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Kazi Shahid Ahmed turns 80

  • Published at 08:40 pm November 6th, 2020
Kazi Shahid Ahmed - Courtesy
Kazi Shahid Ahmed Courtesy

The renowned entrepreneur is the founder and chairman of Gemcon Group

Kazi Shahid Ahmed, renowned entrepreneur, sports organizer, writer and publisher, turns 80 on Saturday.

Born in 1940 in Jessore, Kazi Shahid is the founder and chairman of the Gemcon Group.

He is also the founder of the first ever organic tea state in Bangladesh. The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Kazi Shahid Foundation are his non-profit initiatives.  

Throughout most of his life, Kazi Shahid has come up with surprises by taking new initiatives. He has appeared in a new dimension through newspapers, business and educational institutions. 

A graduate in engineering, he served in the Bangladesh Army. He is one of the founding platoon commanders of Bangladesh Military Academy.

He started his career in business in 1979, with the establishment of Gemcon Group. He is also the publisher and editor of renowned daily Khoborer Kagoj and Ajker Kagoj.

The modernity that is present in the newspapers published in Bangladesh at present started with Ajker Kagoj, which also played a leading role in the implementation of free opinion and the spirit of the Liberation War then.

 Kazi Shahid Ahmed’s first book was published in 1995. Two other books named “Amar Lekha” and “Ghore Agun Legeche” were also published in the same year. 

On his 73rd birthday in 2013, the first novel, named “Bhairab,” was published. 

His autobiography, titled ‘Jiboner Shilalipi,” was published in 2014. In the same year, the novel “Pasha” was published. 

He wrote another novel named “Datey Kata Pencil,” which was published in 2017. In 2018, he published his novel “Opekkha.” 

“Bhairab” has already been translated into English, and an English translation of his autobiography is waiting for publication.

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