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DHAKA Tuesday 29 January 2014, 16 Magh 1420, BS 27 Rabiul awal 1435 HIJRI

Minister apologises for puffing in public
Publish Date : 2014-01-29,  Publish Time : 22:53,  View Count : 12
Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali has apologised for smoking on stage during a school programme on Monday, reports
In his Facebook status yesterday he promised that it would never happen again.
"I am utterly embarrassed by my picture published in several news media. I am not denying that I am a chain smoker, but smoking in public was obviously not the right thing to do," reads the Facebook status posted at 10.35am yesterday.
The minister has confirmed to that the status had been posted by him.
On Monday, Ali lit a cigarette at a function to award students of the Sylhet Border Guard Public School and College who scored the highest in last year's Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Primary School Certificate (PSC) examinations.
He was seen puffing, oblivious of the fact that smoking in public places including educational institutions was a punishable offence.
A parent who attended the function had told that when speakers were extolling moral virtues and advising students to dedicate themselves to the service of the country, "the minister felt like lighting a cigarette just then".
The social networking sites were flooded immediately with remarks on Ali's smoking fiasco.
"I sincerely apologise for the incident which happened  unconsciously. I hope you will pardon me considering my self-realisation," Ali wrote in his Facebook status.

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