People living in vulnerable areas, particularly in rural parts of the country, have been adversely affected by the cold wave sweeping through Bangladesh, with the temperature dipping as low as 6.5 degrees Celsius as recorded in Chuadanga.
Preceded by nearly 100 days of strikes, road blockades, arson, and unsurpassed political mayhem, the elections had the lowest voter turnout on record (officially 38%, but 22% from international watchers).
On December 3, we reported that four workers were killed in a landslide in Jaflong while they were extracting stones from a quarry illegally. But, further developments on the story, reported on December 4, reveal far worse. It is now confirmed that not four, but five workers were killed in the landslide.
Bangladesh has welcomed 2018 amid fears of political unrest ahead of a crucial general election. Anxiety over a possible return to political instability is growing as the country prepares to elect its 11th Parliament at the end of the year.
In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change
In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,