Vol. 5 Num 262 Sun. February 20, 2005  
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Face conspiracy with Ekushey spirit
PM urges patriotic citizens, distributes Ekushey Padak

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all patriotic citizens to come forward with the spirit of Ekushey to face an unholy nexus of conspiracy, terrorism, vandalism and false propaganda against Bangladesh.

"A nation which can shed blood to protect its territory, mother tongue, fundamental rights, national culture and pride thwarting all sorts of aggression, can never concede defeat to any conspiracy," she told a function while giving away Ekushey Padak 2005.

The prime minister distributed the award among 14 personalities for their outstanding contributions to respective fields.

The recipients are Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman (language movement), Chief Whip Khandokar Delwar Hossain (language movement), Syed Mujtaba Ali (literature, posthumous), Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed (education), Prof Iqbal Mahmud (education), Prof Jubaida Gulshan Ara (literature), Bishuddhananda Mahathero (social welfare, posthumous), Prof Ashab Uddin Ahmad (literature, posthumous), Abu Saleh (literature), Bashir Ahmed (music), Chittaranjan

Saha (education), Mohammad Abdul Gafur (language movement), Abu Sattar Mohammad Shah Zaman Apel Mahmud (music) and Md Mashir Hossain (journalism).

Ministers, MPs, people of various professions, diplomats, political leaders, bureaucrats and the recipients of the Ekushey Padak attended the function held at Shilpakala Academy auditorium.

The prime minister appealed to the Bangladeshis both at home and abroad to sharpen their merit, talent, pen, sprit and speech and act against all ill motives.

She said poets, writers, journalists, teachers, students, artistes, researchers, social workers and professionals will have to stand united upholding country's interest, peace, stability, development and progress.

"Stand against terrorism, conspiracy, falsehood and propaganda," the prime minister said in her fervent call.

"We have triumphed at the War of Independence, resisted aggression, also faced state terrorism of an undemocratic force, and we'll surely win the struggle for peace, truth and justice this time around too," she told the audience.

The prime minister said forward march on the path of national development will continue alongside the struggle for peace, truth and justice.

"We'll have to be careful to check any roadblocks to development," she said, adding: "At the same time we'll have to exercise knowledge and creativity so that we won't be lagging behind on any front."