The statement, adopted on the concluding day of the summit, emphasized the importance of reducing dependence on high-carbon technologies for economic growth, and that promotion of climate resilience will promote both development and poverty eradication in a sustainable manner. The separate statement was issued as Climate Change was designated as the key theme of the 16th SAARC Summit, in the wake of the vulnerability faced by member states from global warming.
It said South Asia could benefit from cooperative regional initiatives and exchange of knowledge, as well as transfer of technologies to address the challenges. It recognizes that the preservation of the environment and mitigating the impacts of climate change are mutually reinforcing.
The Thimpu Statement on Climate Change also agreed to review the implementation of the Dhaka Declaration and SAARC Action Plan on Climate Change, with a view to ensuring its timely implementation. The SAARC leaders agreed to establish an Inter-governmental Expert Group on Climate Change to develop clear policy directions for regional cooperation as envisaged in the SAARC Plan of Action on Climate Change.
The leaders directed the SAARC secretary general to commission a study aimed at accreditation of SAARC with the Kyoto Protocol’s Adaptation Fund as a regional entity for undertaking adaptation projects in South Asia. They also decided to commission a study on Climate Risk in the region to find ways to comprehensively address the related social, economic and environmental challenges. န Photos : AFP
Jhargram, 29 April : Security has been beefed up in West Midnapore district following intelligence reports that Maoists could launch another Shilda-type attack soon.
An intelligence report submitted to the state government last Tuesday has warned of the possibility, top police sources said. Aimed at shoring up battered morale of Maoists in the face of consistent anti-Naxal operation, the attack is likely to be led by Maoist leader Kishenji's brother Venugopal Rao who has entered forested regions of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, collectively known as Jangalmahal, the report said.
IANS, Guwahati, 29 April : Militants on Thursday lobbed grenades on police in Assam's North Cachar Hills district but there were no casualties, police said.
All the attacks took place in Haflong, the district headquarters. Two grenades were lobbed at a police station while another was hurled at a police team patrolling near a school. "There were no casualties. All the grenades missed their targets," a police official said. The identity of the attackers was not immediately known.
In the morning, the 256 mutineers were produced before the court set up at the Darbar Hall in BDR Pilkhana headquarters. During his submission, prosecutor of the case Lt Col Dr SMA Al-Muid gave an elaborate description of the offences of BDR jawans before the court. Of the accused, 84 mutineers, including JCO (Junior Commanding Officer) medical assistant Subedar Major Hafizuddin, were present at the Darbar Hall during the 25 February mutiny and they took part in the carnage defying the order of then director general Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed, he said.
A group of jawans, including medical assistants Nayek Subedar Torab Hossain Khan and Monoranjan Sarkar, were involved in removing bodies from the Darbar Hall and its adjacent areas on 25 February, the prosecutor added. န Photo : Sk Enamul Huq
Agartala, 29 April : Five people, including two children, were killed and 11 injured in lightning strikes in different parts of Tripura, officials said Thursday.
Eight-year-old Rajiv Bhoumij and his six-year-old sister Sunimalal died on the spot and their parents suffered burns in the incident in west Tripura district's Bishalgarh block Wednesday night. The family was sleeping when lightning struck, an official said. Besides, a woman was killed in Teliamura in west Tripura and two youths died in Kanchanpur in north Tripura. Nine more people were injured in these incidents. Lightning and thunder, accompanied by high velocity winds, have lashed Tripura over the past several days, damaging crops and uprooting electric poles and trees.
In addition, Dr Somendra Chandra Nandy would receive Honorary Fellowship of the Asiatic Society for his unmatched contribution to the field of history and historical studies, the sources informed. The award would comprise a shawl and a citation besides some cash prizes.
Agartala, 29 April : To ensure smooth conduct of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections on 3 May, the 856-km long Indo-Bangla border would be sealed from tomorrow.
Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC would be clamped in the border areas of the four districts while the international boundary would be sealed as a precautionary measure to ensure elections to the 30-member tribal council went off peacefully, official sources said. The BSF has also been asked to keep tight vigil to ensure no unwanted element could cross over to the state from the neighbouring country.
Dhaka, 29 April : A new animal has been added to the list of species in Bangladesh when a yellow-throated marten was spotted for the first time by a young banker in Lawachhera forest.
“It is no doubt a great find for the nation,” Dr Reza Khan, a wildlife expert, said. “It may well be called in Bengali as HALUD GACHH GOKUL”. The discovery created quite a ripple among the wildlife lovers in Bangladesh. “It is a big surprise for us who visit Lawachhera frequently,” said Ronal Halder, a bird photographer. “We never even imagined this animal could exist in Bangladesh. It's a big find for us.”
CM Reza spotted the marten on a 40 meter tall tree. It was searching for food and was in sight for about two minutes after which it hid in the forest. Largest among the Himalayan Martens, this yellow and black coated species is known to live in the Himalayas from below the tree line to 160 meters above the sea level. “So the Lawachhara population of the animal would represent the lowest elevation in its distributional range,” Dr Khan said.
IUCN considers its world population as not in danger of extinction and as such categorized it as "Least Concerned", added Dr Reza. “But as it has so far been sighted only once in Bangladesh and that too in a small patch of forest 'island' encircled by heavily populated villages and tea estates, it must be considered as the most highly endangered or critically endangered Marten population,” Dr Rexa said.
The animal measures up to 60cm from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail. Bushy black tail is longer than its cousins' at about 40cm when weight varies from 3lg to 3.5 kg. Its nearest Indian population lives in Assam. န Photo : CM Reza