Fiel photo of gold barsCustoms intelligence at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport recovered gold bars and ornaments weighing around 406 grams from a passenger of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Abu Dhabi on Saturday, reports UNB.The passenger is Md Saidur Rahman, hailing from Koshba of Brahmanbaria.Officials at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) said tipped off, its officials started monitoring movement of Saidur Rahman just after he was landed by the flight of Biman at around 11:00 am.When he was about to cross the green channel of the airport’s customs, the CIID officials challenged him, said CIID director general Moinul Khan. Searching his body, they recovered three gold bars, which were kept hidden inside his underwear in a unique way, and several ornaments from his luggage. Total weight of the three gold bars and gold ornaments is 406 grams worth Tk 2 million Moinul said.
Kolkata: The state government has proposed to introduce the use of CNG as a pilot project for government vehicles. On Friday, Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari stated that the government has already taken up the issue with GAIL and it has been proposed that CNG will be supplied in tankers as no pipeline exists for the supply of CNG in the state. Later, in due course, pipelines will be laid after the experimental use of CNG sees success.On Friday, Adhikary inaugurated a transport expo in New Town. After inauguration, he informed that the state is mulling to crack down on vehicles aged more than 15 years coming from outside Kolkata, as per the direction of the National Green Tribunal to curb environmental pollution. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIntensive campaigns will be conducted with all wings in this regard. He said: “We will prevent the vehicles which are aged 15 years or more, from entering Kolkata from outside.” Apart from this, he also informed that the Chief Secretary has recently interacted with GAIL authorities, regarding the supply of CNG in Kolkata. Primarily, it will be supplied using tankers which are meant for government vehicles only. Later, pipelines will be laid to initiate full-fledged supply of CNG. “Our Chief Secretary has interacted with GAIL regarding the supply of CNG and GAIL has committed to him regarding the same. As of now, the lack of pipelines is the problem. Pipelines will be laid in future but it will take time,” the minister said. Transport secretary B P Gopalika has further informed that the CNG supplied by GAIL will primarily be available only for government vehicles as a pilot project.
With sedentary lifestyle being one of the biggest reasons causing infertility, doctors say consumption of artificially sweetened sodas and aerated drinks may also lead to infertility in humans.Aerated drinks contain an artificial sweetener, aspartame, which can disrupt the endocrine system leading to hormonal imbalance and infertility issues in women.”Almost all of the soft drinks and sodas contain aspartame which is linked to many health problems including infertility, malformations and miscarriages,” said Arvind Vaid, an IVF expert at city-based Indira IVF. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Excess consumption leads to hormonal imbalance and fluctuation that causes ovulatory disorders and even worsens PMS (Premenstrual symptoms),” he added.Stating that phenylalanine and aspartic acids are the two amino acids present in aspartame considered natural and harmless when eaten in combination with other amino acids, the experts said when they are taken unaccompanied, it stimulates the generation of free radicals which leads to cell death.”Sperm and ovum, being cells, have 90 per cent chances of dying when this is consumed in excess. It is advised by many doctors and experts to avoid anything that helps in the formation of free radicals in the body for the significance of reproductive health,” said Vaid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRachna Jaiswar, associated with Gynaecology Department of Safdarjung Hospital, said consumption of sugary aerated drinks restrains the immune system causing weight gain and hormonal imbalance, which strongly contributes to fertility issues. “Soda is a highly acidic beverage, which alters the pH level of the body with excess consumption,” said Jaiswar.Talking about the high consumption of aerated drinks and sodas by men, Jaishwar said due to lack of nutrients in a high pH atmosphere, sperm cells either get harmed leading to its abnormal shape and poor quality or eventually die. “Moreover Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that reduces the male semen quality, is found in the lining of plastic bottles and most canned goods. Men who consume soft drinks more often are at 4 times the risk of lowering their sperm count, motility and concentration,” said Jaiswar.Doctors also said most of the soft drinks are caffeinated and contain fructose, which are associated with a higher risk of ovulatory disorders and infertility among women. “Caffeine is known to be a vasoconstrictor that reduces uterine blood flow thereby reducing menstrual bleeding and shortening the duration of menses. Combination of caffeine, aspartame and fructose affects the sex hormones and the hormone receptors, even leading to infertility,” said Radhika Vajpayee, IVF expert based in Lucknow.