Crocodile ‘Pilpil’ lays 44 eggs in Sundarbans conservation centre

Saltwater crocodiles in Sundarbans face multiple threats—habitat degradation, poaching, development pressure, climate change and rising pollution, to name a few. But it is not all bad news. Authorities at the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre in Chandpai range of eastern Sundarbans have been overseeing their breeding efforts. And just this Friday (June 12), a crocodile nicknamed 'Pilpil'…

HC forms committee to protect biodiversity in Halda river

The High Court today formed a committee, headed by the deputy commissioner of Chattogram, in order to protect biodiversity of the Halda river in the district. The lawmakers elected from the areas near the banks of Halda river will act as advisers to the committee, the High Court said in the order. The High Court…

Amphan intensifies into super cyclone: Met office

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department today asked maritime ports of Mongla and Payra to hoist danger signal number seven as the super cyclone "Amphan" has meant a rough sea. The coastal districts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Borguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger signal number…

Eggs of critically endangered turtle hatches in Sundarbans

Thirty-three eggs of critically endangered Northern River Terrapin (Batagur Baska) have hatched inside the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre located within the world's largest mangrove forest—Sundarbans. On March 10, a Batagur Baska laid 35 eggs and after a long incubation period, 33 of them hatched today, reports our Bagerhat correspondent. The Northern River Terrapin is considered…

Writ petition seeks HC directives to protect Halda river dolphins

A Supreme Court lawyer today filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directive on the authorities concerned of the government to immediately take necessary steps to prevent killing Halda river dolphins and to protect them. Barrister Abdul Qaium Litan submitted the petition as a public interest litigation through email for its virtual…