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Monday, June 1, 2015, Jaishtha 18, 1422 BS, Shaban 13, 1436 Hijr

Modi to take BD friends' award on Vajpayee's behalf
Body formed to hand over crest
Published : Monday, 1 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 21
Staff Correspondent
As per the government's decision to honour the country's friends who extended their support to the 1971 Liberation War, Bangladesh will also honour former Indian premier and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a programme in Dhaka.
Vajpayee is the only BJP leader in the list of Indians named for the honour.
As this distinguished friend of Bangladesh would not be able to visit Dhaka to receive the Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War Award, the government decided to hand over the award to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a successor of the senior BJP leader, during his Dhaka visit on June 6-7.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has formed a five- member committee, led by its Additional Secretary Mizanur Rahman, to conduct the handover ceremony.
A letter sent to the Cabinet division from the Foreign Ministry on Sunday said that the committee will arrange and look after the entire handover programme.
The gold crest would be prepared and examined properly before its handover to the Indian Prime Minister, a Cabinet Division official said.
Earlier, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs found flaws in the crests distributed among Bangladesh's foreign friends.

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