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Nature and environment

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21 Jan 2008 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

The good and bad sides of the use of antibiotic [Image: Wikipedia]
04 Nov 2019 MP3

This week's program discussed the good and bad sides of the use of antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial infections. Antibiotics have been widely used since their development in the 1930s and 40s and overuse has led to the rise of 'superbug' bacteria that cannot be killed by many of the commonly used antibiotics. It is a developing problem that scientists are now very much concerned about. This week's presenter Dr. Sadequr Rahman, Professor and Director of Tropical Medicine and Biology Research Platform at Monash University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, also discussed possible routes to overcoming this problem. The songs played in the program were sung by Sharmin Sathi Islam. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Welcome 2020 [Image: Photo by Matthew Abbott for the New York Times]
06 Jan 2020 MP3

This week's program, the first for 2020, provided a summary of the unprecedented bushfires burning across Australia on the eve of the Christmas Day and New Year. It described the massive bushfires sweeping across the country that shocked Australians in their size and ferociousness while authorities declare state of emergency in New South Wales and Victoria, and state of alertness in the Australian Capital Territory. The singers of songs played in the program were Abbasuddin Ahmed, Shandha Mukhopadhay and Paban Das Baul. The background music were by Tonny O'Connor (Bushland Dreaming) and Gary Reman Malkin (The Innocent Land). This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra Bushfire - January 2020 (Special presentation) [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
03 Feb 2020 MP3

This week's program covered the bushfire emergency situation in Canberra caused by a number of uncontrolled bushfires burning around the Australian Capital Territory. It provided first hand description of the residents in Canberra during 27 January - 2 February 2020 about one bushfire that came within kilometres of the Canberra's southernmost suburbs. Two guests: Dr. Tanvir Hossain, a senior agricultural scientist and HE Md. Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, also spoke about their views of this year's bushfires and possible solutions to tackle the ever-growing Australian bushfire issue. The background theme music used in the program 'Prayer for Enlightenment' was played by Chris Kimber. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Canberra Bushfire - January 2020 : Passing Over and Experience [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain]
10 Feb 2020 MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of last week's program on the bushfire emergency situation in Canberra caused by a number of uncontrolled bushfires burning around the Australian Capital Territory. It presented interviews of Bangladeshi expatriates living in Gordon, one of the three suburbs in South Canberra that were first on the path of the advancing bushfires, describing their experience of the passing over of the event. They are: Dr. Bilquis Ferdous, Biomedical Faculty member of the University of Canberra, Mr. Masud Jamaly and Ms. Rowshan Ara Masud, parents from Bangladesh visiting family in Canberra, and Ms. Rumana Jamaly and Mr. Shamsul Huda, both professional architects and planners and long-time residents of Canberra. The songs played in the program were sung by famous Indian singers Lata Mungeshkar and Manna Dey. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Science: How the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infects and affects human beings? [Photo credit: fda.gov / An aerosol produced by sneezing that contains corona virus particles]
17 Feb 2020 MP3

This week’s program focused on - 'COVID-19' - the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is also given the same name by the World Health Organisation. It discussed how the virus infects and affects human beings. The program also presented an interview with Professor Sunil Lal of Monash University Malaysia on the nature and spread of the virus. This week's presenter and producer Dr. Sadequr Rahman is Professor of Plant Genetics, and Director of Tropical Medicine and Biology Research Platform at the same university. The song played in the program was sung by Anupam Roy, which was kindly provided by a listener Mr. Masuduzzaman Masud. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Rahima Banu, the last person to suffer from smallpox in Bangladesh [Photo: who.int and whsc.emory.edu]
02 Mar 2020 MP3

This week’s program discussed the biology and history of smallpox, possibly the most deadly and most long-standing viral disease that mankind has experienced. Smallpox scars have been found in mummies and are mentioned in ancient texts in India and China. The Europeans took the virus that causes smallpox with them to the Americas and Australia and may have used it for biological warfare against the original inhabitants. Bengal and Bangladesh has a long association with smallpox. It was finally eradicated from Bangladesh in 1975. The last case was that of Rahima Banu (pictured). A lesson learnt to eradicate the recent Novel Corona virus? The songs in this week’s program were sung by Jayati Acharya from West Bengal. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Life in locked-down city and home confinement - Darwin and Hobart [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
06 Apr 2020 MP3

This week's program presented part two of the overview of life of Bangladeshi expatriates during the current COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in Australia. Continuing on from last week's program, it spoke to Bangladeshis in two major Australian cities: Darwin and Hobart inquiring about their communities and their activities to support people during the crisis period. It spoke to Mr. Chowdhury Sadaruddin and Mr. Abdul Quader in Darwin, Northern Territory, and Dr. Ashfaqur Rahman in Hobart, Tasmania. Bangla Radio Canberra gratefully acknowledge the use of audio clip from one YouTube video posted by Mr. Shafin Ahmed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The song 'Lean on Me' played in the program was sung by Bill Withers, an American singer-songwriter and musician who died a week ago. The second song 'Andrà Tutto Bene' was composed and performed by Cristóvam with a video concept created and directed by Pedro Varela. It is a message of hope and courage for everyone around the globe. The song has been dedicated to the doctors, nurses, those who are out there fighting for us and to those that stay home protecting their loved ones. The background theme music used in the program 'Prayer for Enlightenment' was played by Chris Kimber. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah. [Note: (1) As mentioned in the program, the 'Community SOS' website to register as volunteer or to receive support in the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW is https://sites.google.com/view/community-sos/home?fbclid=IwAR2zzCH_Q-X0z-yTcmzMhkmA96KZWFK85CDnu1QMltGZ6u1fcIx4xyJz6bM (2) The website for Bangladesh High Commission in Australia is www.bhcanberra.com and their emergency hotline numbers are 0416285069, 0410616803 and 0476025032. (3) For latest information about Coronavirus in Australia visit www.health.gov.au or download the Australian Government 'coronavirus australia' mobile app.]

Coronavirus - it's molecular structure, mode of action, nature of virulence, and vaccine development programs in Australia and overseas [Image: abc.net.au]
20 Apr 2020 MP3

This week's program discussed about SARS-CoV-2, the notorious Novel Corona Virus responsible for the current global pandemic COVID-19. Science communicator Dr Tanvir Hossain interviewed renowned molecular geneticist Dr Abed Chaudhury to discuss various aspects of SARS-CoV-2 to reveal it's molecular structure, mode of action, nature of virulence with a particular emphasis on human immunological response. They also discussed about the progress of different vaccine development programs in Australia and overseas. The efficacy of experimental antiviral drugs currently being used as a therapeutic remedy against COVID-19 was further discussed. The background theme music used in the program 'Peace Mantra' was played by Chris Kimber. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Climate change and devastating Australian bush-fires [Photo: (main) abc.net.au / (inset) Tulip Chaudhury]
11 May 2020 MP3

This week's program presented an interview with Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussing the impact of climate change on the Australian environment, particularly the devastating annual bushfires, and his research on new technologies for reversing climate change using microbial biology. A renowned genetisist and molecular biologist, Dr. Chaudhury is currently leading this research on natural solutions to climate change for an Australian company. The interview was recorded by popular science communicator Dr. Tanvir Hossain. The beautiful song 'Ami ghorey boshey thaki sharadin' was sung by Riddhindra Narayan Ray. The background music 'Trail of Tears' used in the program was taken from album 'The Music of the Great Smoky Mountains' by Gary Remal Malkin. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

New Generation's Voice: Our experiences as Australia heads to the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic [Photo: Ehsan Ullah]
01 Jun 2020 MP3

This week's program, presented by the new generation members of the Bangladeshi community, gave an update of life in Canberra as Australia heads to the recovery phase of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. It beautifully captured their experiences of transiting to the new reality - a new norm. The background pieces 'A time ago' and 'The innocent land' used in the program was played by Gary Remal Malkin in album 'The music of the great smoky mountains'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adnin Zahid and Adiba Ahmed.

Relationship between bats, pangolins and humans [Photos: A bat flying at night (main photo) and a pangolin foraging for food (inset) / Source: med.stanford.edu and bioweb.ulax.edu]
29 Jun 2020 MP3

This week's program investigated the evolutionary relationship between bats and pangolins and humans. All of these animals are closely related mammals. Bats have a powerful health defence system that leads to the development of rapidly-multiplying viruses. It is thought that the COVID-19 virus initially moved into humans from bats, possibly via an unknown intermediary. It is clear that human activities are responsible for the transfer of the COVID-19 virus into people. The singers of the songs played in the program were Prottoy Khan with Ayesha Moushumi and Abbasuddin Ahmed. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Introducing ACT Greens candidate Mr. Mainul Haque to the new generation [Photo: Mainul Haque]
13 Jul 2020 MP3

This week's program introduced Mr. Mainul Haque to the new generation members of Canberra Bangladeshi community. Mr. Mainul Haque is a representative of the Australian Greens in the seat of Yerrabi for the coming Australian Capital Territory (ACT) election in October 2020. This week's program presented an interview with Mr. Haque where he discussed how his party's manifesto will address the specific needs of the multicultural community in Canberra, benefit the younger generation and resolve the critical issues of Canberra residents. The background music piece: 'The innocent land' used in the program was played by Gary Remal Malkin in album 'The music of the great smoky mountains'. This week’s program was produced and presented by Adiba Ahmed.

Sleep science and disorder [Photo: A tomato vendor asleep in Dhaka/chinadaily.com.cn]
07 Sep 2020 MP3

This week’s program focused on something we all do - 'sleep'. In the program we hear from Dr. Humayun Kabir, a well-known sleep researcher and physician, who is the director of a sleep clinic in the USA, about the various stages of sleep and the solutions to common problems with getting to sleep. In addition Mr. Masuduzzaman Masud, who oversees a sleep clinic in Dhaka, Bangladesh described the problem of 'sleep apnea' - a common disorder that can have devastating consequences. Mr. Masud described the test for sleep apnea that is now available in Bangladesh. The song played in this week’s program was sung by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

The origin and possible fate of the universe - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Photo: Dr. Tanvir Hossain / The centre of the Milky Way galaxy]
05 Oct 2020 MP3

This week's program presented two articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. He is also a passionate astronomy photographer capturing the Milky Way Galaxy clearly visible in Canberra night sky. These articles written in easy to understand language beautifully described (1) the origin of our universe, and (2) the story of Bangladeshi scientist Prof. Jamal Nazrul Islam and his pioneering research on the ultimate fate of the universe. The articles were collected from Dr. Hossain's Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. The background theme music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Science - Blackhole and Time travel - articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain, agricultural scientist and science writer [Image: education.abc.net.au]
12 Oct 2020 MP3

This week's program, on popular demand of the listeners, presented another two articles by Dr. Tanvir Hossain on space-time and time travel. Based in Canberra, Dr. Hossain is a senior agricultural scientist with an Australian government agency and a dedicated science writer. The articles written in easy to understand language beautifully described (1) the concepts of blackhole, whitehole and quantum space-time, and (2) what is 'time travel' - is it really possible? The articles were collected from Dr. Hossain's Facebook page that is followed by a large group of science enthusiasts around the globe. The background theme music used in the program was played by Chris Kimber. This week’s program was produced and presented by Shamsuddin Shafi Biplob.