Bangladesh to honour former Indian PM Indira Gandhi
Last Updated: Monday, April 04, 2011, 19:55
Dhaka: Bangladesh plans to honour late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her key role in the country's 1971 'Liberation War'.

"India played an important role in the 1971 war and Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) acknowledged that many a time. To honour her (Indira), the government is planning to rechristen an important road after her name," private Bdnews24 quoted a source in the Liberation War Affairs Ministry as saying.

A separate monument would be built to honour Indian defence personnel martyred in the war, the source said.

Former Indian Foreign Minister Sardar Swaran Singh, who played a significant role, will be accorded special honour as well, the source said.

"The foreign citizens will be given honorary citizenship and they will be presented with a crest of 50 gram gold of 18 carat," the source revealed.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said the government was preparing the list of the foreign nationals to be honoured for their contribution to the country's freedom movement "The 40th anniversary of independence will end next March 25, but we want to publish the list by December," she said after a meeting of the National Committee on Honouring Foreign Nationals in Liberation War yesterday.

"We will sit again by mid-May and discuss a list of over 500 foreign nationals," she said.


First Published: Monday, April 04, 2011, 19:55

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