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Remembering Bangabandhu: Bangladesh Observes National Mourning Day

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The nation is gearing up to commemorate the National Mourning Day and the 48th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on Tuesday with solemnity and deep respect.

On the tragic night of August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were brutally assassinated by a group of disgruntled army personnel, marking one of the darkest chapters in the nation’s history.

In addition to Bangabandhu and his wife, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesha Mujib, 26 others, including family members and relatives, lost their lives on that day, as stated on the AL website.

The list of martyrs encompasses Bangabandhu’s eldest son, Sheikh Kamal, second son Sheikh Jamal, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Parveen Jamal Rozi, youngest son, ten-year-old Sheikh Russell, younger brother Sheikh Abu Nasser, nephew Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani, along with his pregnant wife Begum Arju Moni, and Bangabandhu’s brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat. The tragic night also claimed the life of Colonel Jamil Uddin Ahmad, Bangabandhu’s chief security officer.

His two surviving daughters, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, who now serves as Prime Minister, narrowly escaped the planned assassination as they were abroad during the tragic incident.

To commemorate this day, the government has outlined a comprehensive program, including flying the national flag at half-mast across all government and semi-government institutions, autonomous bodies, educational institutions, and Bangladesh’s missions abroad, as reported by BSS.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay their respects to Bangabandhu by laying wreaths at his portrait at 6:30 am in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi Road No-32 in the capital.

The Prime Minister will also place wreaths at the Banani Graveyard on the graves of Bangabandhu’s family members and other martyrs who tragically lost their lives on August 15, 1975. She will offer Fateha and munajat to seek eternal peace for their departed souls.

Cabinet members, lawmakers, political parties, socio-cultural organizations, and government bodies will also pay tribute by placing wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait on Dhanmondi Road No-32. Similar wreaths will be laid at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu in Tungipara, Gopalganj, accompanied by prayers and discussions.

Other martyrs of the August 15 tragedy will also be honored with wreaths at their graves at the Banani graveyard in the capital. Educational institutions will organize various competitions, cultural events, and photo exhibitions.

National newspapers will feature special supplements, while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will broadcast programs to remember the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu.

The ruling Awami League (AL) has also arranged various programs, including flying national and party flags at half-mast and hoisting black flags at all AL offices across the country, including Bangabandhu Bhaban and the central office at Bangabandhu Avenue.

AL leaders and workers will pay their respects to Bangabandhu by laying wreaths at his portrait at 6:30 am in the premises of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi Road No-32.

Tributes will also be paid to the other martyrs of August 15 by placing wreaths at their graves in the Banani graveyard at 8 am. Special prayers and milad mahfil will also be held there.

A delegation from AL’s Gopalganj district and Tungipara upazila units will pay homage to Bangabandhu at his mausoleum in Tungipara at 12 pm, followed by fateha offerings and special prayers.

Various religious communities across the country, including mosques, temples, churches, and pagodas, will hold special prayers to honor the National Mourning Day.

As part of the central program, a candlelight vigil and special prayers will be observed at Mirpur Baptist Church at one minute past midnight on August 15.

Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu communities will also conduct special prayers at their respective places of worship.

Food distribution to the underprivileged, orphans, and distressed individuals will take place nationwide.

A discussion will be held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at 4 pm on August 16, chaired by Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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Met Predicts Widespread Rain Across Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecast widespread rain and thundershowers across all divisions, including Dhaka, within the next 24 hours starting from 9 am today.

The latest BMD update indicates, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, are likely at many locations in Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions. Similar weather conditions are expected at a few places in the Chattogram division and some areas in Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barishal divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions.”

Tangail has recorded the highest rainfall in the country, with 108 mm in the 24 hours leading up to 6 am today. This substantial rainfall reflects the active monsoon season currently impacting the region.

The BMD reports that the monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the north Bay. This active monsoon system is contributing to increased rainfall and storm activity across the country.

Slight rises in both day and night temperatures are expected across Bangladesh. Over the past 24 hours up to 6 am today, Khagrachhari experienced the highest temperature at 35.8°C, while the lowest temperature was recorded in Netrakona at 24°C.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Honors Bangabandhu on Awami League’s 75th Anniversary

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today (23 June) on the occasion of the 75th founding anniversary of the ruling Awami League (AL).

At 7 AM, Hasina honored Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his portrait at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi-32. Following the wreath-laying, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence, paying profound respect to Bangabandhu’s memory.

Later, accompanied by senior party leaders, Hasina, who also serves as the president of the Awami League, placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait on behalf of the party. She and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader then inaugurated the day’s program by hoisting the national and party flags and releasing pigeons and balloons.

The Bangladesh Awami League was founded on this day in 1949. Over the years, it has grown into the country’s largest political party, leading significant movements including the struggle for freedom, the War of Liberation, and various democratic movements.

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Dhaka, New Delhi Forge Vision for Digital and Green Partnership: PM Sheikh Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced today (June 22) that Bangladesh and India have agreed on a shared vision for a digital and green partnership aimed at ensuring a sustainable future for both nations.

In a joint statement before the media following her meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Hasina said, “Both countries endorsed the ‘Vision Statement’ to guide us toward a peaceful and prosperous future. We agreed to have a shared vision for ‘Digital Partnership’ and ‘Green Partnership for a Sustainable Future.'”

The bilateral discussions covered a broad range of topics, including water sharing from common rivers, security, and trade. Hasina emphasized the importance of India as Bangladesh’s major neighbor, trusted friend, and regional partner, highlighting the deep historical ties since Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.

“Our relations with India are ever-growing at a fast pace,” Hasina noted. “Today, our two sides had very productive meetings where we discussed politics and security, trade and connectivity, the sharing of water from common rivers, power and energy, and regional and multilateral cooperation, among other issues of mutual interest.”

The Prime Minister added, “We agreed to collaborate with each other for the betterment of our people and countries.” She outlined a future course of action aimed at ensuring a smart Bangladesh by 2041 and a Viksit Bharat (Developed India) by 2047.

Hasina mentioned that several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were concluded and renewed, with announcements made for future collaboration. She noted that recent years have seen sustained high-level engagements between the two countries, including visits by the Indian president and prime minister to Bangladesh in 2021 to celebrate significant milestones in Bangladesh’s history.

Reflecting on her own diplomatic engagements, Hasina recalled her last bilateral visit to India in September 2022 and her attendance at the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September 2023 as the leader of ‘Guest Country’ Bangladesh. “I am now visiting New Delhi for an unprecedented second time in the same month, June 2024,” she remarked.

Earlier this month, on June 9, Hasina attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new cabinet alongside other world leaders, further underscoring the close engagement between the two nations.

During her current visit, Hasina will also meet with the Vice President and the President of India. She expressed optimism that these meetings will provide deeper insights into enhancing bilateral cooperation.

“This is my first bilateral visit to any country after Bangladesh’s 12th Parliamentary Elections and the formation of the new government in January 2024,” Hasina noted, thanking the Indian government for their warm hospitality.

In her concluding remarks, Hasina paid homage to the Indian heroes who sacrificed their lives during Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971, expressing gratitude for India’s contribution to Bangladesh’s independence. She also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Bangladesh at his earliest convenience.

 

 

 

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