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World now views Bangladesh as role model of development: PM

* Affluent people urged to serve distressed humanity * PM opens, lays foundation stones of 31 projects * RP Saha Gold Medal handed over to four personalities

March 15, 2019 00:00:00

TANGAIL, Mar 14 (UNB): Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged on Thursday the affluent people of the country to come forward for the welfare of the distressed people following the example set by Ranada Prasad Saha through his philanthropic activities.

"He (Ranada Prasad) had founded many service-providing institutions in such a remote village.

What he did was to serve people. So, I think, there're many wealthy people in our country who can follow the example the Kumidini Welfare Trust (founded by him) set for the promotion of women education and services of distressed people."

The Prime Minister said this while addressing a function arranged to distribute the 'Danveer Ranada Prasad Saha Memorial Gold Medal' at Kumudini Complex in Mirzapur of the district.

The function was arranged on the occasion of the 86th founding anniversary of Kumudini Welfare Trust.

The Prime Minister said now no one can neglect Bangladesh treating it as a poor country, rather the whole world considers Bangladesh as a development role model.

"We could bring these changes in the last 10 year," she said adding that Bangladesh is marching towards development.

Hasina said her government wants to develop the country and society further.

Noting that today's children are the future citizen of the country, she said the government wants to build a decent life and bright future for them.

Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was present as a special guest at the function organised by Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bengal (BD).

The Prime Minister handed over 'the Danveer Ranada Prasad Saha Memorial Gold Medal' to four eminent persons this year.

The four persons are legendary political leader and former Prime Minister of erstwhile Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (posthumous), National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam (posthumous), Nazrul expert and researcher National Professor Rafiqul Islam and internationally renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed.

On behalf of Suhrawardy, Sheikh Rehana received the gold medal from the Prime Minister, while Khilkhil Kazi, granddaughter of Poet Nazrul Islam, received the medal on behalf of the National Poet.

Chairman and Managing Director of the Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bengal (BD) Ltd Rajiv Prasad Saha also spoke at the event presided over by its director and language movement veteran Protiva Mutsundi. Another director of the trust Srimoti Shaha delivered the welcome speech.

At the function, two separate documentaries were screened over the life and works of Ranada Prasad Saha and the 86-year journey of Kumudini Welfare Trust.

Earlier, the Prime Minister opened and laid the foundation stones of 31 development projects in the district.

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