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From ‘Angry young man’ to ‘Angry old man’ – Amitabh’s ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’!

From ‘angry young man’ to ‘angry old man’ – Amitabh’s ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’!

June 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): He took Bollywood by storm as an ‘angry young man’. That was the early ’70s. He was in his early thirties then. Now, almost four decades later, Amitabh Bachchan is back to sizzle Bollywood as the ultimate ‘angry old man!’

Band Baja and Sort of Baraat for Jeet’s ‘Shotru’!

Band Baja and Sort of Baraat for Jeet’s ‘Shotru’!

June 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Now that the World Cup and IPL Series have finally concluded, ‘movie-star mania’ has returned with band, baja and sort of baraat - literally! Bollywood is sizzling with it – with all the new big banner releases, and Tollywood is not far behind!

It was very evident when ‘Shotru’ – the Bengali version of the Tamil blockbuster ‘Singham’ – staring Jeet, Nusrat Jahan, and Suprio Dutta was released in Kolkata last week.

Goutam Ghose's Award-Winning Feature Film Moner Manush (2010) Worldwide Television Premiere

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Calcutta, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Moner Manush, internationally acclaimed film-maker Gautam Ghosh’s (Exclusive Interview) latest film on Lalan Fakir produced by Rose Valley Films where Prasenjit Chatterjee (Exclusive Interview) has delivered a performance of a lifetime has achieved phenomenal success commercially as it had a run of more than 100 days. The joint Indian-Bangladeshi effort has bagged the Golden Peacock award at the IFFI, Goa and also the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

More Blood More Life: The National Blood Policy of India

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New Delhi, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies initiated World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in 2004. It takes place on June 14 each year and provides an opportunity for a united, national and global celebration on a day that has particular significance-the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system.The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, “More blood. More life.” This theme reinforces the urgent need for more people all over the world to become lifesavers by volunteering to donate blood regularly. The Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD), liaises with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), which jointly are sponsoring the WBDD.

Donation of Blood is a Sign of Kindness: World Blood Donor Day in India

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By Tarit Mukherjee

Every year India requires 40 million units of 250cc blood out of which only a meager 500,000 of blood units are available. Saving a life does not require heroic deeds.

New Delhi, India, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) "More blood, more life" is this year's theme of the World Blood Donor Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Every two seconds someone needs blood. Our blood helps more than one life at a time. Accident victims, premature babies, patients undergoing major surgeries require whole blood, where blood after testing is used directly. Patients suffering from trauma, anemia, and other surgeries require only red blood cells, which is separated from our blood. The procedure of splitting blood components is called Cytapheresis. Similarly blood platelets are used for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or for those undergoing treatment for dengue fever etc. Fresh frozen plasma is used for patients having massive transfusions, plasma is used for burns and cryoprecipitate is used for hemophilia.

Blood is needed at regular intervals and at all times as it has only finite time of storage. Red blood cells can be stored for about 42 days, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate for 365 days and blood platelets for 5 days.