India confers Indira Gandhi Peace Prize to Bangladeshi PM

21:17, January 12, 2010      

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Sonia Gandhi (L), Chief of India's ruling Congress party talks with Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (R) as India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2nd R) and President Pratibha Patil watch during the Indira Gandhi Peace Award ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi January 12, 2010. Hasina was awarded the 2009 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace Disarmament and Development. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

India Tuesday conferred Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Prize in recognition of her contribution to peace and democracy, reported the Indo-Asian News Service.

Indian President Pratibha Patil conferred the award at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace and praised Hasina for "shaping her country's onward path of progress and development", said the report.

The prize carries a cash award of 2.5 million rupees (50,000 U.S. dollars) and a citation.

Hasina, 62, was on a high-profile visit to India, the first of the kind after assuming office last year.

Past recipients of the award include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and Namibia's independence movement hero Sam Nujoma. The last recipient was Mohamed El Baradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Source: Xinhua
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