Mostafa Yousuf

March 27, 2022
March 27, 2022

‘Legalising’ illegal sand mining

In the last five years, local influential people have raked in Tk 180 crore by ripping apart Fasiakhali and Fulchhari forests using a lease document, which Forest Department has repeatedly been trying to get cancelled, but in vain.

March 21, 2022
March 21, 2022

Chakaria Sundarbans nears extinction as shrimp farming takes over

If you cruise through the Ujantia canal up to its estuary with the Matamuhuri river of Cox’s Bazar, you will see the last remnants of a mangrove forest, almost obliterated from the country’s south-eastern landscape.

March 6, 2022
March 6, 2022

Visiting Sundarbans just got costlier

The government has revised fees in the Sundarbans after a decade, doubling it for both local and foreign tourists and for people whose livelihoods depend on it.

March 3, 2022
March 3, 2022

No country for elephants

As if it wasn’t hard enough for elephants to survive in this country, in a tragic development, it was discovered that they are not just dying by electrocution. Shooting down the animals straight up has become seemingly rampant to protect encroached forest lands.

February 25, 2022
February 25, 2022

When land costs more than just money

On an unfortunate morning in April 2009, Kabir Ahmed and his wife were working in the backyard of their home in Patenga of port city. All of a sudden, an altercation over land broke out in front of them. At one point, some people swooped on a youth and hacked him with machetes.

February 22, 2022
February 22, 2022

Senior secretary pulled strings

Sacked ACC officer Sharif Uddin said the senior secretary of a ministry, who had links to the land acquisition scammers in Cox’s Bazar, used his influence to get him fired from his job.

February 20, 2022
February 20, 2022

Praised until he stepped on toes

A skilled and judicious officer, who is well experienced in investigation. He is worthy of promotion.

February 19, 2022
February 19, 2022

Whose side is ACC on?

Over the last three years, Sharif Uddin painstakingly enquired and investigated corruption allegations and recommended the Anti-Corruption Commission file 22 graft cases against various individuals and quarters in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.

February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022

Chemical stores, Plastic factories: Long wait for relocation

The government’s move to relocate hazardous chemical warehouses and plastic factories from the congested neighbourhoods of Old Dhaka remains in limbo, 11 years after the initiative was taken in the aftermath of the Nimtoli inferno.

February 6, 2022
February 6, 2022

Single-use plastic: Coastal areas still littered with them

The Department of Environment has failed to comply with a High Court directive that asked it to stop the use of single-use plastic in hotels, motels, and restaurants of coastal areas in two years.