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‘Bangabandhu Peace Prize’ – a long-cherished brainchild of Blitz sees light


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According to local and international media outlets, the Bangladesh government will launch an international peace award named after the country’s Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

In a meeting on May 20, 2024, the country’s cabinet approved a draft of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Peace Award Policy 2024, says Chinese state-owned news agency Xinhua.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mahbub Hossain told journalists that the proposed award consists of 100,000 US dollars and a gold medal will be given every two years.

According to the official, the award will be given to any individual, organization or institution from Bangladesh or anywhere in the world for their contribution to peace.

Bangladesh’s state-owned news agency BSS in its report said:

The government had decided to introduce a peace medal after the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Peace Medal will be conferred to local and international individuals and institutions for contributions to establishing peace.

The medal will be given every two years. One individual or institution will get the medal each time. The cabinet today approved the draft of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medal Policy, 2024 in this regard.

As per the policy, the prize winner will receive one lakh US dollar, a certificate along with a medal made of 18-carat gold and weights approximately 50 grams. The draft policy was approved in a cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.

Later, Cabinet Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain briefed a press conference at the Secretariat in the afternoon. He hoped that the activities to confer the medal will begin this year and it will be given from the next year.

As per the policy, the nominated person or institution’s name for the prize will be announced on March 17 every year to mark the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation and National Children’s Day.

The prize will be given on May 23 or convenient time as Bangabandhu was awarded with the prestigious Joliot-Curie Medal of Peace by the World Peace Council on May 23, 1973.

The cabinet secretary said works to award the prize will begin now with the policy but the cabinet gave directives to frame a law to this end later.

The cabinet asked to keep a provision in the law for setting up a fund where the government or anybody else apart from the government can donate, he said.

Later, the cost of awarding the prize will be met from the donation money, he said. But the government will bear the cost until funds are raised, he added.

It may be mentioned here that, since 2018, internationally acclaimed award-winning journalist, author and Editor of this newspaper (Weekly Blitz), Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has been repeatedly calling upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government to introduce ‘Bangabandhu Peace Prize’ similarly as Nobel Prize and Seoul Peace Prize. After a long wait, we truly are excited and honored knowing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina finally has turned this long-cherished brainchild of our editor into reality, for which, we express our profound gratitude to the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet.

In this regard, we would like to humbly suggest – news about ‘Bangabandhu Peace Prize’ needs to be adequately circulated within all the major news outlets in the world, while eminent personalities from the world may be included in the selection process of the prize. We need to make sure, the prize giving ceremony of ‘Bangabandhu Peace Prize’ is attended by a large number of journalists from around the world, while the government needs to immediately launch a website to propagate this important matter.

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