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Journalist Shamsul Alam Belal passes away at 63

Shamsul Alam Bhuiyan Prominent Journalist, Columnist, and poet, more commonly known as Shamsul Alam Belal. He has passed away in Dhaka at 63. Journalist Shamsul Alam Belal was admitted to Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital on February 5 due to breathing problems.

As per the reports, the journalist suffered a cardiac arrest in the early hours of today (February 7) and unfortunately could not be revived. He is survived by his wife and daughters, a host of relatives, friends, and well-wishers.

His namaz-e-janaza was held at the National Press Club in Dhaka at 11.30 am on Monday, following which he is being taken to his ancestral home at Ludiara village, Chouddagram, Cumilla for burial.

Journalist Shamsul Alam Belal was Born in Ludiara. He was a career journalist. In 1981, he was joined Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and retired in 2020.

He had a Bachelor of Arts focused in Economics, Political Science, and Social Welfare from Notre Dame College in Dhaka.

Shamsul Alam Belal also worked as the Dhaka-based correspondent of 12 international media outlets. Besides this, he was a regular columnist for a few leading English newspapers in Bangladesh. Belal was also a founding member of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) and Economic Reporters’ Forum (ERF).

He worked as an assistant film director and also acted on stage before joining BSS. Belal was an avid follower and practitioner of Bengali and Indian classical music. He also a singer (Bangla, Urdu and Hindi) on stage.

Journalist Shamsul Alam Belal was also a published author; his published works include “The Silver Line in My Memory,” “United States, Russia, China, Israel, India, and the Muslim World,” “Bangladesh: From Ancient Age To Modern Era,” “Jatir Pitar Somadhite O Onyanyo Kobita,” and “South Asia: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.”

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