Sunday, April 21, 2024

The three tigers were poisoned: forest dept 

Three adult Royal Bengal Tigers were poisoned to death by poachers at the Sundarbans in last three months, claimed an investigation report of the forest department in the wake of the recovery of three tiger hides on Sunday. The incidents further cast a blow to the recently held census in which the number of tigers living ... Read more

20 fishermen rescued following gunfight

A total of twenty abducted hilsa fishermen were freed on Thursday, six days after being abducted by pirates on August 11, following a combined operation by joint forces that resulted in a gunfight between law enforcers and suspected pirates at Narkelbaria area under Sundarban east zone. Law enforcers, however, were unable to arrest any of the ... Read more

Onslaught on mud crabs threatens Sundarbans ecosystem

Though the mud crab is considered as one of the nature’s “ecosystem engineers” for its ability to facilitate habitats and nutrients to other species, a significant proportion of its population is being wiped out every year due to its indiscriminate collection along the coastal belt, particularly in the Sundarbans. The export of this crab has ... Read more

New scrap shipyards near Sundarbans

Govt eyes Baleshwar river bank in Barguna; environmentalists decry  Although the Sitakunda ship breaking yards in Chittagong continue to wreak havoc on the environment, the government nonetheless plans to allow new yards on the bank of the Baleshwar river in Patharghata upazila of Barguna district. A team of top officials from different departments, led by ... Read more

Biodiversity issue glossed over

Dhaka, Delhi signed 2 deals on Sundarbans, tiger; refrained from addressing rising salinity in Bangladesh rivers None of the two agreements signed between Bangladesh and India on conservation of the Sundarbans and Royal Bengal Tigers addresses the issue of increasing salinity that continues to affect the biodiversity of the mangrove forest on Bangladesh side. Salinity ... Read more

Evaluating services of Sundarbans

Muhammad Selim Hossain and Mohammed Abdul Baten for The Daily Star Forest is a bounteous gift of nature that provides the basis of life and livelihood for humans. According to human history, hunting and gathering, the first and foremost livelihood of homo sapiens, was forest based. Interestingly, mangrove is the most diverse forest and is ... Read more

Four ‘pirates’ killed in ‘gunfight’

Four persons, said to be pirates, were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the Rapid Action Battalion on Wednesday morning at Sharonkhola under the east wing of the Sundarbans Forest Division in Bagerhat. Local fishermen identified the deceased as Zulfikar Ali Zulfu, leader of a pirate gang called ‘Zulfikar Bahini’, Hafizur Rahman, second-in-command of the gang, ... Read more

Honey collection and biodiversity loss in mangrove ecosystem

Dr. M.A. Bashar for The Independent In Sundarbans ecosystem, honey and wax production is a major seasonal activity employing some 2000 honey collectors known as ‘mowallis’ and producing about 200 tonnes of honey and about 50 tonnes of bee wax which constitutes about 50 per cent of the total production in Bangladesh. So far information is ... Read more

Sundarbans best habitat

Finds joint study The Bangladesh portion of Sundarbans is the best habitat for tigers as this beast of prey here can hunt within the radius of only 15 square kilometres, one of the smallest home range in the globe. This reflects that a tigress here has ample supply food and the forest can potentially support ... Read more

3 tigers poisoned to death

One of poaching gang held with 4 skulls, 3 skins, bones Posing as buyers, forest officials have arrested a member of an organised gang of poachers with four skulls, three hides and 138 bones of tigers at Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat. The arrested, Jamal Fakir, admitted that he poisoned three tigers to death, and claimed ... Read more

‘Sundarbans can boost economy’

Natural Wonders ‘Sundarbans can boost economy’ Khulna city Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque yesterday said Bangladesh’s reputation will increase and economy get stronger if the Sundarbans is elected as a natural wonder. So we must irrespectively work together to help Bangladesh’s vast mangrove forest win the final race scheduled for November 11 this year, he

Villagers save tiger

A group of villagers in Bagerhat again saved the life of a tiger of Sundarbans on January 8, around one month after the same incident. On the day, a tiger suddenly came out of the mangrove forest and entered Uttar Rajapur village under its Sharankhola range and killed a cow

Govt urged to promote Sundarbans tourism

Patronisation of both government and the forest department is needed for development of tourism industry in the Sundarbans, said speakers at a discussion yesterday. The meeting organised by Bengal Tours on roles of the local media in development of positive tourism in the Sundarbans was held in Khulna yesterday. Masud Hossain,