May 17, 2021


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3 Bangladeshi women in the list of top 100 scientists in Asia

A list of Asia’s top 100 scientists has been published by the Singapore-based magazine ‘Asian Scientist’. The list includes scientists who have made significant contributions to research. That list also includes the names of three scientists from Bangladesh.

They are Salma Sultana, Ferdousi Qadri and Saima Sabrina. It is learned that these three women scientists had achieved international recognition in science and research before.

The list was published last Monday under the title ‘The Asian Scientist 100’. According to the website of Asian Scientist, this is the sixth time this list has been made. Researchers and inventors have been selected to play a key role in tackling this year’s major challenges, ranging from climate change to Kavid-19.

The website provides different identities and pictures of the scientists and brief descriptions of their research. In addition to Bangladesh, scientists from China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam topped the list. These scientists have played a unique role in research in various fields ranging from molecular imaging to quantum computing. Dr. Ferdousi Qadri is the Head of Immunology at the International Center for Diarrhea Research Bangladesh (ICDDR, B). Her efforts to prevent infectious diseases among children in developing countries are acclaimed around the world. He is one of the few people to have worked with affordable vaccines to protect people from the cholera epidemic for 25 years. She received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in 2020.

Scientist Saima Sabrina is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). She received the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientist in the Developing World in 2020 for her research on the use of nanomaterials.

And Salma Sultana is the chairman of the Model Livestock Advancement Foundation (MALF). He has a role in the development of veterinary education in Bangladesh. He has also set up a veterinary hospital with a laboratory for diagnosing animal diseases, which is the first in Bangladesh at the private level.

The Bangladesh-India co-produced film ‘Mayar Janjal’ starring Opi Karim has made it to the top 10 in the India Chapter of the International Film Critics. Jasim Ahmed, the producer of the film, said that ‘Mayar Janjal’ has secured the seventh position.

Like every year, The India Chapter of the International has selected the top 10 films in India in 2020. In addition to ‘Mayar Janjal’, the list also includes Malayalam films ‘1956 Central Travancore’ and ‘A’har’; ‘Sthalpuran’ and ‘Ashes on Road Trip’ in Marathi; Assamese ‘Bridge’; Hindi ‘Kosa’ and ‘Laila Or Saat Geet’; Tamil ‘Nasir’ and Kannada language film ‘Pinky Eli’.

Actress Opi Karim is happy that ‘Mayar Janjal’ has been included in the list of best films in India. He also hopes that the film will be liked by all classes of viewers. Earlier, ‘Mayar Janjal’ was selected in the official selection of the Asian New Talent Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival in China. There is also the inaugural exhibition of the film.

The screenplay of the film is based on two short stories by renowned writer Manik Bandyopadhyay, ‘Toxic Love’ and ‘Subala’. The film is directed by Indranil Roy Chowdhury. The name of the character in the film is Soma. The girl is from Kolkata. Married. Her family with her husband and only child. However, the husband is unemployed.

Soma works to teach her child in English medium. Kolkata actor Ritwik Chakraborty is playing the role of Opi’s husband. It was shot jointly by Bangladesh and India.