French regulator says pesticides a priority in curbing new plant diseases

PARIS (Reuters) - France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate, the country’s health and safety agency said. FILE PHOTO: French farmer Herve Fouassier pulls up a dead weed as he demonstrates the impact…

Australia's bushfire-stricken state pays tribute to 25 victims

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Families, firefighters and politicians gathered in a solemn public ceremony in Sydney on Sunday to honor the 25 people killed in recent bushfires that tore through the country’s most populous state. New South Wales Rural Fire Service personnel attend a state memorial honouring victims of the Australian bushfires at Qudos Bank Arena…

Rare Nilgai rescued in Chapainawabganj

A rare Nilgai, once believed to be extinct, was rescued by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members from Chapainawabganj's Shibganj upazila yesterday night. BGB members spotted the nilgai, the largest antelope in Asia, just 150 yards away from border pillars in Masudpur village around 10:00am, reports our Chapainawabganj correspondent quoting BGB members. The animal was handed…

Inter-ministerial body rejects proposed road through 2 Chattogram reserve forests

An inter-ministerial body formed to resolve the dispute between the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) and the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) over a proposed road through two reserve forests earlier this month decided against the project, reports our Chattogram correspondent. The body comprised of nine members from forest, environment and climate change ministry, road transport ministry…

Masterplan drafted to curb river pollution: Water resources state minister

State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruque today told parliament that the government has taken an initiative to formulate a masterplan for curbing river pollution across the country. “As per the instruction of the prime minister, an initiative has been taken to formulate a masterplan in order to curb pollution of the rivers across the…