5 dead as flash floods hit southern Thailand

Thailand today reported at least five deaths after flash floods caused by monsoon rains hit seven provinces in the country's southern region. Authorities reported the deaths all took place in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where television footage showed staff of a hospital piling up sandbags outside an emergency room to fend off water gushing in…

Cox's Bazar Forest Department reclaims four acres of land from grabbers

A team of Cox's Bazar (north) divisional forest department has reclaimed four acres of land from grabbers by demolishing dozens of makeshift structures at Fulchari range of the division. The drive began at 6:30 am today and went on for an hour. Sohel Rana, assistant conservator of forest of Cox's Bazar (north) divisional forest office…

Sundarbans set to reopen to tourists soon

After seven months of closure due to coronavirus pandemic, the Forest Department is expected to reopen the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and a Unesco World Heritage Site, soon to tourists. Tourists are expected to be allowed to enter the Sundarbans from early November, authorities said. Meanwhile, tour operators have already completed preparations after…

54 exotic birds smuggled from Bangladesh, seized by BSF in West Bengal

At least 54 exotic birds smuggled from Bangladesh were seized by India's Border Security Force (BSF) in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district. The birds, kept in two iron cages, were found by BSF personnel during an operation last night at Shah Para village in Tentulberia area of the district, the BSF said in a…

Unmasking the forest thieves: JS body to make list of 90,000 forest grabbers public

The parliamentary standing committee on environment has decided to make public the list of 90,000 individuals and organisations, who have grabbed around 2.87 lakh acres of forestland across the country. The parliamentary watchdog came up with the decision at its meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Monday. The environment, forest and climate change ministry…