By Rashed Belal :: The British Bangladeshis have made their own place in multicultural Britain with contributions in their respective fields.
The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who publication emphasises the success of the Bangladeshi community and make it more significant. This year British MP, James Brokenshire Minister for Immigration & Security were present as chief guest at the 7th annual British Bangladeshi Who’s Who award ceremony and gala dinner. The event was held on 13th of November at Panorama Hall of the historical Alexandra Palace in North London.
In his speech, Chief Guest James Brokenshire MP said that, one can easily obtain a portrait of community contribution by reading British Bangladeshi Who’s Who. The Immigration and Security Minister also praised the senior and young British Bangladeshis who are contributing to the development of the community hugely.
He also said that Bangladeshis are playing a significant role in British economy. Bangladesh has an imperative role in global politics. Especially in UN missions and Climate change campaign, Bangladesh is an important partner of the UK. Bangladesh has advanced significantly in women’s education, child death and poverty alleviation. However, there are lots that could be done. He called upon the meritorious students to come to the UK for higher education.
The programme was presented by three most outstanding and highly accomplished presenters of present time, Barrister Anwar Babul Miah, Zakir Khan and Suhana Ahmed.
Barrister Shahadoth Karim, the Editor of British Bangladeshi Who’s Who delivered the welcome speech where he thanked everyone for their cooperation. He said “The community has taken this publication as their own and indeed it is not a publication produced one or two individuals or even a team, it is a publication produced, showcased and supported by the whole community and that makes it unique.” He also highlighted the fact that this publication would inspire future generations.
Special guests included the Baroness Pola Uddin; Rushanara Ali MP; Speaker of Tower Hamlets M A Mukit MBE: Managing Director of Channal S Taj Choudhury; prominent businessman Amin Ali; Country Manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines UK, Mr Atique Rahman Chisty; Ex President of BCA Bajloor Rashid MBE; Managing Director of NTV Sanbrina Hossain; Bangla Post Editor Tareque Chowdhury; President of London Bangla Press Club Nobab Uddin; Managing Director of Bangla TV Syed Samadul Haque; renowned businessman Amin Ali; Cllr Parvez Ahmed; Managing Director of Janomot Amirul Choudhury; Renowned community activist Faruque Ahmed; Editor of Weekly Desh Taysir Mahmud; Ex President of BBCC Shahagir Bakth Faruk; Secretary General of BCA M A Munim; Managing Director of Al- Amin Travels Nazrul Islam; Founder Director of BBCWE Polly Islam; Managing Director of Hillside Travels Helal Uddin Khan; Cllr Nasim Ali OBE; Cllr Gulam Rabbani; renowned businessman Ahfaz Miah; renowned businessman Harun Miah; Eastern Pride director Mazhar Ali; Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury; renowned businessman S I Azad Ali; renowned businessman Mohammad Abul Lais, Renowned businessman Robin Paul: Renowned businessman Rafique Haydar, Renowned businessman Kamru Ali; Managing Director of Smartcar Harun Miah to name but a few.
Bangla Mirror Group also proudly announced its latest news portal service, Sylhet Mirror. An online service that is accessible from anywhere in the world, which will bring the latest news, views and reviews from the booming Sylhet region of Bangladesh.
The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who 2014 publication were distributed as an insert into the UK’s no.1 British Bangla newspaper, the Bangla Mirror and was available from the 14th November nationally across the UK. Readers can also log on to www.bbwhoswho.co.uk and find the 2008 to 2014 list. The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who is now also available to read on board the Biman Bangladesh airline. The publication recently achieved one of its many recognition of success from Biman, the national flag career of Bangladesh. Copies of the publication are now available on board for their passengers.
The awards were given to those who made significant contributions in the community as well as in the mainstream.
Mamun Chowdhury , a highly successful British businessman with over 25 years experience in designing and manufacturing high-end outerwear, received award from James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Immigration & Security; Kazi Arif, Managing Director, Prime estate agents; Monir Ahmed, Managing Director, JMG Air Cargo; and Abdul Karim Goni, Editor in chief of British Bangladeshi Who’s Who.
Bajloor Rashid MBE, who is a successful British Bangladeshi businessman and philanthropist, were given award by John Garwood ,Company Secretary, Canary Wharf Group; Mahbub Murshed, Managing Director, Mahbub & Co; Taj Uddin Shah ofTaj Solicitors; and Abdul Karim Goni, Editor in chief of British Bangladeshi Who’s Who.
Mesbah Ahmed who is recognised for his London wide philanthropist work and who is Founder of London Tigers, received award from Baroness Pola Uddin; Taj Chowdhury, Managing Director of Channal S; Ashraf Talukdar of Tarana Group; and Abdul Karim Goni Editor in chief British Bangladeshi Who’s Who,
Shamim Chwodhury were given award for her achievements in media and journalism. The award was handed in by Rushanara Ali MP; Atique Rahman Chisty, Country manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines UK; Jorid Miah, Managing Director, G10 Printers; and Abdul Karim Goni, Editor in chief British Bangladeshi Who’s Who,
Recognised as a Professional Footballer, Anwar Uddin received an award from Deputy Mayor Oliur Rahman which was given on behalf of Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman; Suresh Konduro of CITEC College; Safiul Alam Rukon, Managing Director, Regents Lake; and Abdul Karim Goni, Editor in chief British Bangladeshi Who’s Who,
For his contribution to Charity work, founder Director of Painted Children UK, Nazinur Rahim received an award from the Speaker of Tower Hamlets M A Mukit MBE; Barrister Anis Rahman; Sufi Miah Managing Director ATN; and Abdul Karim Goni Editor in chief British Bangladeshi Who’s Who,
The Bangla Mirror Group has been publishing the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who since 2008. The publication and event was the brainchild of the father and son who are the Editor in Chief and Editor respectively. This year’s publication consists of 240 individuals including medics, journalists, lawyers, businessmen, accountants and others from various walks of life.
The Bangla Mirror group who were behind the publication boast an impressive team which include Barrister Anis Rahman, Zakir Khan, journalist Mohammed Jubair, Koyes Uddin, Mohammed Ali, Mujibul Islam, Barrister Anawar Babul Miah, Rahman, Sheikh Tuahid, Sabia Khatun, Suhana Ahmed and journalist Mizanur Rahman
The lead partner of the event was Canary Wharf Group . The event was organised by Media Link and the catering courtesy of Eastern Pride. The filming and photography was done by Asiana.
The publication and gala dinner were done in association with SimpleCall.
The 2014 publication and gala dinner is sponsored and supported by numerous organisations and businesses.
The media partners of the gala dinner included Channel S, Weekly Desh, G10 Design & print, Bangla Post, Purple I Technologies, Media Link, Eastern Pride, Asiana, Impress Media, UKBD News as well as Bangla Voice.
Organisations who supported this event are Biman Bangladesh Airlines, JMG Cargo, Mahbub & Co, Prime Estate Agent, CITEC Collage, Hena Wedding, Seamark Group, Double Glazing, Everard Construction Management, Regents Lake Banqueting, Excelsior Sylhet, Hillside Travels, SmartCar, UKAY Jewelers Group, Human Relief Foundation, Kushiara Financial Service, Taj Solicitors, General Auto, Tarana Group, Eurasia food Service, Hussain Travels, Careworld London Ltd, Al- Amin Travels, Jol Drink and Sangeeta, renowned Businessman and Ex President of BBCC Muqim Ahmed, Businessman Sukur Ali and Cllr Atikul Haque, Sufi Miah.
The evening was capped off with an excellent entertainment by prominent singers Alaur Rahman, Laboni Barua and Sadia Tania and lavish dinner served by outstanding catering enterprise Eastern Pride.