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Dhaka Friday,  Jun 23, 2017

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earthquake A medium intensity earthquake has been felt across Bangladesh. US Geological Survey says it measured 5.5 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was at Tripura’s Ambassa, 170 kilometres northeast of Dhaka and originated at a depth of 36 kilometres. The jolt was felt at 3:09pm. The tremor lasted for about four to five seconds. There was panic as buildings began to shake. Many had evacuated and were seen outside in... »
air baijing The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved €458 million ($499.6 million) for a financing platform to support green and pollution-reduction projects in the greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region, which faces the worst air pollution in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This follows a first loan of $300 million approved last year for regulatory reform in Hebei Province. “Poor air quality is a serious health risk and economic burden in a... »
president President Abdul Hamid today underscored the need for concerted efforts from the global community in mitigating and combating the impacts of climate change. “Climate change is a global phenomenon. A single country or a region would not be able to address this burning issue. Therefore, it needs concerted and united efforts from global community to mitigate and combat the impacts of climate change,” he said. The President was addressing the... »
South-Asia-Judicial-Conference-on-Environment-and-Climate-Change-337x205 A ‘Judicial Conference on Environment and Climate Change’ will be held in Dhaka on November 25 and 26. The chief justices of five countries of south Asia are expected to attend the conference, according to the sources. Bangladesh Supreme Court and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are the organizer of this conference. The conference will be hosted at Hotel Radisson in Dhaka. President Abdul Hamid will inaugurate the conference, sources informed.... »
Hurricane Otto Hurricane Otto was forecast to strengthen in the Caribbean as it churned toward Central America Tuesday, causing three deaths in Panama and prompting coastal evacuations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Otto became the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season. The hurricane, which is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, is expected to pick up strength and speed as it moves westward, approaching Costa Rica... »
sea Bangladesh will get $20 million for reducing the risks of damages caused by natural disasters and climate change. The United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and Sweden joined hands together to provide the fund to address the country’s key climate change priorities set out in the Seventh Five Year Plan. The fund will be provided under the project titled Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC), launched today in... »
japan earthquake A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, had a magnitude of 7.4, the Japan Meteorological Service said, and was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6... »
newzeland An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude has hit New Zealand’s South Island, hours after at least two people were killed by an initial quake. The new tremor struck about 13:45pm local time (00:45 GMT) at a depth of 10km (6 miles), northeast of Christchurch. A 7.5-magnitude quake, with the same depth, had hit the same area just after midnight, triggering tsunami warnings. Authorities are rescuing and evacuating residents along the... »
suparmoon Skywatchers are preparing for the latest “supermoon” as Earth’s satellite makes its closest approach since 1948. The UK’s best chance to see it will be on Monday evening, although the Moon will be at its closest – only 221,524 miles (356,509km)away – at 11:21 GMT. To observers, it will appear about 7% larger than normal and about 15% brighter – although the human eye is barely able to discern that... »
pm1-273x205 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Dhaka for Marrakech of Morocco on a three-day official visit on Monday to attend two high-level segment of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22). Foreign Ministry officials said a VVIP flight (BG1019) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco, at 10am. The... »