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A diesel ferry cuts through the Poshur river — the lifeline of Sundarbans — with travelers watching its heavily industrialized bank, which is rapidly increasing at the cost of world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest.
Activists are looking with a wary eye at the upcoming 1,320 MW coal-based power project being set up by India’s NTPC, a mere 14 km north of the Sundarban Reserve Forests and four kilometres from the Ecologically Critical Area (ECA), which they say would pose a threat to the wildlife and dependent communities.
The Maitree Super Thermal Power Project at Rampal in Khulna division is being constructed in an area of over 1,832 acres on the eastern bank of Poshur. In August 2010, a pact was signed between India and Bangladesh to set up the project.
While journalists and protestors are not allowed near the project, a small group of visiting journalists from India could see for themselves the massive erosion, waterless canals, huge waterway traffic, oil spills and major infrastructure coming up along the river.
Some 10 km before the busy Mongla Port is a broad 5.5 km-long road west of the Mongla-Khulna highway that goes to the project site. Around this road there were some 5,000 families which were displaced, we are told.
Sushanto Das, one of the land owners in Bagerhat district, lost over 33 acres of land. “My house was burned down by the local goon with support of the local Member of Parliament. I approached the court. Now they don’t even allow us to protest at the site,” he told IANS from his residence in Ranjitpur, a town between Khulna and Sunderbans.
At places, the river, along this special economic zone, has become much broader because of excessive erosion of its banks. Ferrymen say that because of this, the Poshur is becoming more aggressive. The western bank, where forest communities dwell and ECA begins, is also being industrialized.
A 2016 joint report by the governments of India and Bangladesh — and supported by the world bank — on the status of tigers in the Sundarbans, a copy of which is with IANS, criticized this coal-fired project, saying it would further “exacerbate the problem” of climate change, pollution and tiger conservation. As per official count, Sundarbans had 180 tigers in 2015. Now, those in the area are under threat.
The report, which labels vessels plying on the Poshur as “mobile bombs”, reminds everyone of the December 2014 incident when 358,000 liters of oil spilled into the Sela.
Spread across 10,000 sq km — of which 62 per cent is in Bangladesh — the Sundarbans, lying in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal, were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. For Bangladesh, it accounts for 44 per cent of its forest area, generating 50 percent of the forest revenue from tourism, fishery and the sale of honey.
A wetland of global importance, the ecosystem saves the inlands from cyclones, stabilizes sediments and makes the region a nursery of major fisheries, playing a key role in food security.
“All this stand threatened. The power plant is located to make best use of the river but existing power industries are already discharging effluents into the river and ash in the atmosphere,” Dr Abdullah Harun Chowdhury, Professor Environment Science at Khulna University, told IANS, warning of a micro-climate change altering different patches of the Sundarbans.
With warming of water, Chowdhury observed that soil quality had dropped and salinity in the area had increased over time, threatening its flora and fauna. “The government doesn’t check how natural resources are being overexploited. The DoE (Department of Environment) gives license to industries under pressure,” Chowdhury said.
UNESCO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a global organization, have already raised an alarm over the Rampal project. “There is only one Sundarbans in the world, once destroyed, no amount of money could replicate it,” he said.
The $1.6 billion power project is controlled by Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Ltd (BIFPCL), a 2012 private venture comprising India’s NTPC and the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) is constructing the plant which is scheduled to start operations in 2019.
Queries sent to NTPC and BIFPCL went unanswered.
Ironically, India plans to phase out coal-power and not sanction any new project after 2022.
While the Bangladesh government has judged the project location to be at a “safe” distance from the mangrove forest, facts suggest otherwise.
According to a Bangladesh’s Department of Environment (DoE) document, available with IANS, several “red-category” industries — oil refinery, ship building, cement, gas cylinder, brick kilns, LPG, saw mills and
others — operate deep within the ECA across Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhir districts. Also, a railway line is being set up there to import coal from West Bengal to Jessore.
The Bangladesh government in 1999 declared a 10 km radius from the reserve forest as ECA. However, DoE permitted setting up of over 190 industries, located 1.5 to 9 km from the forest reserve, of which 24 units are listed as “Red” or “extremely harmful”, 63 are “Orange (A)” or “harmful” and 103 are “Orange (B)” or “less-harmful”. Not a single industry within ECA is “Green” or “safe”.
According to environment experts, heavy industrialization in the region had blocked canals, eroded the banks and sunk several villages. “Over 50,000 people suffered, mostly from the minority Hindu community, and many have migrated to India,” environmentalist Sharif Jamil from Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA) told IANS.
Local activists said that with the assurance of cheap power from the project, over 300 industrial units, 190 within ECA, had made a beeline to the area. “Had you visited the region a few years back, you would’ve found a different Poshur,” Jamil said.
Sundarbans has thousands of interconnected canals which balances the pressure on the main river.
“Industries level those canals, putting extra pressure on the river, causing erosion,” Jamil said, adding that Banishanta, Laudob, Shelabuniya, Amtali, Sindurtala, Kalabari and Joymoni areas suffered the maximum erosion.
“Crocodile nestings have vanished from Joymoni near Mongla, tiger too,” Professor Chowdhury said, adding that a “proper study” was difficult since the government doesn’t allow it.
According to academicians in Dhaka, an anti-India feeling is slowly taking shape. Some locals who were affected told IANS that they had got death and rape threats and were attacked by musclemen while protesting. Several refused to talk. Many cases have landed in the courts.
“We approached the Left parties in India too for help. But D. Raja (National Secretary of the Communist Party of India) told us that they cannot help as Bangladesh itself had asked for it (the power plant),” Anu Muhammad, Professor of Economics at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, told IANS. He was later denied a visa to attend a conference in New Delhi. Even a tourist visa to India was declined. (IANS)
Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor was never really keen on exploring horror comedy but the story of 'Bhoot Police' pushed him to try his hand at the genre. The actor said, "It's not a genre that I was looking for, script-wise. When I heard it, when I read it, what worked for me was the camaraderie between the brothers, the friction and the banter between them. So I quite liked the friction, the brotherhood and at the same time the love-hate relationship and the witty tone."
The film is set for its world TV premiere on Star Gold.Unsplash
He further said, "There was a certain canvas and a certain color created in the script itself, so my decision to say yes to the film came from the director's vision, and thankfully it came at a point where I knew the passion Saif had, also because everybody knew in the industry he is so bullish on the script." On his camaraderie with Arjun in the film, Saif mentioned, "Arjun and I have a relationship off-camera too; he is a family friend and we have known each other for ages! On camera, we don't take each other for granted and bring out the best we can. We had a good time working together and that shows in the movie."
The film is set for its world TV premiere on Star Gold, sharing his excitement for the premiere, Arjun said, "I cannot wait for the audiences to enjoy the World TV Premiere of our movie, 'Bhoot Police' on 23 January, Sunday at 8 PM on Star Gold." The 'Ishaqzaade' actor added, "'Bhoot Police' is an ideal family watch. Usually, horror-comedies are not children-friendly. But Bhoot Police is the kind of film the whole family can watch together over dinner. It is not often that you get a film that is mildly frightening and can be watched with the whole family. The kids will definitely enjoy watching the movie with their family!"
The actor said, "It's not a genre that I was looking for, script-wise."Unsplash
Speaking about her role in 'Bhoot Police', Yami Gautam said, "The character Maya that I play in 'Bhoot Police' was physically challenging. We had to shoot under tough weather conditions because the cold was bitter. There were a lot of outdoor sequences and keeping the light and weather in mind, we had to pack a lot within a day, every day." She continued, "Whenever I am in Himachal, I feel a sense of belonging; when I see the sunrise, those snow-capped mountains despite long tiring night shoots. It is my birthplace and shall always have a special place in my heart." (IANS/SP)
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Are you still doing things the incorrect way when it comes to working out? Whether you realise it or not, the correct sports bra or leggings can help you achieve your fitness objectives faster or perhaps exceed them. This is something that a high-performance athlete sincerely believes in. Because it's critical to choose clothing that suits your needs in order to achieve the desired result.
This is the era of flexible work schedules and rapid acceptance of a healthy way of living. Everyone is becoming more aware of the importance of keeping good mental and physical fitness, and the sportswear business is now helping to make their lives easier. When you feel good about yourself while working out, it motivates you to go above and beyond. Fitness aficionados today not only exercise at home, but also go to the gym or participate in sports on a regular basis. Comfortable, performance-oriented clothing underpinned by the latest advancements has become a need.
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Consumers nowadays seek out sports equipment, wearables, and accessories that will keep them ahead of the game and provide them with the feeling of a high-performance athlete. Adaptable gear like leggings, sweatpants, and activewear have fast become integral components of everyone's professional wardrobes as business is conducted in a hybrid arrangement, i.e. both from home and from the workplace.
Clothing must develop to assist clients effortlessly move throughout their day as fitness evolves and becomes more accessible. Apparel with cleverly designed pockets, mesh ventilation in crucial areas, binding apparel for no-ride-up yoga sessions, and other types of enclosures and supports to assist you work out without discomfort are all becoming more common. These garments have been tried and tested by thousands of customers, who have liked and used them. It has now become a way of life for them. For runners and gym goers all over the world, products like shorts with phone pockets have become standard.
Comfort is style, independence.Unsplash
Comfort is confidence
Comfort is style, independence, and the self-assurance we project, all of which contribute to our ability to grow and adapt. The most basic requirements a buyer looks for when investing in comfortable clothing and athleisure are maneuverability, fit, and fabric quality. Varied people have different definitions of comfort. While some high-intensity users prefer lighter, thinner, and faster drying materials so that they may exercise without smelling or sweating, others prefer non-clingy, heavier fabrics that give them the courage to exercise without fear of being seen. Stretch has also become a must in sportswear to ensure that users are not restricted in their movements. Our full stretch dry fit pants, stretch daily shorts, and high stretch power leggings are among the most popular.
Activewear - All day wear
Times and lifestyles have evolved since the pandemic, and this hybrid environment need adaptable attire. Dry-fit cotton or cotton-like clothes with good stretch, a casual look but a very functional appeal has become the norm in recent years. Leggings have evolved into an all-day, all-time wear for women, and goods like our leggings with phone pockets have been a big popular with active-wear clients. Similarly, for men, stretch daily pants and cotton joggers with basic yet elegant designs, as well as a comfortable form and utilitarian appeal, have become commonplace.
Stretch daily shorts, and high stretch power leggings are among the most popular.Unsplash
In this new period, times have changed, requirements have changed, and the entire community's perspective has altered. The acceptability and demand for clothes that fits in all life situations and makes you feel confident while wearing it will result in a worldwide and domestic market revolution. The activity and sportswear market is on the verge of a revolution, and firms that understand client needs and provide gear that meets them will thrive. Some firms are already concentrating on tackling this issue and bringing about a true market revolution. As a result, people now have the option of purchasing apparel that effortlessly fits with their lifestyle and provides not only exceptional performance but also excellent comfort during their busy hobbies. (IANS/SP)
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A laptop has evolved from being a luxury item to becoming an essential utility in today's world. Laptops make it easier for professionals to work on the go as more and more of our work shifts online. Whether you're attending a conference or travelling to another location, a laptop allows you to bring your work with you.
Advantages of Gaming laptops:
Gaming laptops are ideal for work since they offer efficient technology that allows them to handle demanding office activities without slowdowns. A gaming laptop's primary benefit is its hardware, including a strong CPU and graphics card. These two factors can significantly boost non-gaming activities. A fast CPU will increase the performance of every activity. In short, gaming laptops are built to be speedy.
A gaming laptop's primary benefit is its hardware, including a strong CPU and graphics card. | Unsplash
Disadvantages of Gaming Laptops:
Gaming laptops are much costlier than regular laptops and usually big and heavy as the hardware used in such laptops is bulkier. Hence, more heat gets generated, which needs proper ventilation to cool down. They consume a lot of power, and therefore their battery life is poor, and you would need to connect a charger almost all the time to use your laptop.
Are gaming laptops good for work/ school?
Depending on the type of work you conduct, the answer will vary. A gaming laptop may not be necessary for standard Microsoft Office tasks such as creating Powerpoint presentations, writing documents in Microsoft Word, and using Excel. Almost any standard laptop is capable of running such apps without any issue. On the other hand, a gaming laptop may be a suitable choice if your job requires you to perform graphics-intensive jobs such as video editing, Photoshop, graphic design, or animation.
Although a gaming laptop might be handy at work, there are certain disadvantages to using one. | Unsplash
Although a gaming laptop might be handy at work, there are certain disadvantages to using one. The most significant drawback is that you probably don't want to take the chance of damaging your pricey gaming laptop. While at work, you'll have to pack and unpack your laptop several times, and there's always the possibility that you'll drop it or accidentally spill something on it. I would not recommend a gaming laptop for school use. I'd be content with a less expensive option, such as a laptop that lacks a dedicated graphics card but has a powerful enough CPU for research. The reason for this is that if your gaming laptop fails, you will not be forced to spend hundreds of dollars on a replacement.
Another key consideration is that gaming laptops are typically large and bulky, making them inconvenient to carry about on a daily basis. Ordinary laptops, which are smaller, lighter, and have a longer battery life than gaming laptops, are more convenient.
The majority of gaming laptops are large and hefty, and you'll likely get tired of lugging them after a few days of use. | Unsplash
Overall, gaming laptops are a little excessive for work or school. The majority of gaming laptops are large and hefty, and you'll likely get tired of lugging them after a few days of use. Consider compact laptops that can be readily transported in a bag so that you can quickly pull them out anytime you need to, without worrying about connecting a charger continuously while using or running out of battery.
For those who have the financial means, aren't concerned about weight, and believe that the additional power supplied by gaming laptops would be beneficial to their profession and education, a gaming laptop can be considered.
For those who have the financial means a gaming laptop can be considered. | Unsplash
Which gaming laptop is best for gaming and work?
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15, Acer Aspire 5, Razer Blade 14, Dell G5 15 and MSI GS66 Sleath are good gaming laptops that are well suited for work.
Can a gaming laptop be used for office work?
In demanding office work like graphic designing or editing and developing, gaming laptops are a fantastic choice, but if the convenience of carrying and battery life is important to you, opt for a mid-range laptop.
Are gaming laptops suitable for everyday use?
It depends on your use. If you solely game on your laptop, a gaming laptop is ideal for everyday use.
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