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Memorable days: Improving a paper’s look to attract readers

Mostafa Kamal Majumder While improving the content of The New Nation, I simultaneously initiated measures to improve the getup and makeup of the paper. I noticed that the computer section was deciding how the getup should be like on a page to page basis. To accommodate headlines one simple option they had was to increase or deduce font size to ... Read More »

Don’t be misled by lower figures of Covid-19 cases

Bangladesh on Saturday reported 2,686 new Covid-19 cases as against 2,949 cases reported on Friday, a drop by 263 cases just in a day. Ordinarily, this would look like an improvement in the coronavirus situation in the country. But when one looks at the other figures of the numbers of samples tested on the two days one gets the actual ... Read More »

Memorable days: Narrow escape from bomb at Mushtaq’s meet

Mostafa Kamal Majumder Political violence in Bangladesh is an old phenomenon. I came face to face with a very destructive such violence on 23 May 1980 when a public meeting of Khondaker Mushtaq Ahmad came under a bomb attack in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. The largely attended meeting was organized at the end of a series of ... Read More »

Glorious days: Offer to be Press Secretary to the President

Mostafa Kamal Majumder As The New Nation became more or less self-reliant and I could respond to demands of working journalists to improve their working conditions in the paper with a mission to make it sustainable I got a phone call one day from President Iajuddin Ahmed to join him over a cup of tea, several months after the Army-backed ... Read More »

Glorious days: How AL made BNP alienate JP in Parliament

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Old Sangsad Bhaban at Nakhalpara was where I started my Parliament reporting. My seniors most of the time used to engage me to cover the question hour held at the start of sittings every day. The 1979 Parliament is sometimes referred to have had the richest composition with representation from Bangladesh’s political parties. The BNP had ... Read More »

Memorable days: Old Sangsad Bhaban now Prime Minister’s office

Mostafa Kamal Majumder At the close of a programme of the Ministry of Education at the Milanee Hall of Hotel Purbani International, education secretary Kazi Fazlur Rahman was exchanging views with journalists. Prime Minister Shah Azizur Rahman who was in charge of the education ministry had left soon after the end of the meeting. As I walked towards a side ... Read More »

Memorable days: The paper was flooded with reading materials

Mostafa Kamal Majumder Apart from two fresh editorials a day the inside pages of The New Nation started getting so much of up to date reading materials that those had to be accommodated through careful planning. Besides regular contributors like AK Faezul Huq, Matiur Rahman, Shahid Alam, Liaquat Hossain and Masum Billah my friend from New Delhi Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma ... Read More »

Memorable days: When Kamal takes me people think I still can work

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The inside pages of The New Nation needed to be uplifted to increase its readership. I found the district page was two days’ stale. The man in -charge was not computer literate and was totally at the mercy of the computer section. Of the two wire services, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) by then started transmitting news items ... Read More »

Glorious days: Wide DU teacher-student gap makes hit story

Mostafa Kamal Majumder I began attempting scoop news items apart from doing event-based stories and started attracting more attention of seniors and gradually made my place secure in The Bangladesh Times. One such report was on the worsening teacher-student relations in the University of Dhaka. The problem owed its origin to a rapid increase in the number of students after ... Read More »

Glorious days: Plugging in loopholes for economic baseline

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The proprietors of The New Nation did not ask me to look after the financial management of the paper. Yet I felt the burden because the journalists and general employees readily find the editor to tell of their sufferings due to irregular payment of salary and benefits. I thought why not try to lift the economic base ... Read More »

Memorable days: Sheer luck to join a paper full of luminaries

Mostafa Kamal Majumder It was a matter of sheer luck that I joined The Bangladesh Times at the start of my career in journalism. The paper was the most dynamic among four English dailies of Dhaka City at that time and was full of luminaries of English journalism in Bangladesh. The paper also had a solid foundation. Renowned editor of ... Read More »

Memorable days: Tough first few months to assert as editor

Mostafa Kamal Majumder After taking over as editor of The New Nation in May I spent some tough months for a variety of reasons. The proprietor used to subsidise the paper with his earnings from the Daily Ittefaq. The paper had about 100 journalists and general employees. The monthly salary bill was around Taka four hundred thousand which the paper ... Read More »

Memorable days in the career of an unsung newspaper editor

Mostafa Kamal Majumder When I was offered to be the editor of The New Nation, Dhaka on 4 May 2005, I had already worked there as Executive Editor for nearly two years. I thought it was time for me to take responsibility. The management of the paper was happy with the services I rendered as Executive Editor under editor Mohiuddin ... Read More »

দেশের প্রথম কম্পিউটার ও ইন্টারনেট সমৃদ্ধ জাতীয় প্রেস ক্লাব লাইব্রেরী

মোস্তফা কামাল মজুমদার নতুন সদস্যরা জেনে আনন্দিত হবেন, আমাদের সবার প্রিয় জাতীয় প্রেস ক্লাবে ইমেইল ইন্টারনেট সংযোগ স্থাপিত হয় জাতীয়ভাবে ইন্টারনেট ব্যবস্থা চালু হবার দুই বছর আগে ১৯৯৪ সালে। তার আগের বছর সেখানে কম্পিউটার সংযোজিত করে লাইব্রেরীকে সমৃদ্ধ করা হয়। সাংবিদকরা সমাজ জীবনের সর্বক্ষেত্রে নতুন দিগন্ত উন্মোচনের খবর সবার আগে জানান দেন। জাতীয় প্রেস ক্লাব লাইব্রেরীও সেকাজটাই করেছে। এখন এই ... Read More »

Eid-ul-Fitr in the midst of coronavirus pandemic

Mostafa Kamal Majumder After a month of fasting and self-restraint Muslims in Bangladesh, like those in the rest of the world, are celebrating the holy Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday according to the sighting of the moon. Traditionally the biggest religious festival in the country the Eid has come with a different flavour this time because of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic attack ... Read More »

Dangerous phase of coronavirus calls for more humane caring

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The coronavirus situation in Bangladesh is now at a very devastating stage. With limited testing facilities, more than one thousand new cases of infection are being found daily. The figures now speak for themselves. On Thursday the identification of 1,041 new patients was announced and the total cases rose to 18,863. With 14 more deaths, the tally ... Read More »

Address stigma and prejudices against coronavirus victims

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Narayanganj Sadar Upazila administration is campaigning to persuade the residents of a mahalla of the district town not to disturb the family of a doctor for contracting coronavirus. Shilpi Aktar, the doctor who has been seeing Covid-19 patients at the 300-bed hospital in the town for months finds 17 members of her family proving coronavirus positive. Read More »

The case of lockdown of Birdem diabetic Hospital ICU

The locking down of the Intensive Care Unit of the Birdem General Hospital, the best diabetic hospital in Bangladesh, after finding four out of five of its patients coronavirus positive is extremely shocking to say the least. All the doctors and nurses who worked at the unit have been sent on quarantine. Read More »

Keys behind World Press Freedom Index rankings

The latest world press freedom index, as before, puts the Nordic countries at the top of the table. Norway is number one among the first seven best achievers in the index. Finland, Denmark and Sweden occupy the second, third and fourth positions, followed by the Netherlands, Jamaica and Costa Rica at the fifth the sixth and the seventh positions. Reporters ... Read More »

People not in safety net count need to be seen and supported

Mostafa Kamal Majumder As the duration of the coronavirus lockdown is in the fourth week in Bangladesh beginning on March 26, new categories of people vulnerable to hunger are emerging. They are normally not the people to ask for support from the society or the government to feed them. With economic activities coming to a halt, scope of earning livelihood ... Read More »

Let’s support, celebrate our doctors, nurses

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A number of doctors have been reported coronavirus positive in the last few days. Needless to say, they contracted the virus after unsuspectingly seeking Covid-19 patients in Dhaka and several other districts. Like doctors paramedic nurses come into close contact with patients and run the risk of being contaminated. Read More »

Don’t allow vulnerable groups mix with people sans check

There is no scope for the health authorities to have a respite and allow important vulnerable groups of people carrying the risk of community spread of the coronavirus pandemic go and beyond its grips. The case in point is the Tablig Jamaat Bangladesh which advised its members to go back home from the ‘chillas’ (forty days of religious practice) at ... Read More »

With lockdown strengthened it’s time to expedite virus tests

Mostafa Kamal Majumder With the Muazzin (a man who calls devotees to prayers) asking devotees over loudspeakers on Monday to say prayers at homes, instead of going to mosques, five times a day, the public awareness about the war against the coronavirus pandemic has entered a new phase in Bangladesh. The same loudspeakers are normally used to pronounce ‘Azan’ calling ... Read More »