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…

PM urges dev partners to limit conditions when providing support

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought more support from development partners to maintain the country’s development spree and make it sustainable, urging them not to impose so many conditions in this regard. “We’ve taken many measures for further development of the country and we hope that our development partners will continue to extend their assistance…

Malaysia sending back plastic waste to Bangladesh

Malaysia is sending back a container full of plastic waste to Bangladesh. The authorities are sending back a total of 150 containers imported from 13 countries including Bangladesh as the consignment had non-recyclable plastic. Authorities discovered that compact discs (CDs) were hidden inside a container with clean recyclable scraps at the front, reports The Star…

Risking lives to rescue horses in Philippine

The horses were still caked in grey ash as they stepped off the boat, lucky beneficiaries of a risky rescue mission to ground zero of the Philippines' Taal volcano eruption. Their owners are among many small operators who rely on the modest money generated by the beasts ferrying tourists up the volcano, a popular attraction…

Legal notice seeks livewire removal to protect monkeys

People for Animal Welfare (PAW), an organisation dedicated to welfare of street animals, has served a legal notice to Bangladesh Forest Department and Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board after overhead electrical power lines installed inside Mymensingh’s Santoshpur Reserve Forest injured and killed monkeys in the forest. Supreme Court Advocate Barrister Shihab Uddin Khan on behalf of People…