Build rajakar free, secular country: PM

DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the people to build a knowledge-based, prosperous, peaceful and secular country, free from war criminals and razakar.The premier, also ruling Awami League president, came up with the plea while distributing the ‘Ekushey Padak 2013’ among 13 recipients at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
“Ekushey February has become the symbol of Bengali nationalism, secularism and non-communal spirit,” she said.
She said, “Those who deny the spirit of language movement and Liberation War are the enemies of immortal Ekushey and independence.”
The ruling Awami League chief also said the Bangla Language is the protection shield for the Bengali nation, a source of inspiration and unity, and the medium of learning.
She observed: “Without mother language, no real learning is possible.”
The government has taken the initiative to introduce ‘Dot Bangla’ as second country-coded top level domain and a policy authority would be constituted in this regard, she said.
Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad also spoke on the occasion while Cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan conducted the program.
The recipients of Ekushey Padak 2013 are MA Wadud (posthumous), Prof Ajit Kumar Guha (posthumous), Principal M Quamruzzaman (posthumous) and Tofazzal Hossain for Language Movement; Enamul Haque Mostafa Shahid for Liberation War; Nurjahan Murshid (posthumous) and Samson H Chowdhury (posthumous) for Social Services; Rafiq Azad and Asad Chowdhury for Language and Literature; Kaderi Kibria, Jamaluddin Hossain, Bijoy Krishna Adhikari (posthumous) and Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshti for art and culture.

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