South Asia

Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006

dumping ponds: Most ponds and canals of Barisal city in Bangladesh are on the verge of being silted in the name of development. The Barisal city corporation (BCC) authority had filled up some areas of Bibir Pukur a pond situated in the heart of city -- to beautify the city. But people of Barisal city have protested and have served a notice to the city corporation demanding that the dumping be stopped. Earlier BCC had filled up many canals offering similar reasons. These have affected the city's sewerage system and water logging is common during the monsoons. Allegedly, the city mayor, has been deaf to the oppositions.

blown up: A gas pipeline has been blown up in Pakistan's southern province of Balochistan, making authorities fear that it might disrupt gas supplies to some parts of the country. Nobody has taken responsibility for the attack. The explosion damaged a pipe connecting a well to a gas compression plant in Pirkoh. Two gas plants that produce around 60 million cubic feet of gas daily have been shut down after the explosion. Tribal militants in Balochistan, the source of Pakistan's main gas reserves, demand greater control over the area's natural resources. The situation in the province is unsettled, with increasing violence between tribals and security forces. An official, Abdul Samad Lasi, said this would lead to gas shortage in Multan and Faisalabad in Punjab province. Earlier this month, tribesmen had blown up a gas pipeline in Balochistan.

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