Teepaimukh Barrage will destroy habitat and risk perishing millions of lives

IEDS report: The Teepaimukh Hydroelectric Project is being constructed near the confluence of Barak and Tuivai rivers, in Manipur, India and within 100km of Bangladesh border. Costing Rs 6,351 crore ($1.35 billion) the 163 meter high dam will have a firm generation capacity of 401.25MW of electricity.

Bangladesh's 'golden fibre' comes back from the brink.

Jute, a vegetable fibre that can be spun into sackcloth, used to be the 'golden fibre' of Bangladesh.It brought much-needed foreign income to the impoverished nation. But it lost its lustre in the 1980 after synthetic materials like polythene and plastics were introduced. Now the natural fibre has made a spectacular comeback. Exports of jute and jute products from Bangladesh this fiscal year crossed a record billion dollars as demand for the natural fibre is steadily increasingWith growing environmental awareness, jute, which is bio-degradable, has become the preferred alternative to polluting synthetic bags. Jute is considered to be the second most important natural fibre after cotton in terms of cultivation and usage. It is mainly grown in eastern India, Bangladesh, China and Burma. Until recently the fibre was used mostly as a packaging material. With a diversification of jute products, the demand for jute has increased "By processing the fibre mechanically and by treating it chemically, now jute can be used to make bags, carpets, textiles and even as insulation material," says Mohammad Asaduzzaman, a scientist at the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute in Dhaka.



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