On July 19th, 2010, was the fellowship award ceremony of the nonprofit organization, Touching Souls International. The ceremony was held at the National Press Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Former adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was the chief guest of the program. The program was presided by Sayed Tipu Sultan, executive Vice-President of Touching Souls International. Convener of the Fellowship committee and New Nation editor Mostafa Kamal Majumdar, former member of Joint Rivers Commission, Dr. Touhidul Anwar Khan, Salahuddin Baksh Vice President of Touching Souls International and chairman of International Farakka Committee, Atiqur Rahman Yusufzai Salu was among other distinguished guests in the ceremony.
. Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization has been awarding these fellowship for water forum journalists to encourage investigative reporting and to raise awareness among the people, about the environment and about water issues because a major part of Bangladesh has been created by rivers and sustained by them. The people of Bangladesh is facing serious problem from ground water, which is highly contaminated with arsenic. We are in serious need of projects to help use surface water to avoid using arsenic contaminated drinking water.
Three journalists who got the certificate and cheques for the fellowship in this program are: Saiful Islam, senior reporter of New Nation, Nafiza Dowla, senior reporter of RTV and Alauddin Arif, senior reporter of Amar Desh.
The topics of fellowship were: Distribution of water of trans-boundary rivers, specially Teesta, Pollution of river water in Dhaka and Problem of erosion of rivers flowing down the borders.
Along with the water journalism fellowship award, Touching Souls International carries on their arsenic awareness program to raise the awareness in general population how to avoid arsenic in drinking water..