Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday handed over the Independence Award-2015, the highest state award, to seven eminent personalities of the country in recognition of their glorious and outstanding contributions to their respective fields.
The Prime Minister formally handed over the awards at a function in the
city's Osmany Memorial Auditorium this morning. The Cabinet Division
organized the function.
Those who have been nominated for the Independence Award-2015 are:
Commandant Manik Chowdhury (posthumously) who played a special role in
conducting the Liberation War in greater Sylhet, Mamun Mahmud
(posthumously) who was killed by occupation Pakistani army for extending
cooperation to freedom fighters while working as DIG of Rajshahi range
in 1971, former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria (posthumously) who
expressed his allegiance to the Bangladesh government while working at
the Pakistan's embassy in Washington in 1971 and mobilized public
opinion in favour of the Liberation War, Professor Anisuzzaman, noted
literary personality and educationist, for his outstanding contribution
to literature, renowned film actor Abdur Razzak for culture, Dr Mohammad
Hossain Mandol, renowned agricultural researcher and former director
general of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, for his
contribution to research and training and renowned journalist Santosh
Gupta (posthumously) for his contribution to journalism.
Cabinet Secretary Md Musharraf Hussain Bhuiyan conducted the function
and read out the citation of the Independence Award recipients with
their brief life sketch.
Chief Justice, ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, the Leader of
the Opposition in Parliament, judges, parliament members, chiefs of
three services, diplomats, vice-chancellors of different universities
and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.