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Green initiative left in the lurch

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How IPM neglected for long

Green initiative left in the lurch

When in 1981 the Food and Agriculture Organisation launched a green initiative in Savar and Chittagong's Rangunia to tackle pest attacks, farmers there had every reason to be relieved. It offered them help to fight off insects without using harmful pesticides.     Known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the initiative drew a huge response mainly...

Part-10
How IPM neglected for long

Green initiative left in the lurch

Green initiative left in the lurch

Porimol Palma    When in 1981 the Food and Agriculture Organisation launched a green initiative in Savar and Chittagong's Rangunia to tackle pest attacks, farmers there had every reason to be relieved. It offered them help to fight off insects without using harmful pesticides.     Known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the initiative drew a huge response mainly for two reasons -- it was cheap yet effective and it reduced the negative impacts of chemical pesticides.       But the pilot project fizzled out in less than two years. Some 10 years later, the government in 1991 relaunched the programme in efforts to check rampant application of toxic chemicals on crops and vegetables. More than two decades...

Coast guard foils illegal migration attempt

Bangladesh Coast Guard early yesterday seized a Malaysia-bound engine-run wooden trawler and detained 17 Bangladeshis, including a human trafficker, from it in Moheshkhali channel near Najirartek of Cox's Bazar. The illegal migrants, hailing from Narsingdi, Khulna, Satkhira, Jhenidah, Sirajganj, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar, were handed over to Cox's Bazar Model Police Station following the detention . Coast guard says the trafficker, Arif, 30, of Cox's Bazar's Kutubdia upazila, took Tk 10,000 to Tk 20,000 from each person to get them...

Only tear-stained memories

Only tear-stained memories

Parula Biswas lost three of her family members in Friday's tragic bus-train collision in Jhenidah. Nothing could console the grieving 70-year-old, before whom the bodies of two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law were being carried to a crematorium for last rites. She spoke not a word. Only tears rolled down her weary wrinkled cheeks as...

4 killed in 'shootouts'

Four people, two of whom were accused of murdering a police officer, were killed in alleged gunfights with law enforcers in Tangail, Jhenidah and Rangpur during the Eid holidays. In Tangail, the killed were Nur Islam Ulka, 26, and Shahed Miah, 27, who were accused in the case filed for murdering assistant sub-inspector Nurul Islam of Tangail Model Police Station. Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman, officer-in-charge of the police station, said police raided a house in Takia Kodma village of Mirzapur upazila at around...

11 killed as train hits wedding bus in Jhenidah

11 killed as train hits wedding bus in Jhenidah

At least 11 people including two children were killed and 60 were injured as a train hit a bus carrying a wedding party while it was crossing the rail lines at Barobazar of Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah early today. The deceased were identified as Sanjoy Kumar, 34, Sudhir Kumar Biswas, 40, Sujoy Kumar, 34,  Biplob...

2 outlaws killed in Jhenidah ‘shootouts’

2 outlaws killed in Jhenidah ‘shootouts’

Two members of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in separate “shootouts” with police in Kotchandpur and Harinakundu upazilas of Jhenidah early today. The deceased are Abdur Rashid, 38, son of Younus Ali of Sreerampur village in Kotchandpur and Hazrat Ali, 35, son of Mahtab Biswas of Bhomradanga village in Harinakundu upazila. Both...

Jhenidah BNP leader stabbed dead by AL man

Jhenidah BNP leader stabbed dead by AL man

An upazila-level BNP leader was stabbed to death allegedly by an Awami League activist in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah this morning. Deceased Ismail Hossain, 58, was vice-president of BNP Kaliganj upazila unit and also party president of ward No. 1 of Kaliganj municipality unit, reports our Jhenidah correspondent. Ismail was elected councillor of the municipality in 1990 and 1995 and an acting mayor in 1998. Shahjahan Ali, 34, a local AL activist, stabbed Ismail when he went out of his Chapali house around 7:30am, Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police Station, said quoting locals. Ismail was whisked off to Jessore Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead.    Shahjahan is involved with...

1 killed, 500 houses damaged as storms lash Pabna, Jhenidah

1 killed, 500 houses damaged as storms lash Pabna, Jhenidah

Nor'wester lashed two upazilas of Pabna and Jhenidah on Wednesday night and early yesterday, leaving one killed and damaging at least 570 houses. Our Pabna correspondent reported that a school girl was killed and two others were injured as a nor'wester swept through ten villages of Chatmohar upazila at around 7:30pm on Wednesday.  The deceased...

BNP infighting kills 1 in Jhenidah

BNP infighting kills 1 in Jhenidah

A man was killed and seven were injured in a clash between two factions of BNP in Shailkupa upazila in Jhenidah Sunday night. The deceased is Ayub Hossain Mandal alias Ayub Matabbar, 51, of Chatura village in the upazila, reports our Jhenidah correspondent. There was a longstanding conflict between Ayub Hossain Mandal and his neighbour...

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