India’s federal government has asked states to check the practice of dumping bodies of COVID-19 victims into the river Ganga, as the country struggles in a devastating second wave of infections.
COVID-19 threatens ‘generation’ in academia, warn scholars
A deepening of inequalities in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic and risks of a “lost generation” of researchers must serve as a catalyst for systemic change.
A memorable day with Syed Abul Moqsud
The day he died Syed Tipu sultan set off for New York. I recall it was great that we spend a day together on the 3rd of February. After 20 days it was all memory.
The Global Insecurity of Climate Change
“We are living in a continuous insecurity due to many factors that put Sudan on top of the list when it comes to climate vulnerability.”
Lebanon: Dire Conditions for Syrian Refugees in Border Town
Syrian refugees in Arsal, a Lebanese town on the border with Syria, do not have adequate shelters to withstand the harsh winter months, Human Rights Watch said today.
COVID-19 Pandemic Shapes the Future World People Want
By Nalisha Adams BONN, Germany, Jan 11 2021 (IPS) – The peoples of the world are unanimous – access to basic services such as universal healthcare must become a priority going forward. So too should global solidarity, helping those hardest…
2021: Year of Living Dangerously?
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 5 2021 (IPS) – Goodbye 2020, but unfortunately, not good riddance, as we all have to live with its legacy. It has been a disastrous year for much of the world for…
Our priorities have shifted to saving lives, livelihoods
New York, 17 Nov (IPS/Hugh Hilton Todd*) – We have come to the point in the agenda where we must take a “deep-dive” in reviewing the lessons learnt so far in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to…
India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani planning dynastic transfer
New Delhi, UNB, Nov 09 – Rumours are doing the rounds in India that the country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani may soon split his USD 200 billion business empire among his three children.
Ojha tries to ‘revive snakebite dead woman’ in Lalmonirhat
In sheer desperation, a family in Lalmoirhat sought the services of an ‘Ojha’ or healer to bring back a woman to life who had died of snakebite.
Air pollution in cities takes a toll on bees
by Mohit M. Rao • A study shows that air pollution causes behavioural, physiological and genetic changes in wild bees. • Pollutant impact on bees is observed even in areas well-within the current national standards for Particulate Matter pollution. •…
Bangladeshi husband makes wife’s elephant dream come true
In a rare incident, a farmer from Ratidhar Dewti village of Lalmonirhat has bought an elephant worth Tk 16.5 lakh in order to obey “divine instructions received by his wife in her dreams”.
Meat Is Mayhem
Inka Dewitz and Christine Chemnitz BERLIN – The industrial meat system is out of control. Not only does it contribute to the destruction of the climate, biodiversity, soil, and forests, but it also poses a direct threat to human health.…
Air pollution causes 7mln premature deaths: UN Chief
Highlighting the dangers posed by air pollution, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said air pollution causes an estimated seven million premature deaths every year.
We Must Prioritize Local Solutions to Global Problems
By Ritah Nansereko KAMPALA, Uganda, Aug 18 2020 (IPS) – World Humanitarian Day is the perfect time to refresh our push to localize humanitarian aid for COVID-19 and all the challenges we face. Celebrating #RealLifeHeroes!
Unintended pregnancies surge amid Covid-19
Millions of women and girls have been facing unintended pregnancies worldwide due to lack of access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hasina recalls Sheikh Kamal with emotional eulogy
Describing Sheikh Kamal as a versatile person, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said he could have contributed a lot to society had he been alive today.
Neglected, Sacrificed: Older Persons During COVID19 Pandemic
By Isabel OrtizNEW YORK, Jul 28 2020 (IPS) – Failing to help those in most needCOVID19 is devastating on older persons. The numbers are staggering, more than 80 percent of the fatalities due to coronavirus in the US and East…
Climate emergency danger to peace, UN Security Council told
24 July 2020 – The climate emergency generated by global warming, is exacerbating existing risks to international peace and security, while also creating new ones, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Friday, making the case for swift…
Remote working—an inflection point?
by Christy Hoffman and Sharan Burrow on 23rd July 2020 @CHoffmanUNI The pandemic has seen a surge in remote working. Collective agreements are needed to ensure individual autonomy, rather than monitored isolation, is the outcome.
Infected or not: Children’s lives dangerously disrupted
Dhaka, July 20 – The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people adversely of all ages and professions globally in various ways and threatened the livelihood of millions.
UN Chief Warns of Deadly Germs as Potential Bioterrorist Weapons
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2020 (IPS) – The coronavirus—which has claimed the lives of over 538,000 people and infected more than 11.6 million worldwide—has destabilized virtually every facet of human life ever since its outbreak in late…
The magic of 24th June: Water Worship around the World
July 4, 2020 SANDRP “Sao Joao, Sao Joao, Viva Sao Joao!” The shouts were followed by unbelievably loud splashes in a red laterite well. The well itself was decked up like a bride. All along the way to Siolim in…
Animal rights groups hail Nagaland dog meat ban
The Indian state of Nagaland has banned the import, trading and sale of dog meat, in a move celebrated by animal rights activists. The north-east state’s government announced the ban following a sustained campaign by animal welfare groups.
Memorable days: Old Sangsad Bhaban now Prime Minister’s office
Mostafa Kamal Majumder At the close of a programme of the Ministry of Education at the Milanee Hall of Hotel Purbani International, education secretary Kazi Fazlur Rahman was exchanging views with journalists. Prime Minister Shah Azizur Rahman who was in…
Memorable days: The paper was flooded with reading materials
Mostafa Kamal Majumder Apart from two fresh editorials a day the inside pages of The New Nation started getting so much of up to date reading materials that those had to be accommodated through careful planning. Besides regular contributors like…
Memorable days: When Kamal takes me people think I still can work
Mostafa Kamal Majumder The inside pages of The New Nation needed to be uplifted to increase its readership. I found the district page was two days’ stale. The man in -charge was not computer literate and was totally at the…
Glorious days: Plugging in loopholes for economic baseline
Mostafa Kamal Majumder The proprietors of The New Nation did not ask me to look after the financial management of the paper. Yet I felt the burden because the journalists and general employees readily find the editor to tell of…
First Person: Collecting the ‘Book of Life’ for coral reefs
6 June 2020 – With the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a researcher in Hawaii is part of a team pioneering new techniques to preserve living coral sperm and larvae, and ultimately save the biodiversity and genetic…
This year of living dangerously
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jun 2 2020 (IPS) – Indonesia’s founding President Sukarno delivered his annual Independence or National Day address on 17 August 1964 anticipating the forthcoming year as Tahun vivere pericoloso,…