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"Bangladesh makes significant progress despite Corona Virus"

Staff Correspondent
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said that Bangladesh's development forged ahead regardless of the Covid pandemic that affected the global economy.

"We've been able to continue the improvement pattern of Bangladesh despite facing the coronavirus," she told a function arranged to distribute the Independence Award-2022 at Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister's Office.

"We know that massive food shortage has been seen in many developed countries as well," she said, many people throughout the world went below the poverty margin.

She said these issues faced by many countries went unreported, while in Bangladesh the media could write about it.

The PM said there was only one TV and radio broadcast in the country in the past before she opened the electronic media to the private sector.

She said the people can now know about even small problems here due to information technology and an enormous number of TV and radio broadcasts. But many other countries are there who never publish such problems, she added.

PM said Bangladesh has gained economic self-sufficiency. "Now we can implement our improvement projects with 90% finance from our own assets," she added.

She said her Awami League government has been attempting to reach the benefits of independence to the doorstep of each house in the country.

"We accomplished Independence. Our goal is to reach its advantages to every house maintaining this Independence. And we've been working with this goal," she said.

Earlier, the PM gave away Independence Award-2022, the highest national award, to nine distinguished individuals and two associations in recognition of outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

She handed over the prestigious award to the beneficiaries or their family members, attending the function in person.

Ilias Ahmed Chowdhury 'posthumous', Colonel Khandaker Nazmul Huda 'posthumous', Mohammad Sahiudiin Biswas 'posthumous', Sirazul Haque 'posthumous', Siraj Uddin Ahmed and Abdul Jalil were honoured for their commitments to the Independence and the Liberation War.

Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua and Prof Dr Md Kamrul Islam were given the highest state award for their contributions to medicine, while Syed Mainul Hossain'posthumous' for his contribution to architecture.

The Power Division was given the Independence Award 2022 for effectively bringing 100% of the country under electricity coverage by expanding the daily power generation capacity to 25,514 megawatts now.

Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute received the award for its contribution to research and training.

For the awardees, Dr Kanak expressed his feelings in the award-giving ceremony.

Bureau Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam directed the function and read out the references with a brief life sketch of the recipients.

Bangladesh has been honouring individuals and organizations with the award every year ahead of Independence Day.

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