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Nature and environment

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21 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two interviews on the physics and economics of global warming: (1) CSIRO scientist Dr. Roger Gifford, Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Chairman, National Committee for Earth Systems Science, described the evidence of global warming and its consequences including the risks for the Indian subcontinent, and (2) Canberra economist Dr. Helal Ahmed explained the concept of - 'carbon trading' - in controlling the climate change. The beautiful song 'keu jokhon aar nei pashe' played in the program was sung by Punam in her Bangladeshi band group Prayer Hall album 'bujchho?!'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

18 Aug 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a report of the community events held in Canberra in the last fortnight and an interview from Bangla Radio archive. The events covered are: (1) Conference on Bangladesh environment issues held in Bangladesh High Commission to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Bangladesh Environment Network, and (2) launch of the audio CD ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’ with a collection of Tagore songs sung by Bangla Radio presenter Sakiba Rahman. The interview from archive is with Bangladeshi student artist Shahabuddin while he was studying at the Canberra School of Art, interviewed by Fowzul Azim. The beautiful songs: ‘ei lovino shongo tobo’, ‘ananda dhara’, ‘moha bish-shey’ and ‘o-amar desher mati’ were sung by Canberra artist Sakiba Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

18 Jan 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two interviews discussing the issues of 'Climate Change and Bangladesh': (1) it interviewed Dr. Saleemul Huq from International Institute for Environment and Development (www.iied.org), an independent international research organisation based in England, about the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark during 7 - 18 December 2009 and the next steps for Bangladesh, and (2) it interviewed H.E. Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, on Bangladesh Government's views and follow-up actions on Copenhagen Conference. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

03 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented in the first section an interesting discussion between a young Arara Kar and Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya (from the University of California, Riverside) who was in Australia recently to launch a gamma ray telescope from Alice Springs. The discussion covered supernova, the launch of the gamma ray telescope, the solar system and the night sky, and the effects of climate change. Dr. Bhattacharya, a prominent member of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN), also talked about his current activities in Bangladesh. The second section covered the impacts of environmental pollution, particularly on fresh water availability in Bangladesh, and approaches to mitigate these effects. The songs 'amay bhashailirey' and 'manush manusher jonney' played this week were sung by Indian singers Manna Dey and Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

21 Jun 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the World Environment Day observed on 5th June 2010 around the world. It presented a discussion on environment and bio-diversity, state of the environment of Bangladesh and an interview with Bangladesh Environment Network Australia Chapter Coordinator Mr. Kamrul Ahsan Khan on the observance of the day in Australia. The beautiful songs played in the program 'tomar bhuboney mago eto pap' and 'bistirno du parey, oshonkho manusher hahakar' were sung by popular Indian singers Hemanta Mukhapadhay and Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

10 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented a very informative discussion on environment, bio-diversity, ecology and ethics which become survival imperatives for all species on Earth. Different levels of violence involved in non-sustainable development, including the genetic engineering and chemicals, which become debt trap to farmers, have been focused in the discussion. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by popular Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. The instrumental piece used in the program was played by Indian composer V. Balsara. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

24 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme featured an interview with Mr. Enam Ul Haque, the prominent South Asian birder and explorer, the only Bangladeshi to make it to both the South and the North poles. The interview highlighted the state of birds and birding as an up-and-coming hobby in Bangladesh. It stressed the importance of conserving birds for the ultimate conservation of nature and highlighted the birders’ central role to that end. The informative interview also drew an interesting connection between Australia and Bangladesh in terms of migratory bird flyway. The beautiful song played in the program 'jao pakhi bolo ta-rey' was sung by Bangladeshi singers Chondona Majumdar and Krishnokoli. This week’s programme was produced and presented from Dhaka by Obaidul Haque.

11 Jul 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on policy, politics and people of climate change and its impact on Bangladesh. It interviewed an environmental activist highlighting Australia’s responsibility to combat climate change in Bangladesh - the interview was taken by Arara Kar. The beautiful songs played in the program were sung by two prominent Indian Singers- Hemanta Mukherjee and Manna Dey. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

12 Sep 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s programme presented a feature on the - 'Birds of Canberra'. It introduced the common birds of Australia and Canberra, described the natural bird habitats in and around Canberra, and how planning of Canberra city is influencing bird habitats to thrive in natural setting. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'bulbul pakhi moina tiye', 'lal jhuti kakatua', 'amar shonar moina pakhi', kookaburra sitting on a old gum tree, and 'holudia pakhi' were sung by the singers from India, Australia and Bangladesh. This week’s programme was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque.

09 Jan 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Vernon Bailey discussing meditation and healing garden. Dr Bailey a distinguished Canberra nutritionist, who worked over fifty years in Asia mainly Indonesia, spoke about spiritual healing and multicultural reconciliation and the establishment of the Environment Meditation and Healing Garden in Canberra by the Canberra Interfaith Forum represented by the people from different faiths in Canberra. The beautiful songs played in the program: 'muchhey jaoa dinguli', 'pother klanti bhuley', 'dinguli mor shonar khanchae' and 'tui phele eshechhish karey' were sung by Indian singers Hemanta Mukhapadhay and Indrani Sen. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

04 Jun 2012 Listen MP3

This week's program commemorated the - 'World Environment Day' - to be observed on 5 June 2012. It presented highlights of the poisoning of over seventy million people in Bangladesh who have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from drinking water after hand-pumped wells were installed by the foreign aid agencies in the 1970s to tap groundwater. The songs played in this week’s program were sung by Indian singers Hemanta Mukherjee, Kishore Kumar and Bangladeshi singers Moniruzzaman Monir, Mamtaj and Asif. This week’s program was produced by Ajoy Kar and presented by Sima Kar.

A comparison of the appearance of the human X and Y chromosomes [Photo: Whitehead Institute, MIT]
02 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s programme dealt with the difference in DNA between males and females and raised the question whether this genetic difference could partly explain the relative failure of men in modern societies. The ability of females to shut down one of the X chromosomes and the benefits of applying this ability in medical treatments were also touched on. The songs in this week’s program are all by Kazi Nazrul Islam and sung by Sharmin Sathi Islam. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Community involvement in improving living environment in Dinajpur, Bangladesh [Images: www.worldskillsfoundation.org]
28 Oct 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted a recent project run by the Australian company Health Habitat in Dinajpur, Bangladesh that demonstrated the importance of community involvement in improving sanitation and waste disposal for healthier living. It presented an interview with Architect Paul Pholeros on his experience there and his involvement with the community and local professionals working together to improve their living environment. This week's program was produced and presented by Sheikh Lana.

The nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, often used in studies of aging [Credit: commons.wikimedia.org]
06 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program discussed from a scientific perspective how the effects of age can be delayed in humans. The effects of aging are ultimately traceable to irreparable damage to irreplaceable individual cells. Insights into reducing such damage were described based on laboratory experiments and analysis of accelerated aging. The lifestyles in places where many inhabitants retain their physical abilities into advanced years were also described. The lyrics in this week's program were written and set to music by the late Shah Abdul Karim and the songs were sung by Azmir Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

The European honey bee (Apis melliferra) [Photo: wikimedia.org]
17 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with bees. Bees play a crucial role in human agriculture and in the reproduction of plants generally. One species of honey bee, Apis melliferra, was taken to both America and Australia when the Europeans first colonised those lands and is important for the success of agriculture that uses introduced plants. Recently Apis melliferra has undergone a sharp drop in population due to Colony Collapse Disorder. The causes of Colony Collapse Disorder are not clear but the consequences could be severe and are discussed. The songs in this week's program were sung by Bangladeshi scientist and singer Apala Farhat Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Jul 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an intimate interview with Syeda Rizwana Hasan, a Bangladeshi attorney and environmentalist, and recipient of Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012, for her leadership in judicial activism in Bangladesh for people’s right to good environment. Syeda Hasan in her interview recollected her memories of childhood Dhaka and expressed her concerns for the current state of environment of the city. The songs played in the program were sung by Nazma Zaman and Band Chirkut. This week's program was produced and presented by Shamaruh Mirza.

Conservation of Bangladesh's nature and environment [Image: pojf.org]
20 Oct 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Muqeed Majumder Babu, Chairman of Prokriti O Jibon Foundation (Nature and Life Foundation), an organization devoted to conservation of biological diversity and sustainable development in Bangladesh. In his interview Mr. Majumder highlighted the issues of biodiversity in Bangladesh and described how a television series in TV Channel-I created and directed by him is successfully building mass awareness on richness of biodiversity in the country. The beutiful song 'beche thak shobuj' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Bappa Majumdar. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Forests and wildlife in Bangladesh [Image: theblueyonder.com]
05 Jan 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program featured a couple of interviews by two eminent Bangladeshi environmentalists and wild life experts, Dr. Ali Reza Khan and Mr. Enam Ul Haque. In the interviews they talked about the current state of forests and wildlife in Bangladesh and what needs to be done to protect and enhance those. What came out in the interviews is that despite the dire state of our natural resources we still have a lot of these resources left intact to be proud of and much to be hopeful for. This week's program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka.

Our natural and intellectual pollution [Image: NYTimes]
16 May 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with two aspects of life that are currently facing severe challenges in many countries: the physical environment and intellectual freedom. Much of the environmental pollution is due to man-made polymers. However, the recent discovery of a bacterium that can degrade Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bottles has provided some hope that PTFE polymers may be degraded in the future. The attacks to stop independent thinking that have been occurring in Bangladesh recently is matter of grave concern and the energetic steps must be taken to find the perpetrators. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Manush Elo Kotha Theke?' (Part 1) [Image: nature.com]
08 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program traces the evolutionary history of man. Scientific evidence indicates that life on the planet started about 3.5 billion years ago in the oceans. Life moved to land about 400 million years ago and the primate branch of mammals first evolved about 50 million years ago. Humans and chimpanzees are believed to have followed separate evolutionary paths from about 5 million years ago. The final evolutionary steps to modern man are still debated and will be covered in a later program. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Apala Farhat Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness [Image: gcner.org]
26 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: This week's program replayed a feature explaining 'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness in plain language for Bangla Radio listeners. It was prepared by Bangladeshi expatriate scientists working at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra in 2000. The scientists were: Dr. Shamsul Haque, Dr. Shahjahan Ali and Dr. Abed Chaudhury. It was presented by Fahmida Ehsan, and compiled and produced by Dr. Sadequr Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Special presentation: Catastrophic earthquake in Bangladesh! A matter of time? [Photo from Nepal earthquake: channel3000.com]
24 Oct 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program highlighted the possibility of a major earthquake in Bangladesh. It looked into an article published in the scientific journal Nature on 11 July 2016 that warned that a giant quake may be lurking under Bangladesh. A team of scientists led by Dr. Michael Steckler from Columbia University in USA analysed a decade's GPS data of the region and concluded that a locked and loaded megathrust fault buried under the sediments of Ganges and Bhahmaputra rivers could unleash an earthquake of up to 9.0 magnitude. This week's program interviewed two experts in Geoscience Australia, the Australian Government's national geoscience agency, for their opinion on the study and its findings. Seismologist Dr. Phil Cummins and structural engineer and community safety expert Dr. Mark Edwards discussed how the megathrust fault threats Bangladesh, the expected catastrophic destruction of an earthquake and issues of addressing and managing such risk. The background sound used in the program was taken from a documentary 'Earthquake in Nepal' produced by World You Tube Entertainment. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview - Dr. Abed Chaudhury: Characteristics of blood sugar level lowering rice 'Shonali Chaal' and how to procure it
12 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of an interview broadcast in Bangla Radio Canberra on 14 Nov 2016 with Dr Abed Chaudhury, eminent geneticist and plant scientist. In that program Dr. Chaudhury described the new rice varieties that he has successfully developed that have low Glycemic Index (GI) and can help lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. In response to numerous queries from Bangla Radio Canberra listeners, in this week's program Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussed the special characteristics of one of his new variety rice 'Shonali Dhan' and how it can be procured in Bangladesh now and outside Bangladesh in the near future. 'Shonali Chaal' is produced and marketed by HKG Agro in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Gita Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.