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Author, journalist Rahat Khan laid to rest

  • Published at 07:28 pm August 29th, 2020
First namaz-e-janaza of Author, journalist Rahat Khan at National Press Club on Sunday, August 29, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

He died of old age complications on Friday 

Noted journalist and litterateur Rahat Khan was laid to eternal rest at Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard at Mirpur on Saturday after Zuhr prayers.

Earlier in the morning, his body was taken to Jatiya Press Club (JPC) from BIRDEM mortuary where his first namaz-e-janaza was held.

After that, Rahat Khan's body was taken to his last workplace 'Protidiner Sangbad' for the second janaza.

Later, the noted journalist was buried after the third janaza at Mirpur.

Joint General Secretary of Awami League and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, and Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua paid tribute by placing wreaths on the coffin on behalf of the party at JPC.

Later, the information minister placed wreath on the coffin on behalf of the ministry, reports BSS.

JPC President Saiful Alam, General Secretary Farida Yasmin, Joint Secretary Shahed Chowdhury, and Director General of Bangla Academy Habibullah Siraji recalled his contribution to journalists at a discussion before the namaz-e-janaza at JPC.

Later, BFUJ Secretary General Shaban Mahmud paid tribute on behalf of BFUJ, JPC President Saiful Alam and General Secretary Farida Yasmin on behalf of the club, and DUJ President Quddus Afrad and General Secretary Sazzad Alam Khan Topu placed wreath on behalf of DUJ leaders.

Homage was also paid on behalf of the cultural ministry, Bangla Academy, Photo Journalists Association and Udichi.

Former media advisor to the prime minister Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, journalist leaders Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, Saiful Alam, Shaban Mahmud, Quddus Afrad and Sajjad Alam Khan Topu joined the janaza, among others.

Rahat Khan died of old age complications at his Eskaton Garden residence in the city around 8:30pm on Friday. 

He had long been suffering from various old-age complications including diabetes, kidney ailments, and heart disease.

Born on 19 December, 1940, in Kishoreganj district, Khan wrote his first story as a student of class three. He completed a degree in economics and philosophy at Ananda Mohan College. He earned his MA from the Department of Bangla Language and Literature at University of Dhaka in 1961. For the next eight years, he taught Bangla at various colleges, including Jagannath College in Dhaka.

In 1969, Khan joined The Daily Ittefaq as an assistant editor.

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He spent over four decades at the newspaper, eventually becoming its editor.

In 1972, he published his first collection of short stories, Onischito Lokaloy (Uncertain Human Habitation).

The following year, he received the Bangla Academy Literary Award for his short stories.

He produced further volumes: Ontohin Jatra (The Eternal Journey), Bhalo Monder Taka (Money for Good and Evil), and in 1983, Apel Songbad (News of the Apple). In the early 1980s, he published his debut novel, Omol Dhobol Chakri (Milk-White Service). He continued writing novels into the 1990s.

After leaving Ittefaq, he was an advisory editor of Dainik Bartoman.

He also served as the chairman of the board of directors of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), the national news agency.

He has written more than 32 novels.

Khan won numerous awards during his lifetime including Bangla Academy Literary Award and Ekushey Padak for his literary works.

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