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4 surprising health benefits of tea

4 surprising health benefits of tea

As the weather grows chillier every day, now’s the perfect time to sit outside in the brisk fall air with a hot mug of tea. Doesn’t that just sound…so relaxing? Well, it gets nicer: turns out, just a few daily cups of black tea is associated with a 31% reduction ovarian cancer risk (compared...

Sterilisations kill 11 women in India

Sterilisations kill 11 women in India

Eleven women have died after undergoing sterilisation surgery at a health camp organised by the government in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. More than 50 others are in hospital - at least 20 are in a critical condition following the tubectomy operations. Eight Women Die, 15 Critical After Sterilisation Camp in Chhattisgarh http://t.co/BF0jmNSkJ6 (video) —...

Bangladesh substantially narrows gender gap: WEF

Bangladesh substantially narrows gender gap: WEF

Bangladesh has substantially narrowed the gender gap, scoring 11 percent higher over just eight years, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) today. The results were achieved by ensuring wider female participation in the economic sphere and creating access to better health and education service, the WEF report said. Bangladesh has...

Editor's Note

UNITE to stop this crime

This is not to push the panic button. But as studies suggest, chemicals are recklessly and deliberately added to most of our food items making them harmful, and sometimes fatally so.  Slowly but surely, we're poisoning ourselves, day after day. The government sometimes wakes up to the reality after media reports. Some fruits are destroyed, traders fined and then the government goes back to sleep and the whole affair goes into oblivion, as the media change focus. Sadly and strangely too,...

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HARDLY ANYTHING SAFE TO EAT

HARDLY ANYTHING SAFE TO EAT

Pinaki Roy and Shahtub Siddique Anik Gazi Shahab Uddin, a retired government employee, has lived his life. He now worries about his family, especially his six-year-old grandchild. In his youth, food adulteration meant, at best, watering down milk or tampering with mustard oil. But now almost every food item, from rice to candies, is either adulterated or tainted with toxic chemicals. The more the grandfather learns about food adulteration from media reports, the more helpless he feels. What will his grandchild eat? What is the future of the next generation? “There is no food item that can be served without hesitation,” said Shahab Uddin, a resident of Monipuripara in Dhaka and a regular...

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Why adulterate food, fruit

Profit, more profit

Profit, more profit

Helemul Alam and Jamil Mahmud with Robin Gazi It is mainly the wholesalers who are to blame for food adulteration. If not at equal level, growers and producers are also indulging in such unlawful and criminal activities. Not many retailers use chemicals like formalin and calcium carbide in food items, but they all know which...

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WHO GAINS FROM PESTICIDES?

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

Porimol Palma with Suhas Shankar Chowdhury Apart from the pervasive adulteration of food, excessive use of pesticides, often of below par quality, in the cultivation phase poses serious threats to human health. A new study finds that almost one-third of the pesticides used in farming vegetables and fruits in the country are substandard. This is forcing...

At cost of people

At cost of people

Abu Bakar Siddique, a vegetable grower at Shibganj of Bogra, became frustrated after his neighbour bagged higher profit from growing bitter gourd on a piece of land smaller than his. He was certain that his neighbour's success lay in applying pesticides twice a week. But Siddique, 50, who also works as a mason sometimes, had time constraints and could spray pesticides only once a week. He also had this faint idea that excessive use of pesticides is harmful for humans. But his neighbours and millions of farmers across the country are least bothered about it....

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WHO GAINS FROM PESTICIDES?

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

Apart from the pervasive adulteration of food, excessive use of pesticides, often of poor quality, in the cultivation phase poses serious threats to human health. A new study finds that almost one-third of the pesticides used in producing vegetables and fruits in the country are substandard. This is forcing farmers to apply excessive doses of...

Part-2
Why adulterate food, fruit

Profit, more profit

Profit, more profit

It is mainly the wholesalers who are to blame for food adulteration. If not at equal level, growers and producers are also indulging in such unlawful and criminal activities. Not many retailers use chemicals like formalin and calcium carbide in food items, but they all know which items are chemical-free and which are not. Experts...

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