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3 ‘robbers’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Bagerhat Rab

3 ‘robbers’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Bagerhat Rab

Three alleged robbers were killed in a “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola range of Bagerhat this morning. Two of the robbers were identified as Saddam, 27, and Sohel, 25, (full names were not known), Major Adnan Kabir, deputy director of Rab-8, told The Daily Star. They are members of...

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Impact assessment on Sundarbans oil spill

THE joint UN-Bangladesh impact assessment team on the Sundarbans oil spill has submitted its report. The incident involving sinking of an oil tanker and subsequent spill of an estimated 300,000 litres of furnace oil into the ecosystem of the forest is claimed to have had a limited effect on the delicate ecological balance of Sundarbans in the short term. But there is no room for complacency, for us to fully understand what impact the spill has had on the largest...

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...

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Sundarbans to suffer

The joint investigation between Bangladesh and the United Nations (UN) in the aftermath of the tanker oil spill in the Sundarbans has revealed some damning findings. According to the 107- page report submitted to the environment and forestry ministry the fallout from the spill could not be assessed on a long term basis in a number of areas including healthcare risks. That's because of the limited time at the disposal of the team. The group comprising government, UN organisations...

Significant impact on ecosystem

The last year's oil-spill may have left "significant non-observable acute impacts to the forest and wildlife population" of the Sundarbans, observes the Bangladesh-UN Joint Sundarbans Oil Spill Response Team. The team, in its detailed report submitted to the environment and forest ministry yesterday, also presented 10-point recommendations to deal with the fallouts of the spill on environment and affected communities and to reduce risks of such incidents in future. Referring to its primary findings released on December 31 last year stating...

Environment: At the mercy of the policy makers

At every opportunity, the leadership of Bangladesh reminds the industrial nations that global climate change is pushing the country towards a grim, uncertain future. Yet, the government staunchly defends not only the construction of the coal-fired Rampal Power Plant near the Sundarbans, it also gave green signal to commercial vessels to ply the Shela River flowing through the forest despite the recent environment-threatening oil spill and recommendation by UN experts to declare the river an out-of-bounds area. And the recent...

Alternative to Shela route will reopen by June

The Mongla-Ghasiakhali channel will reopen by June as an alternative to the Shela river route for water traffic movement, says a BIWTA report. The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority submitted the report to the parliamentary standing committee on shipping ministry during a meeting yesterday. The BIWTA also informed the committee that 25 percent of the dredging of the channel had been completed and the navigability would be restored by June for resuming vessels' operation on the route. An oil tanker sank in...

Sundarbans tourism battered by blockade

The Sundarbans, one of the country's most popular tourism spots, witnessed a dramatic drop in visitors during the peak tourism season this winter due to the ongoing countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. “Peak tourism season continues in the Sundarbans. But the local and foreign tourists could not visit the tourist spot due to the ongoing political blockade. Tourists do not want to visit the Sundarbans putting their lives at risk on highways during the blockade,” Divisional Forest...

Tiger poaching rising despite govt measures

Even though the government has taken various measures to protect Bengal Tigers in the Sundarbans, its poaching is on the rise with 49 being killed in last 14 years (2001-2014), according to forest department data.  Among the 49 tigers, 17 were killed in the Sundarbans east zone of the forest department while 15 were killed in the Sundarbans west zone. According to the data, the forest department recovered 17 tiger skins from different parts of the country during the period (2001-2014)...

Sundarbans Bengal Tiger skin seized, 3 held

Sundarbans Bengal Tiger skin seized, 3 held

Three poachers have been held with the skin of an enormous Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans from Bagerhat’s Morelganj upazila, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claimed today. Rab-8 held the three along with the 10-feet-long tiger skin and several pieces of the animal in a crackdown, Captain Hasibul Haque, spokesperson of Rab-8, told The Daily...

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