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  • Risky plastic bags flood market

    Risky plastic bags flood market

    The bagging industry is being overtaken by an environmentally unfriendly Chinese product that is destroying the livelihood of poor women in the short-term and stands poised to ruin the environment in the long-term.

    A test conducted by the department of chemical engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in May found that non-woven shopping bags, unlike polythene bags, are not biodegradable.

    But the government’s environmental watchdog apparently does not know about the new and destructive technology.

  • Adaptation-mitigation balance will be voluntary

    Adaptation-mitigation balance will be voluntary

    The vulnerable countries’ demand for balancing climate finance between adaptation and mitigation has eventually not been resolved in the draft agreement of the ongoing Paris climate talks.

    The latest draft, which came out yesterday evening, said that balancing the finance will not be done “legally;” rather it would be “voluntary.”

  • The need for more ambition at COP21

    As the Paris climate conference nears its finale, one thing is clear: ambition is needed on all fronts in order to reach an effective agreement.

    Ambition starts with money. According to International Energy Agency data, more than $18 trillion of investment is needed in the energy sector to achieve the target of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.

  • Bangladesh ranks 26th in capital flight

    Bangladesh ranks 26th in capital flight

    Bangladesh ranks 26th in terms of illicit financial outflows, which mainly stem from tax evasion, crime and corruption, with a whopping $5.6bn siphoned out of every year during 2004-2013, said US-based think-tank’s report said yesterday.

    This is around 15% of the country’s national budget and almost 3% of the gross domestic product.

    According to the report titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013,” a record $1.1tn flowed illicitly out of developing and emerging economies in 2013.

  • Negotiations step into dramatic phase

    The climate negotiations over an agreement in Paris took a dramatic turn late yesterday as it stepped into the overnight phase, with the French presidency asking parties to give feedback on a cleaner text released in the afternoon.

    Laurent Fabius also asked for preparation to have talks overnight until today as three crosscutting issues remain to be solved and reach a consensus on the issues by today.

  • Thirteen of Bishwajit killers still traceless

    Prosecutors and family members of innocent Old Dhaka tailor Bishwajit Das have deplored police’s role as the law enforcers could not arrest the 13 fugitive killers in the last three years.

    Of them, the two death-row convicts have already fled the country while some of the 11 other criminals, who had been given life-term jail two years ago, are trying to leave the country, according to sources.

    The 13 killers, all leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Jagannath University unit, have been on the run since the murder.

  • Culture of impunity behind persistent disappearances

    Human rights groups and activists have condemned the rise in forced disappearances allegedly by law enforcers despite pledges by the government to bring the number to zero.

    Campaigners and families blame government’s reluctance for repeated incidents of disappearance. They think the number could be reduced if the government had taken legal action against the culprits. They are also worried that the criminal code does not have provision to try law enforcers for disappearances.

  • Order on seven-murder probe December 14

    The High Court has deferred to December 14 the date for passing an order on a revision petition seeking further investigation into the Narayanganj seven-murder case.

    The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain reset the date yesterday seeking the petitioner’s statement given to the magistrate court, which had rejected the no-confidence plea filed by the plaintiff of the murder case.

    Yesterday was fixed for giving an order on the petition.

  • Autopsy: Nirob died within half an hour of drowning

    Five-year-old Ismail Hossain Nirob, who fell into an uncovered sewer pipe on Tuesday, drowned and died within 10-30 minutes of the incident, according to the autopsy report.

  • Power and Energy Week 2015 kicks off today

    The Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) will host Power and Energy Week 2015 from today, creating public awareness about the responsible use of electricity.

    At a press conference at Bidyut Bhaban yesterday, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, said the energy and power divisions were organising the event together.

    First organised in 2010, this is the fourth edition of the week-long event. The theme this year is “Towards the Path of Light.”

  • BNP yet to sort out seat-sharing with key ally Jamaat

    With just three weeks to go before the first partisan municipality polls, the BNP is yet to sort out seat-sharing with its partners, especially its biggest ally Jamaat.

    Jamaat-e-Islami, some of whose top leaders have been executed for 1971 war crimes, cannot take part in any competitive elections in Bangladesh because of a void registration with the Election Commission (EC).

    Since Jamaat cannot nominate candidates, participation for the party means its municipality-level leaders will contest the polls independently.

  • Awami League issues 24-hour ultimatum to rebels

    The Awami League has given a 24-hour ultimatum to its rebel candidates for pulling out of the upcoming municipality polls.

    Policymakers issued the ultimatum from a meeting of central leaders at Ganabhaban with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    After the meeting, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif told reporters: “The rebel candidates have been asked to withdraw their candidature within 24 hours. Otherwise they will have to face expulsion.”

  • Shamsher, 11 others indicted

    A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and 11 others of BNP-led alliance in a case filed for  vandalising, obstructing police from discharging their duties.

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lutfur Rahman Shishir framed the charges against the 12 accused rejecting their discharge petitions filed by defense counsel Md Sanaullah Miah.

  • MoU signed for 700MW Matarbari coal plant

    Singapore’s Sembcorp yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-owned Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh Limited (CPGCBL) to build a 700MW power plant at Matarbari in Cox’s Bazar.

    As per the MoU, Sembcorp will construct the power plant, a jetty for coal imports, coal storage facilities, electrification and transmission facilities, roadways and a township.

  • ‘Russia trying to carry out ethnic cleansing in Syria’s Latakia’

    Russia is trying to carry out “ethnic cleansing” in Syria’s northern Latakia province, forcing its Turkmen and Sunni population out to create a safe haven and protect Russian and Syrian bases, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

  • Another Paris attacker identified

    The third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 13 has been identified as a 23-year-old French national who went to Syria two years ago, according to officials involved in the inquiry into the multiple attacks on the French capital.

    Investigators identified Foued Mohamed-Aggad as one of three gunmen who killed 90 people at the Bataclan after his mother told them that she had been informed of his death by text message from Syria, a lawyer for the dead man’s family said.

  • Natore BNP-backed mayor aspirants face cases

    Most of the seven BNP-affiliated mayor aspirants in the six municipalities of Natore have several criminal cases pending with different courts, according to the affidavits published by the Election Commission.

    Their nomination papers were, however, accepted by the election returning officer as valid.

  • Europe talks tough on refugee strategies

    Germany and France have proposed giving an EU border force the power — in theory at least — to patrol Greece’s frontiers uninvited by Athens in the latest sign of hardening attitudes towards solving Europe’s migration crisis.

    The proposal, in a letter sent last week to the EU executive in Brussels on Tuesday, would in principle apply to any member state, not just Greece. But it is driven by frustration that Greek failure to control large numbers arriving by sea is putting the EU’s open-borders Schengen zone at risk.

  • Savar independent candidates aggrieved at not getting symbols yet

    The independent candidates in Savar and Dhamrai who will be contesting the upcoming municipal elections are discontented as they are yet to be allotted polls symbols and are hence unable to organise campaigns.

  • British review calls for urgent cuts to antibiotic use in livestock

    Massive use of antibiotics in farming poses a critical threat to global public health and should be reduced dramatically to an internationally-agreed target, according to a British government-commissioned review.

    Agreeing and implementing a global target for agricultural antibiotic use won’t be easy, the review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill, said, but is vital if life-saving medicines designed to fight bacterial infections are to be kept effective, both for animals and for

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