Outstanding success of many Bangladeshis deserves celebration despite the fact that the country still struggles in some areas, said some influential British Bangladeshis at a publication ceremony in the capital Tuesday.
Some inspiring figures, who have been featured in this year's list of British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration (BBPI), include a full time judge Khatun Sapnara, the first ever winner of the category "the first person of British Bangladeshi origin in a senior judicial position"; renowned oncologist Prof Nazneen Rahman; Dr Irene Zubaida Khan, chancellor of the University of Salford; Baroness Pola Uddin; diplomat Anwar Chudhury; executive mayor of London Lutfur Rahman; lawmaker Rushanara Ali; author Tahmima Anam and captain Naveen Rahman of British Army.
BBPI is an initiative to celebrate the outstanding contribution of the British Bangladeshi community in various professional fields of the British society like business entrepreneurship, politics, administration, legal and judicial service, culture, sport and politics.
BBPI launched the fourth annual list of 100 most powerful and influential persons of Bangladeshi origin in the UK.
Bangladeshi nationals who are aspiring for successes can be inspired by the achievements of the British Bangladeshi community, said BBPI's founder Abdal Ullah, adding that they would also organise similar celebration for such Bangladeshis for their outstanding leadership and achievements.
Acting British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Mark Clayton and Syed Nahas Pasha, a member of the adjudicators' panel for listing the persons, also spoke at the ceremony.