Shahabuddin Ahmed (born 1 February, 1930) is a former president and Chief Justice of Bangladesh. Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed took over the office of President after a popular uprising against President Hossain Mohammad Ershad in 1991. After the resumption of democracy, he returned to his duties as the Chief Justice. Later, he served as president from 1996 to 2001. He studied at Dhaka University.
Moni Singh (28 June 1901, Durgapur Upazila, Netrokona – 31 December 1990, Dhaka) was the founder of the Communist Party of East Pakistan. Prior to the partition of India in August 1947, Singh was a successful workers' leader who led movements to abolish exploitative labour practices. He was imprisoned for long stretches on three occasions: 1930-37, 1967–69, and 1969-71. He was first elected CP head in 1951, when Bangladesh was part of Pakistan, and led it with one short interruption until his death. After the Sino-Soviet split, Singh took the side of the Soviets. Because of this, the party split in 1966. His autobiography, entitled Jiban Sangram, was first published in the Bengali language in 1983. It was translated into English with the title Life is a Struggle in 1988.
Lieutenant Colonel Abu Taher
Lieutenant Colonel Abu Taher (retired - BD Army) (1938–1976) a communist and a left-leaning radical activist of the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal, responsible for the Soldiers Uprising and the radical breakout that occurred in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh on Nov 7th 1975. He joined the Bangladesh Liberation struggle against West Pakistan as Sector Commander of the 11th Sector in the northern front, which was also the largest Sector in the Liberation War of 1971. Taher was badly wounded in battle on November 14, 1971 when his leg was blown away by an enemy shell. He was taken to Pune, India, where his leg was amputated. Taher was born in Badarpur, Assam Province in then British India on 14 November 1938. His family hailed from Kazla village in Purbadhala of then Bengal Province, today a town in the Netrokona District of Bangladesh. After completion of higher secondary school from Sylhet M C College in 1959, he studied at the Social Welfare and Research Institute of the University of Dhaka. He joined the Pakistan Army in 1960 as an officer candidate and received his Commission in 1962. In Pakistan Army, Abu Taher joined the elite Special Service Group (Commando Force) in 1965.
Humayun Ahmed (born 1948) is a popular Bengali writer of fiction and drama. He had a "meteoric rise in Bangla literature" since the publication of his first novel, Nondito Noroke. Being a prolific writer, he has been publishing since the early 1970s. He was formerly a professor of Department of Chemistry at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. But now he is a full-time author and movie-maker. Immediately following the publication of his debut novel, Ahmed emerged as one of the most prominent novelist and story-writer of Bangladeshi Bengali literature. Humayun Ahmed's books have been bestsellers. He has also achieved success as a screenwriter for television since the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, he entered the movie-world and proved to be a successful filmmaker in spite of clear departure from the trend of traditional Bangladeshi movies. Humayun Ahmed often shows a fascination for creating stories around supernatural events; his style is characterized as magic realism. Humayun Ahmed was born to Foyzur Rahman (a high-ranked police officer and writer, who gained martyrdom in the liberation war of Bangladesh) and Ayesha Foyez on 13 November 1948 in Kutubpur of Mymensingh district.
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (born December 23, 1952) is a Bangladeshi writer of children’s books and science-fiction and also a well-known political columnist. He is a professor of Computer Science & Engineering at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, though originally educated as a physicist. Iqbal studied Physics at the University of Dhaka and graduated in 1975. He obtained his PhD from the University of Washington in 1982. He completed his post-doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology from 1983 to 1988. He joined Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), a separate corporation from the Bell Labs, which is now known as Telcordia Technologies, in 1988 and worked there as a Research Scientist until 1994. Since 1994 he is a professor and the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. As well, his wife Yasmeen Haque is the professor of Physics at the same university.
Nirmalendu Goon (born 1945) is a Bangladeshi poet, and one of the most popular poets in Bangladesh, lauded by many for his accessible verse in an age where Bangla poetry has become increasingly complex. Nirmalendu Goon was born in Barhatta in Netrokona, in undivided India, now in Bangladesh. Goon was one of the few people who openly protested Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's assassination in 1975 in a period when even mentioning Mujib was considered dangerous.
Jatin Sarker is an Bengali intellectual, researcher and biographer of Bangladesh. Jatin Sarker was born on August 18, 1936 in Netrakona of the-then Mymensingh district in undivided India. He was the eldest of three children, two brothers and a sister. He lives a simple life and always wears white Dhuti-Punjabi, the traditional Hindu dress that distinguishes him with elegance. He did not actively participate in politics and but was inspired by Marxist line of thinking and philosophy. He was awarded the prestigious Bangla Academy Award in 2008 for 'research and essays'.
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