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Bay Of Bengal

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...

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

Bangladesh Meteorological Department asked the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla to hoist local cautionary signal number three today as a monsoon depression formed over northwestern Bay. All fishing boats and trawlers over north Bay have been advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice, said...

Lighter vessel sinks in Ctg port

Lighter vessel sinks in Ctg port

A lighter vessel carrying around 1500 tonnes of steel coils sank in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port this morning. The vessel MV Sunderban-1 sank somewhere in between Alpha and Bravo anchorages of the outer anchorage around 7:15am when it was going to Narayanganj from the port, radio control operators at the Chittagong Port...

Vessel sinks in Bay of Bengal

A lighter vessel capsized with 950 tonnes of cement clinker in the Bay of Bengal near Patenga beach in Chittagong yesterday following a collision with a sunken ship. All 13 crew of the vessel Brishti were rescued by a speedboat and members of another ship anchored nearby soon after the accident. According to officials of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) and Marine Service and Traders Limited, the local agent of the vessel, Brishti sank in the bay near Jaliapara coast of Patenga...

Illegal Migration

UNHCR worried about abuse of boat people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the rising abuse of people who have sailed from Myanmar and Bangladesh through the Bay of Bengal aiming at illegally migrating to other countries. The UNHCR welcomed Bangladesh government's initiative to make a 'list' of the estimated 200,000 to 500,000 unregistered Rohingyas in Bangladesh. "We hope the exercise will be carried out in accordance with international standards and that it will result in access to documentation, assistance and justice...

Poor the easy prey

It's an elusive dreamland named Bidesh (foreign land) that lures them into leaving their near and dear ones. It's a quicksand of treacherous promises of a better life that makes them put their lives at stake. Nurul Islam Nuru of  Kolatoli Barochhara village in Cox's Bazar Sadar set out on a fishing trawler with many others into the Bay of Bengal last year. With dreams of going to Malaysia, the youth gave Tk 10,000 to a trafficker, who put him...

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