Bangabandhu’s birth anniversary celebrated

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - The nation today celebrated the 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day in a befitting manner.

On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district.

He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents - Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun.

Different political, social and cultural organisations and government bodies arranged different programmes marking the birth anniversary and the Nation Children's Day.

The programme included placing wreaths at Bangabandhu's portrait at Dhanmondi-32 in Dhaka and his mazar in Tungipara, Gopalganj, doa and milad mahfil, munajat, prayers, discussions, processions, cultural functions, voluntary blood donations, exhibition of documentaries, drawing competitions and distribution of foods among destitute and so on.

The ruling Awami League's programme began with hoisting of national and party flags atop all party offices, including central office at Bangabandhu Avenue here this morning.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth anniversary and the National Children's Day.

The president and the premier paid homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj at about 10.30 am.

President Hamid first laid a wreath at Bangabandhu's mazar followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the Father of the Nation.

A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Forces gave an honour guard on the occasion.

Flanked by senior leaders of her party, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL President, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of the party.

President's wife Rashida Khanam along with her son Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq, MP, and the Prime Minister along with her family members also separately paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu by pacing wreaths.

Abdul Hamid and Sheikh Hasina offered Fateha and joined a munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu as well as other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.

Cabinet members, PM's advisers, parliament members and senior AL leaders were present.

President Abdul Hamid also signed the visitor's book kept on the mausoleum premises.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road-32 in Dhaka.

After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the country's founding father.

A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave an honour guard.

A munajat was also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of the August 15 carnage.

Later, flanked by senior AL leaders, Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.

AL advisory council member Amir Hossain Amu, AL presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Advocate Quamrul Islam, Dr Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin and AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, general secretary Obaidul Quader, joint general secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam and Sujit Roy Nandi, publicity and publication secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and information and research secretary Dr Selim Mahmud were, among others, present.

Later, Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury and Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing separate wreath at his portrait.

Afterwards, AL's Dhaka city north and south units, Awami Jubo League, Awami Swechchhasebak League, Bangladesh Krishak League, Mahila Awami League, Jubo Mahila League, Chhatra League, Sramik League, Tanti League, Matsyajibi League, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Bangabandhu Parishad, different political, social and cultural organisations and professional bodies placed wreaths at Bangabandhu's portrait.

Marking the birth anniversary, the Islamic Foundation organised programmes at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital. The programmes included holding discussions and recitation from the Holy Quran and offering special prayers.

Munajat were offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and other martyred family members.

Special doa and munajat were also arranged at different mosques across the country after Jummah prayers.

Besides, special prayers were offered at all religious institutions, including temples, churches and pagodas on the occasion.

Christian community members arranged special prayers at Tejgaon Church and Mirpur Baptist Church (3/7-A Senpara Parbata, Mirpur-10), while Buddhist community members held prayers at International Buddhist Monastery at Merul Badda and Hindu community members at Dhakeshwari National Temple.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting arranged a discussion at Tathya Bhaban in the city's Kakrail area, marking the day. Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud spoke at the meeting as the chief guest.

Information and Broadcasting Secretary Md Humayun Kabir Khandaker chaired the discussion while Additional Secretary Dr Md Jahangir Alam, Principal Information Officer Md Shahinoor Miah and Press Institute Bangladesh Director General Zafar Wazed addressed it, among others.

The day was a public holiday.

Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the life of Bangalees while national dailies published special supplements.

Bangladesh missions abroad celebrated Bangabandhu's birth anniversary and the National Children's Day by holding different programmes.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangabandhu’s birth anniversary observed in Netrakona

Netrakona March 17, 2023 (BSS) - The 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children Day-2023 was observed here today with paying rich tributes to Bangabandhu.

Netrakona district administration and different socio-cultural and political organizations, including Awami League, and it’s associate organizations, professional groups, and educational institutions, chalked out various programs marking the day.

As part of the programs, the national flag was hoisted atop all public and private buildings in the district.

The celebration began in the morning with the placing of floral wreaths by deputy commissioner (DC) Netrakona Anjana Khan Mojlish at the portrait of Bangabandhu at “Chetonar Batighor” on the Netrakona DC office premises.

Then, district-level officers, public representatives, heroic freedom fighters, political leaders, civil society members, and people from all walks of life placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu there.

A jubilant rally of children was brought out in the district town from the local Muktarpara ground and the rally ended on the Public hall premises after parading different main roads of the town.

A cake-cutting function was held at the local public hall and the function was followed by a discussion meeting on the “Life and Ideology of Bangabandhu” and a musical soiree based on patriotic songs.

Netrakona district information office arranged a short documentary film show on “The Life of Bangabandhu” for the school students at Netrakona central Shaheed Minar premises.

Special prayers were offered at Netrakona central Jam -e-mosque and other mosques, temples, churches, and others places of worship seeking divine blessings for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Bangabandhu and progress as well as the prosperity of the nation.

Improved diets were served to the inmates of jails, hospitals, and orphanages across the district.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

One more dies in city’s Science Lab blast

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) – The death toll from the March 5 explosion at a commercial building at Science Lab Mor in the city reached five as one more victim died yesterday (Thursday) evening.

The victim 53-year-old Md Jahur Ali succumbed to his burn injuries while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (SHNBPS) here on 7.30 pm, police sources said.

Chief Coordinator of the Institute Dr Samanta Lal Sen said that Jahur sustained 44 percent burn injuries in his body.

The deceased was the son of late Mokaddas Mandal of Charandadia village of Alphadanga police station of Faridpur district.

The explosion took place at Shirin Mansion at Science Lab Mor in city's Dhanmondi area around 10:50 am on March 5.

Three people died that day while another victim named Ayesha Akhter Asha, 26, died while undergoing treatment at a city hospital on Tuesday last.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

Three killed in Bhola road accident

BHOLA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - Three people, including two female college students, were killed and another was injured in a collision between a passenger bus and a battery-run auto-rickshaw on the Bhola-Charfashion highway under Daulatkhan upazila of the district today.

The deceased were identified as Rima Akhter, 17, daughter of Kaisar Matabbar, Shikha, 17, daughter of Jahangir, residents of Joynagar union of Daulatkhan upazila and Abul Kalam, 55.

Rima Akhter and Shikha were 12th-grader students at Halima Khatun Mahila College.

The accident occurred when a Bhola-bound passenger bus from Charfashion collided head-on with a battery-run auto rickshaw coming from the opposite direction in the area around 9am, leaving three passengers

died on the spot and driver of the auto rickshaw injured, Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar Circle) Ripon Chandra Sarkar told BSS.

Later, police recovered the bodies from the spot.

The injured was taken to Bhola Sadar Hospital, he said.

Police arrested the bus driver and seized the bus, he added.

A case was filed in the connection.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

Rampant Bangladesh gear up for Ireland challenge

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS)—Bangladesh are looking forward to play their best cricket and keep the winning momentum going as they take on visiting Ireland in the three-match ODI series opener tomorrow (Saturday) at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

The match which starts at 2 PM will be aired live on T-Sports Channel.

“We respect Ireland just like England but we don’t fear any team. We are not going to treat Ireland any less than how we prepared for England. When we play our best cricket, we are good enough to beat most teams. It is our mantra,” Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said, summing up their approach toward the series.

Bangladesh are high on confidence following their landmark T20 whitewash on world champions England and would start the Ireland series as hot favourtie.

According to stat, Ireland which came here for the first time since 2008 for a bilateral series are no match for the Tigers. Of the 10 ODI matches between the two sides, Bangladesh won seven and lost just two while other match ended in a no result.

Ireland won the maiden encounter between the two sides in 2007 ODI World Cup in Bridgetown, West Indies and last time they beat Bangladesh in 2010 at Belfast. They could never put up any resistance in the matches they played against Bangladesh in the last decade.

This will be the two sides’ first match in this decade, having faced off each other in last encounter in 2019 at Dublin, a match of a tri-nation tournament that Bangladesh won comfortably by six wickets. Bangladesh indeed won their only major trophy in the history by beating West Indies, the other team of that tri-nation tournament.

Apart from the two series defeat at the hands of England in 2016 and most recently in the last month, Bangladesh have been invincible in ODIs at home since 2015.

Despite the absolute upper-hand over the tourists, whose capability to play the spin is also questionable and their own amazing record at home, Hathurusingha refused to let the players feel any complacency.

“Winning is always our aim whoever we play. No team is easy in international cricket. They beat England during the World Cup. On their day, any team can beat anyone,” he said, hinting that there be will some changes in best XI in the first ODI against Ireland as the team wants to expand the pool, eyeing the upcoming ODI World Cup in India.

“We are trying to expand our pool regardless of who we play. (But) we will try to win,” he said.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (Captain), Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Zakir Hasan

Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Matthew Humphreys, Lorcan Tucker, Stephen Doheny, Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Benjamin White, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

National cricketers celebrate Bangabandhu’s birthday

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS)—The national cricketers who are in Sylhet to play the three-match ODI series against Ireland celebrated the 103rd birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by cutting a cake at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today.

After their training session, ahead of the first match against the Irish on Saturday, all of the players and coaching staff of Bangladesh cut the cake.

The birthday of the Father of the Nation is being celebrated as 'National Children's Day'.

'Today the nation remembers you with humble respect. In our endless love, you will forever be immortal,’--- was written on the cake.

“Happy 103rd Birthday to the Greatest Bengali of All Time, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Your contributions to our nation's independence and progress will never be forgotten,” ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan posted on his facebook.

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed wrote, "Happy 103rd birthday to the architect of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - your vision, courage and unwavering commitment to the Bengali people continue to inspire us today."

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

JU celebrates 103rd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu

SAVAR, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - The 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed today at Jahangirnagar University (JU) with huge enthusiasm and in a befitting manner.

On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the undisputed leader

of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.

To mark the day, the university authorities organised daylong programmes on

the campus.

JU Vice-Chancellor Prof Nurul Alam paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing a floral wreath at his portrait at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman hall around 10:30 am this morning.

JU Pro VC (Administration) Professor Md Sheikh Md Monzurul Huq, Treasurer

Rasheda Akhter, Registrar Rahima Kaniz, Deans of faculties, Provosts of dormitories and teachers of different departments and institutes accompanied him.

Later, Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA), JU Bangabandhu Shikkok Parishad, Teacher-Student Centre also placed a floral wreath.

Besides, a drawing and essay competition was organised at Jahangirnagar University School and College this morning to mark the day.

Meanwhile, a special doa mahfil was arranged at the central mosque and all

other mosques after Asr prayers.

Earlier, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jahangirnagar University unit also arranged various programmes marking the day.

Leaders and activists of JU BCL led by its president Akhtaruzzaman Sohel and general secretary Habibur Rahman Liton paid homage at the altar of Bangabandhu in front of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall by placing floral wreath at 11am.

Later, they organised a cake-cutting program around 12 pm on the central Shaheed Minar premises of the university.

After the Jumuah prayers, they organised a milad mahfil and a special prayer at the central mosque of the university.

Marking the day, the entire university area was illuminated with colourful lights and a balanced diet was served at the dormitories.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

BFUJ pays homage to Bangabandhu at JPC

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - Incumbent and former leaders of BFUJ- Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, led by its president Omar Faruque and secretary general Dip Azad, today paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) in city.

Marking the 103rd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu and the National Children's Day-2023, the BFUJ leaders paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangalee of all times and architect of independence Bangladesh.

BFUJ former president and Managing Director and Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Abul Kalam Azad, former BFUJ president Manzurul Ahsan Bulbul, editor of the Daily Sun Enamul Haque Chowdhury, BFUJ vice president Madhusudan Mandol, BFUJ executive member Nure Jannat Akter Sima and JPC executive member Shahnaj Siddiqui Soma were, among others, present.

On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

Police women network pays homage to Bangabandhu

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - Leaders of Bangladesh Police Women Network (BPWN) today paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking his 103rd birth anniversary and the National Children's Day-2023.

President of BPWN, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Amena Begum, and other leaders paid homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu, the greatest Bangalee of all times, in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 here this morning.

On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh, and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

Underprivileged children travel by metro-rail on Bangabandhu’s birthday

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - Some 70 underprivileged children today got the opportunity to travel by metro-rail on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day.

Under the arrangement of the Road Transport and Highways Division, they traveled from the city’s Agargaon Metro Station to Uttara Station (Diabari) and they again returned to Agargaon.

The 70 children were brought to Agargaon station -- from two orphanages of Tejgaon and Mirpur areas -- on two open-deck buses around 9.30am.

The children also joined the celebration of Bangabandhu’s birthday at Metro Rail Exhibition and Information Centre’s video room at Diabari where a cake was also cut. A brief discussion was held on the occasion there.

Road Transport and Highways Division Additional Secretary Nilima Akhter and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTC) Chairman Tajul Islam addressed the discussion.

Upon their return to Agargaon, the children were also taken to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 to visit the museum.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

Bangladesh could make further progress if BNP, allies don’t create obstacle: Hasan

DHAKA, March 17, 2023 (BSS) - Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said if BNP and their allies don't create obstacles to the country's development, Bangladesh would have achieved more progress.

"A political evil force has stood as an obstacle to the path of building a Sonar Bangla of the Father of the Nation. BNP and their allies are the major patrons of the evil force," he said.

Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, said these while talking to reporters after paying tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi here marking his 103rd birth anniversary.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and other leaders of Awami League were present on the occasion.

The information minister said today is the day of taking pledge to build a Sonar Bangla resisting all evil forces and rooting out all obstacles.

He said Bangladesh is heading towards building a Sonar Bangla envisaged by Bangabandhu under the leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina, who is successor of blood of Bangabandhu and who also reflects the voice of Bangabandhu.

Today the celebration of Bangabandhu's birthday and Sheikh Hasina's leadership is gratifying as Pakistan is getting frustrated witnessing Bangladesh's success, he mentioned.

Later, the minister joined, as the chief guest, a discussion, arranged on the occasion of the 103rd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu at Tathya Bhaban in the city's Kakrail area under the initiative of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

In his speech, Hasan Mahmud said BNP and their allies do 'politics of denial' and 'politics of confrontation'.

He said BNP's politics of confrontation has reached the arena of the Supreme Court as they are now snatching away ballots of Bar Election there.

"We are living in a multi-party democratic society and here responsible persons will face criticism and there will be debates over them. But the evil practice of politics of denial should be removed from here," he said.

He said: "We all should have the target to take ahead the country. In that way, we can reach the country at the golden destination envisaged by Bangabandhu."

Information and Broadcasting Secretary Md. Humayun Kabir Khandaker chaired the discussion while Additional Secretary Dr Md Jahangir Alam, Principal Information Officer Md. Shahinoor Miah and Press Institute Bangladesh Director General Zafar Wazed addressed it, among others.

Poet Rafiq Azad's poem on Bangabandhu 'Ei Siri' was recited on the occasion.

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA

103rd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu observed in Manikganj

Manikganj, March 17, 2023 (BSS) – The people of Manikganj today observed the 103rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day-2023 in a befitting manner.

The celebration formally started with placing of wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at the Freedom Fighter Memorial (Shahid Muktijoddha Smriti Stambha) in the morning.

Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Abdul Latif, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Golam Azad Khan, Manikganj District Council Chairman also the President of District Awami League Advocate Golam Mohiuddin, Manikganj Municipality Mayor Md. Ramjan Ali and heads of educational institutions, leaders of political parties and cultural bodies placed the wreathes at the portrait of the Father of the Nation.

One-hundred and three children, wearing Mujib Coats, flew festoons, balloons and pigeons and cut 103 cakes at Manikganj Government High School Playground (Bijoy Mela Math) celebrating the day.

Distribution of prizes among the winners of essay, quiz on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, recitation, painting, singing and dances was also included in the programs.

The competitions were held on the previous day under the auspices of Zilla Shishu Academy and Zilla Shilpakala Academy.

Improved diets and sweets were served to inmates of different hospitals, jail, Government Shishu Paribar.

After the Jummah special prayers at all mosques in the district and prayers at other worships were held seeking eternal peace for the departed soul of Bangabandhu and continuous peace and prosperity of the nation.

Meanwhile Manikganj District Police observed the day with various programmes.

District Awami League and District Jubo League also observed the day amid various programs that included placing wreath at the portraits of Father of the Nation and arranging discussion and dua-mahfil

SOURCE: BANGLADESH SANGBAD SANGSTHA