The National Mourning Day and the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed in Rajshahi and its adjoining districts on August 15 with due respect and solemnity.
The day was observed with a fresh vow to materialize the dreams of Bangabandhu to build a 'Sonar Bangla' and to bring back the fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu to execute verdict of the murder case.City unit of Bangladesh Awami League and its front organizations garlanded the portrait of Bangabandhu paying rich tribute to him at the city unit office.
Unit president and Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Vice-president Shahin Akter Rainy and a good number of leaders and workers were present on the occasion, reports BSS. Afterwards, they took out a large mourning procession and paraded the main city streets.
General Secretary of Workers Party of Bangladesh Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his portrait on his party office premises in the city. At 8:30 am, district judgeship, bar association and public prosecutors jointly took out a mourning procession and paraded the district judge court premises followed by a brief discussion.
At 9:30 am, district administration brought out a mourning procession from the premises of Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Central Zoo and Park. The rally ended at Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Zila Parishad Auditoriun where a discussion and Doa Mahfil was held.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Divisional Commissioner Nur-Ur-Rahman, Deputy Inspector General of Police Hafiz Akter, Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Humayun Kabir and Superintendent of Police Md Shahidullah addressed the meeting with Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque in the chair.
Various government and non-government organizations, political parties, socio-cultural organizations and educational institutions, including Rajshahi University and RUET, observed the mournful day in a befitting manner. A large number of people including government and non- government officials, freedom fighters, political leaders and socio-cultural activists were present at the meeting.
Local units of Bangladesh Awami League hoisted the party flags at half- mast in the morning and placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Various organizations, including Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, district unit of Bangabandhu Parishad, Swadhinota Chikitsok and Ila Mitra Sangskritik Sangha garlanded the portrait of Father of the Nation located on city bhaban premises.
Marking the day, children artistes of Ila Mitra Sangha presented songs highlighting the life and works of Bangabandhu.Discussion on the life and works of Bangabandhu were also arranged at all schools, colleges, madrasas and special milad mahfils and prayers are being held at all religious institutions.
Improved diets were served to inmates of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and other hospitals, Rajshahi Central Jail, orphanages, Shishu paribars and vagabond centers.
Painting competition, essay writing, hamd and naat, recitation of poems and discussion meetings focusing Bangabandhu and true national history were arranged at the Shishu Academy.The upazila administration and upazila units of AL and its front organizations and Muktijoddha Sangsad have also adopted day-long programs to observe the day.
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