Impact of climate change: Coastal areas may go under water

The low lying coastal areas of Southern Bangladesh may go under sea by 2100 due to global climate change, State minister for forest and environment Advocate Mostafizur Rahman Fizar told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
Replying to a question of Rashed Khan Menon of Workers Party, he said “there is a possibility of rising in the Bay of Bengal due to global climate change. If the projected rise in the sea level is correct, the low lying coastal areas of Bangladesh may go under water within 2100. He also apprehended that the southern part of the country might be submerged. Besides, some 16 percent area of Bangladesh may further be inundated during monsoon floods by 2080.
Revealing a report of Dhaka Environment Programme, the minister said that pollutants of mills and factories have been discharged directly in the rivers surrounding the capital and the industrial waste is responsible for 60 percent pollution of these rivers.
Fizar informed the House that the government has already instructed the owners of mills and factories to install effluent treatment plants (ETP) and informed about matter to the administration within June 30 with a view to protecting the rivers Buriganga, Turag and Balu from pollution.
Responding to a star-marked question of absentee BNP legislator Muhammad Mosharraf Hossain, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury said the government has no plan, right at this moment, to supply fertiliser free of cost, as it has earlier lessened the prices of DAP, TSP and potash fertilisers soon after assuming power.
She said the selling price of non-urea fertilisers have been fixed by enhancing subsidy, which came into effect from January 14, to keep their prices within the purchasing capacity of farmers with a view to boosting food production.
Replying to another question of Mostaque Ahmed Ruhi of Awami League, Matia Chowdhury said misuse relating to crop processing, preservation and marketing are the causes of big risk for food safety.
She added that a large portion of the crops produced in the country have usually been wasted due to lack of experience in the process of grain crushing (thrashing), preservation and marketing of the produced crops including paddy and wheat. “If we can lessen the waste by 50 percent then we can meet the total demand of food and nutrition in a large scale,” Matia Chowdhury said.
Defence Minister in parliamentary tasks Air Vice-Marshall (Retd) AK Khondokar informed the House that the government has prepared the draft of the National Defence Policy, which will be placed before the Parliament soon.
The minister said this while replying to a question of Awami League legislator Advocate Nurul Islam Sujon.
Replying to another query of Emaz Uddin Pramanik of the ruling party, AK Khondokar said, “Our armed forces are always prepared to face and protect in case of any threat on the sovereignty of the country. But this preparation is a continuous process”.
Responding to a question of absentee BNP lawmaker Syeda Ashifa Ashrafi Papya, the minister said the deployment of the members of the armed forces, housing (permanent and temporary camps), food and supplies, vehicles and other appliances in Chittagong Hill Tracts are being financed from the allocation for army from the defence budget since 1975. There is no additional allocation for this purpose separately, he added.

Courtesy of The New Nation

Related News

UNICEF Bangladesh Ambassador Mim visits children affected by the floods

Entertainment Desk : dhakamirror.com UNICEF National Ambassador for Bangladesh Bidya Sinha Mim is visiting Sylhet this week to meet children whose lives have been upended by floods that ravaged northeastern Bangladesh in May and June this year, according to a press release Thursday. The widespread flooding affected the lives of 7.2 million people, including 3.5 ... Read more

Bangladesh plans to hire 6,000 social workers to improve child protection services

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh plans to hire 6,000 additional social workers to improve the effectiveness of the provision of child protection services at the local level. This hiring will increase the workforce from the current 3,000 social workers to 9,000, representing a 200% increase in the number of social workers. The statement was made ... Read more

SSC, HSC equivalent exams for 2023 will be held on all subjects

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Secondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations will be held on all subjects and with full marks from 2023, said a circular issued on Sunday. Inter-Education Board Coordination Committee released a circular in this regard that was signed by its chief, professor Tapan Kumar Sarkar on Sunday. The ... Read more

SSC, equivalent exams begin today

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent examinations for 2022 are going to start from today. Some 2,021,868 students are expected to take part in the examinations this year. Of them, 1,599,711 would participate in SSC, 2,68,495 in Dakhil, and 153,662 in vocational examinations. Some 3,790 centres were made available for ... Read more

International Literacy Day: Government now aims 100% literacy by 2030

News Desk : dhakamirror.com About 24.40 percent of adults aged 15 and over remain illiterate, although the ruling Awami League pledged in its 2008 election manifesto to end illiteracy by 2014. The goal of achieving universal literacy by 2014 was also set out in the National Education Policy 2010 created in 2009 by the AL-led ... Read more

Uber made BDT 45 billion in economic contributions to Bangladesh Last year: report

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Public First, a UK-based policy research firm, conducted the research and produced the Ubers 2021 Bangladesh Economic Impact Report, which was released today at a ceremony in the capital. The study shows how Uber is helping to transform the on-demand economy for users, driver partners and the general public by producing ... Read more

Tea workers return to work after 15 days

Many of them say Tk-50 hike inconsistent with current prices of essentials Mintu Deshwara After a 15-day work abstention, tea workers resumed work for a daily wage of Tk 170 yesterday morning. Majority of them expressed their dissatisfaction over the Tk 50 pay hike and said they resumed work as they had no alternative. “My ... Read more

Impact of climate change: 14.8 million people at danger of starvation by 2030

News Desk : dhakamirror.com According to the Global Food Policy Report-2022, 14.8 million people would be at danger of becoming hungry by 2030 as a result of climate change. The analysis, created by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says, 11.3 million people would go hungry in 2030 if climate change had no effect. ... Read more

National Mourning Day today

The nation is set to observe National Mourning Day today. The government and numerous political, socio-economic and cultural organisations have chalked out programmes to mark the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members. On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu was brutally assassinated by a group of ... Read more

Tea garden workers begin strike for wage hike

Zaman Monir Bangladesh Cha Shramik Union, an organisation of tea garden workers, went on a countrywide strike from Saturday for an indefinite period demanding a hike in their daily wages. Leaders and activists of the organisation’s Sylhet and Chattogram divisional units expressed their solidarity on Friday night with the organisation’s Moulvibazar unit that the daily ... Read more

Over 14,000 children die of drowning in Bangladesh annually: WHO, UNICEF

News Desk : dhakamirror.com In Bangladesh, more than 14,000 children drown each year, according to a joint media release from the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Over 14,000 children in Bangladesh die from drowning each year, making it the second largest cause of mortality for children under the age of five in the country. The ... Read more

HC bans rooftop train journey

Action against rail officials if passengers travel on train roof News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh Railway authorities were criticized by the High Court on Thursday (July 21, 2022) for poor administration of the railway services, including ticket scalping, and it was noted that no passenger is allowed to ride on the train roof. “If ... Read more

Nation celebrating Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, is being celebrated across Bangladesh on Sunday with due solemnity, a sense of sacrifice and religious fervour amid the Covid outbreak for the second consecutive year.The celebrations began with Eid congregations all over the country followed by the sacrifice of cattle head in the name ... Read more

No motorcycle registration without driver’s license

News Desk : dhakamirror.com On Tuesday, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority said that starting on September 15, no registration number will be assigned to any motorcycle if the driver lacked a valid driving license.The order, issued by the authority, was given to inform people about it, said the BRTA director (engineering) Sitangshu Shekhar Biwas.Currently, the ... Read more

PM Hasina inaugurates Padma Bridge

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Multipurpose Bridge on Saturday. The prime minister unveiled the inauguration plaque of the much-anticipated 6.15 kilometre Padma Bridge for vehicular movement at 11:58am at Mawa end. Speaking at the auspicious moment of inaugurating the bridge, an emotion-choked prime minister remembered Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the family members ... Read more

Physical work of Bangladesh’s First underground metro rail to begin in Sept

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Physical work on Bangladesh’s first underground metro rail, formerly known as Mass Rapid Transit Line-1, or MRT-1, will start within September this year. MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd, revealed the information at a press conference at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka, on Wednesday. He said ... Read more

SSC, equivalent exams postponed due to worsening flood situation

The government on Friday postponed this year’s Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations, scheduled to begin on June 19, due to the worsening flood situation. A press release, issued by the education ministry on the day, said that due to worsening flood situation SSC general, SSC vocational and Dakhil examinations under all boards are being ... Read more

Army deployed to manage heavy flooding in Sylhet: ISPR

Members of Bangladesh Army have been deployed to manage the heavy flooding and its aftermath in Sylhet district. The deployment comes following a request from the civil administration, according to the ISPR. Talking to our Sylhet correspondent, Mujibur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Sylhet, said members of Bangladesh Army will rescue marooned people using boats. The ... Read more

Spectacular arrangements surrounding the opening of Padma Bridge

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Last minute preparations are underway in the bridge area. The Padma Bridge is going to be opened on 25 June. The inauguration of the Padma Bridge on June 25 will be celebrated in a manner that will truly let the general public be a part of the achievement – Bangladesh’s first independently ... Read more

How much will it cost to cross the Padma, the government fixed

By Dhaka Mirror : dhakamirror.com The government has fixed the toll of the under-construction Padma bridge, which is at least 1.5 times higher than the average toll paid on ferries plying the Padma. The bridge division under Road Transport and Bridges Ministry on Tuesday issued a notification fixing different toll rates for different transports. As ... Read more