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One hundred and forty winners of Bashundhara Khata story-writing competition on the theme of liberation war received prizes at a gala ceremony held at Bashundhara City shopping mall in the capital on Friday.
Over one thousand students from across the country took part in the story writing contest organised by Bashundhara Group, the leading business conglomerate of the country.
The contest was held in five categories, stretching from play group to college level. There were five groups and three winners were selected from each group who obtained first, second and third positions.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique handed over the prizes among the winners as the chief guest. Director General of Bangla Academy Dr. Shamsuzzaman Khan and Chairman of SSC and HSC Education Board Prof Taslima Begum were also present.
Judge of the Bashundhara Khata (exercise book) story writing competition Imdadul Haque Milon, noted writer and editor of the Kaler Kantho, was also present at the ceremony.
TIM Latiful Husain, senior adviser (technical) to the Chairman of Bashundhara Group, Md Mostafizur Rahman, deputy managing director of Bashundhara Group, Mohammad Abu Tayab, adviser (press and media) of Bashundhara Group, and Md Saiful Islam Helaly, chief marketing promotion officer of Bashundhara Group, spoke on the occasion.
Addressing the prize giving ceremony, Prof Arefin Siddique said: “More story-writing contest on our prestigious liberation war should be arranged, which would help the new generation learn and cherish the history of the liberation war of Bangladesh.”
“The list of martyrs who sacrificed their lives in 1971 is yet to be completed. This sort of initiative would help to find out the identity of martyrs,” he added.
He also said, “It is a high time to engage our new generation with the true spirit of liberation war.”
Terming Bashundhara Group as the largest business conglomerate of the country, Imdadul Haque Milon said, “Bashundhara Group arranged this story writing contest to uphold the spirit of the liberation war and stimulates patriotism among the new generation”
“This conglomerate has brought a revolutionary change in our country,” he added.
“Through the Bashundhara Khata story writing competition, the new generation got a chance to explore their knowledge about the true history of our liberation war,” Milon observed.
“While going through the stories, I realized that the new generation is well aware of the true history of liberation war. They wrote down about the liberation war, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other war heroes,” he continued.
Praising the writing contest, Shamsuzzaman Khan said, “It is really a praiseworthy initiative, which proved that the spirit of the liberation war still remains in the heart of everyone.”
Mostafizur Rahman said Bashundhara Group had arranged this story writing contest on the liberation war as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Bashundhara Group releases Khata on the local market at an affordable price considering the purchasing capacity of the commoners, he added.
Terming Bashundhara Group as an outcome of the country’s independence, Mohammad Abu Tayab said, “Bashundhara Group not only runs businesses, but also promotes the glory of the liberation war through its activities. The story writing contest on liberation war was arranged to inspire the new generation on the spirit of our liberation war.”
The first-prize winners form all the five groups are: Sinthia Binte Matin from Dhaka, Farha Binte Azhar from Mymensingh, Md Delwar Hossain from Dhaka, Ramiz Uddin from Bola and Shah Ashiq Ahmed.
Each of The first-prize winners were awarded with a prize bond of Tk 50,000 each, second- prize winners got prize bond of Tk 30,000 each while the third-prize winners were awarded with prize bond of Tk 20,000 each.
Moreover, prize bonds of Tk 5,000 were given to each of the participants obtaining special positions.