Info source: The Daily Star by UNB, Dhaka (12:05 PM, October 29, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:07 PM, October 29, 2020)

Eight renowned personalities and one organisation have received the 'Independence Award 2020,' the highest state honour given in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the nation.

Independence Award 2020

On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque handed over the prestigious award among the awardees and their relatives at a function held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city today.

The Prime Minister joined the function through a videoconference from her official residence Gono Bhaban.

The award recipients are Jute and Textiles Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, Commander Abdur Rouf (posthumous), martyred intellectual and novelist Md Anwar Pasha (posthumous) and Azizur Rahman for Independence and Liberation War; Prof Dr Md Obaidul Kabir Chowdhury and Prof Dr AKMA Muqtadir for medical science; Kalipada Das and Ferdousi Mazumder for culture; and Bharateswari Homes, a boarding school for girls in Mirzapur of Tangail, for education.

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Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam conducted the function and read out the citations of the Independence Award recipients with their brief life sketches.

Dr AKMA Muqtadir, on behalf of the award recipients, spoke on the occasion. 

On February 20 last, the government picked the renowned personalities and organisation for the highest state award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

There is a tradition to hand over this prestigious award to its recipients on March 25, but this year it was not possible due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.

Since 1977, Bangladesh has been recognising  individuals and institutions with the award every year ahead of the Independence Day.

Ministers, the chiefs of the three services and members of parliament were present at the function.


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