GUWAHATI: Latifur Rahman (Shamim), 75, passed away in his sleep at 11 am this morning in his paternal home in Cumilla in Bangladesh.
His Namaz-e-Janaza will be held this evening at the Azad Masjid after Esha prayers. He was suffering from lung related illness for a long time.
Latifur Rahman studied in Shillong from 1955-1962 in St Edmunds School. He was married to Joyti, daughter of Late Sailendra Prasad Barooah of Rajabari Tea Estate, Sivasagar.
Latifur Rahman was the founder chairman and CEO of Transcom Group, a well-known and highly respected business house of Bangladesh.
He was founding director of Mediaworld, the owning company of The Daily Star, and Chairman of Mediastar, the owning company of Prothom Alo, both leading English and Bangla newspapers of the country. He was a driving spirit behind establishment of The Daily Star.
Transcom Group deals with beverages, electrical and electronics products, pharmaceuticals, fast food, snacks and breakfast cereals, print media, FM radio and tea plantations.
Rahman was a member of the executive board of ICC-Paris, vice president of ICC-Bangladesh and member of Brac's governing body. He was a member of the Bangladesh Better Business Forum and Advisory Committee on World Trade Organization.
Rahman was also president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka for seven terms and of Bangladesh Employers' Federation. He was also chairman of the Bangladesh government's Trade Body Reforms Committee and a member of Bangladesh Bank's executive board.
He had also been honoured with the 'SAARC Outstanding Leader' award and Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented by the UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce and Industry.