Independent Day observed with great manner

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Independence is the biggest glory for any country. Independence through a bloody war is more glorious than anything. Today is the Independence day of Bangladesh. Bangladesh got independence from Pakistan through a bloody war where almost 3 million people died. The nation today celebrated the 41st Independence and National Day with a renewed call to expedite the trial of war criminals and materialize the dreams of the valiant freedom fighters by building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh.
The day carried special significance this year as the country
is observing the 40th anniversary of independence, while the
government has started the trial process of war criminals for
their heinous crimes committed during the War of Liberation.

Every year, March 26 brings with it the most tragic
reminiscence of the history’s blackest episode that heralded a
nine-month bloody ordeal from the night following the March 25,
1971 in achieving the long-cherished independence on December 16
the same year at the cost of a sea of blood.

In the wake of the military crackdown, Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who became the undisputed
leader of the then Pakistan following the massive victory of his
party Awami League in the 1970 general elections, declared
independence of Bangladesh through the then EPR wireless at 00-30
hours on March 26 (the night following March 25) in 1971 at his
historic 32 No. Dhanmondi residence here.

The great leader also called upon the people to build a
strong resistance against the Pakistani barbaric forces. The
Pakistani military junta in a bid to stop the legitimate movement
of the Bangalees arrested Bangabandhu on that night following his
declaration of independence.

The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the
early hours of March 26.

Bangladesh emerged as an independent and sovereign country on
December 16, 1971 with the surrender of the barbarian Pakistani
army, who killed three million innocent Bangalees, perpetrated
beastly atrocities upon two lakh Bangalee women and burnt down
lakhs of dwelling houses all over the country during the nine
months’ war.

The day’s programmes were heralded with a 31-gun salute early
in the morning as a mark of respect to the heroic struggle of
this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under
foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted
independence in 1971.

The day was a public holiday. The national flag was hoisted
atop at all government and private buildings while all roads and
important city corners were decorated befittingly with miniature
flags and festoons.

Important buildings and establishments were illuminated by
colourful lights, while special diets were served at hospitals,
jails and orphanages across the country.

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
issued separate messages on the occasion of the Independence Day
calling upon the nation to uphold the true spirit of the War of
Liberation to fulfill the dreams of the valiant Freedom Fighters.

Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Party
Chairman HM Ershad also issued separate messages conveying their
best wishes to the people and paying rich tributes to the
memories of the martyrs of the War of Liberation.

The National Memorial at Savar was the main venue of the
celebration of the day where President Zillur Rahman and Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina first placed wreaths in the early morning
as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs.

The President was the first to place a wreath at the altar
of the memorial at 5.58 am, followed by the Prime Minister.

After placing the wreaths, the President and the Prime
Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of
profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War
of Liberation in 1971.

The bugle played the last post and a smartly turned-out
contingent drawn from three services of the armed forces
presented state salute on the occasion.

The Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, Chief Justice, Deputy
Speaker, Ministers, Advisers to the Prime Minister, State
Ministers, Chief Whips, Members of Parliament, chiefs of the
three services, Dhaka City Corporation Mayor, diplomats, high
civil and military officials, freedom fighters, other dignitaries
and senior leaders of Awami League were present.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with the senior leaders of
Bangladesh Awami League also placed a wreath at the National
Memorial on behalf of her party.

The President also signed the visitor’s book at the
Mausoleum.

After the departure of the President and the Prime Minister,
thousands of people thronged the National Memorial and paid
homage to the martyrs by placing wreaths.

From the National Memorial, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went
to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Road 32 Dhanmondi and placed
wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu marking the Independence
and National Day.

Flanked by senior party leaders, Prime Minister and Awami
League President Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath at the
portrait as the party chief.

Later, tens of thousands of people paid homage to Bangabandhu
by placing wreaths at his portrait.

A children-juveniles rally was held at Bangabandhu National
Stadium this morning on the occasion of the great Independence
and National Day.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the visiting Bhutanese King
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who attended the function as the
guest of honour, jointly inaugurated the rally by releasing
pigeons and balloons.

Sheikh Hasina hoisted the national flag, while State
Minister for Liberation War Affairs Tajul Islam raised the Prime
Minister’s flag when the national anthem was played.

Earlier, the Prime Minister inspected a spectacular march-
past presented by the children and juveniles and took salute when
the Bhutanese King was on the dais.

Children and juveniles of 41 education institutions including
horse mounted group of Bangladesh Police, Boys Scout, Girls
Guide, Rover Scouts presented physical display.

The Prime Minister and the Bhutanese King witnessed the
display.

The President hosted a reception for the dignitaries, noted
citizens and diplomats at Bangabhaban this afternoon on the
occasion of the 40th anniversary of independence.

Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the reception, among others. The
President, the Bhutanese King and the Prime Minister jointly cut
a cake on the occasion.

Different political parties as well as socio-cultural
organizations drew up elaborate programmes to observe the day in
a befitting manner. The programmes included hoisting of the
national flag, placing of wreaths at Savar National Memorial,
special prayers, seminar and discussion.

Bangladesh Awami League has chalked out a two-day programme
to observe the Independence Day.

Newspapers brought out special supplements while Bangladesh
Betar and Bangladesh Television and private radio and television
channels aired special programmes highlighting the significance
of the day.

Reports reaching here said the day was observed across the
country in a befitting manner, while Bangladesh missions abroad
celebrated the day with due respect.

DHAKA, March 26 (BSS)

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