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Jute genome decoded by Bangladeshi scientist Maqsudul Alam


ImageImageA consortium of researchers from Dhaka University, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute and Software Company Data Soft Systems Bangladesh Ltd. in collaboration with Centre for Chemical Biology, University of Science Malaysia and University of Hawaii, USA has successfully decoded the Jute Plant Draft Genome. This accomplishment by local scientists and bioinformatics specialists will potentially placed Bangladesh at the forefront of the global jute industry.
Officials and scientists said Bangladesh was the lone country in Asia after Malaysia to carry out such a high level research led by Maqsudul Alam, a professor of the University of Hawaii. Continue reading

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Bangladesh Bijoymela

The Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela Parishad is the organization formed with the collaboration of the gallant Freedom Fighters. Being propelled with the inflammatory clarion call of Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujib, the Father of the Nation, the wave of fiery flames, at the time of extreme national crisis, passed through the vein of the Bengali Nation. The Bengali Nation, fostering the indomitable spirit of freedom instilled by our Father of Nation, stood against the undermining efforts of the Pakistani Rulers. At the cost of our audacious Freedom Fighters, the desert of East Pakistan was made fertile, and the nation comes with a flying colour overthrowing the tyrannical chains of enslavement instituted by the Pakistani Rulers. The Bijoy Mela Parishad stands erect upholding the emblem of this indisputable fact. Continue reading

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December 7, 2011 · 5:39 pm

Kolkata ladies’ lunch


The dining table was filled every inch with several west Bengali delicacies for lunch. Under the portrait of a thoughtful Tagore, a group of lovely Kolkata ladies were engrossed in what we Bengalis enjoy the most: adda. With the promising food prepared Kolkata-style awaiting them, they chatted away wittily about almost anything under the sun, while the men of the house glued themselves to their spots in front of the TV, watching the Indian cricket team play in one of the World Cup matches. Sudden loud giggles, even louder shout-outs for their home team and the aroma of the food filled the space with utter bliss and happiness. Continue reading

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Crazy About Camellias


A flowering shrub or tree can add a splash of color to any landscape, but when that plant happens to be a camellia, it’s more like a tidal wave of bright blooms. Lots of new things are happening in the world of camellias, including more cold-hardy varieties, and new fragrances and colors. Continue reading

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Power Of Tear


Lonely teardrops

In a new experiment, men who sniffed women's tears reported physiological declines in sex

Crying women may literally turn men off. Odorless chemical signals in a woman’s waterworks lessen any stirrings of sexual interest in a guy who whiffs her tear-stained cheeks, a new study suggests. In a paper published online January 6 in Science, a team led by neuroscientists Shani Gelstein and Noam Sobel of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, presents the first evidence that human tears contain pheromones, substances that influence behavior via smell. Continue reading

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Smoking damages gene in minutes


Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released yesterday.

In fact, researchers said the “effect is so fast that it’s equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,” in findings described as a “stark warning” to those who smoke.

The study is the first on humans to track how substances in tobacco cause DNA damage, and appears in the peer-reviewed journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, issued by the American Chemical Society. Continue reading

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Disease threat for Sri Lanka flood victims


BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka: The threat of disease is looming over the million-plus victims of floods in Sri Lanka that have left nearly 40 people dead and devastated farmland in the island’s rice bowl.

Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said medical units had been rushed to the central and eastern regions, where hundreds of thousands have been forced to take shelter in cramped, state-run relief camps.

“We are very conscious of the fact that there can be water-borne diseases and we brought medical staff from other areas to help out,” Amaraweera told AFP. “There are no reports of diarrhoea, but we are taking precautions.”

More than one million people were initially displaced in the flooding triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains in the past week.

The state Disaster Management Centre said 37 people had been officially confirmed dead, with another 12 still missing.

Several international aid agencies along with the European Union and the governments of India and the US have helped with emergency supplies, officials said.

UN agencies in Colombo said that providing relief for those in the worst-affected areas was a serious challenge, and that they would shortly issue an international appeal for funding. Continue reading

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