Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (Mar 25) handed over the Independence Award, the country’s highest state honour, to 12 personalities and one organisation in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the nation. The PM handed over the awards at a function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, local media reported.
The recipients of the award in Liberation War and Independence category are martyred intellectual MufazzalHaiderChaudhury and martyred ATM ZafarAlam, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM MozammelHaque and former Housing and Public Works Minister MosharrafHossain, DrKaziMisbahunNahar, late Prof Abdul Khaleque and late Prof Mohammad Khaled.
Brigadier General DrNurunnaharFatema Begum received the award in Medical Science, while Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in Social Service, Murtaja Bashir in Culture, HasanAzizulHaque in Literature, Prof DrHasina Khan in Research and Training.
Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA)received the award in Science and Technology category.
Cabinet Secretary MdShafiulAlam conducted the function and read out the citations of the Independence Award recipients with their brief life sketches.
Each award recipient was given a medal weighing 50 grams of gold of 18 karat, Tk 3 lakh and a citation.
Since 1977, Bangladesh has been honouring individuals and institutions with the award every year ahead of Independence Day on Mar 26.