The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has initiated a project to monitor and maintain newly planted trees across the DNCC jurisdiction using General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology. This initiative was inaugurated at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) auditorium on November 18.
This year, the whole of Bangladesh is experiencing unprecedented heat waves. The intense heat has reached a point where opening the windows makes the situation worse instead of bringing in relief in the form of a soothing breeze. Millions around the country, especially the lower middle class, day labourers, farmers, and people who work outside are suffering greatly.
Although Dhaka and Kolkata, two major South Asian cities, are just 240 kilometres apart and share a common history and culture, not many comparative studies on these cities have been undertaken so far.
We must rethink how cities are planned, designed, and administered to combat the adverse effects of both the heat island problem and climate change.
Some of the places remain under stagnant water for years, while some lack basic civic amenities, including proper roads or pure drinking water. None of these neighbourhoods has a single playground. Such are the states of the three wards in zone-9 of Dhaka North City Corporation.
Are we willing to pay this pet tax? Absolutely not.
The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will screen the FIFA World Cup fixtures on giant screens in open spaces for soccer fans in the capital.