Capital Dhaka is in the grip of an acute water crisis marked by shortage in supply and contamination. According to a national daily, the shortage of water in the city now stands at 200 million liters and it may rise further up to 2500 million liters in the ensuing summer. The crisis is likely to remain critical during the period from mid-February to June next.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Water Resources Ministry on Thursday recommended necessary steps to complete the Ganges Barrage Project within 2012.
The committee made the recommendation at a meeting held in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, said an official release.
The committee also asked the Water Resources Ministry to identify small water bodies in the country and to take low cost proj

Speakers at a seminar have said the number of diabetic patients in Bangladesh is increasing at an alarming rate as about 5.7 million people in the country are suffering from the disease.
The number of diabetic patients is annually growing at a rate of three percent in the country and if the present rate continues, the number of diabetics would double to 10.4 million by 2030, they said.
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Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) has developed hybrid tomato seeds (BARI HYBRID TOMATO-5) with a thrust of facing the deficit of quality tomato seed together with boosting its outpu

Over 57,000 people die in Bangladesh every year from tobacco-related diseases and some 16 per cent of all deaths among people aged 30 years and above are attributable to tobacco use.

An intensive scheme has been taken up to bring some 1.50 lakh hectares of land under IRRI-Boro cultivation in 11 upazilas of the district with an output target of 5.62 lakh mts rice.

Eminent environmentalist Dr Atiq Rahman on Wednesday stressed the need for involving local communities to implement the adaptation programmes to face the adverse impacts of climate change.
"Local governments as well as local community are two vital components for climate change adaptation," he said at a roundtable at Hotel Sheraton in the city this morning.
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The government is contemplating an overhaul of urban planning and infrastructure in two of its biggest city regions-Dhaka and Khulna-where services have struggled to keep up with booming population

Bangladesh on Wednesday called for billions of dollars to be made available quickly for its fight against climate change, as United Nations' environment talks entered their third day in Mexico.

European Union leaders have assured that Bangladesh will get adequate funding from the promised European Union Climate Change Adaptation Fund.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the assurance when she separately met with President of Council of the European Union Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso Thursday morning.