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Anwar Hossain Manju

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Anwar Hossain Manju was born on January 1, 1946 in what is now the Pirojpur District of Bangladesh. Hossain has served a lifetime of positions in the government of Bangladesh and is currently the Minister for Forest and Environmental Affairs. He was the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resource of Bangladesh from 1985 to 1988 under Hossain Mohammad Ershad. As Energy Minister, Hossain's achievements include the augmentation of energy generation from 700 to 2,500 megawatts, and the launching of the major public works project of the Jamuna Bridge. Hossain acquired the cooperation and appreciation of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other donors (including France, Japan, Germany, and Great Britain) to successfully implement the allotted amount of aid given to the country. Hossain then served as Minister of Communications (1988–1990) for Ershad's government.

Hossain was a vocal opponent of Ershad's introduction of religious references to the Constitution of Bangladesh. He objected to the declaration of Islam as the state religion of Bangladesh and warned that such an assault on secularism constitutes a slippery slope that would erode Bangladesh's successes as a progressive society.

From 1996 to 2001, Hossain served as Minister of Communications (1996–2001) in Sheikh Hasina's government. Hossain negotiated Jatiya Party's extension of support to Sheikh Hasina's party, the Awami League, to form a national government. This Communications Ministry holds the public works portfolio. His achievements include the completion of Jamuna Bridge, a multipurpose bridge connecting 64-districts and 480 sub-districts (thanas) to its capital, Dhaka. As Communications Minister, Anwar Hossain laid the foundations for a complete road network, designed to reduce the number of ferry stops that were necessary to cross the river arteries of Bangladesh. He was also instrumental in laying the foundation for the first railway to travel from Bangladesh to Kolkata.

Hossain's public service also include positions in the legislative branch of government. He served as Member of Parliament in Bangladesh for five consecutive terms. He was elected five times to Parliament in 1986, 1988, 1991, 1996, and 2001 to represent the Bhandaria-Kaukhali constituency in the district of Pirojpur in the National Parliament. The mandate of the last Parliament expired in 2006, putting into place a caretaker government (CTG).

In the aftermath of the January 2007 military intervention suspended the constitutionally mandated elections and extended the authority of the Caretaker Government (CTG), Hossain was targeted together with many other political figures. Hossain's residence was raided with no warrant shown. Facing what he was convinced of being a smear campaign, he left Bangladesh and arrived to Washington DC in May 2007. The Anti Corruption Committee (ACC) opened a number of cases against Hossain. He denied all allegations. The US Department of State Human Rights Report for 2007 raises the possibility of a political motivation behind the accusations. 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Upon the restoration of Constitutional Rights in the fall of 2008, Hossain returned to Dhaka and faced the charges filed against him and successfully appealed a conviction in absentia for the possession of alcohol brought to his daughter's wedding by foreign guests. On August 23, 2010 the High Court overturned the last of the trial courts verdicts which had sentenced Hossain on the basis of ACC accusations. "High Court Overturns another Manju Jail Term" The New Age. August 24, 2010. Dhaka, Bangladesh Today, Hossain's assertions of no wrongdoing and insistence on pursuing the legal course are thus completely vindicated.

Prior to entering politics, Hossain was one of the most successful men in the media business of Bangladesh. He served as Editor and Publisher of the Daily Ittefaq from 1972 to 2007. The Daily Ittefaq is the first Bangla vernacular newspaper founded by Hossain's father, Tofazzal Hossain (Manik Miah). Following an agreement with the other shareholders of Ittefaq, Anwar Hossain assumed the position of Editor and Publisher in July 2010. Manju gets back Ittefaq publisher post. The Daily Star. July 8, 2010. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hossain is Chairman of Jatiya Party (JP-Manju). Hossain led the faction of the Jatiya Party that rejected the 1994 decision of the Party leader Ershad to align the Party with Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh National Party (BNP). He was a Presidium Member of Jatiya Party (1986–1994). Hossain was the Vice President of the Student League, which was the nationwide campus membership of Awami League during his tenure at University of Dhaka.

Hossain is also a businessman. His enterprise positions include Founder, the Aegis Holdings Group, a leader in diversified manufacturing and service interests in Bangladesh. Hossain is also Chairman of the Board, MAST Packaging Ltd. & Zenith Packaging Ltd., one of the most prominent packaging firms in Bangladesh with an international clientele including the British-American Tobacco Company.

Hossain is a graduate of the University of Dhaka where he completed his Honors in Geography with Physics & Mathematics. He pursued further studies in International Relations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Hossain is married and has 4 daughters and also has 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

Asaduzzaman Noor

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Asaduzzaman Noor (born 31 October 1946) is an actor, an entertainer, a politician and an activist from Bangladesh. He got his break-through during his early days as a Bangladesh Television dramatic artist. His notable works include Kothao Keu Nei, Oyomoy, Bohubrihi and Ei Sob din Ratri.



Noor's career in the theatre started in 1973 when he joined the group “Nagorik”.[2] He was a

receptionist of the paper “Chitraly” at that time and went to take the interview of the prominent actors that time.[2] There he met Ali Zaker, an actor of Nagorik who asked him to visit the rehearsal of his new team. Noor later went there and saw a lot of his familiar faces of the University. Later he joined that group. At first he used to work behind the stage as a prompter.[3] Once the rehearsal of the drama “Toilo Shonkot” which was written by Rashid Haider was going on. With only two days remaining of the first show actor of that drama Abul Hayat got injured, Ali Zaker asked Noor to take the part.[4] With a bit force from the others Noor took it and started his career as an actor. Noor’s first TV drama "Ronger Fanush" which was directed by Abdullah Al Mamun.[5]


Noor came to politics during the period of Ayub Khan in 1962.[6] He was a student and had joined the East Pakistan Student’s Union which was a left sided organization. Later he became the chairman of the Nilfamari Mohokuma Shomeetee.[citation needed] In 1966 he got admitted to Dhaka University to study law still a member of the Student’s Union. Later he became the cultural secretary of the central committee. He also was the chairman of the "Shongskriti Shongshod", a very large cultural organization of Dhaka University.[citation needed] Noor stayed in the Iqbal Hall (now Johurul Huq hall) which was the centre of student politics during that period. At that time Noor came in contact with the versatile student leaders of that time. Though the followers of different political belief they worked together against the dictatorship of West Pakistan government. At the eve of Bangladesh Liberation War, Noor left Dhaka and came back to Nilphamari District when he received an order from his political party on March 8, 1971. There he helped the then East Pakistan Rifles (now Border Guards Bangladesh). He crossed the border during the War of Liberation on April 8. Asaduzzaman Noor was a freedom fighter under the Sector-6 and helped to organize the war and took training. He also helped to recruit freedom fighters during the nine month war period. But later in the independent Bangladesh his distance with active politics grew larger. In 1990 when the Revolution against autocrat Ershad took place, Noor again came to join the movement. With this event Noor made a come back to politics again. In that time Noor came in touch with Sheikh Hasina, the leader of one of the main political team Awami League. In 1996 Hasina asked him to take part in the election for Awami League. During the flood of 1998 Noor went to Nilphamari to supply relief where he met with local political leaders. With interest and support from his near ones, Noor decided to take part in the election in 2001 and won that to become a member of parliament from Nilphamari.[7] In 2013 his election convoy in Nilphamari was attacked by activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, causing the death of 5 people.

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ThirdEye Photographic Society started its journey in Bangladesh since late 2007. The overall idea behind this noble step; is to create interests in photography for the amateurs or beginners and provide a platform for the professionals. To protect and preserve the nature by photography movement, was also another vision that we carried forward.

We welcome every nature and photography enthusiast to join us in our endeavor. It is an organization for photo-enthusiasts with a mission to learn, educate and advance the art of photography in all its branches. Starting as an informal photography group, today we can proudly declare that; we stepped beyond our borders to promote this art, as a “Strong Platform of photography”.

The ThirdEye Photography Society has received their Government recognition as a “Non profit organization from – RJSC” as the only one of its kind society. Soon after we received the national government recognition from RJSC, we have also received the Photographic Society of America (PSA)’s Affiliation, as the first and only club in Bangladesh. After obtaining “PSA” affiliation in Bangladesh, we have also obtained the prestigious “FIAP” membership affiliation for “ThirdEye Photographic Society” We have already arranged four major events in Bangladesh, in the banner of “71 snaps photo exhibition” to commemorate the sacrifice of our valiant freedom fighters back in 1971.

We have also received “Trade Mark” or “copy rights” on our name and logo for the society and events from government office. Our photographic society is an attempt to take photography closer to people; where it can be used as a medium to narrate stories, self-expression or simply capturing emotions or freezing the moment of the timeline.

We are active in different arena with photography, our regular activities are:

  • Photography Exhibition & Contest
  • Photo Walk / Meet up
  • Workshops
  • Photography Seminar
  • Social Activities (Relief Distribute, Children Welfare)
  • Short film/ Documentary Production We welcome anyone, who has interest in photography. Anybody and everybody is allowed here, to join and take this movement forward for promoting our mission and visions. Your constructive opinion & suggestion is expected for any further improvement of the society.


Advisory Committee

Ms. Sayeeda Khanam

Anwar Hossain

Chanchal Mahmood


Executive Committee

  • Syed Shakhawat Kamal — President
  • Md. Abdul Khaleque — General Secretary
  • Md. Toukir Ullah Khan Eusufzai — Treasure
  • Promod Chakma — Organizing Secretary
  • Md. Nazmul Hossain — Office Secretary
  • Kaium Sarker — Secretary for Publicity
  • Mohshin Abed Bhuiyen — Cultural & Sports Secretary
  • Latifa Akter Rafa — Women Development Secretary
  • Rabby Hasan — Executive Member
  • Md. Jahidul Islam Mamun — Executive Member


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