The government has taken elaborate programmes to observe the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day on Aug 15 with due respect and solemnity. As part of the programme, the national flag will fly half-mast atop the offices of all government, semi-government, autonomous organisations, educational institutions, private establishments and Bangladesh missions abroad on the day, an official release said in Dhaka on Monday (Aug 5), local media reported.
President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay homages at the portrait of Father of the Nation at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital in the morning.
A smartly turned out contingent of the Armed Forces will give a guard of honour to the portrait of the Bangabandhu. Besides, a special munajat and fateha will also be offered there for marking the day.
Later, Shiekh Hasina will place wreaths and offer doa and fateha at the Banani graveyard for all family members of Father of the Nation and others, who embraced martyrdom with Bangabandhu on Aug 15, 1975.
The Prime Minister will also place a wreath at the Mazar of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj district around 10 a.m. Fateha will be offered and the Armed Forces will again give a guard of honour there. A special Milad Mehfil and doa will also be held at the Bangabandhu’s Mazar.
An inter-ministerial meeting was held on Sunday at the cabinet division marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam chaired the meeting while different organisation chiefs and secretaries from different ministries were also attended it.
To mark the National Mourning Day, special munajats will be offered at all mosques across the country after Johr prayers while special prayers will take place at all pagodas, churches, temples and other worships, according to the meeting.
Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes in observance of the National Mourning day. National and local newspapers will bring out special supplements on the occasion.
Besides, specially designed posters will be displayed at educational institutions and other public places reminding the black chapter of the country’s history.
In line with the national programmes, different ministries and divisions, departments and agencies will organise various programmes at their respective institutions.
The different organisations and directorates under the Information Ministry will also hold different programmes, including discussion, exhibition, publish special supplements of Nirikkha, Sachithra Bangladesh and Bangladesh Quarterly.
All the city corporations, municipalities and union councils will observe the National Mourning Day amid solemnity in accordance with the national programme.