The government has taken different programmes to observe the 43rd martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day on August 15 with due respect and solemnity.
As part of the programme, the national flag will fly half-mast atop the offices of all government, semi-government and autonomous bodies, educational institutions and Bangladesh missions abroad on the day, a handout said on Wednesday .
In the morning of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Museum in the capital at 6.30 am.
A smartly turned out contingent of the Armed Forces will give a guard of honour to the portrait of the Bangabandhu. A special munajat and fateha also will be offered there.
Later, in the morning, Sheikh Hasina will place wreaths and offer fateha at the Banani graveyard for all family members of the Father of the Nation and others, who embraced martyrdom with Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.
The Prime Minister will also place a wreath at the Mazar of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj. Fateha will be offered and the Armed Forces will again give a guard of honour there. A special milad mahfil and doa will be held there.
In line with the national programme, different ministries and departments, directorates and agencies will organise various programmes at their respective institutions.
Similarly, all city corporations, district councils, municipalities and union councils will arrange different programmes to observe the day with due respect and solemnity.
Special munajats will be offered at all mosques in the country while special prayers will be held at all pagodas, churches, temples and other worships.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private TV channels and radio stations will take special programmes in observance of the National Mourning day. National and local newspapers will bring out special supplements on the occasion.
Besides, specially designed posters will be displayed at educational institutions and other public places, reminding the black chapter of the country’s history.
Shishu Academy, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and many other educational institutions will organise discussions on Bangabandhu’s life and works.
The district and upazila administrations will observe the day through doa mahfil and discussions in line with the national programmes.
Different institutions, socio-cultural organisations and people from all walks of life will place wreaths at Tungipara and at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Road no-32, Dhanmondi, and will hold doa mahfils and discussions there.
The different organisations and directorates under the Information Ministry will also hold different programmes, including exhibition, publish special supplements of Nirikkha, Sachithra Bangladesh and Bangladesh Quarterly.
Bangladesh Television will take initiatives to read out the Bangabandhu’s books – “Osomapto Atmajibani” and “Karagarer Rojnamcha”.
The killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 was the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history.
The self-confessed killers of the August 15 did not only assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives.