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December 12, 2019 - Parveen Haque Sikder, M.P, Director along with Zainul Haque Sikder, Chairman and Monowara Sikder, Director of National Bank Limited, distributing blankets to the poor distressed people on the occasion of the death anniversary of late Mokfor Uddin Sikder, father of Zainul Haque Sikder at the premises of Z.H. Sikder University of Science & Technology in Bhedergonj in Shariatpur on Wednesday.
December 12, 2019 - Md. Rafiqul Alam, Managing Director of BASIC Bank Limited and Syed Aminul Kabir, CEO of May International Trade Services Limited, exchanging signing document at the bank’s head office in the city on Tuesday. Senior officials from both institutions were present.
December 12, 2019 - Syed Rafiqul Haq, AMD of Mutual Trust Bank Limited, receiving the ‘Excellence in Mastercard Co Brand Business 2018-19 & Pioneer in Mastercard Contactless Credit Issuance 2018-19 Award’ from Md. Ashadul Islam, Senior Secretary of Financial Institutions Division of Finance Ministry organized by Mastercard Bangladesh at a hotel in the city recently. Ahmed Jamal, Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank, JoAnne Wagner, Charged’ Affairs of US Embassy in Dhaka and Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager of Mastercard Bangladesh were also present.
December 12, 2019 - Choudhury Atiur Rasul, Director of PRAN-RFL Group Limited, receiving the highest VAT payer’s award for 2017-2018 from Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at a programme held in the city on Tuesday. RFL Electronics Ltd, Habiganj Agro Ltd and Natore Agro Ltd received the award in production category respectively. Top officials of concerned company were also present.
December 10, 2019 - Md. Rezaul Karim, Chairman, Board of Director’s of Shipper’s Council of Bangladesh, presiding over its meeting at its head office in the city on Sunday, while Ariful Ahsan, Senior Vice Chairman, Arzu Rahman, Afsar Uddin Ahmed, A K M Aminul Mannan (Khokon), Syed Md. Bakhtiar and Ziaul Islam, Directors of the organization were also present.
December 10, 2019 - Dr. Jamaluddin Ahmed, Chairman, Board of Directors of Janata Bank Limited, presiding over its ‘Branch Managers’ Conference of Sylhet Divisional office at its local office on Saturday. Md. Abdus Salam Azad, CEO, AKM Shariat Ullah, CFO and Hossain Yeahyea Chowdhury, Company Secretary, were also present.
December 10, 2019 - Mohammed Mahtabur Rahman, Chairman of NRB Bank Limited, handing over the key of an ambulance to the representatives of ‘Amina Begum Memorial Hospital’ in Aramnagar of Sarishabari in Jamalpur at the bank’s head office in the city recently. Khandakar R Amin, Mohammed Jahed Iqbal, Aminur Rashid Khan, Md. Abdul Jalil Chowdhury, Md. Motior Rahman, Directors and Md. Mehmood Husain, CEO of the bank were also present.
December 10, 2019 - Abdul Alim Munshi, Executive Director (Business Transformation) of Akij Food & Beverage Limited, receiving the ‘Best Brand Award-2019’ in the carbonated soft drinks category organized by Brand Forum at La Meridian Hotel in the city on Saturday. Muntasir Mamun, Assistant Brand Manager of the company were also present.
December 10, 2019 - IFAD signs deal with BD to launch micro enterprise project
December 10, 2019 - Mohammad Mobydur Rahman, Head of B2B, Partnership & Loyalty of Tonic (a digital healthcare service) and Md. Mizanur Rahman Mazumder, Managing Director of Port Land Group Limited, exchanging document after signing an agreement at Portland Sattar Tower in Chattogram recently. Under the deal, Port Land Group’s employees will have the opportunity to enjoy various benefits from Tonic. Top officials from both sides were also present.
December 9, 2019 - Nestle shared knowledge with farmers for sustainable agricultural practices
November 27, 2019 - Uber aims to decongest Dhaka with UberPOOL launch, Completes three years of operations in Bangladesh
November 27, 2019 - ICSB Council Meets with Commerce Minister
November 27, 2019 - Md. Golam Faruque, Managing Director of South Bangla Agriculture and Commerce (SBAC) Bank Limited Bank and Md. Asaduzzaman, Company Secretary of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) Limited, shaking hands after signing an agreement at the DPDC’s conference room in the city on Monday. DPDC ‘s Managing Director Engineer Bikash Dewan, Bank’s AMD Mostafa Jalal Uddin Ahmed, DMD Md. Mamunur Rashid Molla, DPDC Executive Directors Jayonta Kumar Shikdar, Md. Golam Mostafa, ATM Harun-Or-Rashid and ASM Shahidul Islam were also present.
November 27, 2019 - H. M Mostafizur Rahaman, SVP & Head of Cards of Dhaka Bank Limited and Halimuzzaman, Managing Director of Healthcare Diagnostic Center Ltd, exchanging documents after signing agreement at the premise of HDCL at Shyamoli in the city recently. Md. Shafquat Hossain, SEVP & Head of Retail Banking, Mukarram Hossain Chowdhury, EVP of RMG Division, Khondokar Mahedi Hasan, Manager of Board Bazar Branch of the bank and the HDCL’s Directors Rezaul Karim and Abdul Hye, among others, were present.
November 27, 2019 - Md Habibur Rahman, General Manager of Agriculture Credit Department of Bangladesh Bank, distributing agri-loan among the clients of Premier Bank Limited at Bashgari Branch at Bhairab in Kishoregonj recently. Sahadat Hossain, SEVP and Head of CRM, Md. Shahid Hassan Mallik, Zonal Head and Manager of Narayangonj Branch and Mohammed Emtiaz Uddin, Head of SME & Agriculture Banking of Premier Bank, among others, were present.
November 27, 2019 - M M Monirul Alam, Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Life Insurance Ltd and Ashraf Ahmed, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Riverstone Capital, exchanging documents after signing an agreement at the GLIL’s head office in the city recently. GLIL’s Directors Syed Nasim Manzur, David James Howard Griffiths, Syed Akthar Hasan Uddin, Barrister Nihad Kabir and Syed Afzal Hasan Uddin, among others, were present.
November 25, 2019 - Syed Waseque Md Ali, Managing Director of First Security Islami Bank Limited, inaugurating its new branch at Shahrasti in Chandpur on Sunday. Abdul Aziz, AMD, Md. Mustafa Khair, DMDs, senior officials of the bank and local elites were also present.
November 25, 2019 - Sheikh Fazle Fahim, President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), presiding over a Roundtable discussion on FBCCI E.R.P (Engage; Reflect; Plan of Action) at its auditorium in the city on Sunday. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, NBR Chairman Md. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and other business leaders were also present.
November 25, 2019 - Kabir Ahmed new president of BAFFA
November 25, 2019 - Md Abdur Razzak, founder Managing Director of JMI Syringes & Medical Devices Limited, presiding over its 20th AGM at a hotel in the city on Saturday. The AGM approved 30 per cent cash dividend for its shareholders. Zbed Ikbal Pathan, Chairman of the company and Hisao Nakamori, Director of NIPRO Corporation were also present.
November 25, 2019 - Public-private efforts to help banks provide better digital services
November 25, 2019 - Professor Md. Anwarul Azim Arif, Chairman, Board of Directors of Social Islami Bank Limited, inaugurating its 24th anniversary programme by cutting a cake at the bank’s corporate office in the city on Sunday. Md. Sayedur Rahman, Vice-Chairman, M. Kamal Uddin, Dr. Md. Jahangir Hossain, Directors and Quazi Osman Ali, CEO of the bank were also present.
November 24, 2019 - ICSB Organized Workshop on “Professional Progression in a Digital Era”
November 14, 2019 - Md Obayed Ullah Al Masud, Managing Director of Rupali Bank Limited, inaugurating its refurnished ATM Booth of Hatkhola branch at the branch premises in the city on Wednesday. Senior officials of the bank and local elites were also present.
November 14, 2019 - Elias Sarker, Managing Director of Brothers’ Furniture Limited, inaugurating its new showroom at Narayanganj recently. Sharifuzzaman Sarker, Director, Mohammad Monirul Islam Bokshi, Head of Marketing and Sales, senior officials of the company and local elites were also present.
November 14, 2019 - DB files charge sheet against 25 in Abrar murder case
November 14, 2019 - Babu upheld ideals and spirits of liberation war till his death: Quader
November 13, 2019 - . Khorshed Anowar, Head of Retail and SME Banking of Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) and Azharul Islam, CEO of Ace Autos Limited, exchanging documents after signing a MoU to established a platform to enhance the quality of auto loan service by sharing best value offerings for customers at the bank’s head office in the city recently. Senior officials from both the organizations were also present.
November 13, 2019 - Md Golam Faruque, Managing Director of South Bangla Agriculture and Commerce Bank, inaugurating ‘Rupatoli Banking Booth’ at Barishal City on Thursday. SEVP Md Altaf Hossain, Head of Digital Financial Inclusion Division Mohammad Shafiul Azam, local businessman Bijoy Krishno Dey, Global University Trustee Board Chairman Sayeda Arjuman Banu Nargis, Barishal Branch Manager Sayed Hafij Ahmed, among others, were present.

Tears for Humayun Ahmed: The Shakespeare of Bangladesh

Professor Humayun Ahmed, who earned a PhD in chemistry from North Dakota State University, and who was a scientist, writer, and a filmmaker, died aged 64 in the United States, after a nearly year-long battle against colon cancer. Every Bengali heart has grown heavier and heavier since his death.

Humayun was a custodian of the Bangladeshi literary culture whose contribution single-handedly shifted the capital of Bengali literature from Kolkata to Dhaka without any war or revolution. One of the remarkable things about Humayun’s long and distinguished literary career is his influence. His writing is so influential that people not only get psychological pleasure from reading his books, but usually end up becoming fans of his fictional characters, such as Himu, Misir Ali, and Baker Bhai. His creations generate the smells, sounds, and vibrations of feelings and moods, which are more powerful than all the unused hydrogen bombs in the United States. However, in death, Humayun’s celebrity status seems likely to exceed his popularity, even at the height of his fame. His funeral, which was held in Dhaka, became a Super Bowl-like event: millions of Bengalis from all walks of life flocked to the Central Shaheed Minar to say “Hasta la vista, Humayun Sir.”

Humayun’s death has proven that the tragic and completely unexpected passing of an icon familiar to millions can create an emotionally unifying experience for a nation. Bangladesh does not have oil, coal, or fossil fuel, but it’s still more united than many countries, such as Pakistan, because it had Humayun Ahmed-whose influence was strong enough to unite all Bangladeshis with each other emotionally. What, then, is our assessment of Humayun’s importance in world literature?

Humayun, who was known for his depiction of the tribulations of ordinary middle-class Bangladeshi life, reached the peak of his fame with the publication of Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works, winning admiration from literary critics, including Dr. Ahmed Sarif. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books-all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. This is something unheard of.

Furthermore, Humayun made a huge contribution to the field of fine arts, especially in film. He is hailed as one of the most influential architects of television drama of all time, authoring landmark sitcoms, such as Ei Shob Din Ratri, Bohubrihi, Ayomoy, and Kothao Keu Nei, which featured a fictional character named Baker Bhai, who was wrongly convicted and executed. Baker Bhai became such a popular character that before the last episode was aired, thousands of people across the country urged Humayun to change the script just to save his life, the life of a fictional character. This made Humayun a household name, which allowed him a great deal of autonomy for his future projects, motion pictures. His films have covered many themes and genres-addressing such topics as the Bangladesh Liberation War, the middle class crisis, and socio-economic issues. His first film, Aguner Parashmoni, based on the history of the Bangladesh Liberation War, was a huge success-winning National Film Awards in eight categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. His film, Shyamal Chhaya, was submitted by Bangladesh as an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. As with Satyajit Ray, Zahir Raihan, or Tareque Masud, it is difficult to calculate the full effect Humayun had on Bangla film. But he was indisputably the most talented Bengali filmmaker, more so than his three famous predecessors. In fact, I cannot name any other Bengali filmmaker who better illustrated the history of the country’s independence through film the way Humayun did; he was ahead of his times. Had Humayun done nothing else, the creation of such films alone would have entitled him to be one of the greatest Bengalis of all time.

It is true that Bengali literature would have remained piteously incomplete, and even imperfect, without the works of Humayun. However, it is also quite apparent that without the works of Tagore or Nazrul, Bengali literature would have broken up into mutually unintelligible dialects. Hence, it is fair to place Humayun after Tagore and Nazrul. However, Humayun never compared himself to Shakespeare, and not even to Tagore and Nazrul. He did not regard himself as a great writer.

In fact, I am sure that if anyone conducted a survey to list the five greatest writers of Bengali literature, Humayun would be third, if not first or second. Furthermore, one should consider what other great people have said about Humayun. Several years ago, I asked Muhammad Yunus how he assessed Humayun’s overall impact, and he replied, “Humayun’s works are the most profound and most fruitful that literature has experienced since the time of Tagore and Nazrul.” Al Mahmud, the poet laureate of Bangladesh, told me something similar: “One golden age of Bengali literature ended with Tagore and Nazrul and another began with Humayun.” Fiction writer Imdadul Haq Milon considered him to be the almighty lord of his Bengali literature, controlling all their actions and thoughts. If so, he is a generous lord, who is great because he created immortal characters, such as Misir Ali and Himu, and they, on entering our memory, become more alive than the living. Misir Ali is basically a rational psychologist committed to unraveling the mysteries around him through logic. On the other hand, Himu, who works with anti-logic, appears to possess strong intuitive power, though he dismisses his intuitions that come true as mere coincidence. Misir Ali forces us to realize that logic is above emotion, and Himu forces us to understand within ourselves that the better side of our nature should always struggle for dominance with our subtle dark side.

Although Humayun created literary fever through his works, which spread all around Bangladesh, unfortunately he still remained one of the great unsung heroes of human progress to those who live outside of the Indian subcontinent. With that said, literature, of course, is not all about recognition. Still, the fact that Stockholm did not ultimately embrace Humayun Ahmed-a Nobel Prize, why not?-is unfortunate, as it probably would have meant a lot to him. In a time when hardly any of the roles (including Hasina, who is playing the role of Prime Minister) are being played correctly in Bangladesh, Humayun played the role that was assigned to him well: writer and filmmaker. As a result, his name has become synonymous with the greatness of Bengali literature. Hence, to a Bangladeshi, his loss is manifold. He made young people-especially students who had been bred to political passion-understand that there was something that is more important than politics: reading books, and appreciating the fine arts.

Rashidul Bari, a biographer of Muhammad Yunus, most recently authored the Grameen Social Business Model: A Manifesto for Proletariat Revolution.

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