By Our Correspondent, in Dhaka ;
Dhaka – The nation is celebrating the 101th birthday of Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Wednesday coinciding the country’s golden jubilee celebration of its independence.
The day began with paying tribute to Bangabandhu. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid the homage placing floral wreath at the portrait of the slain leader, who became the father of the nation for his role in struggle for liberation from Pakistan, in the capital Dhaka.
Ministers, lawmakers, leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League party and its associate bodies and other socio-cultural organisations also placed flower at the portrait of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was born in the then Tungipara sub-district of Gopalganj on March 17, 1920.
Mujib worked towards achieving the rights of the oppressed people of this part of the world and remain engaged in the struggle to uplift their conditions until the last day of his life. He was assassinated by a group of disgruntled army officers on August 15, 1975.
Bangladesh has been observing the day as National Children’s Day. The day is a national holiday.
A special prayer was offered during the placing of the floral wreath at the portrait seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Bangabandhu, his slain wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Prayers were also offered for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.