Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)- International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, recommends for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, to be listed as “World Heritage in danger.”
The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia.
IUCN’s advice has been released on June 7 by UNESCO and is addressed to the World Heritage Committee, the governing body on World Heritage made up of 21 governments, according to IUCN.
The Committee will take decisions at its annual meeting in Azerbaijan from 30 June to 10 July.
IUCN recommends placing the Sundarbans in Bangladesh on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to severe threats from coal-fired power plants and numerous industrial activities in close proximity.
The site is part of the world’s largest mangrove forest, home to the royal Bengal tiger.
Following a joint IUCN-UNESCO mission in 2016, the World Heritage Committee called for the large Rampal power plant project, planned 65km from the site, to be cancelled and relocated. Despite this, its construction has continued without any assessment of its impact on the Sundarbans’ World Heritage values.
Two additional coal-fired power plants are being constructed on the Payra River, which flows into the same bay as the Sundarbans, it said.
Over 150 industrial projects are also active upstream of the site, and their associated shipping and dredging activities further threaten its hydrological and ecological dynamics. The hydrological systems, which drive this dynamics, are very large in scale and vulnerable to upstream impacts.
Now, 16 natural World Heritage sites are listed as in danger. For this year’s World Heritage Committee meeting, IUCN has provided recommendations for about 60 natural World Heritage sites facing threats, and has evaluated 10 sites nominated as potential new sites.
IUCN is the official advisory body on nature under the World Heritage Convention. IUCN evaluates sites nominated for the World Heritage List and monitors the state of conservation of listed sites.
IUCN aims to improve the management of World Heritage sites and enhance the role of the World Heritage Convention in nature conservation and sustainable development.
Rajshahi, June 12 (UNB) – Ordering the release of a young man who was arrested in place of his elder brother, a court here on Wednesday asked the officer-in-charge of Shah Makhdum Police Station to explain his action.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 Judge Md Mansur Alam ordered OC SM Masud Parvez to appear before it in person within seven days and explain his stance.
The court exonerated Sajal Mia, 34, who has been languishing in jail for the two months and ordered his release, said his lawyer Mohan Kumar Saha.
Mohan filed an appeal with the tribunal on May 26 seeking Sajal’s release when the court set June 11 for hearing it in presence of Sajal.
As per the case statement, Selim alias Fazal was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009 in a case filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act in 2001. He has been on the run since the verdict was pronounced.
On information that Selim would visit his house at Chhotobangram Paschimpara in the city, police conducted a drive there on April 30 and picked up Sajal as Selim. Police continued to claim that they arrested the right person.
Meanwhile, Sajal's lawyer submitted photocopies of the national identity cards of Sajal and his siblings, attested by the local ward councillor, their land documents, Selim’s picture and other necessary papers in this regard.
OC Masud Parvez said witnesses of the case identified the convict and they also submitted affidavits in this regard.
Earlier, Jaha Alam, an innocent man who languished in jail since February 2016 in 26 corruption cases in place of the real accused Abu Salek, was released from jail on February 4 last following a High Court order.
Dhaka, June 11 (UNB) – A tribunal here on Tuesday sentenced two people to life imprisonment for trafficking two infants after stealing them from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 2006.
The convicts are Jharna Begum from Gazipur’s Board Bazar, and Manik from Narayanganj’s Fatullah. Jharna was tried in absentia.
Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-3 Judge Joyosree Samaddar handed down the verdict.
The convicts were also fined Tk 50,000 each. They will have to serve six more months in jail if they fail to pay the fine.
According to the prosecution, Monirul Islam, a resident of Sabujbagh area of the city, filed a case against four people, including the convicts, with Sabujbagh police in connection with the stealing of his newborn from DMCH in 2005.
On January 6 the following year, police arrested Jharna along with a baby boy aged between eight and 10 days from Khilgaon.
During interrogation, Jharna said the baby boy was not hers and that she had taken the child from one Manik in Narayanganj.
Police then raided Rampura and rescued another baby girl she had bought from DMCH guard Abdul Matin and staff Shila.
On January 12, 2006, Abul Kabir, sub-inspector of Khilgaon Police Station filed a case against four people in this connection.
Later, Jharna secured bail in the case and went into hiding.
The tribunal on Tuesday acquitted Matin and Shila as allegations against them could not be proven.
Chattogram, June 10 (UNB) – Bidhan Barua, a top terrorist of North Chattogram, who has been languishing in jail since 2011, was released from Cumilla Central jail on June 3, two days before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Forkan Wahid, a jailer of Cumilla Jail, said Bidhan was wanted in five cases and he has been convicted in one case.
Bidhan was released after completing his jail term in a case after scrutiny and he secured bail from four other cases filed against him, he said.
Earlier, Bidhan landed at Chattogram Central Jail around six months back.
Mahiuddin Mahmud Sohel, additional superintendent of police, said “Normally the jail authorities have informed the release of any accused of a sensational case before their release and we gave the clearance after scrutiny.”
Bidhan, son of Himanshu Barua of Andharmanik village in Raozan upazila of the district had joined National Democratic Party of SQ Chowdhury in 1990 and formed a ‘bahini’ named after himself, ’Bidhan Bahini’ and was involved in many criminal activities. In 1993 he killed Akhtar Hossain, the then chairman of East Gujrar union of the upazila.
He was also involved in many criminal activities including that of murder.
Rapid Action Battalion Rab arrested Bidhan Barua in 2011 and on September 12, 2008 , he was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in a case filed under Arms Act.
Feni, June (UNB) – A tribunal here on Monday took cognisance of charges against 16 accused in the madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case.
Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Mamunur also fixed June 20 to begin the charge-framing hearing against them.
Principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa SM Sirajuddoula and 15 other accused were produced before the court today.
Of them, Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, Sonagazi municipality Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, Absar Uddin, Mohammad Shamim, Iftekhar Uddin Rana and Nur Uddin prayed for bail only to be rejected by the court.
The other accused are Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Kamrunnahar Moni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil and Abdur Rahim Sharif.
The court also acquitted five other detainees -- Nur Hossain, Alauddin, Kefayet Ulla Joni, Saidul and Ariful Islam -- as the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) did not find their involvement in the murder of the madrasa girl.
Nusrat had accused the principal of sexually harassing her. She was set on fire at an examination centre in Sonagazi upazila on April 6 last allegedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital.