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News of: Monday, 10th of January, 2011

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Stocks nosedive

The stock market lurched into a deep crisis, as it suffered the biggest fall yesterday in its 55-year history despite market sweeteners from the regulator.

Unite against govt's 'reign of terror'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday “one-person rule” has been established in the country over the last two years with the people made “slaves” to that person's whims.

Food ration system introduced for poor

Against the backdrop of price hike of food grain, the government has decided to introduce food ration system for the ultra-poor.

Stop forcing children into begging

The High Court yesterday issued a set of directives upon the government to stop abduction and maiming of children and forcing them into begging on the streets of Dhaka.

Mother, son murdered

Criminals brutally killed an elderly mother and her son inside their house in the city's Indira Road yesterday.

Cost should be within Tk 50,000

Fifty thousand taka should be the maximum cost for jobseekers migrating to Malaysia, said Bangladesh yesterday to a high-level Malaysian delegates, who are on a visit to Dhaka before they finalise the procedures of fresh labour recruitment.

Only 19pc pay tax, 70pc businessmen

Only 19 percent of 1,078 mayor aspirants pay tax, while 70 percent of them are businessmen, according to information submitted by candidates from 212 municipalities to the Election Commission.

JRC to talk15-yr Teesta water deal

Bangladesh expects to reach a consensus on a 15-year interim treaty on sharing of Teesta water in the secretary-level talks of Indo-Bangla Joint River Commission (JRC) in Dhaka today.

BSF kills two cattle traders

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Thursday night shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders on Ghoshpur border in India.

Bhutan PM due today

Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchen Jigme Yoser Thinley arrives here today on a five-day official visit.

Déjà vu!

You invest for yourself, may be for your children. But certainly not for your great great great great great great great great grandchildren.

Murder, graft accused in mayoral race

All the mayoral candidates of Ishwardi are accused in cases including those for attacking a rally of Sheikh Hasina and murdering two Jubo Dal activists. While in Dinajpur, candidates are charged with siphoning municipality fund.

Cabinet okays draft law on rehabilitation of vagrants

The cabinet yesterday approved the draft vagrant and shelterless people (rehabilitation) act 2010 in an effort to rehabilitate street people, with provision for lifetime imprisonment or death penalty for forcing anyone into begging.

Bangabandhu's Homecoming Day today

The nation observes the historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today.

Scrap approval of 2 housing projects

A parliamentary committee has asked the housing ministry to cancel approval of two housing projects of Eastern Housing Ltd on 1,850 acres of land at Banasree and Pallabi in the capital for violating land development rules.

Robbery at MP's house

Armed robbers made away with around 86 tolas of gold ornaments and over Tk 6 lakh from two flats, one belonging to a ruling party lawmaker, at Pallabi in the capital.

OCs of 34 municipalities transferred

Officers-in-charge (OCs) of police stations in 34 municipalities in five districts will be reshuffled before the upcoming municipality polls.

3 killed in tiger attack

Three people were killed in an attack by a tiger while they were collecting golpata in Sundarbans yesterday.

TIB sends hard copies to SC

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) the hard copies of its household survey on graft.

UK's coalition govt faces first ballot test

It's the first ballot box test of Britain's unlikely coalition government - a special election that pits Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party against his Liberal Democrat partners and gives voters a chance to vent over plans to dramatically slash public spending.

Editorial

Murders in the city

The murder of a tenn year-old boy and the severe injuries inflicted on his father in Gandaria on Saturday once more bring into focus the worries generated by unbridled crime not only in the city but also elsewhere in the country. Add to the gruesome murder of the boy (he was subjected to dunking in a bucket of water only because he saw his father being attacked by local criminals) the murder of a trader in Kamrangirchar. The body of the trader was found hanging from a ceiling fan. A few days ago, the decomposing corpse of a pesh imam was discovered in the city, with as yet no clear clue as to who was behind his murder. As a matter of fact, hardly a day goes by when some murder or the other is not committed in the nation's capital.

A major incentive to power plant and industry operators

In what appears to be breaking a gridlock in terms of local industries tiding over energy crisis on their own, the government has withdrawn import duty on furnace oil. This is a substantial incentive because it meant waiver on 37.5 percent levy on import. Given that paucity of gas has affected power generation that is critically dependent on this hydrocarbon, liberalising import of furnace oil or Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) looked somewhat unavoidable. More so, in a context where no one knows when government would be in a position to supply gas with appropriate pressure to industries to run their boilers and generators.

Sports

Shakib places his demand

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan stressed upon the need for a spin bowling coach in the team, especially with the World Cup less than two months away, though head coach Jamie Siddons felt that there should be a limit to the number of coaches a team can have.

'Windies knock my finest'

Daily Star Sport (DSS): How did it feel when you heard that you would play the 1999 World Cup?

Dust bowl turns paradise

It was once a dry, hard as rock outfield, complementing the bouncy matting wicket fitted on its grassless face. Cuts and bruises to the players were a very common incident. The so-called dressing rooms were long stools beneath the media box of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Russel join MSC on top

Sheikh Russel KC joined leaders Mohammedan Sporting Club at the top of points table of Bangladesh League after handing a single-goal defeat on Rahmatganj MSF at Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Beautification work in full swing

Repair and beautification work of Dhaka city ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup is going in full swing and is expected to finish by scheduled date of February 5, informed Colonel Abu Sayed Mohammad Masud, project director of Hatirjheel development project at a press conference yesterday.

India win Ntini's farewell match

Late replacement Morne van Wyk upstaged the millionaires of the Indian Premier League but couldn't stop India beating South Africa by 21 runs in a one-off Twenty20 international at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday.

Pakistan crush Kiwis

Pakistan's left-arm attack of Abdur Rehman and Wahad Riaz ripped through the New Zealand batting line-up on Sunday to seal a 10-wicket victory inside three days in the first Test.

Indian venues short on time

Just six weeks before the cricket World Cup, several venues including India's most famous stadium are chaotic scenes of cranes and rubble, raising fears they will not be ready in time.

Bangabandhu Gold Cup football

Isdair Govt. Primary School of Narayanganj moved into the final of the Banga-bandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament beating Charbaria Govt. Primary School of Barisal 2-0 in the semifinal at the bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Ban on Jimmy, Faruque

Striker Rasel Mahmud Jimmy and Faruque have been slapped with suspension and monetary punishment for their scuffle in the final of the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey Tournament last week.

Div II cricket

Farashganj Sporting Club won a thriller against Wari Club by just one run on the opening day of the Second Division Cricket League

Qatar Open Federer's

Roger Federer hammered out his determination to hang on to his Australian Open title when he brushed aside Nikolay Davydenko to regain the Qatar Open crown on Saturday.

School football

Dolair Par High School and Siddheshwari Boys' High School won their respective matches of the Ashiyan City Dhaka Metropolis School Football Tournament at the Abahani Club Ground in Dhanmondi yesterday.

Barca thrash Depor

Ballon d'Or finalists Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta scored a goal apiece as champions Barcelona continued their flawless away record with a 4-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday to move five points clear of Real Madrid.

Stevenage stun Magpies

Lowly Stevenage pulled off the giant-killing shock of the FA Cup third round on Saturday, upsetting Newcastle 3-1 on a day when several Premier League clubs were sent crashing out.

China start with a win

China's new generation made a winning start to their Asian Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory against 10-man Kuwait in their Group A opener at the Al Gharafa Stadium here on Saturday.

Dalglish feels honoured

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, the last manager to bring the English league title to Anfield in 1990, admitted on Saturday it was "a great honour" to be back in charge.

Theo says sorry for diving

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott apologised for diving to try to win a penalty during his side's 1-1 draw against Leeds in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Angola appoint Vidigal

Lito Vidigal succeeded caretaker Zeca Amaral as coach of Angola Saturday, the national football federation said in Luanda.

Robben back in groove

Dutch winger Arjen Robben made his long-awaited return after 231 days on the sidelines with hamstring problems as Bayern Munich thrashed local side Al-Wakrah 4-0 in a friendly in Doha on Saturday.

Ribery eyes two titles

Bayern Munich will return to winning ways in the second half of the Bundesliga season and can win two titles, the German giants' France international Franck Ribery said on Sunday.

Singapore to axe team

Singapore is considering disbanding its under-performing national soccer team in a development that has shocked the players, local media reported on Sunday.

Beckham's Spurs move off

David Beckham is unlikely to join Tottenham Hotspur on loan but may train with the English Premier League club instead, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said on Sunday.

Business

Muhith goes tough on stock protests

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday warned that the government will not put up with any vandalism and demonstration on the streets for a fall in prices on the stockmarket.

Kafco plans $1b plant

The Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Limited (Kafco) plans to set up its second plant to produce 3,000 tonnes of urea fertiliser a day.

Tax rules fuel shadow economy: TIB

Complex regulations and inefficiency of tax collectors are fuelling the shadow economy, according to a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study released yesterday.

Bangladesh Bank warns of shoddy multilevel marketing

Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked people to be cautious while putting their money in multilevel-marketing companies in the hope of higher returns as they yield high risks.

BB injects Tk 7,000cr into banks, non-banks

The central bank injected Tk 7,000 crore as liquidity support into banks and non-bank financial institutions yesterday. The amount is Tk 1,000 crore higher than the support given on Thursday.

Safe water for village in Sundarbans

An agreement was put in place yesterday to resolve the longstanding scarcity of safe drinking water for 2,000 people of Bon Laudob village beside the Sundarbans.

The Journal of Bangladesh Studies released

The Journal of Bangladesh Studies was released yesterday in the city for the first time with a promise to promote development and create a positive impact in the academic and policy spheres.

StanChart organises lifestyle fair

Standard Chartered Bank will organise a fair in the city on Thursday to Saturday for its corporate and priority clients.

Fair share of 'rare' air

The depletion of natural resources is inevitable. Their availability, volume and quality differ worldwide. Prudent policy ensures the citizen's fair share of the resources. Radio frequency, also known as spectrum, is a unique resource. This eternal and indestructible atmospheric asset is impossible to import or export. Unlike other resources, spectrum prevails with unvarying quality and quantity worldwide.

Tomatoes ripen farmers' outlook

One can hardly miss the festive mood spread in the air brought by the harvested tomatoes in Godagari upazila. Farmers, labourers and traders in the Barind tract of Rajshahi pass busy days with their crops across the fields.

Tomato reaps run low

Tomato cultivation has been proving to be a big boost for the agricultural economy of Godagari for almost a decade now. However, farmers feel tomato-farming lacks sufficient care and support by government agencies concerned.

Hard lessons for China from Japan's rise and fall

Something strange is going on in China: economic scholars are looking to Japan for inspiration.

Philippine tycoon focuses more on Asian customers

Armed with a fast-growing fleet of planes and enough junk food snacks to feed entire armies, Philippine tycoon Lance Gokongwei is striding out confidently in the world's most populous region.

Manmohan says economy may grow 9-10pc

The Indian economy is likely to grow between 9 and 10 percent from the next fiscal year that starts from April 1, after growing 8.5 percent in the current fiscal year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday.

Prices soar as ECB stares into eurozone divide

Inflation is on the rise as the European Central Bank tries to deal with diverging eurozone economic trends and China positions itself as a potential friend for indebted governments.

China targets deeper German ties

China and Germany, the world's top two exporters, should deepen their economic cooperation, a top Beijing official has said, ahead of a meeting on Friday with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Corporate Briefs

PHP FIRST MUTUAL FUND
The fund reported net asset value of Tk 10.05 per unit on current market price and Tk 10.22 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 10 on the close of operation on January 6. Total net assets stood at Tk 2,010,432,665.47 on market price and Tk 2,044,927,642.30 on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities.

Metropolitan

Cartoon speaks of city's water crisis, gridlock

With a pitcher of water, a father came to visit his daughter in Dhaka. The surprised daughter asked him the reason for bringing water from their village home far away.

Lessen extra burden of books on children

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it is not good to put extra burden of books on the children restricting their mental growth.

Free supplementary textbooks from 2012 on cards

NCTB has to print 2 crore copies of textbooks for distribution among class VI to IX students. Books include English, Bangla grammars & rapid readers.

200 tolas gold stolen from national temple

Around 200 tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 4.5 lakh in cash were stolen from Dhakeshwari Mandir in the city on Saturday night.

Sort out harmful objects from waste to save scavengers

Harmful objects should be sorted out from waste before throwing those into the dustbins or dumping sites, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

15 cross-examine two PWs

Fifteen accused of a BDR mutiny case yesterday cross-examined two prosecution witnesses while one of the witnesses gave depositions against 40 accused at a special court set up in Darbar Hall of BDR Headquarters at Pilkhana.

Injured father yet to know fate of his son

Bibhuti Ranjan Das, father of Shuvo who was drowned during a robbery at Gendaria on Saturday, is yet to know that the drug addict neighbour drowned his minor son.

3,000 copies of textbooks recovered from city school

A special team of National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) yesterday recovered over 3,000 copies of extra textbooks from a city school.

Allow them to go abroad

The High Court yesterday directed the government not to restrict former Dhaka University vice chancellor Prof Moniruzzaman Mia, and BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi to go abroad and return back to country.

Top US official due today

US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J Rapp arrives in Dhaka today on a five-day visit for a round of meetings with senior government officials, political leaders, civil society groups, and the media of Bangladesh.

Strengthen grand alliance

Industries Minister Dilip Barua at a rally here yesterday emphasised on stronger unity in the ruling party and among others of grand alliance to continue government's ongoing development activities.

3 cops killed in road crashes

Three policemen among four people were killed and 31 others injured in road accidents in Pabna and Netrakona on Saturday night and yesterday.

BNP programmes to celebrate Zia's birth anniversary

Opposition BNP chalked out an 11-day elaborate programmes to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of party's founder chairman Ziaur Rahman on January 19 in a befitting manner.

Concern over BSF firing

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed concern over the ongoing tension in Anantapur border area following the death of a Bangladeshi citizen shot by Border Guard Force (BSF) of India, says a press release.

Three muggers held in Savar

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people with firearms on charges of mugging from CNB area in the town on Dhaka-Aricha highway on Saturday night.

Convention for Adivasi Jan 14

Two-day long national convention of National Coalition for Indigenous People (NCIP) will start on January 14 at LGRD Bhaban in Agargaon in the city.

Paban's bail term extended

A Dhaka court yesterday extended till January 26 the bail term of Khondaker Akhter Hamid Paban, son of BNP Secretary General Khondaker Delwar Hossain, in a cracker blast case.

GP distributes blankets

Grameenphone Ltd has started distributing blankets in Northern Bangladesh from January 7.

'City schools overcharging fees'

Bangladesh Chhatra Union of Dhaka Mahanagar Unit yesterday protested the excessive admission fee in different educational institutions in the capital.

Eight Jica volunteers arrive

Eight members of Jica volunteers arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday for a period of two years of assignment, says a press release.

National

Biharis to play 'decisive role' at Saidpur town

Urdu speaking voters, commonly known as Biharis, are likely to play the decisive role in the upcoming municipality election in Saidpur 'railway town' as the community constitutes about half of 70,706-strong electorate in the area.

Three mayor, eight councillor candidates fined

Three mayor and eight councillor candidates have been fined in Gaibandha, Kishoreganj, Sunamganj and Lalmonirhat districts.

Giving the Gorai a new life

The ongoing excavation of the Gorai River bears bright prospect of ensuring natural flow of freshwater to the country's south-western region and saving the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, from salinity.

12 including two candidates hurt

Two councilor candidates and 10 others were injured in pre-election clashes between Awami League and BNP supporters in the last two days over municipal election in Borhanuddin and Lalmohon upazilas.

Mayor candidates in Bakerganj, Narail face voters

Mayoral candidates in Bakerganj and Narail have vowed to keep themselves free from corruption and work for development of their respective municipalities, if voted to power.

Election Fever

C'nawabganj: 63 polling centres 'risky' in 4 municipalities
Sixty-three polling centres out of 80 in four municipalities of the district have been identified as 'risky', said Police Superintendent Sajjadur Rahman.

Letters

Agriculture Year 2011?

Recently the Incidin Bangladesh and the Jatiya Krishi Parjalochona Committee Nagorik Porisor in a joint press conference at Dhaka Reporter's Unity urged the government to declare the year 2011 as “Agriculture Year” with a view to put emphasis on the development of our agriculture sector, the most important economic sector of Bangladesh.

Hazards of taking admission abroad

Every year a large number of students from Bangladesh go abroad for higher studies. They have to face a lot of problems during their application process. The major difficulty that they are often confronted with is the dilemma of sending their application fees. The new foreign currency exchange policy introduced by our government is very effective, but not in the case of students.

Garment factories in high-rise buildings

The media is regularly flooded with news of fires in factories located in high-rise buildings. Why this is allowed? It is not the norm in the industrialised countries. Besides, factories are set up in the residential areas of municipalities, where factory buildings do not exist. There is no publicity on these aspects for public awareness. The govt. should review the factory codes to save human lives.

A boy's death in police care

The news of death of a teenage boy in police custody, published in different national dailies on Dec 3, must have evoked emotions in all conscious readers. It was alleged that police of Jatrabari PS had picked the boy Sagor(17), along with others during the pre-hartal mass arrest while he was on his way home. According to the news, the boy was taken on a two-day remand and produced before the court on Nov 29. Afterwards, he was sent to Dhaka Central Jail where he fell sick in the morning on Nov 30 and the jail authorities admitted Sagor to DMCH where he died the same evening. DMCH morgue sources said that injury marks were found on different parts of his body and his lungs were badly infected.

Using Facebook

Facebook is a leading social networking website. We communicate with friends inside and outside the country through this site. Majority of the users of Facebook in our country are students.

Dhaka today

On 24th December, I heard the news on the radio that Dhaka's drainage system, roads and footpaths are being improved. But the statement only applies to the suburban and residential areas. The authorities should spend some money for developing the areas where the working class people live. They live in areas with bad drainage systems which cause severe diseases.

Proposed international airport

The government has started to acquire more than twenty five thousand acres of wet and agricultural land near the capital city for the purpose of constructing a new international airport. My first question is why suddenly it has become necessary to construct a new airport in close vicinity of another one at a colossal cost, leaving aside other burning problems of the country, whereas the existing international airport is capable of handling the present inflow and outflow of passengers quite comfortably?

Ban on polythene bags

The government banned the use of polythene bags in 2001 considering long term detrimental consequences. But regretfully, polythene bags are being used throughout the country, mostly in the capital. Every time we buy some commodities, the shopkeeper seems to be treating us with a polythene bag.

International

Sri Lanka floods kill seven, leave 750,000 homeless

At least seven people, including two children, were killed in mudslides in Sri Lanka where more than 750,000 people have been driven out of their homes by floods, officials said yesterday.

Saudi lists 47 Qaeda suspects abroad

Saudi authorities announced yesterday a list of 47 people wanted for suspected links to Al-Qaeda who are all abroad, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Indian police kill nine suspected Maoists

Indian security forces yesterday shot dead nine suspected Maoist guerrillas and seized explosives from a forest camp in the eastern state of Orissa, police said.

South Sudan, in song, dance, begins independence vote

Women broke out in song and men wrapped themselves in flags as voters in Southern Sudan began casting ballots today in a weeklong independence referendum likely to create the world's newest nation about five years after the end of a brutal civil war.

S Korea to relaunch tourism with North

South Korea said yesterday it would reopen tourist areas near the border with North Korea as tension sparked by the North's deadly shelling of a frontier island in November shows signs of easing.

Fresh unrest hits Tunisia

At least one person has been killed in fresh unrest over unemployment in Tunisia, eyewitnesses say.

Israel destroying chance for peace: Palestinians

Palestinian officials slammed Israel's demolition of an east Jerusalem hotel yesterday to make way for settler housing, accusing the Jewish state of destroying any chance of peace.

Two French hostages in Niger killed in rescue attempt

France has confirmed that two of its citizens who were kidnapped from a restaurant in Niamey, the capital of Niger, on Friday have been killed.

Clashes kill 11 amid fresh tensions in central Nigeria

Clashes killed at least 11 people in central Nigeria on Saturday amid fresh tensions linked to a political meeting and an attack on buses carrying Muslim passengers, a military commander said.

Foreign woman held on Iran border released

Iranian border guards have released a woman they were holding who, according to some reports, was suspected of being a US spy, state broadcaster IRIB reported yesterday.

Two Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed in Philippines

Philippine troops clashed with a group of Al Qaeda-linked militants on the southern island of Basilan yesterday, killing two of them and arresting a third.

Arts & Entertainment

Ali Raj Receives Merlin Award

In the international community of magicians, the much-coveted Merlin Award can be compared to the Oscars, or the Grammys.

A Taste of Success

A combination of self-confidence and hard work always pays off. Actor Mahfuz Ahmed is living proof of this aphorism. Tasting success in TV dramas, modelling and movies, the talented performer has earned a well deserved spot as one of the top actors of the time. Despite only a few appearances on the silver screen, Mahfuz has already picked up a National Film Award.

Classical Vocal Performance by Shipra Khan

To make a performance seem effortless is not that simple at all. Eminent Hindustani classical vocalist Begum Shipra Khan Sajeda, widow of the late Ustad Sagiruddin Khan, captivated the Dhaka music connoisseurs with her effortless performance last Friday. The performance was held at and organized by Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) in Dhaka.

Honouring the Great Bard

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, monthly literary journal Kali O Kalam held a publication ceremony and musical soiree at Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi in Dhaka on January 6.

Enlightenment Through Music

A two-day Baul Haat (congregation) and cultural show were held at Jhenidah Shilpakala Academy on January 7 and 8. A rally was brought out from the local Shilpakala Academy premises which paraded all the important roads of the town. 'Lathi Khela' was performed at the academy premises on January 7.

Setting a Trend

The weeklong Annual Art Exhibition 2010 began at Rajshahi University (RU) last Thursday with a view to familiarise young artists with Bangladeshi art and heritage.

OP-ED

Bracing for the energy crunch

That Bangladesh has to depend on the oil-exporting countries for the supply of its fuel to keep its wheel of economy moving need not be over-emphasised. Given the fact that the existing supply of natural gas in the pipelines is tapering off fast and that we are yet to command the technology and financial resources to access the untapped reserves of gas in the offshore areas, the spectre of energy crunch will continue to loom large on the horizon. Are we really aware of the danger facing us?

When the nightingale came home . . .

There was a sadness that enveloped him in the midst of that cheering crowd. As the truck carrying him and a whole phalanx of politicians and student leaders inched its way out of the old airport in Tejgaon, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman seemed tired after all those months in solitary confinement in Pakistan. More than that, he was clearly overwhelmed by the ecstatic manner in which his people, the newly freed Bengalis of his Bangladesh, were welcoming him home. It could have been a scene out of an epic tale. It could have been an image shaped by the imagination. It was neither of those. It was truly happening before us. We had watched history being made in Bangladesh in the nine agonising months of Pakistani repression. And here, right before us, stood the man whose inspirational leadership had finally thrown open the doors of freedom for us.


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