Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - The 73rd birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also president of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, was celebrated with a festive mood across the country on Saturday.
AL and its associate bodies and other organisations observed the day with various programmes, including discussions, colourful rallies, processions and photo exhibitions in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
To mark the day, different thoroughfares and intersections of the capital were adorned with colorful placards, festoon and banners depicting the works and successes of the Prime Minister.
Like the previous years, the birthday was celebrated in the absence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she is staying in the United States to join the United Nations General Assembly.
As a part of the AL central programmes, a discussion was held at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium in the city with AL Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Qauder also spoke at the event.
Besides, AL sub-committee on relief and social welfare arranged another discussion at the seminar room of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling AL, brought out a colourful rally from Modhur Canteen of the Dhaka University and paraded through the university campus.
The Cultural Affairs Ministry and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy jointly organised a month-long exhibition marking the Prime Minister’s birthday.
The exhibition titled ‘Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh-er Shopnosharathi’ is being held at the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The exhibition, featuring photographs, paintings and installations over her life and works, portray the journey, struggles and political career of the Prime Minister.
A total of 231 photographs and 133 paintings are being displayed at galleries 1, 2 and 6, which will continue until October 26.
Of the paintings, some 100 artworks were painted at an art-camp organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy few months ago.
Artists, including Abdul Rab Khan, Titas Chakma, Jayant Sarkar Jan, Syeda Tamanna Afroz, Shivali Howlader, Shrikant Roy Subir, Surbhi Akhter and Shuvra Talukder, among others, participated in the camp.
A poet festival titled ‘Poet Festival of Peace and Harmony’ was held at Begum Sufia Kamal Hall of Bangladesh National Museum.
The chief coordinator of national implementation committee for birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spoke on the occasion as the chief guest.
Besides, Milad and Doa Mahfils were held, and special prayers were offered at mosques, churches and temples across the country. A Milad and Doa Mahfil was held at Ganobhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Saifuzzaman Shikhor, MP, and AL leaders were present.
A Milad and Mahfil was also held at the Parliament Members Club in the afternoon marking the birthday of the Prime Minister.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury, whips and MPs joined the event arranged by the Parliament Members Club.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of Bangabandhu, was born on September 28, 1947 at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
She graduated from the Dhaka University in 1973.
She has a checkered political career. She was elected vice-president of the Students Union of the Government Intermediate Girl's College when she contested as a candidate from Students League.
Later, she served as secretary and then as president of college unit of Students League. She was also a member of Students League in Dhaka University and became the secretary of Ruqayyah Hall unit. She actively participated in all mass movements in her student days.
The Father of the Nation, along with members of his family, was brutally assassinated on the fateful night of August 15, 1975. Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana were the only survivors as they were in West Germany at that time.
Sheikh Hasina was unanimously elected president of Bangladesh Awami League in 1981 while she was in forced exile. She returned home on May 17, 1981 ending her six years in exile.
Sheikh Hasina played a crucial role in establishing democracy in the country when she won from three constituencies in the parliamentary election in 1986 and was elected leader of the opposition.
She led the historic mass movement in 1990 that toppled the regime of HM Ershad.
She became prime minister for the first time on June 23, 1996 when the Awami League acquired majority in the general election held on June 12, 1996.
Sheikh Hasina assumed the office as the Prime Minister on Jan 7, 2019 for the fourth time after Awami League-led grand alliance won the 11th Parliamentary election.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - Speakers at a discussion on Saturday noted that right to information is required for maintaining continuity of development in the country.
They said there is no alternative to ensuring right to information to improve the quality of life.
The comments came at a discussion arranged by the Information Commission marking the International Day for Universal Access to Information 2019 at the Jatiya Press Club.
Speakers, including government officials and mediapersons, agreed that implementation of the Right to Information Act is essential for ensuring transparency and accountability of the government.
Presenting the keynote paper, Chief Information Commissioner Martuza Ahmed said they are yet to ensure right to information for everyone in the country.
“We still have a long way to go to ensure everyone's right to information ... Public awareness should be raised with the help of the mass media for the promotion of the Right to Information Act,” he said.
He noted that it is not possible for the Information Commission alone to achieve the goal.
“The commission is already implementing various programmes ... The Right to Information Act has to be implemented at all levels of the society,” he added.
Jatiya Press Club President Saiful Alam said the incumbent government enacted the Right to Information Act to ensure free flow of information. “We, as media workers, always want that,” he said.
He said it is necessary to consider whether a law to ensure the safety of information providers can be enacted similar to witness protection act so that they can provide information without fear.
“Most of the time, the information provider is under pressure," he noted.
Information Commissioner Suraiya Begum and Additional Secretary of Information Commission Mizan-ul-Alam also spoke at the programme.
Islamic University, Sept 28 (UNB) - The World Tourism Day was observed at the Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Saturday amid festivity and much enthusiasm.
The tourism and hospitality management department organised day-long programmes marking the day.
Teachers, students and staff of the department brought out a colourful procession from in front of the business administration faculty around noon.
IU Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha, acting Registrar SM Abdul Latif, business administration faculty Dean Prof Arabinda Saha, tourism and hospitality management department Chairman Prof M Mahbubul Arfin, among others, took part in the procession.
Later, an art competition was also held.
Jashore, Sept 28 (UNB) – A leader of Chhatra League’s Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) unit was arrested on Friday for snatching a mobile phone.
The arrestee, Golam Rabbani, 27, son of Ahmed Ali of Joypurhat sadar, is a masters student of nutrition and food technology department.
He is the organising secretary of Chhatra League’s Shaheed Moshiur Rahman Hall unit.
Sukumar Kundu, sub-inspector of Old Kosba Police Station, said Rabbani was caught while fleeing after snatching a mobile phone.
He was produced before the court in the afternoon, the OC added.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in parliament GM Quader on Saturday congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her 73rd birthday.
In a message, he also wished her good health and long life.
As the main opposition, Quader said, Jatiya Party will play a positive role in all the government activities for the development and advancement of the country.
In another message, Jatiya Party Secretary General Moshiur Rahman Ranga also greeted the Prime Minister on the occasion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, turned 73 today (Saturday).
Awami League and its associate bodies are celebrating the day with holding various programmes.
Hasina, the elder daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28 in 1947.