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3rd edition of British Bangladeshi ‘Who's who’ 2010 launched

Saturday, 16 October, 2010 10:49:21 AM
London (Special Correspondent) - Annual gala dinner was held synchronizing launching of the third edition of ‘Who's who’ 2010, a book comprising life sketches of British Bangladeshi celebrities.

Addressing the participants Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP said London is considered a diverse cultural city of the world thanks to the presence of different talented communities who made tremendous contribution towards its development and progress and hoped that it would not be an end to the spree of success of the British Bangladeshi community.

High Commissioner of Bangladesh Dr M Sayeedur Rahman Khan said “Our community is an important part of the Britain’s social fabric and is making strides in different sectors of life through its potentials to which ‘Who's who’ provides an ample testimony.

He said return of Rohanara Ali to the parliament and her appointment as secretary international development in the shadow cabinet is something in which the community takes due pride. But this success is not an end but a starter.

Director International Institutions, FCO, Anwar Choudhury said “our community is known for its spirit of sharing their joy and sorrow. Politics, Business, Arts, Medicine, media and what-not, everywhere one can find members of our community in prominence.

Editor ‘Who's who’ Shahaboth Karim said the sole purpose of this issue was to introduce the role models from the community to the wider society. Many new faces have also been included in the fresh edition. He would like to suggest to the community to pin point those members of the community who had excelled in their field but were shy of introducing themselves.

He said last year nine personalities were given award in recognition of their achievements while this year six such people had been chosen for the purpose.

He acknowledged the efforts made by his team for arranging the gala dinner and publication of the third edition of ‘Who's who’.

Choudhury  Abdul Gaffar said seeing the Bangladeshi community playing an important in the British society was a source to rejoice and the 'Who's who' team deserved full compliments for bringing their feats before others.

First British Bangladeshi origion Judge Sapnara Khatun said it’s an honour to be recognised by one’s own community. She noted that there were still many fields in which the community was not yet represented sufficiently especially it lagged behind in social and economic circles but what made the community different from others was its spirit to struggle.

She recalled that there was time when university education for girls was considered a taboo but things had changed a lot since then and they were excelling in different fields with full vigour.

MP Roshanara Ali said she came with her parent to this country when she was only 7 and never thought before that one day she would address her community as a member of the parliament.

She said it was matter of pride for her to be the first British Bangladeshi woman representing her community in the parliament but it was the beginning of the journey and she would like to see many more members of the community in the parliament in future.

She said “Our community has often been subjected to negative propaganda. Our parents faced very hard time in this country but today we feel happy and relaxed  to see the success achieved by members of our community”.

Others who spoke included Nadia Ali, Dr Wali Tasar Uddin and Barrister Babul Mian.  Shahin Badar and other artistes entertained the audience with their singing and dancing performance.

Third edition of British Bangladeshi ‘Who's Who’ 2010 includes profiles of 200 successful personalities. Those who received awards were Choudhury Abdul Gaffar , Sir Fazal Hasan, Roshanara Ali, Dr Wali Tasar Uddin and Saprana Khatun and Inam Ali. 400 guests including proprietor of Bangla Mirrior Abdul Karim attended the dinner.


  • BB Who's Who team
  • Editor Who's who Shahdoth Karim
  • Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP
  • High Commissioner Dr M Sayeedur Rahman Khan
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