Bangladesh Pratidin, the highest circulated Bangla daily of the country, honoured 19 eminent personalities on Monday for their outstanding contributions in different fields.
On the occasion of its 11th founding anniversary, Bangladesh Pratidin gave the award to the celebrities at a function held at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital.Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud handed over crests to the award recipients as the chief guest while Dhaka North City Mayor Atiqul Islam attended the programme as the guest of honour.
Bashundhara Group Vice Chairman Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir and Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir were present at the award ceremony.
Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milan conducted the award ceremony while Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam delivered welcome address at the event. 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 Dr Atiur Rahman and Dr Mirza ABM Azizul Islam and Khondokar Ibrahim Khaled (posthumous), physician Dr Samanta Lal Sen, artist Monirul Islam, Freedom Fighter Colonel (Retd) Jafar Imam, sports organiser Major (Retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed Bir Bikrom, footballer Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, singers Syed Abdul Hadi, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, Kangalini Sufia, architect Mustapha Khalid Palash, poet Helal Hafiz, magician Jewel Aich, actresses Anwara Begum and Moushumi.
Speaking at the function, the information minister said Bangladesh Pratindn has gained huge popularity among the readers as the daily produces news in brief for readers to have a glance about all issues at home and abroad.
“Newspaper is the mirror of a society. Bangladesh Pratidin raises voice for well being of the people of the country. The responsibility of the media is to project the untold stories of people and the country,” he said.The minister also said Bangladesh has set an example of poverty reduction and food security as the growing progress of the country has surprised the global communities and organisations, including the WFO.
“Bangladesh is now a subject of discussion in the media of neighboring countries as the country has surpassed them different indicators of development,” he added.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam appreciated the role of Bangladesh Pratidin in publishing constructive and positive stories on the sufferings of city dwellers.
He also called upon all the city dwellers to cooperate in keeping Dhaka city clean as it is the capital of the country.
Earlier, the newspaper began daylong anniversary celebrations on Monday morning. Several ministers, political leaders and people from civil society joined the celebrations.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Bangladesh Kallyan Party Chairman Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna also attended the programme.