The Supreme Court today scrapped a High Court verdict that allowed Md Salim Khan, a local Awami League leader, to extract sand from the Meghna river in Chandpur.
Three labourers have gone missing after a sand-laden bulkhead was hit by a launch and capsized in the River Meghna near Gajaria of Munshiganj.
A launch carrying around 1,000 passengers remains stuck in a shoal in Meghna river near Barishal’s Mehendiganj upazila early today, reports Bangla Daily Prothom Alo.
Water of the Meghna river may become too polluted to be treated in the next five years if immediate actions are not taken to save it from pollution, says an Asian Development Bank report.
The National River Conservation Commission has warned that it would take legal actions against at least a dozen government authorities for their inaction to free the Meghna from grabbers if they do not act within seven days.
In an onslaught on the Meghna, a private ship-building company is constructing its shipyard’s slipways into the river at Meghnaghat in Sonargaon, but the river custodians are doing little to stop it.
Nothing seems to scare away the river grabbers. Amid impassioned calls from the judiciary, environmentalists and the media to save the country's last surviving rivers, a private company is building two slipways in the Meghna river in Munshiganj.
A Munshiganj court places Zakir Dewan, owner of the trawler that capsized in Meghna River with 35 workers on Tuesday, on one day remand in connection with a case in this regard.
The Supreme Court extends its earlier order that asked the authorities concerned to stop sand and earth filling in farmland and wetland around the Meghna River in Narayanganj’s Sonargaon upazila.