DoF) data there are currently...

Deepwater exploration in the Bay of Bengal

Deepwater exploration in the Bay of Bengal

MUCH has been made of the difficulties of leasing out offshore gas blocks due to maritime boundary disputes. Now that the boundaries are delineated, and the blocks are fully defined, can the people responsible for our gas resources do what needs to be done? From past records, one cannot feel very hopeful. Maritime...

New Underwater Trench Found at Cox's Bazar

Visiting holidaymakers advised to be careful

People planning to spend their holidays in Cox's Bazar beach have been advised to be careful while in water, as a 1.5km long trench has recently appeared in the Bay of Bengal stretching from Kolatoli Model Hatchery to Laboni point. Mohammad Mostak, a Robi lifeguard who discovered the trench on July 8, said the trench was very dangerous as it becomes covered by water during flood tide. “People don't really understand how dangerous the trench can be. They fail to realise...

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