The 96th anniversary of birth of the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be observed today in a befitting manner.
The day will also be observed as the National Children’s Day. The day is a public holiday.
Sheikh Mujib was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on March 17, 1920.
Mujib with his courage, uncompromising leadership and through an epic struggle inspired the Bengali nation to fight against the exploitation and repression by Pakistani rulers and led the country to its independence through the War for Independence in 1971.
On August 15, 1975, Mujib was assassinated, along with all but two of the members of his family, by a group of army personnel.
He was honoured with international Joliot-Curie Award for his contribution to world peace and democracy.
The government, the ruling Awami League, its associate bodies as well as different political parties and professional and socio-cultural organisations have taken elaborate programmes to mark the day.
Awami League’s programmes for the day include hoisting of the national and party flags at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in the city and all the party offices at 6:30am and placing of wreaths at Mujib’s portrait in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at 7:00am.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, accompanied by central leaders of Awami League and cabinet members will place wreaths at Mujib’s grave at Tungipara at 10:00am and pay tributes to the founding president of the country.
Hasina, lso the eldest daughter of Sheikh Mujib, will attend a children’s rally, discussion, book fair and a cultural function to be organised at Tungipara marking the day.
In observance of the day, the Awami League will hold a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital at 3:00pm on Friday with Hasina in the chair.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy has organised a weeklong book fair on its premises from today to observe the day while the Directorate of Archives and Libraries has arranged a 15-day exhibition on ‘Bangabandhu, Liberation War and Bangladesh’ and painting competition for the children at on premises from today.
Dhaka University will hold a discussion on the life and work of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at TSC auditorium at 10:30am and a cultural function at the same venue at 6:30pm today.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University will provide the patients of treatment at free of cost from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
source : the new age