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A group of Bangladeshi village children who have lost their homes due to erosion near a riverbed stand on the banks of the river Jamuna, in Manikonj, 40 kilometres north of the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. July 4, 2008.

NEW DELHI - In the vast Sunderbans delta that spans eastern India and Bangladesh, coastal erosion due to rising sea levels has been slowly carving away chunks of its low-lying islands, forcing thousands of people to relocate, according to climate experts.

"When we talk to families in the Sunderbans, we find that only elderly people are left behind. Many young people are already working in different parts of the country as day laborers or semiskilled workers," Harjeet Singh, senior adviser at Climate Action Network International, said.

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Case of vandalism of four Hindu Temples in Shiali village of Rupsha Upazila in Southern Khulna.

The police have arrested 10 people in connection with a case of vandalism of four temples, several idols, six shops and some houses of Hindu people in Shiali village of Rupsha Upazila in southern Khulna, a senior police official confirmed on Sunday.

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon following which tension gripped the area forcing the authorities to deploy additional police force, a police official told IANS.

The locals said, a group of female devotees took out a procession at around 9 p.m. on Friday from the Purba Para temple to the Shiali crematorium. They had crossed a mosque on their way, during which the Imam, preacher of the mosque, shouted and objected to the procession. This led to a heated argument between the Hindu devotees and the Islamist cleric. It was decided that the matter would be taken up with the police on Saturday.

The arrests have been made following a complaint filed on Saturday night. The police, however, did not specify that who was charged in the case and who was arrested.

According to the police, around a hundred attackers reached the village on Saturday at around 5:45 p.m. with weapons and started vandalism. During the violence, four temples were desecrated and a house was vandalised. Also, six shops belonging to the people from Hindu community were vandalised in Shiali village


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World Congregation of Muslims 2013, Tongi, Bangladesh.

By- Khushi Bisht

"Bangladesh: The Dawn Of Islamism" is a documentary directed by Sandra Petersmann and Hans Christian Ostermann. It explores the country's turbulent past and long-running conflicts between radical Islamists and secularists. It demonstrates how this acrimonious scenario is rapidly nearing a critical threshold.

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The Bangladesh government has recently undertaken a feasibility study to assess the main impediments for the project. The study is expected to be complete by the year-end. Pixabay

You could soon be enjoying a cruise along the lesser-known rivers such as Feni, Muhuri, Meghna, Gandak and Manas among others in Indias eastern and northeastern parts, which finally flow into Bangladesh. The undiscovered area is exceptionally rich in flora and fauna with a beautiful display of the green and blue that the region has to offer.

As India and Bangladesh prepare for a post Covid 19 world and economic recovery, the two countries have decided to amplify their focus on jointly promoting tourism across the 54 transboundary rivers that are shared by both countries.

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