Annisul Huq

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Annisul Huq
আনিসুল হক
DNCC mayor Annisul huq.JPG
Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation
In office
April 2015 – November 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born(1952-10-27)27 October 1952
Sonapur, Sonagazi, Noakhali, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
Died30 November 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 65)
London, England
NationalityBangladeshi
Spouse(s)Rubana Huq
RelativesShafiul Huq (brother)
EducationB.S.S and M.S.S (Economics)
Alma mater
OccupationChairman and CEO, Mohammadi Group
AwardsNational ICT Award, (2017)
Websiteannisulhuq.com

Annisul Huq (27 October 1952 – 30 November 2017)[1] was a Bangladeshi entrepreneur, television show host and the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation.[2][3] According to the affidavits submitted to the Election Commission in March 2015, he had amassed a net worth of US$3.25 million.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Huq was born on 27 October 1952, Sonapur at Sonagazi in Noakhali to Shariful Huq and Rowshan Ara Huq.[1] He passed SSC from Dinajpur Zilla School in 1970.[citation needed] He completed his Bachelor degree from the University of Rajshahi and had a masters in economics from the University of Chittagong.[5][6] His father was an official of the Bangladesh Ansar.[7]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Huq was a regular host on Bangladesh Television in the early 1980s.[1] He had hosted interviews with politically significant personalities.

Business[edit]

Huq established his own business, Mohammadi Group in 1986 and is currently the Chairperson of the company.[1] As of 2007, the group had 7,000 employees in the textile and garments sector.[8] The conglomerate is also involved in real estate, IT, a power generation company that directly contributes to the national grid and a distribution company that represents multiple foreign television channels. The Group has an independent TV Channel named Nagorik.[9][10]

Huq is the former president of several apex bodies including the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA),[11] Federation of the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Independent Power Producers Association.[12]

Politics[edit]

Huq was elected the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation on ticket of Bangladesh Awami League in the City Corporation election of 2015.[7] He was a surprise pick by the Awami League as no other leaders of the party stood for the position.[13]

As mayor, Huq promised to build Dhaka into a clean, green and safe city,[14] although he received some flack for his involvement of foreigners.[15] 20,000 illegal billboards were removed as part of the clean-up project.[16] Mayor Huq made it clear that he will not put up with resistance from vested interests in his clean-up efforts.[17]

Huq also promised to reduce corruption among governmental employees.[18]

Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Huq's brother General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq is the current chief of Bangladesh Army.[13] Huq was married to Rubana Huq. Together they have three children – Navidul Huq, Wamiq Umaira and Tanisha Fariamaan Huq.[3]

Death[edit]

In July 2017, Huq was admitted to a hospital in London.[19] He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis.[20] After being in a sedative state for more than three months, he died on 30 November 2017.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Staff Correspondent (29 April 2015). "From TV studio to mayoral hot seat – the remarkable rise of Annisul Huq". bdnews24.com.
  2. ^ Staff Correspondent (29 April 2015). "Annisul Huq gets mandate to become first mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Mayor's Profile: Annisul Huq". Dhaka North City Corporation. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Annisul Huq has no home, car". NTV. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Annisul Huq, President, SAARC Chamber & Chairman, Mohammadi Group • Mohammadi Group". Mohammadi Group. 2016-06-26. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  6. ^ "Annisul Huq: A man of many talents | Dhaka Tribune". www.dhakatribune.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  7. ^ a b "Dhaka North Mayor Annisul Huq no more | Dhaka Tribune". www.dhakatribune.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  8. ^ McGivering, Jill (17 February 2007). "Bangladesh's split personality". BBC News.
  9. ^ "MOHAMMADI GROUP". mohammadigroup.com. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  10. ^ S.M. Saidur Rahman. "Annisul Huq – Golden Business Bangladesh". goldenbusinessbd.com. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Bangladesh gloom after Tata exit". BBC News. 1 August 2008.
  12. ^ "Annisul Huq, President, SAARC Chamber & Chairman, Mohammadi Group -". reflectionnews.com. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Mayor Annisul Huq loses battle, dies in London hospital". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  14. ^ "ঢাকা উত্তর মেয়র প্রার্থী আনিসুল হকের ইশতেহার ঘোষণা" [Annisul Huq announces his platform as the Mayor of Dhaka]. BBC News (in Bengali). Bangladesh. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  15. ^ "বিদেশিদের রাস্তা পরিস্কার অভিযানের প্রশংসায় মেয়র" [Mayor praises the cleaning by foreign operators]. BBC News (in Bengali). Bangladesh. 5 August 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  16. ^ Islam, Aminul (12 August 2015). "20 Thousand Billboards Removed". Our Time. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Muscle power won't work". Bangladesh Chronicle. 29 November 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  18. ^ Staff Correspondent (13 May 2015). "Graft free DNCC, streetlights by Shab-e-Barat in South Dhaka". The Daily Star. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Dhaka North Mayor Anisul Huq hospitalized in London". bdnews24.com. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Three-member DNCC mayor panel formed". The Daily Star. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  21. ^ "আনিসুল হক আর নেই". Daily Prothom Alo. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Mayor Anisul Huq loses battle, dies in London hospital". Bdnews24.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017.