first_imgMathews said Malinga is set to miss tomorrows practice Mathews said Malinga is set to miss tomorrows practice game against New Zealand here. “We are hoping Lasith will be fit for the first game of the tournament. As of now the plan is he wont be playing the first practice game. But we know the quality he has in him. We know he can train for a few days and walk straight into the match. We (however) dont really know the current situation.” Mathews, who came into international prominence in the 2009 World T20, conceded he was not mentally prepared to take over as captain when Malinga got injured. “I was not (mentally prepared). But I have the experience of captaining for quite a few years now. Its a challenge. Whether or not you are the captain you have a certain role to play in the team. “The selectors and Lasith have been planning for this tournament for a long time. They have worked together and now its all a different situation. So I have to do the best and get the best out of the team which I have.” Mathews said all the teams looked evenly matched. “Its going to be a tough tournament as all the teams are even. Whoever plays better on a particular day will obviously come out winners. We are not looking too far ahead. We want to take one game at a time, get the momentum going and if we get that going I am pretty sure no one can stop us.” The all-rounder said that in the recently-concluded Asia Cup the team played below par and got eliminated. “It was a challenging tournament for us, especially going into the series as current champions. We found it really hard even to compete. Thats something that can be admitted. We did not play good enough cricket to get into the final. “But this is a fresh tournament for us. We learned so many things from the Asia Cup and we will take it as an experience going forward into the ICC World Cup,” he said. “We have an inexperienced team compared to previous World Cup squads. A major role has to be played by the experienced guys. To fill in the shoes of (Kumar) Sangakkara and Mahela (Jayawardene) will take quite a bit of time. All we got to do is to be patient, try and build the squads for the World Cups which we didnt do actually. We were quite impatient.” PTI SSR RSY CMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool had little time to celebrate the return of Champions League football to Anfield before the squad departed for Australia on Monday to play in a post-season friendly linked to the club’s 125th anniversary.Juergen Klopp’s side, who finished fourth after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 in their final Premier League game on Sunday, will line up against the recently crowned A-League champions Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.The game will mark an anniversary which falls on June 3, with Liverpool’s party mood further improved by the news that they will be among five seeded teams for the Champions League playoff round, avoiding potentially tricky ties against Sevilla, Napoli, Ajax and Dynamo Kiev.The five-times European champions last played in the competition in 2014 but fell meekly in the group stage with manager Brendan Rodgers even playing a weakened team against Real Madrid as the club prioritised the Premier League.Much more is expected this time round and, before flying to Australia, Klopp outlined his transfer strategy for the summer, which will be key to improving their Champions League record of just three wins in 14 games since the 2008-09 quarter-finals.”We have already pretty much done (the work on transfers). We have to see,” the German told reporters.”(It’s not like) tomorrow with (sporting director) Michael Edwards we will sit together and speak about what we think we need. Now we have to make decisions. Negotiations need to be done. All that stuff.”Liverpool are expected to be one of England’s heaviest spenders in the off-season, strengthening a squad that at times appeared close to threadbare during the run-in.advertisementWhile the prospect of Champions League football should improve the quality of player Liverpool can attract, they will face close regional competition for signings from Manchester City and potentially United, if Jose Mourinho’s side qualify by beating Ajax in Wednesday’s Europa League final.Liverpool have been linked with Southampton centre half Virgil van Dijk, Fulham full back Ryan Sessegnon and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, while they will also be in the market for a striker, possibly as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge.”We are prepared, we will see what works out or not,” Klopp added.”Yes, I have a little of work to do. But I’ve worked properly in my life when I was younger, so a few phone calls aren’t really work when you’re talking about wonderful things like football, Liverpool and other things.”Liverpool will also be keen to retain key midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who has attracted interest from Barcelona.After Sunday’s win, the Brazilian hinted that he will stay in England next season, telling ESPN Brazil: “I have a long contract with LFC. Speculation is for journalists only.”last_img read more

first_imgChandigarh, Nov 19 (PTI) SAD chief and former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Monday told the SIT members he has never met Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar outside Punjab.Badal appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2015 police firing incidents at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura following sacrilege incidents in Faridkot, even as he described the SIT investigation as politically motivated .Sukhbir Badal, who was quizzed by SIT at Punjab police headquarters here for about an hour, was also asked whether he met the actor in Mumbai. The name of actor Akshay Kumar was mentioned in Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report on sacrilege incidents which was tabled in Punjab Vidhan Sabha in August this year.”They (SIT) asked me whether you met Akshay in Mumbai. I asked them what is the proof behind this claim. I told them you are asking me a question and not telling me who said this. They said they cannot share. ” I told them I never met Akshay Kumar outside Punjab in my life. I met him at a sports function (in Punjab), he told reporters.Notably, SIT, besides summoning Sukhbir and former CM Parkash Singh Badal, had also summoned Akshay Kumar. According to the report, a meeting between Sukhbir Singh Badal and Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in connection with the release of latter’s movie ‘MSG’ was held at actor’s flat in Mumbai in 2015.It said the meeting was held before the pardon given to Dera head in a blasphemy case.       The movie MSG could not be released in Punjab in September 2015 because of an edict by Akal Takht. Akshay Kumar had then denied having met the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head. Meanwhile, Sukhbir Badal charged that all the questions asked by SIT members were “politically motivated.”advertisementThe former deputy chief minister said he was not in the state when the Kotkapura incident took place. Sukhbir Badal also raised a question over the FIR in connection with which he was summoned before the SIT and alleged it was registered three years after the incident. Notably, former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been questioned by the SIT team on November 16. PTI CHS VSD TVSTVSlast_img read more

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Dates of Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam T20Is swappedAustralia will start their limited-overs tour of India in Visakhapatnam, which will now host the first T20 International on February 24 instead of Bengaluru after Karnataka State Cricket Association requested for a change of date due to security concerns.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 22:01 IST India and Australia will play two T20Is in February (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVisakhapatnam will now host the first T20I between India and Australia on February 24The second T20 between the two sides will be played in Bengaluru on February 27India and Australia will also play a five-match ODI series from March 2Australia will start their limited-overs tour of India in Visakhapatnam, which will now host the first T20 International on February 24 instead of Bengaluru after Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) requested for a change of date due to security concerns.Bengaluru will host the second T20 International on February 27 instead of Visakhapatnam after KSCA wrote to the BCCI about its inability to host the inaugural match due to security concerns. The date and venue swap was okayed by Committee of Administrators (COA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.On February 24, Aero India Show will be held in Bengaluru and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the event, the reason why the police authorities informed KSCA about their inability to provide security.KSCA wrote to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who sent it to the COA for approval.”It was a genuine reason for which KSCA can’t hold the match on the specified date (February 24). The acting secretary had forwarded me the request for swapping of dates with the Visakhapatnam T20I and I have sent my approval,” COA chief Rai told PTI.Australia will be playing two T20 Internationals and 5 ODIs during their three week tour. The five ODIs will be held in Hyderabad (March 2), Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March 8), Mohali (March 10) and New Delhi (March 13).Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Aaron Finchlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Croatia’s Adria Winch has, in the past month, in cooperation with Seaonics, received contracts to supply anchor-mooring equipment for three different vessels.The orders are as follows:Vard Langsten (contracted 03.09.2013. – around 400.000 €)Adria Winch with partner Seaonics won a contract to produce anchor-mooring equipment for an STX Subsea construction vessel. The vessel will be built during 2014 at Vard Langsten shipyard for Farstad Shipping. The scope of supply includes two anchor-mooring winches of 64K3 chain, two mooring winches of 100 kN and two tugger winches of 200 kN pulling force. All winches on board will be equipped with wireless remote controllers and will have variable freqency drive in order to gain stepless speed control during anchoring and mooring operations.Vard Vung Tau (contracted 10.09.2013. – around 170.000 €)Hydraulic driven anchor-mooring equipment from Adria Winch will be built into new VARD’s Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel will be built in Vard Vung Tau Shipyard in Vietnam for Carlotta Offshore company. The scope of supply will include two Anchor-Mooring Winches of 46K3 chain, two Mooring Capstans of 100 kN and two Tugger Winches of 100 kN pulling force. The company will also deliver two Hydraulic Power Units of 42 kW power.Havyard HLE 116 (contracted 27.08.2013  – around 185.000 €)After producing equipment for Havyard’s Platform supply vessels No. 112 and No. 113 the same set of equipment is to be produced for Havyard’s newbuilding No.116. The scope of supply includes one double anchor-mooring winch of 42K3 chain, powered by two speed electric motor. The company will also deliver two mooring capstans of 100 kN pulling force and two tugger winches of 100 kN with frequency driven electromotors. The vessel will be constructed at Havyard Leirvik shipyard for Global Offshore company.OET, October 2, 2013last_img read more

first_imgKochi: Restrictions in the Kashmir Valley are being lifted every day progressively, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday as he promised a “completely normal new Kashmir”.He also criticised certain international media outlets for telecasting “fake news” on the Kashmir situation and said they are being “exposed everyday”. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, who was interacting with the audience at the Malayala Manorama News Conclave here, rejected suggestions that there was a media blackout in the valley. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Representatives of newspapers and TV news channels were on the field, he added. Kashmiri newspapers are getting printed daily in all languages, and in Srinagar radio and news channels are reaching to the people, Javadekar said. He was responding to a query on the alleged media blackout since August 5 when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There was a phase of reasonable restrictions. Now these restrictions are lifted everyday progressively and you will have completely normal new Kashmir and new India,” the minister said. On international media reportage on Kashmir he said, “Now everybody has come to a situation where they realise that fake won’t survive. It is people’s power. They won’t tolerate fake news.” “As far as media is concerned, many channels are exposing every day. As we know, a very famous foreign TV channel showed a demonstration of 10,000 people. The fact was…it was… one was demonstration in Karachi, and another was demonstration four years ago,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the interested buyers has asked to see it ahead of the sale and wants to “hear it run,” Mr Osborne said. “And… A high-profile mystery buyer is said to be interested in Ayrton Senna’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren which is expected to fetch up the £4.5m at auction later this year. “Ayrton Senna was the most charismatic Grand Prix car driver of the modern era,” he added.center_img The buyer was rumoured to be Lewis Hamilton, the 32-year-old four-time world champion who idolised Senna. However, it is understood not to be him. Mark Osborne, head of motorsport at Bonhams, revealed that three people had expressed an interest in the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8, chassis 6, one of whom was very well known.last_img read more

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16 (second match): Favorites with home advantage Next Story → SG Flensburg beat Celje PL for TOP 8! handballVelux EHF CL Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem qualified for the VEUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 as the first team in the season 2013/2014. Antonio CArlos Ortega’s team beat Polish Orlen Wisla Plock 31:26 (16:11) in the second match of the TOP 16 phase, easily, without stress for their fans, beat -1 from the first match seven days ago (33:34).In the key role was Serbian left back Momir Ilic with 8 goals, Renato Sulic scored 7, while Mirko Alilovic had very good match between the posts… read more

first_imgUne nouvelle arme pour éviter la propagation de la dengueD’après les travaux réalisés par des chercheurs australiens et américains, il serait possible de combattre la dengue en parasitant les moustiques de l’intérieur. Ils deviendraient ainsi incapables d’héberger et de transmettre le virus responsable de cette maladie.Des chercheurs australiens avaient déjà fait part dans la revue Science, en 2009, de travaux qui leur avaient permis d’inoculer une souche bactérienne à des moustiques et de diviser de moitié leur espérance de vie (de un mois à deux semaines). Cette fois, les scientifiques australiens et américains ont pratiqué des expériences consistant à ensemencer des moustiques Aedes aegypti, vecteurs du virus de la dengue, avec une bactérie inoffensive de la mouche du vinaigre. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les résultats, publiés par Nature, indiquent qu’il est possible d’obtenir une transmission maternelle élevée de cette bactérie, donnant ainsi naissance à une génération incapable d’héberger le virus de la dengue. Mais pour favoriser cette propagation à travers les générations de la population d’insectes, les chercheurs, dirigés par le Pr Scott O’Neill de l’université de Queensland, ont dû utiliser une souche moins virulente de la bactérie Wolbachia. Prolifération massive des moustiques infectésAinsi, des essais grandeur nature ont été réalisés dans deux zones du Queensland, en Australie, où des dizaines et des dizaines de milliers de moustiques infectés avec cette bactérie ont été largués dans la nature. Les premiers retours suggèrent que les moustiques introduits dans l’environnement local se sont développés au point de représenter à présent 100% de la population à un endroit et 80% dans l’autre. Cette approche a donc permis de remplacer la population naturelle des moustiques Aedes par une autre, résistante au virus de la dengue et donc incapable de transmettre cette maladie virale aux humains.C’est un réel espoir pour les plus de 100 pays du monde où le paludisme et la dengue sont de véritables fléaux, d’autant qu’aucun traitement spécifique ne permet de lutter contre ces maladies, rappelle TV5monde. Selon les estimations de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, 50 millions de personnes sont infectées chaque année, et 500.000 d’entre elles, surtout des enfants, développent la forme hémorragique qui tue dans au moins 2,5% des cas.Le 25 août 2011 à 17:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFollowing the call for a break-up and reorganization of McGraw-Hill Cos. by investors last month, McGraw-Hill announced today that it will split into two separate public companies: McGraw-Hill Markets, focused on the capital and commodities markets, and McGraw-Hill Education, focused on education services and digital learning. McGraw-Hill Markets will be led by Terry McGraw as chairman, president and CEO and will include the company’s publishing assets serving construction and aviation, as well as Standard & Poor’s, S&P Indices, S&P Capital IQ, which provides research and multi-asset class data, and Platts, which serves the energy, petrochemical and metals markets. McGraw-Hill says it expects McGraw-Hill Markets to generate $4 billion in 2011, with 90 percent of revenue coming from the capital and commodities businesses. McGraw-Hill Education will become an independent business serving the K-12, higher education and professional education markets, with expected revenues of $2.4 billion in 2011. Longtime McGraw-Hill CFO Robert Bahash currently oversees McGraw-Hill Education and the company is searching for a new CEO for the group. The move is part of a three-part “growth and value plan” that include creating the two pure-play companies; extension cost reduction focusing on more than $1 billion in corporate expenses including disaggregating shared services and establishing two corporate centers, and share repurchases totaling $1 billion in 2011 (the company says it has repurchased $540 million shares to date). McGraw-Hill shares were up 2.6 percent to $39.7 in premarket trade. Investors including hedge fund Jana Partners LLC and the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Fund had previously said breaking up McGraw-Hill would increase value for shareholders. The split will be treated as a tax-free spinoff of the education business for McGraw-Hill shareholders. McGraw-Hill expects the move to be complete by the end of 2012. Through the first six months of 2011, McGraw-Hill saw a 7.4 percent increase in revenue to $2.86 billion and a 12.5 percent increase in net income to $340.1 million. The McGraw-Hill Information and Media Group posted a 10 percent jump to $473.5 million in the first half of the year.last_img read more

first_imgA rendering of the new JPSS-1 satellite. (Image courtesy of NOAA)The federal government is scheduled to launch a new satellite later this month that will improve weather forecasts. JPSS-1 is a polar orbiting satellite that tracks dozens of things like temperature, moisture, snow cover and even wildfires.Listen nowBrian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, is eagerly awaiting the new images and data from the new satellite.He says it will orbit pole-to-pole, crossing the equator 14 times each day.Interview Transcript:Brian: And that provides, at any given location, at least two snapshots per day of what’s going on in the atmosphere at that location.Annie: Why is that important, especially for the far north?Brian: Many people are familiar with seeing satellite images, say of hurricanes, we saw that a lot this summer. And those come from geostationary satellites. They’re orbiting at 22,500 miles above the equator and they circle the earth at the same rate the earth rotates. But they have to be over the equator. So here at Alaska/Arctic latitudes, we’re out of the range of those satellites. Maybe in Southeast, they’re caught a little bit, but north of 60 degrees, which is mainland Alaska, we’re not in that. So we rely on other satellite imagery, geosynchronous orbit and some other satellites that don’t catch us as frequently and when we’re at an oblique angle. So having something that rotates a couple times a day, that’s going to get us higher resolution information is very important for forecast modeling and environmental modeling.Annie: This isn’t just about forecasts. How do satellites help inform policy?Brian: The first weather satellite was launched in 1966. We use that as a benchmark for environmental monitoring, whether it’s for hurricanes, whether it’s for sea ice, whether it’s for ozone. All these things we assume we have this long, robust record for, but before the satellite era for many things it was very fragmented. We have records for coastal sea ice going back a long way. We have records of hurricanes striking the lower 48 a long time ago. But we don’t have this uniform distribution across space until we have satellites. So a lot of the decisions we make from a public policy standpoint that involve environmental and earth science data, really we start with the satellite era. And as we get better and better satellite imagery, we have more information to make good public policy decisions.Annie: Are you looking forward to seeing these first images?Brian: It’s kinda like being a kid in a candy store. There’s all kinds of fascinating information that you can see from it. From the first generation satellite that’s out there, from events where we have strong northerly cold outbreak, you can see silt blowing off of glaciers, you can see ash being blown off volcanoes, previously deposited ash, so there’s always something new and fascinating that you’ve never seen before when there’s a new generation satellite that’s launched.last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: A billionaire Chinese property tycoon was formally arrested for suspected child molestation Wednesday, state media said, in a case that has sparked anger over attempts to censor the incident. Wang Zhenhua, the 57-year-old chairman of Seazen Holdings, was arrested by Shanghai police, reported state broadcaster CCTV, which released a video of Wang in custody. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Shanghai police said on their official Twitter-like Weibo account that prosecutors approved the arrest of a man surnamed Wang, along with a woman surnamed Zhou. The public security agency takes a “zero tolerance attitude” towards cases involving crimes against minors, they said, and will “persist in cracking down on these types of crimes.” Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The case is under further investigation, local authorities added. Chinese media reports said last week that Zhou delivered the nine-year-old girl to Wang after bringing her to Shanghai Disneyland from another province, after which Wang allegedly paid Zhou. The girl later told her mother that she had been molested, leading to the detention of Wang and Zhou, according to the reports. Advertise With Us Chinese web users expressed outrage when a posting began circulating online, purportedly from a Shanghai public affairs official, instructing media outlets not to report on the case. China’s media is tightly controlled by the government, which routinely censors or squelches news that could embarrass authorities or well-connected figures. Seazen and other companies controlled by Wang are involved in property development and management. Seazen Holdings said Wang had been replaced as chairman of the company. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Wang’s fortune has dropped from USD 6.6 billion to USD 4.5 billion since last Tuesday, after the reports of suspected child molestation emerged.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh HC in Islamabad hosts an iftar-dinner at Hotel Serena in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad on Monday. Photo: Bangladesh HCBangladesh High Commission in Islamabad hosted an iftar-dinner at Hotel Serena in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad on Monday, said an HC press release.Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan went around different tables set for the guests, exchanged pleasantries with them and enquired about their well-being.In a welcome speech, the High Commissioner said while fasting during Ramadan, Muslims exercise self-control and sympathize with less-fortunate people. “Sincere embrace of these human values is central to pursuit of Islam’s goal of an ideal society.”He added that the experience of sacrifice and empathy in Ramadan promotes a spirit of brotherhood that can bind Muslims together in unity and solidarity.Bangladesh is committed to cooperation among Muslims around the world under Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the High Commissioner added.Tarik Ahsan said Bangladesh is contributing to education for Muslims through hoisting the OIC affiliated Islamic University of Technology.He further mentioned that Bangladesh plans to host the next session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC next year.A special Munajat was offered, before the iftar, seeking divine blessings for peace, progress, and prosperity of Bangladesh and the Muslim Ummah.The iftar-dinner was attended, among others, by members of Senate of Pakistan, ambassadors, high commissioners, diplomats, defence advisors from diplomatic missions, politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, journalists, officials of the Bangladesh High Commission, and Bangladesh defence officials.The High Commission hosted another iftar-dinner exclusively in honour of the members of the media at the same hotel in Islamabad earlier on 07 June 2017.last_img read more

first_imgThousands of tourists visit Saint Martin`s Island everyday. Photo: Khaled SarkerFor over a thousand years Saint Martin’s island has existed in the Bay of Bengal, some 38 km off the coast of Teknaf. In 1999 the government of Bangladesh declared this as an Environmentally Critical Area (ECA), barring any sort of activity that may harm the water, air or soil of the island.But no one is following the rules.Teknaf upazila is about 80 km from Cox’s Bazar. From there it takes about three or four hours by trawler or ship to reach Saint Martin’s Island. And then the crass commerciality begins.As you step onto the island, a cycle van will offer you a ride to a hotel for an exorbitant fare. The hotel too is overpriced, though the service leaves much to be wanted.And wherever you go on the island, there is trash strewn around everywhere – plastic bottles, polythene bags and more.A stench pervades all over this island, 4 km in length and about two km in breadth. This lone coral island of the country also runs rife with stray dogs. And the pollution is overpowering.The ministry for forests, environment and climate change last December called for an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss what can be done to save Saint Martin. It was decided that less tourists would be allowed access to the island and no one would be permitted to spend the night here. Certain times during the year would be fixed for tourists. But none of these plans have worked out and the island teems with tourists.Secretary of the forest, environment and climate change ministry, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, speaking to Prothom Alo in June, said that they have held several inter-ministerial meetings regarding the island and within a couple of months they will hold a final meeting with the principal secretary of the prime minister’s office.Read More: Development frenzy hits Maheskhali hardThere are 68 varieties of coral on the island, according to the latest survey of the department of environment, carried out last year. The island is also home to a variety of crabs, moss, snails, shells and clams.There are over 100 types of birds and five species of dolphins. Sometimes whales are sighted too. The island is covered with coconut trees.Professor of biology at Jahangirnagar University, Munirul H Khan, is carrying out research on Saint Martin’s island. He told Prothom Alo that in Bangladesh, the grey heron can only been found on this island, that too only on the southern part where there is live coral.Professor Munirul said that whatever little resources there are left on this island are on the verge of extinction due to unplanned tourism. The coral is being damaged by the frequent coming and going of ships. The coral walls are covered in polythene, plastic and other trash and are dying.Plastic bottles strewn all over Saint Martin`s Island. Photo: Prothom AloTourists have recently started going all over the island on bikes and motorbikes, taking pollution to the remote ends of Saint Martin, he added.Our last visit to the island was in December where we saw a little living coral on its Chhera Isle. The older inhabitants said that there is hardly any coral on the island anymore.Professor Munirul also said that sea turtles would lay their eggs where jetties have now been constructed. The turtles now lay their eggs here and there, but these too are devoured by the stray dogs. Even people gather the eggs and so turtles no longer come there like before.An international journal in 2016 stated that Saint Martin’s Island had 141 types of coral back in 1980, according to researchers. The four researchers, from Bangladesh, said that in 2016 there were only 41 types of coal left.Read More: ‘Kutubdia biodiversity in danger’Excessive coral collection and fishing had depleted the varieties of coral. Many of the hotels have decorated their entrances and walls with large chunks of coral.Fishing is the main source of income for many of the islanders. Turtles are caught in their nets too.There is a lack of clean drinking water on the island. That too is creating a crisis.Professor of biology at Chittagong University, Manzurul Kibria, speaking to Prothom Alo, said that that there was no groundwater source on the island. The groundwater was being depleted to meet the demands of the tourists and the inhabitants of the island.State minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali told Prothom Alo that the hoteliers on the island had no idea about ecotourism. The government wants to evict such establishments and set up tourism facilities in specified areas.At the inter-ministerial meeting held last December, several short, mid and long term recommendations were made. It was said that tourists would be barred from visiting the Saint Martin’s Chhera isle. No more than two ships would be allowed to arrive per day and there would be a ban on cycles and motor cycles.Prothom Alo Info-graphRead More: Sonadia thrust into tourism tangleRandom disposal of plastic and polythene would also be restricted. No more land would be sold on the island and no more constructions would be permitted.It was also said that no tourists would be allowed on the island for at least three years. After that, they would only be allowed during the day.Only if such stringent measures were taken, would the coral island survive along with its rare animal life. Two officials of the environment department said, however, no action had been taken in this regard whatsoever.* This report appeared in the print version of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img