AFTER holding talks with Indian authorities about the pros and cons of the construction of Tipaimukh dam vis-

State Minister for Environment and Forest Hasan Mahmud said Bangladesh as one of the most affected countries due to world climate change impacts has been tirelessly working to save its land and resources from the environmental hazards by managing its internal rivers.

The Food and Agriculture Organi-sation (FAO) of the United Nations has put Bangladesh on a list of 31 countries that are in substantial need of food assistance in 2009.

Most of the food-insecure least developed countries (LDCs) are in Africa, while five are in Asia, and one is Caribbean.

Mexico is suffering from its driest year in 68 years, killing crops and cattle in the countryside and forcing the government to slow the flow of water to the crowded capital.

The Maldives on Wednesday said a budget crisis will keep its president from attending landmark U.N. climate talks, the results of which could have a huge effect on the future of the low-lying archipelago.

As the Prime Minister, Agriculture Minister and Finance Minister seized the opportunity provided by the Chief Ministers

GoM To Ready Contingency Plan

Pune/New Delhi: There is every possibility of 2009 being a

A nine-member central team today arrived here to assess the extent of drought damage in the state.

The team, headed by managing director of Horticulture Mission Board Bijay Kumar, will visit Dumka, Lohardaga, Latehar, Palamau, Gumla, Jamtara, Jasidih, Deoghar, Giridih, Chatra and Garhwa districts from tomorrow.

When Uttar Pradesh declared 47 of its districts as drought-hit, sugar mill owners of the state were left feeling bitter. Large parts of the cane belt are located in these districts that saw many sugar mills come up over the past several years.

With three quarters of all districts receiving deficient rainfall so far and the overall rain deficit worsening since last week, the country seems headed into the worst drought year over the last two decades.