World’s largest mangrove forest

August 14, 2010

The Sundarbans, the largest single tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world, is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. The name Sundarban can be literally translated as “beautiful jungle” or “beautiful forest” in the Bengali language. The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees that are found in Sundarbans in large numbers.
The Sundarbans mangroves are important habitat for the endangered Bengal Tiger Read more

A Brief Story on Silk Fabric

March 29, 2010

Among all fabrics available silk fabric is the most expensive and rich. It is considered in all countries irrespective of the culture and dressing sense. Silk may vary from countries to countries, name can be changed but the main material of the fabric that is silk is unchanged and maintains the elegance throughout ages and styles. There are many other types of fabrics like Cotton, Crepe, Georgette, Faux, Art silk, Viscose, Soft Crush, Satin, Chiffon fabric, stretch fabric, Read more

Slums: Human rights live here

February 21, 2010

More than 1 billion people across all continents live in slums. These communities, characterized by inadequate housing, lack of basic services, overcrowding, and high levels of violence and insecurity, are also places where residents live, work, and raise their children. Yet, many governments are failing in their duty to protect the rights of these people.
Global slum populations are growing at alarming rates. Disinvestment in Read more

Poison River Threatens Millions in Bangladesh

June 5, 2009

It was once the lifeline of the Bangladeshi capital.
But the once mighty Buriganga River, which flows by Dhaka, is now one of the most polluted rivers in Bangladesh because of rampant dumping of industrial and human waste.
“Much of the Buriganga is now gone, having fallen to insatiable land grabbers and industries dumping untreated effluents into the river,” said Ainun Nishat, a leading environmental Read more

Bangladesh needs three-fold increase of food grain production

May 2, 2009

Bangladesh needs three-fold increase of food grain production
Abdur Rahman Khan
Bangladesh has got the lowest productivity among the world’s rice producing countries. She can produce a maximum of 0.7 metric tons of paddy (not rice) per acre, against the global average of two tons per acre.
In this situation, there is no other alternative but to increase the yield of food grain to ensure food security for the nation, says Dr Abdul Khaleque, an agricultural scientists.
He stressed that the right Read more

India revels in acclaim for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

January 25, 2009

Some see hope for change as the film, with four Golden Globe awards and 10 Oscar nominations, spotlights the desperation of slum life.
By Anuj Chopra

Oscar-nominated film "Slumdog Millionaire" has given hope to some residents of Dhavari, Mumbai, where more than 1 million people live in desperate poverty, that the world will take notice of their desperate situation. - Gautam Singh/AP

MUMBAI, INDIA – John D’souza hasn’t yet seen the much-feted film “Slumdog Millionaire.” But he is convinced the film has the power to transform his life.
Mr. D’souza, a social worker who has lived all his life in Dharavi, a grubby slum in Mumbai (Bombay) that is touted as Asia’s largest, believes that this film can highlight the invisible lives of slum dwellers and create awareness about Read more

Closing Guantánamo: Will Europeans take detainees?

January 25, 2009

Europeans, who have long pushed to close the controversial facility, are hesitant to take some of its inmates.
By Robert Marquand

Closing: Guards at Guantánamo’s Camp 6 detention center Wednesday. The war-crimes court has been suspended for review. President Obama has ordered the camp to shut within a year.-- Brennan Linsley/AP

Paris – On no single issue has Europe been more in disagreement with America than the Guantánamo detention center. The camp was a focus of anti-US protest here, synonymous with the image of a bullying world Read more

The curse of Nigerian oil

January 5, 2009

Attacks on oil industry facilities and kidnappings for ransom are frequent in the creeks of the Niger Delta, which is home to Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry.
The BBC’s Sue Lloyd-Roberts argues that Nigeria’s “black gold” has brought wealth to a few but fuels greed and corruption on a grand scale.

After spending just two weeks in Nigeria, I had come to a sweeping – and therefore probably wrong – conclusion about the country.
I was therefore gratified to find my view confirmed by the Nigerian woman whom I sat next to on the flight back from Abuja to London. I told her that I had spent most of my time in the Delta region filming the consequences of oil exploration.
“Oh, I come from there”, she said. “I wish you had come to my country before oil was discovered. Oil has ruined Nigeria.”
Academics call Read more

Young women ‘have more sexual partners’ than men

December 16, 2008

Young women are more promiscuous than men, according to a survey that claims the average 21-year-old has had nine sexual partners compared with seven for men.
By Martin Beckford
The poll of 2,000 by the magazine More also found that one in four young women has slept with more than 10 people, compared with one in five men who had done the same.
In addition, half of those questioned admitted they had been unfaithful, whereas only a quarter said they had been cheated on by a boyfriend.
It comes just a week after an academic study branded Britain one of the casual sex capitals of the Read more

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