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Hira Talukder

  • Thu, 31 Aug 23
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To survive, we must combat environmental desertification
environmental desertification

To survive, we must combat environmental desertification

For the past two decades, unusual weather patterns have been observed worldwide. Where once there used to be cries for a drop of water in the scorching deserts, now the deserts are witnessing rainfall, painting the landscape green. Conversely, the opposite scenario is visible in the Indian subcontinent and Europe. Most areas in South Asia, including Bangladesh, now experience severe heatwaves during the summer. While Europe, which used to be predominantly cold, is facing intense heatwaves for the most part of the year. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently warned in a published report that if global temperatures are not reduced soon, South Asia, including Bangladesh, could suffer catastrophic consequences. The entire region could be engulfed by desertification.

Dangers of lightning in Bangladesh and protective measures
Dangers of lightning in Bangladesh and protective measures

Dangers of lightning in Bangladesh and protective measures

After a severe heatwave, the rain brought not relief but the terror of lightning strikes. Whenever there is rain and a storm, reports of multiple fatalities due to lightning strikes surface. On April 23, in a single day, nine people lost their lives to lightning in six upazilas of eastern Bangladesh. Subsequently, on April 27, eight people died from lightning strikes in six districts in one day. On May 18, in a single day, lightning claimed the lives of seven people in three districts. From morning to noon on that day, four people died in Narsingdi, two in Tangail, and one in Gazipur due to lightning during rain. Previously, on the same date, May 18, in 2022, 19 people died in a single day from lightning strikes across the country. We face such devastating lightning incidents every year, but why has the frequency of lightning strikes increased? And how can we protect ourselves from it?

Potential consequences of Raisi's death
Potential consequences of Raisi's death

Report

Mon, 20 May 24

Potential consequences of Raisi's death

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian have been killed in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran on Sunday. Iranian state TV announced his death on Monday.

'Kumari' being erased, number of groom's present wives to be mentioned
'Kumari' being erased, number of groom's present wives to be mentioned

Report

Wed, 8 May 24

'Kumari' being erased, number of groom's present wives to be mentioned

Law Ministry is set to amend the Muslim marriage registration form (Nikahnama) in line with a High Court directive asking the authorities concerned to shed the term 'Kumari' (virgin) for women from the form. Apart from this, the number of the present wives of a groom should also be stated in the amended form.

Trial drags on as all accused except Sohel Rana out on bail
Trial drags on as all accused except Sohel Rana out on bail

Law

Wed, 24 Apr 24

Trial drags on as all accused except Sohel Rana out on bail

Even though 11 years have passed since the collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar, the trial of the murder case in this incident has not been completed till now. In addition, all the accused except building owner Sohel Rana are out of jail on bail. Moreover, the trial of the case filed under the Building Construction Rules Act for alleged defects in the construction of the building has not seen much progress.

Why Jashore-Chuadanga experiencing heatwaves?
Why Jashore-Chuadanga experiencing heatwaves?

Why Jashore-Chuadanga experiencing heatwaves?

Natore's Lalpur used to be the hottest place in Bangladesh. However, for the last dozen years, that place has been overtaken by Chuadanga district, located in the southwestern region of the country. Last Saturday, the mercury rose above 42 degrees Celsius in this district. It's not just this year; for the past 12 years, during the summer season, Chuadanga and its neighboring districts have been experiencing intense to extremely intense heatwaves. This region often experiences the highest temperatures in the country. With the onset of the month of Baishakh, the scorching heat begins to intensify in Chuadanga. It feels like being in a desert during midday. Not only Chuadanga, but its neighboring districts like Jessore, Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhenidah, and Khulna also face hotspots of heat during the summer.