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PM’s 74th birthday celebrated amid festivity, enthusiasm

BSS, Dhaka
PM’s 74th birthday celebrated amid festivity, enthusiasm
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The 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was celebrated across the country today reiterating the vow to rally round the Awami League president in turning the country into a developed one by 2041 under her dynamic leadership.

On September 28 in 1947, Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj district.

The celebration of the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this year got a momentum as the global pandemic COVID-19 created the scope for her to stay home on her birthday. The premier usually stays in the United States of America (USA) during the time to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session every year.

Like previous years, AL and its affiliated organisations celebrated the day through various programmes, including discussions, doa-mahfils, special prayers, distributing foods among the poor and organizing photo exhibitions abiding by the appropriate health guidelines, across the country highlighting the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina, who is driving the nation towards prosperity following the footsteps of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Marking the day, a doa and milad mahfil was held at the AL central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue in the afternoon.

AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Md Abdur Razzak, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretaries Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and Mahbubul-Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretaries BM Mozammel Haque, Mirza Azam and SM Kamal Hossain, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Abdus Sabur, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua and Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan joined the programme, among others.

Marking the day, the Media for Development and Peace (MDP) organized a seminar titled ‘Sheikh Hasina in Women Empowerment: Bangladesh in the World Leadership’ at the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) in the morning.

AL Joint General Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addressed the seminar as the chief guest with JPC General Secretary Farida Yeasmin in the chair.

AL Women Affairs Secretary Maher Afroz Chumki, Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Zuena Aziz and Chief News Editor of News24 Television Shahnaj Munni joined the seminar as discussants with Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) President Angur Nahar Monty in the chair.

Besides, Mohila Awami League distributed sewing machines among poor women at a community center in the city’s Dhanmondi area to mark the 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

AL Joint General Secretary and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni addressed the function as the chief guest with Mohila Awami League President Safiya Khatun in the chair.

During the Liberation War, Sheikh Hasina and her family were interned in a house in Dhaka. On July 27, 1971 her first child, Sajib Wazed Joy was born. Her second child Saima Wazed Hossain was born on December 9, 1972.

After assassination of her parents in 1975, Sheikh Hasina and her family were offered political asylum in India, where she stayed till 1981 when she was elected president of the Awami League in absentia. She came back to the country on May 17, 1981 when she was greeted by a mammoth crowd that extended from the Airport to Farm Gate and Manik Miah Avenue where she addressed a public meeting.

In the 1986 parliamentary election, she was elected to parliament from three different constituencies. After the overthrow of autocracy in 1990, she was elected Leader of the Opposition in the general elections that followed.

In 1996, 21 years after her father was assassinated, she led the Awami League to power and became the prime minister. In 2008, she led the Grand Alliance to an overwhelming victory acquiring 90 percent of parliament seats in the general elections. She was elected the prime minister on January 5, 2014 for the second time in a row.

Sheikh Hasina assumed office of the Prime Minister for the third consecutive term with a thumping victory in the general elections in December 2018.

On August 21, 2004, Sheikh Hasina, who was the then Leader of the Opposition for the second time, barely escaped an attempt on her life as grenades were lobbed at her public meeting on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. Although she survived the attack, at least 24 of those attending the meeting died and over 200 were injured, many of them Awami League leaders.

Under her leadership, Bangladesh has become a role model for development, attaining steady economic growth, becoming self-reliant in staple food-grain and making significant progress in the fields of women empowerment, agriculture, education, health, rural infrastructures, communication, energy and power, trade and commerce, ICT and the SME sectors.

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