The nation is set to observe the 'Genocide Day' today for the second time in remembrance of the brutality carried out by Pakistani Army on the unarmed Bengalis on the black night of Mar 25 in 1971. The Jatiya Sangsad unanimously adopted a resolution to observe the Mar 25 as the "Gonohotya Dibosh" (Day of Genocide) on Mar 11, 2017. Subsequently the cabinet division in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, unanimously endorsed the decision on Mar 20 last year, local media reports said.
President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the "Genocide Day".
The government has drawn up various programmes to mark the day with due respect. The country is set to stage a one-minute blackout from 9 p.m. to 9.01 p.m. today recalling the horror of the Mar 25, 1971 black night when the Pakistanis launched genocide on Bangladesh soil. Besides, the Liberation War Affairs Ministry will hold a discussion along with photographs on the "Gonohotya Dibosh" at 10:00 a.m. at Suhrawardy Udyan.
On the day, Bangladesh Awami League will hold a discussion at 4 p.m. at the Bangabandhu International Conference (BICC). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to chair the programme. Dhaka University and Dhaka University Teachers Association have decided to observe the Genocide Day. Different programmes have been chalked out to mark the day.
As part of the programmes, a photography exhibition will be held near the Independence Monument at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan reminding the atrocities committed on Mar 25, 1971. The programmes of lighting candle at 7 p.m., screening of a documentary and a discussion would be held, while a special munajat and Milad Mahfil would be held after Asr prayers.