Large-scale farming of flash-flood tolerant varieties of Aman crop can produce an additional six million tonnes paddy annually to make the country completely self-reliant in food production and a rice exporting nation.

Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service (RDRS) is trying to popularise the cultivation of Parija rice as an additional crop in between Aman and Boro in greater Rangpur region.
Parija is one of the disappeared Aus varieties of rice.
Farmers in the region used to cultivate the early harvest variety during Aus season. Aman and Boro farmers are still ignored about Parija cultivation.

Food and Disaster Manag-ement Minister Dr M Abdur Razzak Thursday said the government has undertaken a long-term programme involving about Taka 8,000 crore or US dollar 1.1 billion for effective disaster management and reducing risks and losses.

The recent flash floods damaged standing crops including T-Aman and vegetables worth Taka 136.76 crore in Rangpur Agriculture Zone (RAZ), official sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said here today.

Flash floods submerged some 20 villages, affecting over 100,000 people, as a flood embankment was breached in several places at Dakope upazila, Khulna, officials said on Saturday.

First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey I. Denisov said here on Friday that Russia is ready to further strengthen its cooperation with Bangladesh.
He made the remarks when the newly appointed Bangladesh ambassador to Russia, Dr S. M. Saiful Hoque, called on him to hand over a copy of his credentials.

The government has decided to make mandatory installation of solar panels in case of highrise buildings having more than 10 floors in Dhaka and other major cities in a bid to ease the nagging power crisis.
At the same time, in view of the dwindling groundwater levels, construction of safe and suitable water reservoirs on rooftops of the highrises would be ensured to harvest rainwater.

Tuberculosis kills at least 64,000 people and also attacks as many as 300,000 every year across the country, health experts said here on Thursday.
Senior officials of the Directorate of Health at their quarterly monitoring meeting here also said that three districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are at high risk of this disease.

World Bank will give 130 million US dollars for installation of affordable solar home systems in rural areas of Bangladesh for ensuring access of the people to electricity.