It is hard to find anyone in Bangladesh who does not have any memory of a river. Someone may have a lot of memories of swimming in a river while someone else may have memories of journey by boat or launch on rivers. On the other hand, many of us also experience the cruel face of rivers during flood. But, memory of river is a common characteristic of the people of Bangladesh, a country crisscrossed by rivers.
Actually, the rivers of Bangladesh mark both the psychology of the nation and the life of the people. But, unfortunately, our memories of rivers are declining day by day. In this age of commercialisation we do not have enough time to pass a moment with rivers. Many of us struggle to recall our last memory of a river. The condition of most of the rivers is also very bad now. If we look back we will find that the state of our rivers has been worsening since we became callous regarding their condition.
To highlight the many values of rivers and to increase public awareness while encouraging the improved stewardship of rivers around the world, today, on the last Sunday of September, World Rivers Day is going to be observed in Bangladesh as well as the rest of world. The Day, established in 2005, is a global celebration of the world's waterways. This Day has been endorsed by various agencies of the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the United Nations Water for Life Decade.
Originally, World Rivers Day was based on the great success of BC Rivers Day, which started in 1980 in British Columbia, Canada. The BC event was founded by the acclaimed river conservationist Mark Angelo. This year, for the third time, World Rivers Day, with the theme "Revisit Your River," is going to be observed in Bangladesh by a volunteer initiative to revive rivers, and other organisations
As a riverine country, Bangladesh's economy is dependent on rivers. About 800 rivers including tributaries flow through the country, constituting a waterway...
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