Published:  01:42 AM, 16 August 2019 Last Update: 01:43 AM, 16 August 2019

National Mourning Day observed in Chattogram

National Mourning Day observed in Chattogram Chattogram City Mayor AJM Nasir and Shromik Kormochari League paid their respects to Bangladesh's founding father on his 44th death anniversary on Thursday. -AA

The National Mourning Day-2019 and 44th martyrdom anniversary of the Architect of Independence and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed Thursday in Chattogram in a befitting manner.People from all strata of life paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu, architect of the independent Bangladesh, who along with his family members were brutally assassinated on this fateful night of August 15, 1975.

Apart from the Chattogram city, north and south district units of Awami League (AL) and their front organisations, scores of socio-cultural and literary organisations, trade unions, district administration, all educational institutions and professional bodies chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day, reports BSS.The nation, however, started observing the month of mourning from August 1, recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country's independence and sovereignty.

Leaders and workers of AL and its front organisations and professional bodies wear black badges throughout the day. The day's programs include hoisting of the national and black flags at half-mast atop all party offices, placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu, Quran khwani, Milad Mahfil, discussion meetings, poetry recitation, essay and quiz competitions on life and activities of Bangabandhu, screening of films, playing of the historic March 7 speeches of Bangabandhu in 41 wards of the city corporation, blood donation and distribution of foods among the destitute people.

The programs of Chattogram District Administration' include Milad Mahfil, Khatme Quran, special prayers at mosques and discussions on the life and works of Bangabandhu, essay competition and poetry recitation was held at Shisu Academy and Shilpakala Academy respectively . Doa, Milad Mahfils and special prayers was held at different mosques and other places of worships in the city and districts seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members.

Government officials, leaders of AL and its associate bodies place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Shaheed Minars and observe one- minute silence before bringing out mourning processions in the city and district. Discussions on the life and works of Bangabandhu arranged in educational institutions including schools, colleges, madrasas and milad mahfil and special prayers offered at religious institutions.

In the city, the observance begin with hoisting of the national flags at half-mast in all government, semi-government, autonomous, private buildings and educational institutions shortly after the dawn. Later, high officials, political leaders, head of different organisations, institutions and departments and common people place wreaths at the mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning with wearing black badges. Chattogram Press Club and Chattogram Union of Journalists  jointly place wreaths Thursday morning at the mural of Bangabandhu on the press club premises.

The Islamic Foundation organized programs including recitation from the Holy Quran, Hamd, Naat and Doa mahfil and a special discussion on the life and works of Bangabandhu. To mark the day, Chattogram centre of Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar  air special programmes while local dailies publish special supplements focusing the life and contributions of the great leader of the country's independence movement.

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