The Daily Star is celebrating its 29th founding anniversary today with the theme "Journalism Without Fear or Favour".
Hundreds of dignitaries, guests and invitees joined the colourful programme that began at the Bashundhara International Convention Centre this evening.
The gala event began with the national anthem, followed by unveiling of a portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in homage to the Father of the Nation.
In the programme, The Daily Star recognised two marginal farmers from Lalmonirhat and Tangail for their contributions as changemakers in the society.
One of them, Abdur Rashid, 61, of the remote village of Dakkhin Dalgram under Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat, gave up more than half of the only land he ever had to set up a school for children with special needs.
The other, Mohammad Soinuddin Miah, 45, of Chakgadadhar village under Dhuburia union in Tangail's Nagarpur upazila, had put in superhuman labour for four years to construct a 1.5-kilometre long earthen road with the intention of ending the sufferings of his fellow villagers.
Many politicians, academics, corporate personalities, foreign dignitaries, journalists and development workers have graced the anniversary ceremony.