USAID to launch $17 million multi-year project to promote clean energy

USAID will soon launch a multi-year project of up to $17 million to promote clean energy, said the US Embassy in Bangladesh today, a day after US President's Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry's visit to Dhaka. The project titled "Bangladesh Advancing Development and Growth through Energy" will work to expand Bangladeshs' access to affordable…

Shipyard, 22 brick kilns fined Tk 85.5 lakh for violating environment act

The Department of Environment (DoE Chattogram region) fined 22 brick kilns and a shipyard Tk 85.5 lakh for violating the environment conservation act. The fine was imposed on them after a hearing at DoE office in Khulshi of Chattogram. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star's Google News channel. Mohammad Nurullah Nuri, director of…

Illegal stone extraction: Joint drive destroys 50 stone extraction machines in Sylhet

A joint drive of Department of Environment (DoE), Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) destroyed 50 machines used to extract stones illegally at Bichnakandi area of Sylhet's Gowainghat upazila today. The drive, led by DoE, started around 12:00pm and concluded around 6:00pm, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting Mohammed Amran Hossain, director of…

Pollution of Buriganga river: HC orders DoE for action against 30 companies

The High Court today directed Department of Environment (DoE) to take appropriate legal action against 30 washing plants in Dhaka's Keraniganj for polluting water of the Buriganga river. The court also asked DoE to submit a report in seven days after complying with its directive. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star's Google News…

HC issues status quo on encroachment, operation of brick kilns in Bhadra, Hori rivers

The High Court has issued a status quo for three months on encroachment, land grabbing, earth filling and operating brick kilns on Bhadra and Hori rivers in Khulna's Dumuria upazila. In response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), the court yesterday ordered the authorities concerned of the government…