LT24::India has nominated renowned Bangladeshis — musicologist Dr Sanjeeda Khatun and Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zaheer (retd) — for this year’s Padma awards. This was announced by the Indian Home Ministry on Monday night.

The fourth highest civilian award in India, the Padma is conferred in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. These awards that recognise outstanding contributions of individuals in various fields are announced every year on the eve of India’s Republic Day andconferred by the President in March-April.

Khatun (87), a musicologist, was one of the founders of Bangladesh Mukti Sangrami Shilpi Sangstha during the Liberation War in 1971 and Chhayyanaut in the early 1960s, reports UNB.

Lt Col Quazi is a veteran of the Bangladesh Liberation war. Hejoined the Bangladesh Liberation war in September 1971. He organised the 2nd Artillery Force under Sector 4 in the Sylhet region. TheBangladesh government awarded him the title of Bir Protik for his bravery in the war.

In 2013, the former Army officer was awarded the Bangladesh Independence Day Award, the highest civilian award, for his contribution to the liberation war.

The Indian government has also nominated former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for this year’s Padma awards, the Home Ministry said in a release.

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