Dhaka, Mar 26 (UNB) - The nation is celebrating the 49th Independence and National Day with a fresh vow to take Bangladesh towards prosperity with the spirit of Liberation War.
On March 26, 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh’s independence following the crackdown on unarmed Bangalees on the midnight of March 25 by the Pakistani occupation forces.
After the nine-month War of Liberation with the supreme sacrifices of three million martyrs and the honour of two lakh women, Bangladesh achieved its cherished independence on December 16, 1971.
The day is a public holiday.
Different sociocultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion.
National anthem 'Amar Sonar Bangla' will be sung simultaneously across the country and Bangladesh missions abroad.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead the nation in singing the national anthem at the main programme of 'Jatiya Shishu Kishore Samabesh', scheduled to be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
The President and the Prime Minister placed wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the morning.
The national flag is being hoisted atop government and private buildings while the government and semi-government buildings and other public places will be illuminated.
National dailies will bring out special supplements while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private radio stations and television channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
Special prayers will be offered at all mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship across the country seeking divine blessings for the eternal peace of the departed souls of Father of the Nation, four national leaders, martyrs of Liberation War and all other patriotic sons of the soil.
Improved diets will be served to the inmates of jails, hospitals, old homes and other public institutions to mark the day.
Different political parties have drawn elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President said, “Democracy and development complement each other. Jatiya Sangsad and the government have started the new journey after the eleventh parliamentary election. Collective initiative is necessary to implement the development ideas of the government and make the parliament meaningful.”
He called upon all to work together imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War and democratic values to make the hard-earned independence more meaningful.
In her message, the Prime Minister said, “The independence earned through supreme sacrifices of millions of people is the greatest achievement of the Bangalee nation. To ensure that this achievement remains meaningful, all have to know the history of our great Liberation War and retain the spirit of independence. The spirit of the Liberation War has to be passed on to generation to generations.”
She called upon all to come up and uphold the development and democratic spree being imbued with the spirit of the freedom struggle. “Let’s engage ourselves in the welfare of the country and the nation. Let’s build a hunger-poverty-free and happy, prosperous Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation.”
Dhaka, Mar 26 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday morning on the occasion of the 49th Independence and National Day.
On her return from the National Memorial at Savar, the Prime Minister paid homage to the Father of the Nation by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
After placing the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of deep respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the independence.
Flanked by central leaders of Awami League , Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the party, laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.
Dhaka, Mar 26 (UNB)- President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial here on Tuesday morning, marking the 49th Independence and National Day.
President Hamid first placed a wreath at the altar of the memorial followed by the Prime Minister.
After placing the wreaths, the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.
A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion, while the bugles played the last post.
Ministers, advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, laid another wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested a leader of Jatiyatabadi Cyber Dal (JCD) for spreading derogatory remark about the Liberation War and anti-state propaganda on social media.
Ashek Ahmed, 40, president of JCD, was arrested from Tejgaon area on Sunday night, confirmed commanding officer of RAB-3 Emranul Hasan at a press conference at the media centre in the city’s Karwan Bazar on Monday.
He said the elite force found derogatory remarks regarding the country’s Liberation War and some national leaders with pictures on his Facebook wall.
Ashek confessed that he was a former student of Dhaka University (DU) Public Administration Department. He was the vice-president of JCD of Bangabandhu Hall Unit at the university.
He is also the vice-president of Sewachhasebak Dal of Natore unit.
Legal process against him is underway in this connection, the officer said.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – A man was killed as a bus hit a motor-cycle in Shewrapara area of Mirpur in the capital on Monday morning.
The deceased was identified as Nur Islam Shanto, 25.
Officer-in-Charge of Mirpur Police Station Dadan Fakir said a bus of Tetulia Paribahan hit a motorcycle leaving Nur severely injured around 10:30 am.
Later, he succumbed to his injuries after being taken to the hospital.
Police arrested the bus driver and seized the bus, he said.