March / April  2006




March/April Contents 

 Real Issues
 Malnourishment in
 South Asia


 South Asian issues
 Getting to know the
 past better



 News from elsewhere
 New animal species
 found in Indonesia

 Veggie chemical
 repairs DNA damage


 Bhera - the town that
 time forgot
- Part II

 World Bank in
 South Asia
 Grant to Afghanistan

Land management in

Urban services in


 Tollinton Market



 South Asian










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Amazing New Animal Species Found in Indonesia

 The golden-mantled tree kangaroo, the rarest of its kind, found in Indonesia

(Courtesy National Geographic)

A wildlife expedition (funded in part by the National Geographic Society) uncovered a treasure trove of animal species never documented before, in the Foja Mountains on the island of New Guinea in Indonesia.

Among the "lost" species researchers discovered (pictured here) is, the golden-mantled tree kangaroo, the rarest of its kind.

"It really was like crossing some sort of time warp into a place that people hadn't been to," said Bruce Beehler of the wildlife expedition he co-led in December into the isolated Foja Mountains on the tropical South Pacific island of New Guinea.

The conservationists found a trove of animals never before documented, from a new species of the honeyeater bird and a rare bird of paradise to more than 20 new species of frogs.

Conservation International, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, and the National Geographic Society funded the expedition.


Veggie Chemical Repairs DNA Damage and Prevents Cancer

A chemical in vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as well as another one found in soy, can increase DNA repair in cells. This could prevent them from becoming cancerous.

Links have already been established between eating certain vegetables and a reduction in cancer risk. These findings suggest a mechanism for why that might be the case.

Vegetables such as broccoli contain a compound called I3C, and one called genistein is present in soy beans.

These two chemicals increase the amount of BRCA proteins present in cells. These proteins prevent damaged genetic material from being passed from one generation of cells to the next.

Cancer cells typically contain low amounts of BRCA proteins, and faulty BRCA signaling heightens one's risk of some cancers, including prostate, breast and ovarian.


Road accidents are a leading cause of death and injury worldwide. In South Asia alone, road traffic fatalities are expected to increase from 135,000 in 2000 to 330,000 in 2020 (World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, WHO, 2004).
That's a 144 percent increase in deaths from road crashes.










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