Monthly Archives: September 2011

‘Toxic ship’ MV Asia Union leaves Bangladeshi waters

The suspected toxic ship MV Asia Union, which last week sought to enter Bangladesh, left the country’s waters in the last few days, officials say.

The ship’s agents wanted permission for the Chinese-owned vessel to be dismantled in Bangladesh.

But officials last week told the coast guard to turn it back after complaints that it may contain harmful chemicals and pose a health and safety threat.

Bangladesh has become one of the world’s leading ship-breaking nations.

Dozens of cargo ships and tankers from around the world are brought to yards – mostly in the Chittagong region – to be dismantled.

“As per the request of the department of environment, the Coast Guard acted and the ship left the territorial waters of Bangladesh. We are not sure about its next port of call,” Captain Nazmul Alam, deputy conservator of Chittagong port told the BBC.

The ship was anchored around eight nautical miles (12km) off the coast of the southern port of Chittagong.

Environmental groups said the vessel might possess hazardous substances including asbestos, toxic paints and chemical residues which are harmful to human health and the environment.

An official last week said a team would be sent to the ship to find out whether it contained any toxic material before taking a final decision. But Captain Alam said that nobody visited the ship.

Every year, dozens of old ships are brought to Bangladesh to be dismantled for scrap.

Ship-breakers say that recycled steel from dismantled ships supplies around 60% of Bangladesh’s total steel demands.

They say that the industry also provides jobs to thousands of people.

But environmentalists allege that many old ships come with hazardous materials which are dumped in coastal areas, posing a danger to the environment and to workers.

Bangladeshi mom, daughter to stay in US for now

The deportation letter arrived just as Nadia Habib was starting her junior year at Stony Brook University, its message straightforward and scary: Please report to our offices on Sept. 29, and be prepared to leave the country. Habib, who moved … read more

BSF Submits Fresh List of Indian Insurgents in B’desh

The BSF has handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) a fresh list of Indian insurgents hiding in that country and demanded action against them even as the latter ruled out presence of rebels in its soil. “BSF has … read more

Bangladesh Petroleum Corp has received a syndicated loan of $200 million from foreign banks and financial institutions to help pay for oil imports.

Bangladesh BPC secures $200 mil from foreign lenders for oil imports. BPC held one-to-one discussions with global lenders in Singapore this week and secured assurances from them, he said. HSBC, Citibank and Standard Chartered arranged road shows in Singapore to … read more

New fund to stabilise stockmarket.

The private sector comes forward to pull up the sinking stock market with a “market stabilisation fund” that also aims to give a new lease of life to the financially affected retail investors. AK Azad, president of the Federation of … read more

New cricket playing conditions.

The ICC’s amendments to playing conditions come into effect from October 1, meaning players will need to get their heads around the changes when international cricket resumes. Proposals made by the ICC Cricket Committee at its meeting in London in … read more

Downturn giving microcredit second chance in U.S.: Yunus

The economic slump that has thrown millions of Americans out of work also jump-started the moribund U.S. microcredit sector, a Nobel laureate who pioneered nonprofit lending to the poor said. The idea of using small, uncollateralized loans to help the … read more

An overview of the present education policy

It has been announced that the students will get the books under new curriculum by January 1, 2013. By March 2012 the writing of books on the new syllabus and curriculum will be completed. The Education Minister disclosed this at … read more

Role of tourism in linking together world cultures.

World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated annually on September 27, aiming at fostering awareness among the international community of its social, cultural, political and economic value. The theme of WTD 2011 is “Tourism– Linking Cultures.” It has been chosen with … read more

Study Says:South Asia most dangerous for sea turtles.

source: The waters around India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are home to the world’s most endangered sea turtles, according to a study released Thursday aimed at setting a blueprint for global conservation. While it was well known that almost all … read more