Savar, Oct 23 (UNB) – A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) mobile court sealed off the antibiotic section of Gonoshasthaya Pharmaceuticals Ltd here on Tuesday.
The mobile court of Rab-4, led by Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam, conducted the drive at Gonoshasthaya Medical College Hospital and Gonoshasthaya Pharmaceuticals from 6 pm.
During the drive that ended around 9:30pm, the court also seized some raw materials of medicine from the pharmaceuticals factory, said Captain Major Abdul Hakim of Rab-4.
Later, they sealed off its antibiotic section, he said.
On October 19, a case was filed against Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury in Savar on charges of occupying a piece of land and demanding extortion.
Earlier on October 16, another case was filed against Zafrullah allegedly for attempting to grab a piece of land and demanding extortionat Pathalia union.
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – Increased soil salinity due to climate change-induced rises in sea-levels is likely to force nearly 2 lakh coastal residents to migrate to inland areas within Bangladesh to find alternate livelihoods, according to a study.
Researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Ohio State University conducted the study, “Coastal Climate Change, Soil Salinity, and Human Migration in Bangladesh”.
The study examines, for the first time, the complex relationship between flooding, soil salinity, rural livelihoods and migration; as well as the probable adaptation strategies, said a press release on Tuesday.
Many parts of Bangladesh are under severe threat of future sea-level submergence, but studies show the migratory response to flooding is likely to be minimal, as most farmers have already adapted their cultivation practices to cope with changes in the frequency and intensity of flooding in this deltaic region.
According to the study, increased soil salinity from rising seas will push nearly 140,000 coastal residents to migrate to another location within their district, and nearly 60,000 would move to alternate districts.
It shows only a few are likely to migrate to northern areas, while most migrants are likely to enter the capital city of Dhaka, and onward to neighbouring districts in the coastal region.
The study co-authored by IFPRI’s Valerie Mueller (also Assistant Professor, Arizona State University); and Ohio State University’s Joyce Chen, will be published in an upcoming edition of the journal, Nature Climate Change.
The study draws on socio-economic data from the country’s Bureau of Statistics’ Sample Vital Registration System and agricultural production data from Household Income and Expenditure Surveys, covering nearly half a million coastal households in a year.
Increased salinity adversely impacts crop production and income, driving those who rely on it for their livelihood to migrate from coastal to inland areas.
The study finds increasing soil salinity from the lowest to the highest levels observed in the data would likely increase internal migration by nearly 25 percent, while decreasing international migration by 66 percent. The number of migrants who move to a different location within the district is more than double of those who move out of the district. “Financial constraints limit poor households from moving over longer distances, signaling a trapped population dynamic, raising concerns that the most vulnerable households may be the least resilient in the face of climate change,” adds Chen.
Due to rise in soil salinity, Chittagong and Khulna districts are likely to witness highest within-district additional migration, estimated between 15,000 and 30,000 migrants per year. These two districts also contain the second and third largest cities in the country. Districts without large cities like Bagerhat, Bhola and Feni generally will expect smaller within-district flows, between 5000 and 15,000, but larger out-of-district flows, particularly to districts with large cities.
“To minimise moving costs, and remain close to family, individuals may move inland where the demand for agricultural labor is relatively unaffected by salinity. However, higher wages and denser labor markets may draw workers instead to urban areas,” says Mueller.
With three of the country’s five largest cities in the saline belt, migration may not reduce vulnerability to sea-level rise in the long-run, the study says.
Studies show that in another 120 years, coastal areas, currently home to 1.3 billion people, are projected to be inundated by sea level rise. “A two-pronged approach will be necessary to address this growing concern,” Mueller points out.
Researchers point out that infrastructure projects such as embankments and polders may have more limited success; saline contamination increases pressure to increase aquaculture which, in turn, increases the demand for brackish water, making households reluctant to maintain such infrastructure.
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB)- A total of 11 people were arrested along with five kilograms of gunpowder from Motijheel area on Monday night.
The arrestees were identified as Fazlul Kabir alias Faisal, 38, Jahidur Rahman Rajan, 36, Abdullah Al Mamun, 42, Mahmudur Rahman Ripan, 42, Abdul Matin Liton, 42, Manik Alias Anwar Hossain, 29, Md Abu Sayeed, 39, Md Moshiur Rahman, 26, Helel Uddin, 26, Shahadat Hossain, 24, and Delwar Hossain.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducted a raid at “Upokol Hotel” at Fakirapul Calvert Road of Motijheel around 9:20 pm, said Deputy Commissioner (Media) of the DMP, Masudur Rahman.
They arrested the 11 people from the hotel and recovered five kilograms of gunpowder from their possessions, he said.
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said Barrister Mainul Hosein was not arrested for any political reason.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after inaugurating the app-based emergency ambulance service across the country at KIB Convention Hall at Khamarbari in the city in the evening.
When his attention was drawn at the BNP’s allegation that Mainul was arrested for political reason, the Home Minister said, “All of you (journalists) know it well that women of different places filed several cases against him (Mainul) for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti. Mainul was arrested in connection with the defamation case which was filed in Rangpur.”
Earlier on Monday night, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser from the capital’s Uttara area in the defamation case filed in Rangpur district.
On Tuesday morning, he was sent to jail by a court here.
Seven cases have so far been filed – one each in Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, Jamalpur, Cumilla, Rangpur, Brahmanbaria and Bhola -- against Barrister Mainul Hosein for his choice of abusive words.
Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) - Former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank (BB) Abu Hena Mohd Razee Hassan has been appointed as the head of Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) on a contractual basis.
The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification in this connection on Monday, said a press release of Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday.
Razee Hasan has been serving as the head of the BFIU in addition to his charge as the deputy governor of the central bank while in service. But after retirement from the deputy government post, he was given the charge of the BFIU.
The BFIU, established in the central bank in June 2002, was named as the Anti Money Laundering Department.
To enforce and ensure the operational independence of FIU, Anti Money Laundering Department was transformed into BFIU in January 2012 in line with the provision of Money Laundering Prevention Act 2012.