Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have recovered 3,90,000 lakh yaba tablets from Damdamia bordering area of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.
Lt Col Mohammad Faisal Hasan Khan, commanding officer of BGB Battalion-2 in Teknaf, said several drug smugglers were entering Bangladesh with a big shipment of yaba pills.
On information, BGB members took positions at Omar Khal area around 7:45pm. Sensing their presence, the smugglers, at one stage, fled the scene.
Later, the yaba tablets were recovered from the spot, he said, adding that the pills have a street value of Tk 11.7 crore.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) observed the National Mourning Day and 45th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family, with a handful of programmes on Saturday.
The Academy started the day with placing floral wreath on Bangabandhu's portrait at BSA's training building lobby.
Soon after that, a team of BSA administration including its director general Liaquat Ali Lucky, secretary Md Nowshad Hossain and other officials placed floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road no. 32.
On afternoon, special prayers were arranged at the BSA compound in Segun Bagicha in the capital.
A month-long virtual event series titled 'Shatabdir Mahanayak' was inaugurated at 5 pm from BSA's official Facebook page. The inauguration ceremony of this lecture and cultural event series was joined by Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to the Prime Minister; former Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, prominent singer and member of parliament Momtaz Begum, poet Kazi Rozi, Shwadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artist Rafikul Alam, Nazrul exponent Salauddin Ahmed, Tagore exponent Dr Maqbul Hossain and Shama Rahman, singer Yeasmin Ali, Baul artist Surojal Das, singer Sushmita Saha, singer Palash Loha, flute player Kamrul Ahmed and child artist Arpita Mukherjee Athoy.
Hosted by Tamanna Tithy, the event was presided by BSA director-general Liaquat Ali Lucky where the guests reflected on Bangabandhu's life and eventful career and paved their solo tributes to the great leader and the martyrs of August 15.
A total of 124 members of the Armed Forces and their families have so far died of covid-19 at Combined Military Hospitals.
Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) in a statement also said of the deceased, 13 members were in service.
A total of 8,636 AF members and their families have been diagnosed with coronavirus while 7,686 of them made full recovery.
Besides, 826 AF personnel are now undergoing treatment at the CMHs.
The nation observed the National Mourning Day with heavy hearts amid various programmes on Saturday, marking the 45th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – the architect of the country’s independence -- was assassinated along with most of his family members at the dawn on August 15, 1975 by a cabal of army personnel under a deep-rooted conspiracy against the country and its independence.
His two daughters -- Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana -- survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.
People from different walks of life commemorated the black day with grief and sorrow of losing the great leader and founder of independent Bangladesh. The day was a public holiday.
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A UNB photographer captured photos of different organisations and people observing the day at Shahbagh and Tejgaon area in the capital on Saturday.
People on the street watch the historical March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of the Film Development Corporation (FDC).
Awami League leaders of Ward no 21, distribute masks and sanitizers among underprivileged people without following the rules of social distance.
A festoon paying tribute to the lost hero Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is positioned in front of the National Library in Shahbagh.
A street vendor walks along a makeshift stage in Shahbagh where numerous posters of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were displayed.
A man wears black badge marking the National Mourning Day at Shahbagh.
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) organized various programs on Saturday, to commemorate the 45th Martyrdom Anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day 2020 with due dignity and solemnity.
The national flag stayed hoisted at half-mast in front of the FBCCI Icon Building in the capital with processions carrying black flags.
Food was also distributed among orphans and the underprivileged while messages of condolence were sent to the members of the General Assembly.
Additionally, prayers were offered for the forgiveness of the souls of all the members of the family including the Father of the Nation.
FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim said if Bangabandhu had survived, Bangladesh could have reached its current economic position in the mid-eighties, and Bangladesh would have been a developed country by now.
“Under Bangabandhu's able leadership, GDP growth was 9.2 percent in 1975. Bangabandhu has sown the seeds of development of all kinds in the interest of the masses. Bangladesh is moving forward under the leadership of the People's Champion Sheikh Hasina following Bangabandhu's paved path. Today, the people of the country are reaping the benefits," he added.
Besides, as part of the program, a discussion meeting and prayers will be held on the occasion of National Mourning Day on August 29, 2020, at FBCCI Icon Building.
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