46 years of Bangabandhu's Julio-Curie award today
Different political and socio-cultural organizations will celebrate today the 46 years of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's receiving the Julio-Curie award through holding various programmes in the capital and elsewhere in the country. The programmes include placing wreaths at the portrait of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, seminar, discussion and providing "Bangabandhu Shanti Padak," organized by the 'Julio-Curio Bangabandhu Shanti Sangsad'. Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud will hand over the Padak at a function to be held at Engineers' Institution at 4pm today. World Peace Council awarded Julio-Curie Peace Prize to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his being a symbol of world peace on May 23, 1973. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday issued separate messages greeting countrymen on the occasion. They recalled the outstanding contribution and sacrifices of Bangabandhu in the welfare of the country and its people with due respect saying that this great leader spent his whole life to ensure people's economic emancipation and build a "Sonar Bangla" free from all sorts of hunger, poverty, illiteracy and exploitations.
Abdul Hamid said Bangabandhu successfully established a new political philosophy incorporating four principals - democracy, socialism, secularism and nationalism in country's Constitution.
He lauded the initiatives of Bangabandhu Sangsad for taking pragmatic steps to preserve the history of Julio-Curio award and uphold its significance to the mass people.
In her message Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen on the occasion saying, "The Julio-Curio Peace Prize award was the first ever international award, as recognition of the contribution of Father of the Nation to people of the country as well as across the world".
Referring to Bangabandhu's foreign policy, "Friendship towards all, malice towards none", the premier said whenever Bangladesh Awami League came to power it is imbued with the principles and ideologies of Bangabandhu.