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Special prayer for Syed Tanveer Hussain on January 31

  • Published at 09:18 pm January 29th, 2020
Syed Tanveer Hussain
Syed Tanveer Hussain Courtesy

The prayer session will be held at his residence in Banani, Dhaka 

Syed Tanveer Hussain, former secretary to Bangladesh government, passed away on December 31, 2019 due to diabetes-related illness.

His family has arranged for a special prayer session for him, which will be held at their residence in Banani, Dhaka at 4pm on Friday, January 31, according to a press statement.

Tanveer was born in 1947, to Syed Nasiruddin of Chittagong and well-known Rabindra Sangeet singer Bilqees Nasiruddin.

As a child, he attended St Edmund’s College in Shillong, India, where he formed some of his happiest childhood memories and friendships that lasted a lifetime. He later attended Faujdarhat Cadet College; his batchmates from the cadet college remember him for his larger-than-life spirit and his leading role in school life and in theatre.

He obtained his BA honours degree in economics from Dhaka University, and then joined the civil service in 1969. He met his wife Yasmin when she was a BA honours student of English literature at Dhaka University. After getting married in 1973, the young couple spent some time in Australia and then the United States, where Tanveer obtained his masters degree in international development from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Tanveer spent a dedicated and illustrious career with Bangladesh government, serving as a secretary in the ministries of public works and housing, textiles, and environment and forests, before retiring in 2005.

He then founded the first climate change consultancy in Bangladesh, through which he consulted for the likes of World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), remaining actively engaged in international development his entire life.

Tanveer retained a great love for travelling throughout his life, enjoying time all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America.

He is fondly remembered and deeply missed by all for his great wit, warmth and ready smile. He is survived by his devoted wife and two loving daughters, Tanya and Nazia.

The family welcomes prayers from everyone for the departed soul.

For details about the special prayer at his residence on Friday, the family can be reached at +8801312938163.