Hilsa catches too frustrating for fishermen, traders

July 24, 2011

The ongoing hilsa season sees poor netting of the popular fish in the coastal waters, much to the frustration among fishermen and traders.
Fishermen’s families are passing hard days as the catches are not sufficient even to recover the cost of deep sea trips on trawlers for the purpose, according to our correspondent in Patuakhali.
Over 500 trawlers from coastal districts of Patuakhali and Barguna got engaged in catching hilsa in the deep sea after the end of ban period of hilsa catching but this year the catches are much less than expectation.
May to October is generally Read more

Erosion makes 300 families homeless in a week

July 24, 2011

Lalmonirhat, Kurigram
Erosion makes 300 families homeless in a week
Erosion by Teesta and Dharla rivers in Lalmonirhat and Brahmaputra in Kurigram has rendered around 300 families homeless in the last one week.
At least a hundred families at five villages under two unions in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila became homeless due to erosion by Teesta and Dharla rivers in the last 5-6 days.
The erosion hit areas are Bapari Tari, Badai Tari under Mogholhat union and Kalmati, Bagdora under Khuniyagachh union, said Water Development Board (WDB) sources.
Erosion hit Delowar Hossain, Read more

Handicraft brings the joy of self-reliance

July 20, 2011

Tackling poverty with handicraft business
Handicraft brings the joy of self-reliance
The economic hardship has gone from the life of Basana and her family since she has started a handicraft business.
Basana Rani, a 35-year old woman of Adhairpur village in Badalgachhi upazila of Naogaon, is now self-dependent and able to take a square meal thrice daily with her husband two sons, although she spent the most of her life as a domestic help to survive along with the family.
The villagers think that Basana has set an example of success in escaping the vicious cycle of poverty which other can follow Read more

Risky ride on abandoned bridge

July 20, 2011

A ‘death trap’ for people of at least 4 districts
A large number of people have continued risky ride on the awfully dilapidated bailey bridge over the Nautara River near Nautara Bazar in Dimla upazila  of Nilphamari on Dalia-Sardarer Hat road as authorities failed to make any alternative arrangement.
Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) declared the 75-metre-long bridge abandoned three years ago but no step has been taken to reconstruct it to ease communication for people of Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas of Nilphamari district and a part of Lalmonirhat district to go to Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts Read more

So Important, Still so Ignored

July 11, 2011

Road to Kuakata in awfully bad shape for years
The 14-kilometre-long road from Pakhimara to Kuakata on Patuakhali-Kuakata highway has remained in an awfully dilapidated condition due to lack of renovation for years.
Vehicles ply amid risk the rundown and potholed road connecting Kuakata, an important tourism centre in the southern region, with the rest of the country.
The road becomes virtually unusable, especially during the rainy season.
During a visit on July 1, this correspondent saw over 30 vehicles including Read more

Karnaphuli shrinking

July 2, 2011

Losing navigability due to heavy siltation, creating scope for land grabbers
The Karnaphuli river, a lifeline for Chittagong city and the port, is gradually losing navigability with its width already shrunk by 50 to 270 metres at several points in the last two decades.
Its depth reduced sharply for heavy siltation, disposal of huge quantity of waste from the city and lack of planned dredging, says the annual Hydrographic Survey Chart, prepared by the Hydrographic Department of Chittagong Port Authority.
Silt deposits have surfaced in the river while encroachers Read more

30,000 trees felled there

June 25, 2011

Patuakhali forest officials estimate a day after mindless destruction of mangrove forest
Forest officials yesterday visited Char Bestin in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Bhola and found over 30,000 trees of the mangrove forest have been chopped down by around 400 locals on Thursday.
Of these trees, over 10,000 were in Patuakhali and the rest in Bhola section, said Devdas, range officer of Char Montaz.
A three-member police team from Rangabali Police Station in Galachipa upazila reached the spot around 5:00pm on Thursday. Seeing the law enforcers the locals stopped felling the trees and Read more

Tidal Surge, Incessant Rain in Bagerhat

June 20, 2011

Over 6,000 shrimp, other fish enclosures washed away
Over six thousand shrimp and sweet water fish enclosures in Bagerhat were washed away by tidal waves amid incessant rain in the last three days, reports our correspondent.
District Fisheries Officer Bazlur Rashid said, farmers incurred a loss of Tk 4.6 crore as 6,271 ponds and shrimp enclosures in the district washed away due to tidal surge and heavy rain.
Farmers fear an irreparable loss of Aus paddy if the water does not recede from 4,500 hactares of cropland within the next four to five Read more

Mangrove forest plundered

June 12, 2011

2.5km road project in a Bhola char gets AL lawmaker’s blessings; flouts HC order, environmental law
Within hours after a court judgement that clearly directed the authorities to abide by the forest and environment acts, groups of people have chopped down thousands of trees inside a mangrove forest and a designated wildlife sanctuary to build a road in the remote island of Char Kukrimukri.
The lawmaker of Bhola 4 (Charfashion) Abdullah Al Islam alias Jacob and his local supporters backed chopping down of the mangrove forest for building the 2.5-kilometres long road without any environmental clearance or permission from the forest department as Read more

Solar power raises farmers’ hope

May 9, 2011

Solar power has brought hopes to thousands of farmers of the country, who have long been fighting with severe power crisis and high diesel price to run water pumps for irrigation of their farmlands.
“I am no longer worried by frequent power-cuts or increasing diesel price. My solar panel gives me enough electricity to pump out enough underground water for my lands,” said Salam, a farmer of Bamanshur area of Keraniganj upazila.
Abdus Salam now irrigates his own lands and the lands of other farmers at low cost with his water pump Read more

Halda carp spawning ground under threat

May 6, 2011

The river Halda, the only natural carp breeding ground in the world and major source of major carps like Rui, Katla and Mrigel, is facing a threat to its existence.
Man-made problems and natural disasters brought the spawning ground to this position of decline.
Interference from man include cutting bends in the river to slow down its current, massive sand lifting, dumping of industrial waste, unplanned construction, rampant construction of sluice gates and indiscriminate catching and killing of mother fishes.
Natural disasters like Read more

No writing on taka, please

May 5, 2011

Bangladesh Bank has requested all concerned to refrain from writing on currency notes as it causes financial loss to its bearer, destroys security features and wears out the notes.
The BB in a release yesterday said it noticed different types of writing, including mobile phone numbers, on currency notes.
Such writing destroys the notes’ security features like water marks, dots, invisible printings, iridescent stripes, security thread and microprint, added the release.
In turn, it becomes Read more

Six hours of abuse

May 3, 2011

School kids kept standing under the sun as state minister shows up for 5 mins
Some 130 children of Vatapara Non-government Primary School at Durgapur union of Aditmari upazila were kept standing in the scorching sun on Sunday for as long as six hours to welcome the state minister for primary and mass education.
The practice of making students wait on roads to welcome dignitaries continued though the government in December 2009 firmly instructed all educational institutions to stop this.
On Sunday, the authorities around 10:00am lined up the kids in front of the school and they were there until around Read more

Halda fishes act unusually

April 20, 2011

Release eggs before rain; fishermen see salty water intrusion as reason
Even in weather adverse to laying eggs, a number of fish species yesterday started releasing spawns in the Halda river at Hathazari and Raozan upazilas, the only natural fish breeding centre of sweet water in the subcontinent.
Mother fishes depend on special factors like water temperature, specific water current, rain and lightning to lay eggs.
But local fishermen and experts said they released eggs in the river although nothing like that happened yesterday.
The fishermen have begun Read more

Grabbers choke Karatoa

April 19, 2011

57km of the river encroached by locals
A huge chunk of the Karatoa river has allegedly been occupied by local people at several important areas in Gaibandha and Bogra districts, according to Bangladesh Water Development Board and the Department of Environment.
Sources at BWDB Bogra circle office say about 57 kilometres of the 86.75 km channel from Khalisha of Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha to Khanpur of Sherpur upazila in Bogra has already been occupied for cultivation.
The sources say people have used forged land documents to occupy the huge Read more

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