Nation celebrates 39th Independence Day today

March 26, 2009

Staff Correspondent

(Right) Wednesday night commemorated the black night of March 25, 1971. On this night, some 7000 unarmed Bangalees were killed in Dhaka alone by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 under Operation Search Light. Photo: Focus Bangla

(Right) Wednesday night commemorated the black night of March 25, 1971. On this night, some 7000 unarmed Bangalees were killed in Dhaka alone by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 under "Operation Search Light." Photo: Focus Bangla

Political parties and different cultural organisations have taken various programmes to celebrate the 39th Independence and National Day today and pay homage to the valiant sons of the soil who laid down their lives to free the country from Pakistani colonial rule.
Different political parties including the ruling party Awami League and main opposition BNP will celebrate the day through placing floral wreaths at the National Mausoleum in the morning. Besides, on the occasion, Awami League will hoist national flag in it offices and also places wreaths at the portrait of the country’s founder president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at the Bangabandhu Memorial Mus-eum at Dhanmondi. The programme will be organized by Dhaka Mohanagar Unit Awami League which will also hold a rally at the premises of Suhrawardi Uddain at 3 pm and after that they will go to Dhanmondi-32. Besides, Awami League will arrange discussion meeting on March 27 marking the Independence Day.
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia along with her party leaders after placing wreaths to National Mausoleum will go to the premises of late president Ziaur Rahman’s monument. Apart from these, national flag will remain hoisted in all party offices and a discussion meeting will be arranged by the party on March 27.
Freedom fighters, social and cultural organisations alongside the people irrespective of age, cast, creed and gender will visit the National memorial throughout the day and place flowers. Other political parties like Jatiya party, Workers Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), National Awami party, Gano Azadi League, Symmobadi dal, Jatiya Samjtantrik dal and Ganoforum will also arrange discussion meeting with a view to celebrating Independence Day.
Talking to this correspondent, Manjurul Ahsan Khan, President of CPB, said people from all walks of life including all political party leaders should be united on national issues in the greater interest of the country. The countrymen will have to be committed to uphold the spirit of Independence Day to save the country and its people.
Different cultural organisations including Sammilito Shangskritik Jote has also taken three day long programme on the occasion of Independence Day. The organization will stage drama marking the day at the premises of Shaheed Minar.
On March 26, 1971, independence of Bangladesh was formally declared and the people launched an armed struggle against the Pakistani occupation forces who pounced on the unarmed people on the night of March 25 after the military junta refused to hand over power to the majority Bangalees. The nine-month war culminated in the emergence of an independent and sovereign Ban-gladesh on the world map on December 16, 1971.

Courtesy of The Bangladesh Today

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