In a solemn commemoration, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid heartfelt tributes to the martyred intellectuals and the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on Martyred Intellectuals Day.
The President laid a wreath at the memorial at 7:05 am, honoring those who lost their lives just days before Bangladesh’s final victory during the War of Liberation in 1971. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also paid homage by laying a wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, followed by a visit to Dhanmondi Road No 32 to honor Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
President Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Hasina stood in solemn silence as the bugle played the last post, reflecting their profound respect for the martyred intellectuals. The day marks the brutal killing of numerous intellectuals, including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, and writers, by Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators just two days before Bangladesh’s independence.
On December 14, 1971, those abducted were taken to torture cells in various locations in Dhaka and subsequently mass-executed at different killing grounds, notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur. The commemoration also included the President exchanging pleasantries with the families of the martyred intellectuals and Prime Minister Hasina laying a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Met Forecasts Showers and Gusty Winds Across the Country
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country over the next 24 hours from 9:00 am today (25 February).
According to a bulletin from the meteorological office, the anticipated precipitation is likely to occur in one or two places across Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Sylhet divisions. The rest of the country is expected to experience mainly dry conditions with a temporary partly cloudy sky.
The bulletin also mentioned a slight decrease of (1-2) degrees Celsius in night temperatures, while day temperatures are expected to remain nearly unchanged nationwide.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature reached 31.2 degrees Celsius in Cumilla, Chattogram division. The minimum temperature recorded today is 13.0 degrees Celsius in Tetulia, Rangpur division.
The highest rainfall in the last 24 hours, until 6 am today, was reported at 28 millimeters (mm) in Bogura, Rajshahi division.
In the capital, the sun is set to set at 5:59 pm today and rise at 6:24 am tomorrow.
Nation to observe Holy Shab-e-Barat Tonight
The holy night of Shab-e-Barat, known as the night of fortune, will be observed nationwide tonight with profound religious fervor and devotion. The Islamic Foundation (IF) has organized programs at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, including religious sermons (waz) and doa-mahfils.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended greetings to Muslims worldwide on this occasion. President Shahabuddin highlighted the significance of Shab-e-Barat, emphasizing its role as a night of good fortune, offering opportunities for special grace and forgiveness from Almighty Allah. He urged affluent individuals to assist the distressed and poor, wishing for progress, welfare, and unity for the Muslim Ummah.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina echoed the sentiment, stating that the night brings mercy and blessings for humanity, showcasing Allah’s greatness in forgiving and fulfilling desires. She encouraged dedicating oneself to human welfare and nation-building in line with Shab-e-Barat’s teachings, emphasizing the establishment of Islamic values at personal, social, and national levels while rejecting injustice, violence, and superstition.
Rainfall Likely in Parts of Bangladesh, says Met
The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country in the next 24 hours from 9 am today.
According to a bulletin from the met office, these weather conditions are likely in one or two places over Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, and Khulna divisions. The rest of the country may experience mainly dry weather with a temporary partly cloudy sky. The bulletin also anticipates a rise in both night and day temperatures by 1-2 degrees Celsius across the country.
On Friday, the maximum temperature recorded in the country was 31.2 degrees Celsius at Teknaf in the Chattogram division, while today’s minimum temperature of 09 degrees Celsius was recorded at Tetulia in the Rangpur division. The sun is expected to set at 5:58 pm today and rise at 6:25 am tomorrow in the capital.
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