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It was the winter of 1968-69 and I was posted as one of three additional deputy commissioners in Dacca (now Dhaka) in East Pakistan. The deputy commissioner was Khurshid Anwar, a very seasoned district officer of the CSP, whose duty it was to remain in close touch with political developments in those volatile times. This was the time when the Agartala case against Mujib ur Rehman and others was reaching its culmination. Political tensions were running high with the radical student groups of Dacca University, under Tofail Ahmed, virtually incharge of law and order functions in the provincial capital. It was because of the political strength of these student groups that the cricket Test match against the visiting MCC team under Colin Cowdrey was first abandoned and later reinstated. When the MCC team management, along with the British Deputy High Commissioner, went to call on Tofail Ahmed at the University, a day before match, he reportedly asked them what they wanted. Cowdrey said he wanted Tofail's assurance that the Test match could go ahead without any fear of disruption. Toftail reportedly said, "You have my assurance." The meeting lasted less than five minutes. The match in fact went ahead peacefully on a hastily repaired wicket which had earlier been dug up by the students when the match was called off from Islamabad.

The population and housing census is scheduled for March next year, 17 years after the last one was held, it was announced last week by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The news should be taken with a large pinch of salt. A census is supposed to take place every 10 years. The last one was in 1998, therefore this one ought to have taken place in 2008. Had that happened, the country would be preparing for a census in 2018. In short, we are actually two census behind. The big question is how can a country function without regularly updated census statistics of the population?
Khalil Chistee's sculptures showed his concerns about human being's understanding of mankind. He wanted people to get rid of their usual thinking pattern and think creatively that will slowly and gradually develop creative minds that will bring change in society as fresh ideas can bring little by little freshness to people's lives.
Sports scientists and trainers used to regard muscle stretching as an all-round performance booster, helping to prevent injury and sore muscles, but scientific studies have failed to back up either of these alleged benefits, German experts say.
Gold, tourmaline and platinum are materials for fine jewellery, but the cosmetics industry is now using them in exclusive skin-care products. Valuable substances from the depths of the sea such as caviar or pearls can now be found in luxurious creams. Fine delicacies such as truffles are also used as ingredients. Such products are not cheap, but they're becoming ever more popular.
The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now. The $15 million wind and wave machine at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science resembles a giant aquarium tank, without the fish. When lead scientist Brian Haus switches on the 1,700 horsepower engine, a roaring sound fills the $47 million building that houses the tank, known formally as SUSTAIN (SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere INteraction Facility).
The warm season of summer brings with it a variety of colourful fruits for you to enjoy and add to your good health. The one of the amazing, tasty and mouth watering fruit is mango. The fruit in its raw green form is full of vital vitamins and minerals. Eating raw mangoes (kairee) keep you younger and healthy. It prevents the early falling of teeth and prevents the bleeding of gums, bad odor and tooth decay.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln