The nation observed Sheikh Russel Day on Monday for the first time by celebrating 58th birthday of Sheikh Russel, the youngest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sheikh Russel, the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born at historic Bangabandhu Bhaban on Dhanmondi 32 in the capital on October 18, 1964.
The government took the initiative to observe the day as ‘Sheikh Russel Day’ nationally by listing it in A Grade.
Different government organisations, the ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, and different socio-cultural organisations observed the day with various programmes nationally and internationally.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated ‘Sheikh Russel Day’ by handing over gold medals to 10 winners from her official Ganabhaban residence.
Sheikh Russel Jatiya Shishu-Kishore Parishad organised the function under direct supervision of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.
Ten children in five categories -- education, sports, science and technology, fine arts-literature-culture, and children with special needs -- were awarded the Sheikh Russel Gold Medal for their outstanding contributions to the respective fields.
Besides, laptops were distributed among 4,000 freelancers out of 40,000 participants under the Learning and Earning Development Projects (LEDPP) for their outstanding performance.
The prime minister also unveiled the cover of two books -- one titled ‘Sheikh Russell Jhore Jawa Phul (Sheikh Russel, a fallen flower’ and another on ‘Sheikh Russel Deepta Joyullas, Adommo Attabishaws (Sheikh Russel radiant joy, indomitable confidence)’.
Earlier, the premier unveiled a stamp along with an opening-day cover and data card from Ganabhaban.
Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat organised a discussion where Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury spoke virtually while Finance Minister Tipu Munshi addressed at a discussion of the ministry on the occasion.
Bangladesh Public Service Commission, Inter Service Public Relation Directorate (ISPR), Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh and National Museum of Science and Technology also observed the day through various programmes.
Besides, the ICT division organised a national seminar titled ‘Sheikh Russel Deepta Joyullas (Sheikh Russel radiant joy, indomitable confidence)’ and a concert titled ‘Concert for Peace and Justice’ at the BICC.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy organised a book exhibition on Bangabandhu and Liberation War.
Wreaths were placed at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the morning while a children’s film was screened at Shishu Academy Auditorium.
A milad and doa mahfil will be organised at Shishu Academy Mosque while a photo exhibition was arranged at Sheikh Russel Gallery of the academy.
Different government bodies, including Ministry of Women and Children, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Social Welfare, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Ministry of Religion, Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Co-operatives, Ministry of Culture have observed the day with elaborate programmes.
To mark the day, ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, and different socio-cultural organizations have taken various programmes to observe the day.
The ruling party paid rich tribute to Sheikh Russel by placing floral wreaths at his grave at the Banani graveyard.
The central leaders, led by AL’s General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, paid tribute to Sheikh Russel.
Later, the ruling party leaders of Dhaka north and south units and leaders from AL associate bodies, among others, paid tributes. After paying the tribute, a special doa and munajat were held.
To mark the day, a discussion will also be held at 3:30pm today at AL central office in the city's Bangabandhu Avenue area with Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The day was also observed at Bangladesh missions abroad while different dailies published special supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
Besides, an art competition titled ‘Shaheed Sheikh Russel Shishu Chitrankon Protijogita 2021’ was held on the premises of Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra Club in Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital.
Dhaka University observed the day through holding elaborate programmes. A mural of Shaheed Sheikh Russel, set up on the premises of University Laboratory School and College, was inaugurated on the occasion.
On the occasion, teachers, students and employees of Dhaka University paid homage to Sheikh Russel by placing wreaths.
A cake was also cut at the University Laboratory School and College and a discussion was held on the life of Sheikh Russel.
Drawing, poetry recitation, music, impromptu speech and essay competitions were organised for the students.