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Bangladesh to observe one-minute blackout on Mar 25

Bangladesh to observe one-minute blackout on Mar 25

The government has decided to observe a ‘one minute blackout’ program across the country on the night of Mar 25 to mark the Genocide Day this year.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday (Mar 11) said Bangladesh would observe a one-minute blackout on the night of Mar 25 in memory of the history's worst brutality carried out by the Pakistani Army on the "Black Night" of Mar 25, 1971.

"The government has taken a decision to observe a one-minute blackout programme on Mar 25 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:01 p.m.," he told newsmen after a coordination meeting held at the Home Ministry's conference room, local media reports said.

The minister said the coordination meeting was held to discuss various issues as to how to observe the genocide day (Gonohattya Dibosh) on Mar 25 and the Independence Day on Mar 26 peacefully.

During the blackout programme, he said, the power supply would be suspended from 9:00 p.m. to 9:01 p.m. across the country. "We will observe this blackout programme only to recall the horror of Mar 25 night, unleashed by the Pakistani barbaric army on the eve of the War of Liberation," Khan added.

The home minster said the government has undertaken all measures to ensure tight security at Savar National Memorial and also in the capital city and its adjacent areas on the day. "Members of the law enforcement agencies have been asked to ensure security on Mar 25 and Mar 26," he said.

Earlier, the Jatiya Sangsad during its 14th session unanimously adopted a resolution declaring Mar 25 as the Genocide Day.