August 23, 2015
Growing solar home system earns Bangladesh UN fund; first in the world
Bangladesh has become the first country to get funds from the United Nations for its fast growing solar home systems, which are not only lighting up houses in off-grid villages but also showing the world the way to a low-carbon future.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) issued 395,286 carbon credits worth €3.56 million to two Bangladeshi organisations — Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) and Read more
August 11, 2015
At least 226 people died and 62 elephants were killed in last 12years and a half in growing incidents of human-elephant conflicts, said forest officials.
They as well as wildlife conservationists blamed destruction of elephant habitats as the main cause for the incidents.
They said that elephants were being squeezed into smaller habitats due to destruction of forest cover.
Increasing use of elephant movement routes and corridors for farming and human settlements was also blamed Read more
July 16, 2015
Terrific Tigers produce supremely premium stuff to thump down 9-wicket defeat on strong South Africa; clinch one-day series
Who says bowlers should have all the fun? Ask Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal, and they will tell you that that opening period of the second innings, when they literally demolished one of the best bowling attacks in the world, was the highlight of the series against South Africa.
Ask the fans who braved the rains at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and they will probably be taunting the spectators in Dhaka, for they managed to witness something that the capital could not; a total annihilation Read more
July 13, 2015
Bangladesh’s participation in Champions Trophy confirmed
It was not a full house at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. But the half-packed audience at Bangladesh’s home of cricket in Mirpur witnessed a turnaround that only suits
a team affectionately called Tigers.
With their back against the wall after three demoralising defeats including the first one-dayer that put their Champions Trophy berth in the balance, the Tigers needed something to answer back at their critics in the second one-day international. And they did it with some style, hammering South Africa for seven-wicket defeat. Read more
February 9, 2014
Plans to cut dependency on groundwater from 78pc to 30pc in seven years
With groundwater depleting fast in the capital, Dhaka Wasa is going to set up three more water treatment plants to increase the use of surface water significantly in the next seven years.
The plants will be installed at Gandhabpur of Rupganj, Jasaldi in Mawa and Sayedabad in the capital at an estimated cost of around $1.5 billion, a top Wasa official told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.
Water has to be piped to the plants from the Padma and the Jamuna rivers Read more
January 24, 2014
Thousands of pilgrims reached the banks of the Turag river in Tongi on Thursday on the eve of Bishwa Ijtema.
The annual holy congregation of Muslims is the second largest after Hajj. It will be held in two phases as the large number of devotees cannot be accommodated at one time. The first phase, beginning on Friday, will end with Akheri Munajat on Sunday (January 26). The second phase will be held from January 31-February 2. It will also end with Akheri Munajat. During Read more
December 16, 2013
The nation would celebrate the 43rd Victory Day on Monday to pay homage to the sons of the soil whose supreme sacrifice brought Independence on this day in 1971. The day is a public holiday.
The day will be celebrated across the country and Bangladesh’s missions abroad will pay glowing tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for leading the nation towards Independence.
The national flag will be hoisted atop government, semi- government and private offices, as well as offices of autonomous Read more
November 23, 2013
Developers now own most of wetlands
Poor farmers forced to sell lands as law not enforced
Land developers are illegally filling up vast areas of wetland and converting huge areas of seasonal cropland to launch housing projects along the Dhaka-Mawa Highway.
All the laws and policies formulated over the years to protect the environment have simply become a farce as the authorities concerned are turning a blind eye to the misdeed.
During several recent visits to Shikarpur beel, Kuichhamara beel, Abdullahpur, Alampur, Rajendrapur in Sirajdikhan, Read more
November 4, 2013
Bangladesh knocked off a target of over 300 runs to romp to a four-wicket win in the third one-day international, inflicting a 3-0 defeat on New Zealand in the three-match series at Fatullah on Sunday.
The clean sweep victory, which came against the backdrop of a 4-0 win in the previous series between the sides, reconfirmed Bangladesh’s status as a force in one-day cricket to be reckoned with.
The Tigers had had few successes in one-day cricket over the past years, but barring an exception against Zimbabwe in 2009, Read more
October 15, 2013
Large vessels using channel thru’ the forest creating disturbance; regular waterway silted up for long
A temporary water transport channel through the Sundarbans has turned into a regular route over the last two years as the authorities concerned have yet to restore the navigability of the original route.
Subsequently, the ecosystem and wildlife of the forest are being seriously disturbed by the daily movement of around 150 motor cargo vessels coming from Chittagong, Dhaka and even India.
The temporary route was arranged for only three months to carry goods to Mongla Port and Khulna in April 2011 after Bangladesh Read more
October 11, 2013
The much-awaited 10-kilometre-long Jatrabari flyover in the capital opens to the public today over three years after its construction work began.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to open the flyover at Shanir Akhra point near Dhaka-Chittagong highway at 3:00pm.
She will later address an inaugural ceremony of the flyover opening at Osmani Memorial Hall, said officials of Dhaka South City Corporation.
After the inauguration, the 5.5 km long main flyover, which stretches from Read more
October 8, 2013
Run by battery, they are more prone to accidents; they gain access by bribing cops
Battery-run rickshaws are plying many Dhaka streets flouting a government ban as the law enforcers turn a blind eye to it, allegedly taking bribes from the rickshaw owners.
Officials at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) said controlling rickshaws in city is beyond their jurisdiction as those are run manually.
Saiful Haque, director (engineering) at BRTA, said according to the features of a rickshaw, it can run on a speed of 5-10km per hour.
“When a motor is Read more
October 7, 2013
Cash-strapped BJMC virtually stays out of purchase; poor sale of golden fibre
Jute farmers walk a tightrope this season. So does Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation.
The BJMC, the biggest purchaser of raw jute in public sector, is running out of cash and is struggling to buy jute from the farmers and traders during the peak season now.
With the BJMC-run mills remaining cash-strapped, jute market has lost competitiveness, and a depressed market is forcing growers to sell jute at a lower price.
As against Tk 1,400 -1,500 Read more
September 28, 2013
No hope of improvement before mid-Oct
Surging illegal consumption together with spiralling demand on the one hand and a slight drop in production on the other has created an unusual gas crisis in the capital in recent weeks.
When production is expected to increase keeping pace with a 10 percent annual growth in demand, the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd is actually getting lesser gas this September than that in the corresponding period last year, mainly because a gas field in Fenchuganj has been shut down for maintenance. Read more
September 21, 2013
To invest $1 billion to procure 22 aircraft by next year, hoping to expand business
The aviation industry is likely to see an unprecedented boom as both the public and private airlines are expected to invest around $1 billion in
the sector by next year.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines and four other local airlines will either purchase or lease at least 22 aircraft with the sum, said officials at the civil aviation authority and the airlines. National carrier Biman plans to acquire eight aircraft, Regent Airways five, NOVOAIR four, United Airways three and US-Bangla Airlines at least two.
This investment is aimed Read more