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The Fellowship Committee on Water Journalism will award three fellowships to print and electronic media journalists this year. Each fellowship is worth Tk 30,000.


The committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday with its convenor Mostafa Kamal Majumder, who is also the Editor of The New Nation, in the chair.


Fellowship committee members—Tauhidul Anwar Khan, former member of Joint Rivers Commission and Rafiqul Islam Azad, general secretary of Water and Environment Reporters’ Forum attended the meeting while Prof Moniruzzaman Miah offered his valuable suggestions on the topics.


The Fellowships are being awarded by the Touching Souls, a US based philanthropic organisation in association with water experts and senior environment journalists of Bangladesh.


For the fellowships four subjects have been chosen. These are: 1. Trans-boundary river issues with special emphasis on Teesta water sharing; 2. Saving the rivers from destruction: Pollution and grabbing; 3. River bank erosion: Its social and economic implications; and 4. Capital dredging: its viability in the light of Gorai experience. Based on fellowship proposals and experience of applicants, fellowships will be given on three of the subjects.


Interested journalists are requested to submit their applications along with CVs, fellowship proposals in one to two pages explaining how s/he wants to carryout the fellowship if offered and clippings of published materials, CDs of broadcast or telecast programs to Mostafa Kamal Majumder at the New Nation office, 1 RK Mission Road, Dhaka-1203, by June 30. 


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