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Misinformation on Russell’s Viper Leads to Snake Killings in Ctg, Experts Warn

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Fear driven by misinformation about Russell’s Viper on social media is leading to indiscriminate snake killings in Chattogram, threatening biodiversity and agriculture, experts have warned. The reptile plays a vital role in controlling harmful pests, they emphasized.

Experts clarified that the presence of Russell’s Viper in hilly regions like Chattogram and Sylhet is highly unlikely. They urged the public to refrain from unnecessary snake killings, highlighting efforts by government agencies, including the Forest Department, to raise awareness.

Recently, terrified locals in Chattogram killed several snakes, including non-venomous pythons, mistakenly identifying them as Russell’s Vipers (locally known as Chandrabora). Incidents of beatings and burning were reported in Lohagara, Anwara, and Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu, with images circulating on social media.

Dipannita Bhattacharjee, Chattogram Wildlife and Nature Conservation officer, attributed these killings to misinformation and called for increased public awareness. She identified the snakes killed in Lohagara as a Burmese python and a round-tailed python, and in Ramu as a Burmese python. The identity of the snake killed in Anwara remains unclear.

Dr. Aniruddha Ghose, principal investigator of the Venom Research Centre, stated that although historical records mention Russell’s Viper in Chattogram, there are no recent sightings or fatalities from its bite in the district. He reassured the public that there is ample stock of antivenom in all district and upazila hospitals across the country.

Following recent deaths from Chandrabora bites in Manikganj, Jashore, and Dhaka, social media has been abuzz with posts about the “widespread presence” of Russell’s Viper in Bangladesh.

Mohammad Abdul Wahed Chowdhury, snake researcher and associate professor of zoology at Chittagong University, debunked claims that Chandraboras attack unprovoked and cause inevitable deaths. “Like other snakes, Russell’s Viper strikes only when threatened, often warning with a hiss beforehand. Its venom is not immediately fatal,” he said.

Professor Chowdhury added that over the past 20 years, Russell’s Viper has been sighted in limited areas across 25-26 districts along the Padma River, mostly in agricultural lands and dense vegetation. He stressed that the snake is unlikely to be present in the hilly regions of Chattogram and Sylhet due to unfavorable environmental conditions.

Experts warned that the killing of snakes disrupts the ecological balance. A decline in snake populations could lead to an increase in harmful insects and rodents, significantly impacting agricultural production, especially rice and wheat. Moreover, disrupting the food chain could have long-term consequences, including outbreaks of rodent-borne diseases.

The government and conservationists continue to work on raising public awareness to prevent unnecessary snake killings and protect biodiversity.

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

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Leaders of the quota reform movement have resolutely refused to negotiate with the government, insisting that their movement will persist until their demands are met.

In a Facebook post, Hasnat Abdullah, a coordinator of the movement, declared, “No discussion through stepping onto blood.”

Asif Mahmud, another prominent leader, echoed this sentiment, stating, “There can be no dialogue with bullets. I would prefer death over this betrayal.”

He further elaborated, “On one side, there are bullets. On the other, there is a call for dialogue. We can’t sit for dialogue while stepping onto the blood of our brothers.”

Earlier, leaders of the quota reform movement accused the government of escalating the law and order situation towards violence, asserting that their movement was peaceful until the government’s intervention.

Vowing to continue their struggle, Asif Mahmud stated, “We will continue our protests till we achieve our demands for reformation of the quota system, reopening of the halls and campuses, making university campuses terror-free, withdrawing political forces from the campuses, and punishing the killers and attackers.”

He added, “The people of the country have encircled those who tried to corner us. No conspiracy will be able to derail our movement.”

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PM Sheikh Hasina Calls for Investment in Marine Resource Extraction

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged both local and international investors to invest in the extraction of marine resources from Bangladesh’s extensive sea areas.

“In order to fortify the blue economy through the diverse utilization of our marine resources, I call upon local and foreign investors to seize the opportunity to invest in Bangladesh. This will enable us to harness more of our marine resources,” she announced.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during the inauguration of the Bangladesh International Aquaculture and Seafood Show-2024 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.

She emphasized the importance of adhering to proper standards in the collection, distribution, and processing of fish to boost exports, aiming to make fish the country’s second-largest source of foreign currency.

Sheikh Hasina pointed out that her government has made limited progress in harvesting fish and other sea resources from the deep sea due to a lack of interest from local investors.

“Therefore, we need foreign investment to advance in this area. This is the reality we must face,” she noted.

She also suggested that both local and foreign investors can collaborate in joint ventures or invest separately in this sector to achieve better results.

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Met Forecasts Rain and Thundershowers Nationwide

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted light to moderate and moderately heavy rainfall or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, across all eight divisions of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 am today.

In its weather bulletin issued this morning, the BMD stated, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers with temporary gusty wind is expected in a few places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions. Additionally, one or two places in Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barisal divisions may experience similar conditions, with moderately heavy falls anticipated at several locations in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions.”

The bulletin also highlighted that the current mild heat wave sweeping across the Rangpur division and the districts of Tangail, Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogra, and Netrokona may persist.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise slightly, while nighttime temperatures are likely to remain nearly unchanged throughout the country.

On Wednesday, the highest recorded temperature was 36.7 degrees Celsius, observed in Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Rajarhat. The lowest temperature recorded today was 26.0 degrees Celsius, noted in Bandarban and Teknaf.

Over the last 24 hours, rainfall amounted to 16 mm in Bandarban.

For the capital, the sun will set at 6:48 pm today and rise at 5:21 am tomorrow.

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