Facebook has been Banned by Nepal Government

Posted on | augustus 7, 2012 | No Comments

In the central administrative wing of Nepal Government Singha Durbar FACEBOOK has been officially banned. According to sources FACEBOOK was banned with due in consideration from the IT department reasoning more visits and clicks to the website.The social networking site has been seen as a huge threat from office effectiveness and efficiency where employees are seen chatting and wasting their times and resources.

In the past few incidents workers have been caught writing their dissatisfaction in their status update and leaking official information in regards to their professionalism and personal life.
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Climate Change Erodes the Ozone Layer

Posted on | augustus 7, 2012 | No Comments

According to recent research climate change may damage the protective ozone layer, which protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation that causes skin cancer, cataracts, suppresses the human immune system, and damages crops and ecosystems.

The new research published by Harvard University found that extreme weather like climate-driven summer thunderstorms might introduce more water into the stratosphere, which can erode the protective ozone layer over the US and elsewhere.

This study draws attention to the urgency of our efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Reducing SLCPs could cut the rate of global warming by at least half for the next several decades, prevent up to 4.7 million premature deaths each year and prevent billions of dollars in crop losses.
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Kenya’s Biosafety Authority trains staff, prepares country for trading in GMOs

Posted on | augustus 7, 2012 | 1 Comment

Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority has Monday organised a four-day first national biosafety conference and training workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The authority hopes to train registered staff to certify trading in Genetically Modified products.

Speaking to Africa Science News in Nairobi Monday, Dr Willy Kiprotich Tonui, the Chief Executive Officer, NBA said the trainees will undergo through courses in introduction to biotechnology and biosafety regulatory framework in Kenya, introduction to emergency responses and occupational health and safety, introduction to biosafety levels and bio-containment, laboratory design and biosafety cabinets , risk assessment concepts and methodologies and infectious substance shipping and transportation.

Dr Tonui said staff from biosafety professionals, researchers, laboratory technicians, engineers have come out for the training.
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Copts demonstrated in front of Morsi’s palace against unsolved problems in Dahshur village

Posted on | augustus 6, 2012 | No Comments

Dozens of Copts protested in front of the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Cairo, on Sunday against the forced migration of Christians from Dahshur, Giza. The protesters chanted: “Where is Dahshur’s right?” and held banners with the slogans: “Where is justice? Why did they kick out the Christians?” and “What does Morsi want? Does he want us to kiss his feet?” 

The Christians left Dahshur village after clashes that started last week, when a Coptic launderer burned the shirt of one of his Muslim customers when he was ironing it. The fight escalated and one Muslim, Moaz Mohamed Mohamed, got seriously wounded. All accounts agree that the injured was a passerby, and that the fight started as a regular not sectarian argument. The village used to boast of a happily integrated Muslim and Christian community with growing business prospects that encouraged Copts to move there from neighbouring villages.
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5000 Miles Bicycle Ride For Climate Awareness

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Ashrafuzzaman Ujjal and Muntasir Mamun with their tandem bike in USA. Image courtesy Trashmaniac.com

For many people the idea of climate change is of growing concern as they are not directly threatened. The people of Bangladesh however are becoming increasingly alarmed at the potentially devastating consequences of the sea level rise and climate change. The USA has the highest consumption of plastic based product and the largest consumer market for bottled water. Each year, Americans throw away some 28 million tons of plastic waste.

Muntasir Mamun and Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman Ujjal, two activists from Bangladesh are riding this summer on a tandem bike to collect and measure the amount of plastic and other waste they come across during their 5000 mile journey from Seattle to New York.

Rayhan Rashid introduces them [bn] and their efforts in Nirmaan Blog:

Bangladesh is a country riddled with the perils of climate change. Two young men from this Asian country are riding on a tandem bike from one corner of USA to the other. They are collecting trashes like empty bottles and cans on the way and are recording them on their mobile phones. They are enduring the pain of riding through the deserts, with shortage of cash, constantly worrying about food and lodging. They are forging ahead overcoming all these obstacles to carry a simple but strong message on behalf of the people from a green delta near the Bay of Bengal.

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