Vol. 5 Num 588 Mon. January 23, 2006  
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Shamsul Islam passes away

Former industries minister and incumbent BNP lawmaker from Manikganj-4 Shamsul Islam Khan, 80, died of old-age ailments at Lab-Aid Cardiac Hospital in the capital yesterday afternoon.

He left behind his wife, a son and two daughters and a host of relations to mourn his death.

The first namaz-e-janaza for Shamsul will be held at the city's BNP party office. The second namaz-e-janaza will be at South Plaza of the Parliament, the third at Singair of Manikganj and the fourth at his village home at Charigram.

He will be buried at Banani graveyard tomorrow after the fifth namaz-e-janaza at Dhanmondi Eidgah following the Zohr prayer.

In separate condolence messages, President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Speaker M Jamiruddin Sircar, Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui, Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami expressed deep shock at his death.

The President recalled his contribution in giving institutional shape to democratic movement and parliamentary democracy. He also highly appreciated Shamsul's role as an eminent industrialist and said, "He will be remembered for his contribution in areas of development."

In her message of condolence, Khaleda recalled Shamsul's brave role in the anti-autocratic movement during the 80s. She also conveyed her heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Eulogising him as honest, sincere, patriotic politician and eminent social worker, the Industries Minister said, "His contribution in developing the country's industrial sector and changing fate of the downtrodden people are noteworthy."