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Six poachers killed in Bangladesh during gunfight

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Dhaka: Six people arrested on poaching charges were killed in a gun battle with police on Sunday in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, an official said.

Tiger at Sundarban. Photo: imgalbums.com
Tiger at Sundarban. Photo: imgalbums.com

Mohammad Moniruzzaman, deputy inspector general of police range in Khulna, 180 km from Dhaka, told the media that the poachers were arrested on Sunday morning, Xinhua reported.

In the afternoon, a team of law enforcers took them to the Sundarbans to recover tiger hides and firearms, when other poachers present there opened fire at the police personnel, forcing them to retaliate, he said.

The arrested poachers were caught in the line of fire and died on the spot. The other poachers fled.

Five policemen were injured in the gunfight, he added.

Police found four guns, three pistols and three hides of Royal Bengal tigers.

A new survey released last month said there were only 106 tigers in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.

(IANS)

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Bangladesh Court Imposes Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products Across The Country

The plastic waste carried by the country's 54 rivers and generated in coastal regions were dumped into the Bay of Bengal, posing threat to marine resources and biodiversity

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Bangladesh Court also ordered the concerned authorities to strictly enforce ban on polythene use across the country with proper monitoring. Pixabay

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday asked the government to ban single-use plastic products across the country within the next one year.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman came up with the orderfollowing a writ petition jointly filed by 11 rights organizations, including Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), reports Xinhua news agency.

The court also ordered the concerned authorities to strictly enforce ban on polythene use across the country with proper monitoring.

Advocate Syed Ahmed Kabir who appeared for the writ petitioners during the hearing, said polythene use was the total violation of Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act as it was banned in 2002.

But he said the use of plastic products like drinking straws, cotton buds, food packaging, food containers, bottles, plates, plastic cutlery and plastic bags was on the rise in the country.

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A Bangladesh court on Tuesday asked the government to ban single-use plastic products across the country within the next one year. Wikimedia Commons

The plastic waste carried by the country’s 54 rivers and generated in coastal regions were dumped into the Bay of Bengal, posing threat to marine resources and biodiversity, Kabir said, so 11 rights organizations submitted the writ petition before the High Court in this regard on December 17, 2019.

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The court also directed the authorities concerned to inform it within January 5, 2021 about what actions are taken to stop plastic use. (IANS)

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