The country’s largest circulated Bengali daily Bangladesh Pratidin has accorded a reception to talents of various sectors and eminent personalities who illuminated the society by their outstanding contributions.
As part of celebrating the daily’s stepping into the 12th year of founding anniversary, the management has accorded reception to the eminent citizens and talents at a function held at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Monday.Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud was the chief guest while Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam was guest of honour at the award giving ceremony.
Bashundhara Group Vice Chairman Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir and Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir were present on the occasion. Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milan hosted the award giving ceremony while Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam made address of welcome.
Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury was also present on the occasion. The award recipients are: writer Selina Hossain, lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar, educationist Prof AK Azad Chowdhury, economists Prof Atiur Rahman and Dr Mirza Azizul Islam and Khondokar Ibrahim Khaled (posthumous), physician Dr Samanta Lal Sen, artist Monirul Islam and Freedom Fighter colonel Jafar Imam, sports organiser Major Hafizuddin Ahmed (Bir Bikrom), footballer Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, singers Syed Abdul Hadi, Kangalini Sufia, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, architect Mustapha Khalid Palash, poet Helal Hafiz, magician Jewel Aich, actresses Anwara Begum and Arifa Parvin Zaman Moushumi.
Speaking on the occasion, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said Bangladesh Pratidin has gained popularity among the readers at home and abroad by presenting brief and objective reports.
“Newspaper is the mirror of the society. Bangladesh Pratidin has become a mouthpiece to ensure welfare of the people. Its responsibilities of journalist to project the untold stories of people and country,” he said.
Minister further mentioned that Bangladesh has set an example in poverty alleviation and food security, adding that global communities including WFO are surprised at the growing progress of the country.“Bangladesh becomes an issue of discussion to the neighbouring countries for achieving more progress than them in many indicators,” said the minister.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam hailed Bangladesh Pratidin for publishing constructive and positive stories and highlighting sufferings of city dwellers.
He urged the people to keep the city clean as a token of patriotism and contribution to the country.
The newspaper held daylong celebration of its founding anniversary. Ministers, political leaders and people from all strata of society jointed the event.
Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader, Bangladesh Kallyan Party Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna also jointed the celebration.