Dhaka – People in Bangladesh, like many others across the globe, are set to celebrate the New Year of the Georgian calendar beginning Sunday with new hopes for the betterment of individuals and the society as a whole.
Bangladesh, severely battered by terrorism in the year 2016, has apparently faced the challenge with courage to upset the raise of religious fundamentalism amid many a limitations. Everyone wises a better situation ahead.
The island nations of Kiribati and Samoa are the first countries to celebrate the New Year while Hawaii is among the last ones thanks to international time-zones.
People from different strata began exchanging greetings for the New Year. Gifts are also being sent to the dear ones. The social media pages, their inboxes and mobile phone inboxes are getting flooded with note of greetings. Friends are celebrating the day with special attention.
Bangladesh on Saturday beefed up security in and around the capital city for smoothen the celebration. Police have made some of the roads off-limit to traffic on the occasion of the New Year.
More than 10,000 members of law enforcement agencies in uniform and plainclothes will be on the street to avert any untoward incident, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said.
“No activities which go against our culture, values and heritages of our own, won’t be tolerated in the name of 31st night celebration,” he told journalists.
There is no fear of any terrorists or militant attacks on the eve of the occasion, but the security men will remain alert, he said.
Fireworks and open air concerts or cultural programs are not allowed on the 31st night, he added.
Rapid Action Battalion spokesman Mufti Mohammad Mahmud Khan said different important establishments, diplomatic enclaves, public university campuses and posh areas will be brought under a security blanket with the deployment of additional members of anti-crime elite force.
He said check posts have been set up at the strategic points including every entry and exit points of the city and several closed-circuit camera televisions have been installed to make the security foolproof.
The DMP has restricted holding indoor New Year gatherings on security grounds. No bars will be remained open after 6 pm on December 31, according to the DMP website.
None would be allowed to bring their licensed firearms at any restaurant, hotel and any programmes from 800pm to 5am on January 1.
The day is also a moment of looking back to the outgoing year for reviewing the successes and failures and planning strategies to reach new goals for the New Year.
The year 2016 was a significant year for Bangladesh as the country saw many successes in major areas including the politics, economy, agriculture, combating terrorism and driving the IT sectors towards attaining the middle-income status, according to a state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
The outgoing year was a stable and peaceful year for the political arena as there was no big agitation like strikes, blockades and other destructive activities that the whole nation witnessed in the past years.
The peaceful political situation prevailed for the entire year and offered the country’s economy grows faster than ever.