Dhaka honours 68 more foreign friends today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 24, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:10 AM, March 24, 2013

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Dhaka honours 68 more foreign friends today

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Bangladesh will today honour 68 more individuals and organisations for their invaluable contributions to the country's war of independence in 1971.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will present them with the citations and the awards -- ''Bangladesh Liberation War Honour'' and ''Friends of Liberation War Honour'' -- in a ceremony at the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Those to be honoured are from India, Pakistan, US, UK, Cuba, Sweden and Nepal. They include Cuban revolutionary and former president Fidel Castro, former British prime minister the late Harold Wilson and former chief minister of West Bengal the late Jyoti Basu.
Castro will be represented by the Cuban ambassador to India.
This will be the sixth such ceremony since the Awami League government started honouring foreign friends on July 25, 2011, as a mark of the nation's gratitude.
Ten Pakistani nationals will be honoured this time. Human rights activist Asma Jahangir and journalist Hamid Mir will receive the awards on behalf of their fathers.
A few more Pakistanis had been honoured earlier.
So far, 206 individuals and organisations have been given the honour.

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