Politics

Nation set to celebrate 48th Victory Day tomorrow

DHAKA, The nation is set to celebrate tomorrow the 48th Victory Day, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a ninemonthlong bloodstained War of Liberation.

Fortyseven years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an

independent country under the leadership of the Father of Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people

and the honour of nearly half a million women.

Last year the celebration has reached a new height following the UNESCO's

recognition of Bangabandhu's historic 7th March Speech as part of the world's

documentary heritage.

The UNESCO on October 30 announced the prestigious acknowledgement to one

of the world's most glorious speeches, through which Bangabandhu effectively

decelerated the country's independence in a mammoth public rally at Ramna

Racecourse ground (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka on March 7, 1971.

The speech provided inspiration to the Bengali nation in their quest for

freedom and energised freedom fighters for freeing the country through the

ninemonth War of Liberation.

Different sociopolitical, educational and cultural institutions and

organisations have chalked out a series of programmes to celebrate the

nation's glorious victory over the Pakistani occupation force.

The government has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the Day at the

national level on December 16.

The day will start with 31 gun salutes. President Abdul Hamid and Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War

by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar with the rise of the

sun.

They will be followed by the freedom fighters and their family members,

foreign diplomats, leaders of Awami League and different political and social

organisations and people from all walks of life.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay tribute to Father of the Nation by

placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban

at the historic Dhanmondi 32 in the city.

Awami League and its associate bodies, different educational institutes and

sociocultural and professional organisations will also pay homage to the

supreme leader of the War of Liberation by placing garlands at his portrait.

The day is a public holiday. The national flag will be hoisted atop

government, semigovernment and private offices as well as offices of

autonomous bodies across the country.

Important buildings and establishments will be illuminated at night.

Important roads and road islands will be decorated with miniature national

flags and colourful festoons.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will issue separate

messages on the occasion. National dailies will bring out special

supplements.

The stateowned and private televisions and radios will broadcast month

long special programmes highlighting the Liberation War. Different

organisations will organise discussion and display Liberation War related

documentary.

Receptions will be hosted to freedom fighters and family members of martyrs

at city, district and upazila levels.

Special prayers will be offered in mosques and other places of worship,

seeking eternal peace of the souls of the martyrs of Liberation War and

peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

Improved diets will be served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant

homes across the country.

Destitute children will be allowed to visit children's parks and other

recreational centres across the country freeofcost. Marking the Day, Awami

League (AL) will organize twoday long programme. National flag would be

hoisted at AL central office, Bangabandhu Bhaban and all AL offices across

the country with the rise of the sun.

Wreaths would be placed at National Mausoleum at Savar at 6.34am and at the

portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in the

city.

AL leaders would offer fateha at the grave of Bangabandhu at Tungipara at

10 am. Special doa and milad mahfil would also be organised.

A discussion would be organised at 3 pm on December 17 at Bangabandhu

International Conference Center (BICC). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will

preside over the discussion.

Besides, 'BijoyMancha' (stage of victory) will be built at upazila and

district levels across the country from December 16, where discussion on

history of the Liberation War, photo and film exhibition, documentary, songs

on liberation war and cultural programmes would be held.

Bangladesh missions abroad will observe the day through various programmes.

The Bangladesh High Commission in London, United Kingdom, has taken

elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.

National flag will be hoisted in the morning, while discussion, cultural

programme, photo exhibition on the life of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and War of Liberation will be held in the afternoon.

Noted personalities and local Bangladeshis will attend the programme, among

others, Md Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury, press minister at the Bangladesh High

Commission in London told BSS today.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)