Brahmanbaria-2 MP Ukil Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan passed away at a hospital in Dhaka early Saturday. He was 84. The five-time MP breathed his last at 3 am while undergoing treatment at the capital’s Evercare Hospital, said his son Mainul Hasan Tushar. He had been suffering from kidney disease for long and was admitted to the hospital a week back when his condition worsened, he said. Read: Lakshmipur-3 MP Shahjahan Kamal passes away The estranged BNP leader, who served as the state minister for Law, Fisheries, and Land ministries under the 4-party coalition government after 2001 election, will be buried at the family graveyard in Sarail upazila. He was born on January 16, 1939 at Parmanandpur village under Aruail Union of the Sarail upazila. He served as the president of the Brahmanbaria district BNP for a long time. Abdus Sattar was last elected from Brahmanbaria-2 (Sarail-Ashuganj) constituency as an independent candidate in February this year. In 1979, he was elected as an independent candidate from Comilla-1 constituency and later from Brahmanbaria-2 constituency in the 1991 and 1996 elections with BNP nomination. Read: Ex-MP Panna Kaiser passes away After the 2001 election, Sattar served as technocrat state minister for Law, Fisheries, and Land ministries under the 4-party coalition government. He was also elected MP in the 2018 election with BNP ticket. The veteran politician resigned from MP post for Brahmanbaria-2 constituency in line with the party’s decision last year. He also resigned from all posts of BNP including that of BNP chairperon’s adviser. Read more: Ex-Dhaka University professor Rowshan Jahan passes away Later, Sattar contested the by-election as an independent candidate amid nationwide discussion and won the election held on February 1.
Former Aviation and Tourism Minister and Lakshmipur-3 MP, AKM Shahjahan Kamal, passed away at a hospital in Dhaka early today. He was 74. Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, younger brother of the deceased and pro vice chancellor (academic) of Dhaka University, confirmed the death, saying that his elder brother breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital in Dhaka around 3:30 am. Read: Ekushey Padak-winning dancer, actor Zinnat Barkatullah passes away His first Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at the south plaza of the parliament at 11 am today, and he will be laid to rest at the family graveyard after a second Janaza followed by Asr prayer at Laharkandi union in Sadar upazila of Lakshmipur. Read: Salahuddin Zaki, director of ‘Ghuddi’, passes away Shahjahan Kamal, a heroic freedom fighter and former president of the district unit of Awami League, was elected from the Lakshmipur-3 constituency in the 2014 and 2018 elections with the boat symbol. He served as minister for aviation and tourism for around one year after winning the 2018 election. Read more: Natore-4 MP Abdul Kuddus passes away
Prime Minister Sheikh Hadina today expressed profound shock and sorrow at the demise of pro-Liberation War veteran journalist and former president of Chattogram Press Club, Helal Uddin Chowdhury. Read: PM condoles death of noted journalist, freedom fighter Shahjahan Mia In a condolence message, she prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family. Read: PM condoles death of Zeenat Barkatullah Helal Uddin, Chattogram bureau chief of the national Bengali daily Jai Jai Din, died of cardiac arrest at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital on Friday evening. Read more: PM condoles death of physicist Bikiran Prasad Barua
Revered Bangladeshi dancer and actor Zinnat Barkatullah passed away on Wednesday afternoon. Zinnath, who had been suffering from several health complications, breathed her last at 4:45 pm at her Dhanmondi residence, according to her daughter and renowned actor Bijori Barkatullah. The eminent dancer was hospitalized back in March this year with a lung infection and brain haemorrhage and was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for five days. Dhallywood’s modern-day ‘Starmaker’ Sohanoor Rahman Sohan dies at 57 She went through several complications after being infected with COVID-19 in 2020, including three brain strokes, sleep apnea, high diabetes and high blood pressure. Her husband and renowned producer at Bangladesh Television Md Barkatullah lost his battle against COVID-19 on August 3, 2020. 'Hok Kolorob'-famed lyricist Rajib Ashraf no more In her illustrious career, Zinnat Barkatullah served as the director of the Production Department as well as the Dance and Music departments at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) since 2002. She attended the Performing Arts Academy after receiving her Master's degree in Sociology from Dhaka University and also earned a six-year diploma from the Bulbul Lalitakala Academy. As an accomplished dancer, she is trained in Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Folk dance format. She acted in more than 80 dramas for various television channels, after debuting with the BTV drama ‘Maria Amar Maria’ in 1980. Poet Mohammad Rafiq passes away For her contributions to the field of dance and acting, she received prestigious awards including UNESCO award, Natya Shabha Award, BACHSAS Award and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, to name a few. For her majestic contributions to the field of dance, Zinnat Barkatullah was honoured with the Ekushey Padak, the second-highest civilian award in the country, in 2022.
Dhallywood’s legendary filmmaker, producer and organiser Sohanoor Rahman Sohan passed away due to a brain stroke on Wednesday evening at Crescent Hospital, Uttara in the capital. He was 57. He breathed his last at 7 pm, according to Director’s Guild Bangladesh General Secretary S M Kamruzzaman Sagar. This happened after his wife died on Tuesday evening, after suffering a stroke. Sohan himself was suffering from neuro disease for a long time, according to the people close to him. The director was supposed to go to Japan for better treatment. News of his death has cast a shadow of mourning in the film fraternity. Known as the modern-day ‘Starmaker’ for launching the successful careers of superstars such as Salman Shah, Moushumi, Shakib Khan, Poppy and others - Sohanoor Rahman Sohan started his film career as an assistant director to the eminent filmmaker Shibli Sadiq. He made his directorial debut with 'Bisshash Obisshash' (1988). However, his breakthrough film hit the theatres in 1993 with the movie ‘Keyamot Theke Keyamot’, starring the debutant duo Salman Shah and Moushumi. The film was a remake of the Bollywood film ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ (1988). With the film ‘Ananta Bhalobasha’ in 1999, Sohan offered Shakib Khan, the biggest superstar in the current day Dhallywood. ‘Amar Ghor Amar Behesht’, ‘Shotter Bijoy’, ‘Amar Desh Amar Prem’, ‘Poran Jai Joliya Re’, ‘Koti Takar Prem’, and ‘Ek Mon Ek Pran’ are some of his other notable films. Besides his successful directorial career, Sohan also served as the President, Secretary General and Vice President for the Bangladesh Film Directors Association, and also served as a member of the Bangladesh Film Censor Board.
Former State Minister for Relief and President of Moulvibazar district chapter BNP Advocate Ebadur Rahman died of old age complications while undergoing treatment at a Dhaka hospital on Wednesday afternoon. He was 85. Hasan Ahmed Javed, son-in-law (eldest daughter’s husband) of the former lawmaker who was elected from Moulvibazar-2 constituency (Borolekha and Jhuri upazilas), confirmed it, saying that his father-in-law breathed his last around 3:30pm while undergoing treatment at Ibn Sina Hospital in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi. Read: BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf returns home from Singapore after treatment His first namaz-e-Janazae was held in Dhaka’s Lalmatia, and he will be buried at his family graveyard in Moulvibazar followed by two other funeral prayers. He is survived by four daughters, grandsons and granddaughters and a host of well-wishers. Read more: Ex-religious affairs minister Motiur Rahman no more
"Hok Kolorob"-famed lyricist and filmmaker Rajib Ashraf has passed away. He breathed his last on Friday morning at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Rajib's elder brother Ashraful Aaam Babu, and friend and musician Sina Hasan confirmed the news of his demise to the media. Read : First-ever Bangla-dubbed Thai movie ‘Bad Genius’ to be released on Bongo tomorrow Rajib had been suffering from asthma for a while and was taken to the hospital after his condition deteriorated last night, said Sina. Rajib's namaz-e-janaza will take place at Baitul Mukarram Mosque after Asr prayer on Friday. After that he will be laid to rest at Mirpur-11 Jannatul Mawa Graveyard, he said. Celebrities and his close acquaintances have been sharing their grief and love for the revered lyricist on their social media handles after being informed about his untimely demise. Regarded as one of the most talented and versatile lyricists in the modern era of Bangladeshi urban music, Rajib Ashraf garnered massive popularity for his collaborations with musician Arnob. Read : Mostofa Sarwar Farooki makes acting debut in Chorki's 'Something Like an Autobiography' With "Hok Kolrob", the title track of Arnob’s second studio album, Rajib became popular among music lovers for his lyrics. The duo then worked on creating a handful of fan-favourite tracks, including "Prokrito Jol", "Naam Chilo Na", "Ghum", "Dhushor Megh", "Rod Boleche Hobe", "Prtoddhoni", "Ekta Meye", "Mon Kharaper Ekta Bikel," and also the song "Boka Chaad" for Redoan Rony’s film "Icecream". He also penned lyrics for the telefilms made by cellular company Airtel, including popular songs such as "Jolkona Ure Jay", "Valobashi Tai Valobeshe Jai", and more, as well as jingles for companies including Banglalink, Mojo, Seven Up, and Banglalink. A passionate creative in the commercial and documentary filmmaking industries, Rajib worked for several creative agencies and also made a film on the Bangladesh Games. Read : Obituary: Alluvial Man moves on Rajib Ashraf has also acted in plays and telefilms, including Ashutosh Sujan's "Tiner Tolowar," Animesh Aich's "Holud," Nurul Alam Atique's "Mojider Television," and Amitabh Reza's "Ekta Phone Kora Jabe Please." His last televised interview was broadcast on Maasranga Television as part of its "Ranga Shokal" talk show back in August this year.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of veteran cinematographer Afzal Chowdhury. In a condolence message, the Foreign Minister prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members. Read: PM mourns death of Natore-4 MP Abdul Quddus Afzal Chowdhury breathed his last on Thursday in a hospital in the capital. He was 92. Born in Sirajganj in 1931, Afzal Chowdhury was fond of photography from an early age. He shot many cinemas in Dhaka under the direction of renowned novelist, writer and filmmaker Zahir Raihan and many others. Read: President mourns death of former minister Motiur Rahman
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of National Emeritus Scientist Dr Kazi M Badruddoza, who was also the inventor of well-known “Kazi Guava”. “The death of this renowned agricultural scientist and successful agricultural organiser has caused an irreparable loss to the country in the field of agriculture,” Sheikh Hasina said in a condolence message. Read: President mourns death of former minister Motiur Rahman She said that Dr Kazi M Badruddoza will be remembered by the countrymen through his creative work. The PM prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the members of the bereaved family. Read more: ‘Lost a faithful political companion’: PM mourns death of Principal Motiur Rahman
Renowned business entrepreneur, sports organiser, publisher, writer and Chairman of Gemcon Group Kazi Shahed Ahmed died on Monday. He was 83. He breathed his last at 7.15 pm. Born in Jashore in 1940, Kazi Shahed was one of the founding platoon commanders of the Bangladesh Military Academy. After completing his graduation in engineering, he served diligently in the Bangladesh Army for 14 years. Also read: Jugantor senior reporter Habibur Rahman dies at 42 His business career began with the establishment of Gemcon Group in 1979. Kazi Shahed, a name synonymous with innovation, has left an indelible mark throughout his life. The pioneer of modern journalism in Bangladesh, esteemed editor Kazi Shahed spearheaded the emergence of 'Ajker Kagoj' which played a pivotal role in ushering in a new era of journalism in the country. Also read: Veteran journalist M Shahjahan Miah no more Under his leadership, ‘Ajker Kagoj’ had emerged as a key player in championing free speech and embodying the spirit of the liberation war. He was also the driving force behind another esteemed daily ‘Khoborer Kagoj’. His non-profit initiatives include University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and Kazi Shahed Foundation. His wife Amina Ahmed is a renowned Rabindra Sangeet singer. Kazi Shahed has also made a notable contribution in literature. His inaugural book was published in 1995. In 2013, at the age of seventy-three, his first novel 'Bhairab' was published. Also read: Noted journalist Setara Musa passes away Kazi Nabil Ahmed, the eldest of three children of Kazi Shahed, is a politician of Bangladesh Awami League and a current member of parliament. He is also the vice-president of Bangladesh Football Federation. His son Kazi Anis Ahmed is a renowned writer and publisher of the English-language daily newspaper Dhaka Tribune and the Bengali-language online newspaper Bangla Tribune and the literary magazine Bengal Lights. His younger son Kazi Inam Ahmed is the director of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).