Pollution engulfs Gulshan Lake

June 29, 2013

Pollution engulfs Gulshan LakeGulshan Lake and its surroundings continue to be polluted as household wastes and sewage find their way into the water body.
Local people and environmentalists have alleged that for lack of enforcement of law and proper planning the
lake is continuously getting polluted.
Habibur Rahman, a resident of Gulshan 2, blamed the authorities for inadequate
initiatives to save the lake.
With the city experiencing Read more

Sand trading or river grabbing?

January 18, 2013

Govt launches drive to protect Turag, locals sceptic
Sand trading or river grabbingIn a drive against river grabbing often under the cover of sand trading, the Dhaka district administration yesterday removed heaps of sand from the foreshore of the Turag river, but did not arrest or fine anyone.
Administration officials, who conducted the drive at Sinnirtek in the capital’s Mirpur, said they did not find the grabbers. But this correspondent found on the spot four people who admitted doing sand trade there.
All the four men claimed they were lawful owners of the foreshore, and alleged Read more

Beautified Hatirjheel attracts visitors

January 11, 2013

It’s now a recreation spot
Hatirjheel seems to be a picture of Dhaka we could dream of. It is indeed a small piece of the capital that stood aloof from the rest. The sight of its jam-free express roads, uncluttered footpaths, modern bridges, walkways along a lake stretching as far as our eyes can see would compel us to forget the city we hear, see and experience every day.
The irony is that the place could have been well described as the dumping zone of Dhaka before the government took up the project. The lake used to be a ditch carrying Read more

Biting cold batters life

January 10, 2013

Mercury dips 45-year low; 82 deaths reported in a week; more cold spells this month
A record-breaking cold spell sent the mercury plummeting across the country yesterday, with Dinajpur experiencing 3.2 degrees Celsius, the lowest in almost half a century.
Many thousand people suffered badly as the persisting chilly weather with strong winds sent them packing home early, limiting their outdoor activities to only basic necessities.
The biting cold took at least three lives in Dinajpur, Rajshahi and Joypurhat yesterday, raising the cold-related death toll to Read more

River commission to have little power

January 8, 2013

Cabinet Okays River Protection Bill
River commission to have little power
It can only recommend measures; greens doubt its effectiveness as grabbing, pollution go on
In the wake of river grabbing and pollution, the government is forming the National River Protection Commission which will only make recommendations but have no statutory power of implementation.
Green activists, who have long been pressing for a single river authority, say just another recommending body would not do any good.
The government has a legal obligation in this as the High Court on  July 19, 2009 ordered forming a commission which Read more

Smiles, all around

January 2, 2013

Children get free textbooks on first day of New Year
Children began this year in a festive mood with new textbooks in hand yesterday.
Gifts awaited them at schools across the country as they woke up to the first morning of 2013 to celebrate “Textbook Festival Day”. Students of primary and secondary grades were beaming with joy as they were handed over those textbooks for the new academic session.
The government has planned to distribute about 26.17 crore copies of textbooks among some 3.68 crore students of Read more

Welcome 2013

January 1, 2013

Revellers poured out into the streets singing and dancing and exploding crackers to usher in the year 2013 as the clock struck midnight past
Monday amid jubilation.
Security was heightened in Dhaka and other cities to fend off any untoward incidents during New Year celebrations.
Hundreds of peoples, especially the youths, started thronging Dhaka University campus, clubs and hotels and restaurants in the evening to bid farewell to 2012 and welcome Read more

Biting cold grips country

December 30, 2012

Fog disrupts communications
Dense fog coupled with bitter cold has disrupted movement of all modes of transport across the country in the last two days, causing immense sufferings to passengers.
Ferry services remained stalled for hours and launches anchored mid-river, and bus and train trips were delayed.
A cold spell has been sweeping the country since December 24.
The weather is likely to stay the same for two to three more days in Rajshahi, Read more

Tigers wrap up series in rousing style

December 9, 2012

Bangladesh kept their cool under pressure as they beat West Indies by two wickets in the fifth one-day international to clinch the five-match series 3-2 in Dhaka on Saturday.
Nasir Hossain played a crucial unbeaten innings of 39 as the home side became third time lucky to pull off a win in having wasted a 2-0 lead in the previous two matches.
The victory came in the most dramatic manner as Nasir drove Andre Russell through the extra cover to start celebrating without Read more

Rivers officially made thinner

September 25, 2012

Faulty demarcation encourages encroachers; ministerial recommendations for pillar relocation ignored
The rivers of Dhaka are destined to remain narrow as the shipping ministry has expressed its inability to fully rectify the faulty demarcation of the streams despite a High Court order and subsequent ministerial decision.
An extensive visit revealed that relevant district administrations and officials of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) had demarcated the Turag, Balu and Buriganga rivers, leaving out the foreshores at many places.
As a result, land grabbers Read more

Highly risky yet in high demand

September 23, 2012

Tin Housing in Dhaka
Highly risky yet in high demand
The acrid stench of burnt metal still hangs heavy in the air on the spot where Mohammad Karim’s house once stood. It ceased to exist last Thursday, reducing Karim and a thousand others to the role of helpless bystanders as it razed swiftly to the ground, swallowed whole by billowing flames that could well have been hellfire.
Indeed, for Karim and many others, the judgment has been no less harsh.
“I lost everything,” says Karim.
Three little words; stark Read more

Dhaka too noisy

September 12, 2012

Call for tough action against polluters
The capital’s noise pollution is driving its citizens crazy. The most comm on sources of noise pollution here are the construction and transportation systems.
Despite having a law to check the pollution, city dwellers, especially the heart patients, senior citizens and children, have no respite from noise, as loud sound from construction sites and automobile honks are ruling all over. Such environment is affecting people’s health and behaviour.
According to the Read more

Sewage goes straight into Buriganga

September 5, 2012

Wasa disowns 70pc of total sewage in Dhaka
A year after the High Court directed Dhaka Wasa to seal off sewage outlets into the Buriganga, Wasa says 70 percent of the capital’s sewage is illegally dumped into the Buriganga.
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) said it had no sewage lines of its own that go into the river directly and that its sewage lines go to Pagla Sewage Treatment Plant and the plant dumps the water into the river after treating the sewage.
Taqsem A Khan, managing director of Dhaka Wasa, told The Daily Star that Read more

Elephants vs people

September 2, 2012

Kurkuttipara offers a classic case of human-animal conflict.
In this remote place beyond Barkal of Rangamati, villagers cannot hate anything more than the herd of nine elephants.
Even the mind boggling beauty of the place, surrounded by rippling crystal blue waters of Kaptai Lake, could not hide the deep-seated anger and enmity of the conflicting parties.
It highlights how a lack of initiative by the forest department can lead Read more

Fund crunch holds back 8-lane project

September 1, 2012

Upgrading Jatrabari-Kanchpur Road
Fund crunch holds back 8-lane project
Fund crisis has made uncertain the government project to upgrade the busy Jatrabari-Kanchpur stretch of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway to eight lanes.
Aimed at easing traffic congestion on the eight-kilometre stretch, the project is estimated to cost Tk 120 crore and scheduled for completion in June next year.
However, little work has been done since floating of tenders in three packages in January, nine months after approval of the project Read more

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