4 Bangladeshi peacekeepers get awards

Four Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who had lost their lives while performing peacekeeping duties last year, were awarded for their contribution to world peace.They were wing commander M Abdul Haris, sub-inspector M Shah Alam, constable M Abdul Hakim and constable M Asgar Ali.
The awards were given at a ceremony held at the UN Headquarters marking the International Day of Peacekeepers.
On behalf of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers, Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Dr AK Abdul Momen received the awards from UN under secretary general Hervé Ladsous.
The International Day of Peacekeepers was observed in a befitting manner at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon gave his welcome address after inaugurating the ceremony on Wednesday, according to a message received here today.
The award giving programme was held in memory of the peacekeepers who were killed last year while performing peacekeeping duties around the world.
Ninety-two peacekeepers (military and police) from 31 countries received awards in recognition to their supreme sacrifices at the ceremony.
Bangladesh’s contribution to UN peacekeeping mission is the largest in the world with over 10,000 peacekeepers are now engaged in peacekeeping mission.
A total of 112 Bangladeshi peacekeepers have lost their lives so far.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed on May 29 to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. (Source: UNB)

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