Published:  03:03 AM, 08 April 2021

Independence Award giving ceremony postponed

'Pohela Boishakh' to be celebrated virtually

Independence Award giving ceremony postponed

The award giving ceremony of the highest state honor 'Swadhinata Padak 2021' (Independence Award) scheduled to be held on April 11 has been postponed due to the surge of Covid-19. The Cabinet Division issued a notification in this connection on Wednesday.

On March 7, the government picked nine individuals and one institution for "Swadhinata Padak 2021" for their outstanding contributions to the country. The government rescheduled the date of award giving ceremony for 11 April. Earlier, 24 March was fixed for distributing the award.

Besides, Pohela Boishakh, the first day of Bengali calendar, will also be celebrated in a virtual manner avoiding public gathering as the corona situation has turned alarming with sharp rise of infections and deaths. The cultural affairs ministry served a letter regarding the directive to ministries and divisions concerned on Wednesday.

Pohela Boishakh, which has become a universal festival in Bangladesh, will be celebrated on April 14. There was no celebration last year due to coronavirus pandemic. "In such  a situation, we cannot celebrate Pohela Boishakh physically. Considering the reality, the government has taken the decision," said Monirul Alam, additional secretary (admin) of the cultural affairs ministry.

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