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Bangladesh Updates Conservation Red List

The IUCN Bangladesh Country Office, together with the Bangladesh Forest Department and funded by the World Bank, is currently updating the Species Red List of Bangladesh to determine the conservation status of 1,700 species from seven animal groups – mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish, crustaceans and butterflies – resident in the country. Founded in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is dedicated to identifying flora and fauna species in danger of extinction, identifying the threats they face and finding practical solutions to these problems. The project in Bangladesh will continue through 2014/2015 with more than 300 local and international experts, scientists, officials, and other interested parties participating.

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Cultural Diversity at Ethnological Museum in Chittagong

Located in the city of Chittagong, the Ethnological Museum chronicles the history of the ethnic groups of Bangladesh. The museum, which was established in 1965 and opened to the public in 1974, presents the development of the country's various tribes from early days through to present day. It is the only museum of its kind in Bangladesh and serves an important role in promoting understanding and tolerance among people of different ethnicities. Visitors to the museum will find paintings, models, dioramas, maps, photographs and other items portraying the traditions and beliefs of the different ethnic groups.

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Tiger Conservation Conference in Dhaka

At the second Global Tiger Stocktaking Conference held in Dhaka on 14-16 September 2014, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina called on all present to join hands to save tigers in the wild, noting that wild tigers have occupied a special place in Asia's nature and culture for centuries and are a symbol of strength and courage. The conference was attended by representatives of thirteen Tiger Range Countries (TRC) that are members of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and the Global Tiger Iniative (GTI). TRC countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Organic Farming Uplifts Communities in Bangladesh

With its head office based in Tokyo, Japan, and an affiliate office in Dhaka, Hunger Free World (HFW) is a non-profit organization running community-based projects in 23 villages in the Bangladeshi districts of Boda, Kaliganj, Jhenaidah and Panchagargh. The organization has a four-pronged approach to its projects – advocacy, youth development, raising of public awareness, and practical development projects. Projects focus on education, environment, improvement of nutrition, health and sanitation, gender equality and income generation. The areas chosen for the projects have been identified as being in need due to having limited access to healthcare and sanitation, a high level of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy, as well as facing environmental hazards.

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Birds of Bangladesh: Drongos

There are 26 recorded species of drongos found in different parts of the world, with Bangladesh being home to six of these – crow-billed drongo (Dicrurus annectans), bronzed drongo (Dicrurus aeneus), black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus), spangled drongo (Dicrurus holientottus), greater racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) and lesser racket-tailed drongo (Dicrurus remifer). The name 'drongo' is thought to have originated in Madagascar from the indigenous language for a local species of bird, but has come to be used for all members of the family Dicruridae of the order Passeriformes.

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EMK Center: Promoting Public Service and the Arts

Located in the Dhaka suburb of Dhanmondi, the Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and Arts is dedicated to inspiring, engaging and empowering citizens of all ages to uplift themselves and their communities. Acknowledging the potential of individuals to make changes, the EMK Center encourages young people to explore their talents and the opportunities available to them.

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Solar Energy Empowers Rural Bangladesh

A recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed that in the past decade the number of solar energy systems in Bangladesh climbed from around 25,000 to 2.8 million. This number is set to rise as the Bangladeshi government reportedly plans to install around 7,000 photovoltaic systems per month to convert sunlight into energy for rural households that are not on the national power grid. The World Bank has offered the government a loan of $78.4 million to finance a total of 480,000 home solar systems, so many households will soon have the benefit of electricity. Acting head of World Bank Bangladesh, Christine E. Kimes, noted that investing in electricity in rural areas serves to empower people by increasing growth opportunities, increasing income and thereby reducing poverty. Currently close to 60% of Bangladeshis do not have electricity, and the government has set a goal of ensuring all citizens have access to electricity by 2021.

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Kabadi: The National Game of Bangladesh

As the National Game of Bangladesh, Kabadi is enjoyed by thousands of players, and even more spectators, around the country. Played by two competing teams, Kabadi is an outdoor activity played on a rectangular court of 12.5 by 10 meters in size, which is divided in two by a white line. Although each team consists of twelve players, only seven members of each team will be on the court at one time. The other team members remain on the sidelines as extras. To monitor the game there are two linesmen, a timekeeper, a referee, a scorer and two umpires. The decision as to who starts the game is decided by tossing a coin and it is played in 20-minute sessions.

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