PM distributes ‘Ekushey Padak-2022’ on Sunday

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Dhaka, Feb 19: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the “Ekushey Padak 2022” among 24 eminent people at a program at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Sunday on the occasion of the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.

The premier will hand over the Ekushey Padak, the second-highest civilian award in Bangladesh, virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital around 10am.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion of awarding the Ekushey Padak on Saturday.

In the separate messages on the eve of the occasion, both the president and the prime minister wished success of the event.

The nation is set to observe the “Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day” on February 21 to pay glowing tributes to the Language Movement martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for the cause of the mother language on this day in 1952.

On February 3, the government announced the names of 24 eminent people for the “Ekushey Padak 2022” for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

This year, two people got the award in the Language Movement category, four in the Liberation War, seven in shilpakala (art, music and dance), two in social service, two in language and literature, four in research and one each in journalism, science and technology and education.

Mostafa MA Matin (posthumous) and Mirza Tofazzal Hossain Mukul (posthumous) received the award in the field of Language Movement.

Valiant freedom fighter Alhaj Principal Md Matiur Rahman, Syed Moazzem Ali (posthumous), QABM Rahman and Amzad Ali Khandaker got the award in the Liberation War category.

Jinat Barkatullah received the padak for dance, Nazrul Islam Babu (posthumous), Iqbal Ahmed and Mahmudur Rahman Benu for music, Khaled Mahmud Khan (posthumous), Afzal Hossain and Masum Aziz for acting.

MA Malek got the award for journalism while Md Anawar Hossain in science and technology and Prof Dr Gautam Buddha Das got in education.

SM Abraham Lincoln and Sangharaj Dr Gyanshree Mahathero got the award in the social service category. Poet Kamal Chowdhury and Jharna Das Purkayastha received awards in the language and literature category.