Vol. 5 Num 610 Wed. February 15, 2006  

'Hundred Yrs of Bangabhaban' launched

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday launched a book titled 'Hundred Years of Bangabhaban', marking the 100 years of Bangabhaban, the official residence of the president.

Bangabhaban, which was earlier known as the Governor House, started its journey in 1906. It was renamed Bangabhaban after independence.

Prof KM Mohsin, chairman of the editorial board of the book, presided over the publication ceremony held at the Darbar Hall of the Bangabhaban.

Speaking on the occasion, President Iajuddin Ahmed thanked the editorial board members and said the book has great historical significance.

The 400-page book was published in both Bangla and English by the Bangabhaban's press wing. Abdus Sattar has designed the cover of the book. The title of the Bangla version of the book is 'Bangabhabaner Shatabarsha'.

The book is the outcome of two years' research by a panel of eminent historians, researchers, scientists and architects.

Prof Emajuddin Ahmed, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, Akbar Ali Khan, former cabinet secretary, Prof ZM Tahmida Begum, chairman of PSC, Abu Mohammad Moniruzzaman Khan, secretary to the president, Mokhlesur Rahman Chowdhury, press secretary to the president, and Prof Sharif Uddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.

Former president Abdur Rahman Biswas, former chief advisors of caretaker government Justice Habibur Rahman and Justice Latifur Rahman, Environment and Forest Minister Tariqul Islam, Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Md Mujahid, Chief Election Commissioner Justice MA Aziz, Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission Justice Sultan Uddin Khan, UGC Chairman Prof Asaduzzaman, MPs, secretaries, vice-chancellors, and high civil and army officials attended the programme.

On February 14 in 1906, Sir Joseph Bamfylde Fuller, the first lieutenant governor of the then province of Eastern Bengal and Assam started his official work at the Darbar Hall of the Bangabhaban during the British Raj.