Rio+ 20: How ‘green’ is Green Economy?

February 14, 2012
Farida Akhter
Rio+ 20: How ‘green’ is Green Economy?

This June in Rio de Janeiro, the world leaders are going to meet in a summit called Rio+ 20 to mark two important events of the last two decades; the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED),
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Women: the targeted but invisible victims of tobacco

May 31, 2011
Farida Akhter
Women: the targeted but invisible victims of tobacco

Tobacco consumption and anti-tobacco campaign have so far been limited to men only. Women were seen neither as victims nor active users of tobacco products. The women’s movement has also ignored the issue. On the contrary, some form of feminism (not all) has been associated with smoking as being a sign of smartness and...
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Introducing GE rice!

October 5, 2010
Farida Akhter

Ten years younger than the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) observed its 40th founding anniversary in Gazipur on October 1. A cake cutting ceremony was followed by a colourful procession and discussion sessions to mark the achievements of the institution during last 40 years, established in 1970.
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Budget for agriculture: promoting unsuitable technologies and ignoring farmers

June 18, 2010
Farida Akhter

It is a matter of concern that agriculture is no more an independent sector in the national budget. The budget speech of Abul Maal Abdul Muhit, finance minister of the Awami League-led government on June 10, put agriculture under the section “Agriculture and Rural development”. The finance minister stated that...
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Bt Brinjal: India halts, Bangladesh moves ahead?

February 17, 2010
Farida Akhter
Bt Brinjal: India halts, Bangladesh moves ahead?

On 10th February, 2010 the State Minister for Science Yeafesh Osman tabled the “National Institute of Biotechnology Bill-2010″ in the National Parliament in Bangladesh. (http://bdnews24.com/details.php?id=153348&cid=2). The National Institute of Biotechnology is going to be an authority to set standards for highly controversial genetically modified (GM) foods and crops in Bangladesh. Four other bills seeking...
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