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Bay Of Bengal

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...


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...

Maritime Duty

Govt orders purchase of 2 choppers

The government has ordered buying of two modern helicopters for Bangladesh Air Force to carry out search and rescue (SAR) operations and other utility missions in the Bay of Bengal. The move has been made to establish country's right over the 200 nautical miles exclusive economic zone and territorial rights in the Bay. Several senior air force officials confirmed the purchase decision, but could not say anything about the price of the choppers. The government has planned modernisation of the armed forces...

Sunday Pouch

Our wonderful Bay

Now that the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has awarded Bangladesh more than 19,000 sq km of the disputed 25,000 sq km plus of sea in the Bay of Bengal, it is pointless to raise issues that cannot be resolved. The award as we all know is final and there is no appeal on it in any other legal forum in the world. We have to live with it peacefully and permanently. India too has officially...


Bangladesh gets 19,467sq km area in Bay

Bangladesh gets 19,467sq km area in Bay

Settling a longstanding India-Bangladesh maritime boundary dispute, a Hague-based international court has awarded Bangladesh 19,467square kilometres out of 25,602 sq km disputed area in the Bay of Bengal. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali disclosed this at a press briefing in the afternoon. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) delivered the verdict after nearly five years of argument and counter argument by the two nations, spot visit by judges and examination of survey reports. The judgement is final and cannot be appealed against. The PCA officially conveyed the result to both parties yesterday. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal received the copy of the verdict at 2:00pm (Bangladesh time) yesterday at a...

Sea boundary verdict may come in favour of us: PM

Sea boundary verdict may come in favour of us: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her hope that the verdict in the Bay of Bengal maritime boundary dispute with India would come in favour of Bangladesh.  “Like Myanmar, I hope that the verdict will come in favour of us,” she said while speaking at the inaugural programme of National Fisheries Week 2014 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital. Later, the prime minister handed over gold medals to four people and silver to 13 for their conreibution in the pisciculture sector. A Netherlands court was due to announce the verdict in the maritime boundary...

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