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62 foreign friends honoured

Times International Desk - December 16th, 2012

Bangladesh on Saturday conferred awards on 62 more foreign friends for their outstanding contributions to the country’s Liberation War 41 years ago.
The foreign friends’ support came when Bangalees stood up against the atrocities and genocide and contributed to the eventful emergence of sovereign Bangladesh through a nine-month war.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ceremonially handed over “Muktijuddho Moitri Sammanana” (Friends of Liberation War Honour) to them at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Captain (Retd) AB Tajul Islam and award recipient Jagdish C Sharma, a former army officer and ambassador of India, addressed the function.
President Zillur Rahman was absent in the ceremony due to his illness.
Among the recipients, 60 personalities and two organisations from 10 countries received the awards. They are mostly from India and others are from USA, Russia, France, Australia, UK, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.