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Practice country’s rich culture: PM

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Practice country’s rich culture: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina: File photo

Saying that her government wants the future generations to get the benefits of hard-earned independence and language, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called for protecting and practicing the country’s rich culture, language and heritage with due honour.

“It’s the responsibility of all to save our independence, the right to (mother) language and culture and give due honour to them being imbued with the spirit of Ekushey,” she said while distributing the Ekushey Padak-2019, the second highest civilian award, at a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka this afternoon, reports BSS.

Sheikh Hasina said: “We earned independence, mother language and our rich culture and heritage through a huge struggle. So it’s our responsibility to practice and advance those and create a beautiful environment for the future generations.”

State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid chaired the function organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Acting Secretary of the ministry Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal delivered the welcome address, while Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam conducted the award-giving part of the function and read out the citations of the awardees.

Cabinet members, the PM’s advisors, judges, parliament members, foreign diplomats, litterateurs, poets, academics, writers, poets, journalists, Ekushey Award laureates of previous years and high civil and military officials attended the function.

This year’s winners of the awards are: Late Prof Halima Khatun (posthumous), Advocate Golam Arif Tipu and Prof Monwara Islam for Language Movement; Subir Nandi, late Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil for music; Lucky Inam, Suborna Mostafa and Liakat Ali Lucky for acting; Sayeda Khanam for arts; Jamal Uddin Ahmed for fine arts; Khitindra Chandra Bioshya for Liberation War; Dr Biswajit Ghosh and Dr Mahbubul Haque for research; Dr Pronab Kumar Barua for education; and Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haque Milon, Asim Saha, Anwara Syed Haque, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Hori Shankor Joldas for language and literature.

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