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PM’s 74th birthday celebrated amid festivity, enthusiasm

Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 22:08, 28 September 2020   Update: 22:08, 28 September 2020
PM’s 74th birthday celebrated amid festivity, enthusiasm

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File Photo

The 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was celebrated across the country today reiterating the vow to rally round the Awami League president in turning the country into a developed one by 2041 under her dynamic leadership.

On September 28 in 1947, Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.

The celebration of the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this year got a momentum as the global pandemic COVID-19 created the scope for her to stay home on her birthday. The premier usually stays in the United States of America (USA) during the time to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session every year.

Like previous years, AL and its affiliated organizations celebrated the day through various programs, including discussions, doa-mahfils, special prayers, distributing foods among the poor and organizing photo exhibitions abiding by the appropriate health guidelines, across the country highlighting the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina, who is driving the nation towards prosperity following the footsteps of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Marking the day, a doa and milad mahfil was held at the AL central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue in the afternoon.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Md Abdur Razzak, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretaries Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and Mahbubul-Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretaries BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam and SM Kamal Hossain, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Abdus Sabur, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua and Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan joined the programm, among others.

Marking the day, the Media for Development and Peace (MDP) organized a seminar titled ‘Sheikh Hasina in Women Empowerment: Bangladesh in the World Leadership’ at the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) in the morning.

AL Joint General Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addressed the seminar as the chief guest with JPC General Secretary Farida Yeasmin in the chair.

AL Women Affairs Secretary Maher Afroz Chumki, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Zuena Aziz and Chief News Editor of News24 Television Shahnaj Munni joined the seminar as discussants with Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) President Angur Nahar Monty in the chair.

Besides, Mohila Awami League distributed sewing machines among poor women at a community center in the city’s Dhanmondi area to mark the 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. AL Joint General Secretary and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni addressed the function as the chief guest with Mohila Awami League President Safiya Khatun in the chair.

Bangabandhu Dustha Kalyan Sangstha organized a discussion at the JPC, while Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque addressed the programme as the chief guest with its President Mahbub Hossain in the chair. AL Central Working Committee Member Jahan Kalpona and AL leader MA Karim spoke at the discussion, among others.

Marking the birthday of the Prime Minister, Bangla Academy organized a seminar titled ‘Writer Sheikh Hasina’. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid addressed the seminar as the chief guest with Bangla Academy President Professor Shamshuzzaman Khan in the chair.

Dhaka University Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Mohammad Samad presented the keynote paper at the seminar while Bangla Academy Director General Poet Habibullah Siraji delivered welcome speech.

Earlier, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated a three-day exhibition of books written and edited by Sheikh Hasina at the academy.

Besides, doa and prayers were offered at all mosques, including the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, across the country after Zohr prayers, seeking the Prime Minister’s good health and long life.

A special prayer was also held at the Dhakeshwari National Temple at 11 am, seeking the premier’s sound health and long life.

Marking the day, special prayers were also offered at the International Buddhist Monastery (Merul Badda) at 9 am, at Christian Association Bangladesh (CAB), Mirpur Baptist Church at 10 am and Jakmala Rani Church at Tejgaon at 6 am.

On the birthday of the premier, prominent citizens including educationists, economists, writers, physicians and cultural personalities also wished good health and long life of Sheikh Hasina, who is leading the country as the prime minister for the third consecutive term.

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