Salma Islam

Salma Islam (born 1 January 1955)[1] is a Bangladeshi lawyer, journalist, politician, and a MP from 11th parliament (reserved seat).[2] She iwas a former MP of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad representing the Dhaka-1 constituency.[3] She served as state minister of Bangladesh government for Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. She is the Member of Presidium as well as current chair of Dhaka (district unit) of Jatiya Party (Ershad). She has been made the new chairman of Jamuna Group, after the death of her husband and the conglomerate's founder chairman Nurul Islam Babul. [4]

Salma Islam
Salma Islam (cropped).jpg
Islam in October 2007
Member of Parliament
for Reserved Women's Seat-44
Assumed office
30 January 2019
Preceded byNoor-E-Hasna Lily Chowdhury
Member of Parliament
for Dhaka-1
In office
9 January 2014 – 29 January 2019
Preceded byAbdul Mannan Khan
Succeeded bySalman F Rahman
Member of Parliament
for Reserved Women's Seat-45
In office
25 January 2009 – 24 January 2014
Succeeded byMahjabeen Morshed
Personal details
Born (1955-01-01) 1 January 1955 (age 66)
Political partyJatiya Party (Ershad)
Spouse(s)Nurul Islam Babul


Islam served as the publisher and editor of Jugantor.[5][6] In May 2013, Salma Islam along with her husband Nurul Islam Babul and son Shamim Islam was sued by the National Board of Revenue for dodging over Tk. 450 million in income tax and wealth statements of Tk. 1.55 billion in their tax returns. The NBR also filed cases against 7 companies of Jamuna Group.[7][8] In 2013, Salma Islam took the office of state minister for Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. [9] The all-party interim government headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath at the presidential palace. She was taking oath as a member of the constituents of the Awami League-led grand alliance. In December 2013, She, along with six others ministers and advisors of Jatiya Party resigned following the directive of the party chief. [10] She was elected to parliament from Dhaka-1 constituency in 2014 as a Jatiya Party candidate.[11] In 2019, she selected as a Dhaka district Jatiya Party President.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Salma Islam is married to the owner of Jamuna Group Nurul Islam Babul with whom she has four children: Shamim Islam, Rozalin Islam, Monika Islam, and Soniya Islam.


  1. ^ "Constituency 345". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. ^ "49 MPs in reserved seats for women elected uncontested". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Govt has taken steps to expand labour market, says minister". New Age. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Salma Islam made new chairman of Jamuna Group". The Business Standard. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Jugantor editor, publisher summoned". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Bashundhara Group sues daily Jugantor". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Case filed against Jamuna Group chairman over tax evasion". Dhaka Tribune. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Jamuna Group chairman, family sued for dodging tax". The Daily Star. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  9. ^ Rahman, Anisur (18 November 2013). "Bangladesh installs all-party interim govt to oversee elections". LiveMint. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Salma skips ministry's function". Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Bangladesh Election Result 2014 by Dhaka Tribune". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Salma Islam made Dhaka district JaPa president". Dhaka Tribune. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2021.