President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara on the occasion of the 99th birthday of the great leader, BSS reports.
The President and the Premier paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu in Tungipara on Saturday morning.
President Abdul Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by the Prime Minister.
After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the Father of the Nation as the bugle played the last post.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave an honour guard on the occasion.
Abdul Hamid and Sheikh Hasina offered Fateha and joined a munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Bangabandhu as well as other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Awami League Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, PM's Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, Jatiya Sangsad Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Mian, AL Presidium Member Kazi Zafarullah, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP, AL Joint Secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim were present on the occasion, among others.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Haque, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar, Inspector General of Police Dr Javed Patwary, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, President's Press Secretary Joynul Abedin and senior AL leaders and high civil and military officials were present.
Later, the President signed the visitor's book kept on the mazar premises.
Earlier on his arrival on the mazar premises, President Abdul Hamid was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, PM's Security Adviser Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, AL Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Sheikh Helaluddin, MP.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of AL.
The Prime Minister flew to Tungipara after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital city.
The birthday of Bangabandhu is being observed across the country today as the National Children's Day.