Cold spell to pursue through Jan: Met office

Cold spell to pursue through Jan: Met office

Bangladesh Meteorological Department, in its forecast, says the current cold wave condition is likely to abate from some more places of the country.

Currently, the mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over Rangpur & Rajshahi divisions and the regions of Tangail, Madaripur, Gopalgonj, Satkhira, Jessore, Chuadanga and Kushtia.

We expect, this spell of cold wave will continue. It is likely to spend the rest of the month growing bigger and smaller across Bangladesh,” Met Officer Hafizur Rahman said.

Today’s minimum temperature was recorded at Kurigram – 7. egrees Celsius.

In Dhaka, the sweeping cold is likely to continue with minimum forecast at 11 degrees Celsius, which is likely to be intensified by a windspeed of 8-10kmph.

Forecast says, moderate to thick fog may occur over the country during mid night to morning and it may continue at places during day time.


China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

China punishes officials for tampering with smog monitoring

China has been waging a “war on pollution” since 2014 in a bid to reverse the environmental and political damage done by more than three decades of untrammelled economic growth, but enforcement has been a constant problem.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said officials in the cities of Xinyu in Jiangxi and Xinyang in Henan, sought to reduce emissions readings by spraying water on their air quality sensors.

Both cities are major producers of polluting and energy-intensive nonferrous metals like aluminum and copper.

The two local governments said the officials responsible were dismissed or subjected to “administrative” punishments.

Regardless of whether they deny deliberately tampering and whether or not it has an obvious impact on emissions data, spraying water on air quality monitoring sampling points. disrupts the normal operations of air quality monitoring,” the ministry said on Sunday.

The MEP has tried to establish a real-time nationwide emissions monitoring system to help fight against pollution and ensure its rules are being enforced throughout the country.

But it has also been forced to crack down on the widespread falsification of data, with local officials accused of trying to evade responsibility by misusing or disabling monitoring equipment. Some firms have also sought to evade monitoring by operating only at night.

The ministry has sought to reduce “administrative interference” in its emissions data by bringing all its 1,436 monitoring stations under central government control and denying local authorities access to the equipment.

This isn’t the first time Henan has been castigated for failing to maintain the integrity of its air quality data, with the ministry accusing local firms of providing fraudulent emissions figures in March last year.

Local environmental officials in the northwestern city of Xian have also been punished for stuffing sensors with cotton and removing surveillance tapes.


Thousands flee as lava flows from Philippine volcano

LEGAZPI, Philippines — More than 9,000 people have evacuated the area around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert level for Mount Mayon late Sunday to three on a scale of five, indicating an increased tendency toward a hazardous eruption.

Lava flowed at least half a kilometer (less than half a mile) down a gulley from the crater and on Monday morning, ash clouds appeared mid-slope, said Renato Solidum, head of the volcano institute.

Molten rocks and lava at Mayon's crater lit the night sky Sunday in an reddish-orange glow despite a shroud of thick clouds that covered the volcano, leaving spectators awed but sending thousands of residents into evacuation shelters.

Albay province emergency response official Cedric Daep said at least 9,000 people have been moved from high-risk areas in an ongoing evacuation. People in the danger area have put up huge white crosses in their neighborhoods, hoping to protect their lives and homes.

It's risky if people will be left behind," Solidum said of villagers who stay to watch over their homes within a permanent danger zone around the volcano.

But if the institute raises the alert level further, indicating deadlier danger, villagers would have to leave areas near Mayon. The volcano lies in coconut-growing Albay province about 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Manila.

Three steam-explosions since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have breached solidified lava at the crater and caused lava to start flowing, Solidum said.

With its near-perfect cone, Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.

On May 7, 2013, an ash eruption killed five climbers, including three Germans, who had ventured near the summit despite warnings of possible danger.

Experts fear a major eruption could trigger pyroclastic flows — superheated gas and volcanic debris that race down the slopes at high speeds, incinerating or vaporizing everything in their path. More extensive explosions of ash could drift toward nearby towns and cities, including Legazpi city, the provincial capital, about 9 miles (15 kilometers) away.

The bulletin sent Sunday night said a hazardous eruption was possible within weeks or even days. It said the glow in the crater signified the growth of a new lava dome and that the evacuation zone be enforced due to the dangers of falling rocks, landslides or a collapse of the dome.

Mayon's first recorded eruption was in 1616. The most destructive in 1814 killed 1,200 people and buried the town of Cagsawa in volcanic mud. The belfry of a Cagsawa church juts out of the ground in a reminder of Mayon's deadly fury that has become a tourist attraction.


Malaysian devotee dies at Biswa Ijtema

Malaysian devotee dies at Biswa Ijtema

A Malaysian devotee died at Biswa Ijtema ground in Tongi on Friday night.

Giyas Uddian, another devotee, said Nurhan Bin Abdur Rahman, hailing from Malaysia, fell sick on completion of his ablution for players at night.

He later died on the way to hospital.

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema entered the second day today at Tongi on the outskirts of Dhaka.

The three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj, began after Fazr prayers on Friday.

Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have gathered at the congregation venue, and are taking part in prayers and discussions.

Many of them offered prayers on roads and footpaths having failed to manage places at the Ijtema venue, disrupting traffic on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.

The first phase of the Ijtema will end tomorrow (Sunday) with the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers).

Maulana Md Zubayer, the Imam of Kakrail Mosque here, will conduct the Akheri Munajat, said the Ijtemaorganisers.

Meanwhile, two devotees, including a Malaysian citizen, have so far died at the Ijtema ground on Thursday and Friday due to old-age complications and illness.

The second phase of Ijtema will be held from January 19 to 21.

Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. But, the Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.


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