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Hundred Years of Bangabhaban 1905-2005

, Press Wing Bangabhaban, 2006, xxiv, 400 p, photos, ISBN : 9843215834, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Hundred Years of Bangabhaban 1905-2005

Contents: Preface/President Professor Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed. Message/Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. Acknowledgement. Introduction. 1. Site and surrounding/Abdul Momin Chowdhury and Khoundkar Alamgir. 2. Dilkhusa government house to Bangabhaban, 1905 - 1971/Sharifuddin Ahmed. 3. Recent history, 1972 - 2005/Habiba Khatun. 4. Role and activities/K.M. Mohsin and Isharaf Hossain. 5. Architecture, construction and development/Shah Alam Zahiruddin and Shehzad Zahir. 6. Internal decoration and ornamentation/A. Painting, Abdus Satter and Najma Khan Majlis. 7. Nature and environment/Kazi Zaker Husain, Md. Nazrul Haque, Anwara Begum, Md. Abul Hassan, Mohammad Zashim Uddin, D. Soil, Md. Sultan Hussain and M.A. Muzib. 8. Life sketches: Lieutenant-governors, governors and presidents/Iftikhar-ul-Awwal. 9. Memories of the presidents about Bangabhaban/Abul Kalam Manzur Morshed, H.M. Nure and Alam Talukdar. Short note: Toshakhana/Najma Khan Majlis. Appendices: i. List of secretaries to the president. ii. List of military secretaries to the president. iii. List of press secretaries to the president. Index.

From the preface: "Bangabhaban has an eventful history. The area with the building presently called 'Bangabhaban' started its journey with the partition of Bengal early in the twentieth century. It was then built as the office-cum-residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of Eastern Bengal and Assam. Though the area now called Bangabhaban remained only an occasional residence of the Governor of Bengal after the annulment of the partition in 1912, it came to life again with the creation of Pakistan in 1947. The Governors of Pakistan's eastern wing made it their office-cum residence. The importance of Bangabhaban grew significantly with the independence of Bangladesh. In fact, occasionally Bangabhaban became the nerve centre of all political activities of the country."

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