** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

SA voice for Paris climate confce stressed

05 September 2015

Staff Reporter :
A three-day meeting of South Asian civil society and parliamentarians on SDG and Climate Change opened in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu yesterday to force policy issues for the forthcoming Paris climate conference.
Jointly organized by Beyond Copenhagen Collective and Pairvi (Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India) of India the meeting was addressed by
Mr Bijoy Prothap of South Asia Dialogue on Ecological Democracy (SADED)and Mr Soumya Dutta of Beyond Copenhagen Collective.
Former minister for environment and forest and chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry Dr Hasan Mahmud presided over the inaugural session.
A number of parliament members and civil society leaders from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are taking part in the meeting.
Speakers emphasized on mobilizing South Asian leaders to place their own issues to be discussed in the global SDG and Climate Change talks. They also said that the SDG will be adopted in next UN General Assembly but there are hardly any debate going on in South Asia on it.
They said interaction is important between the civil society and politicians on the topic and good inter-government cooperation is also essential to achieve the goals. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD also speke on the occasion.

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