Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the successful launching of the country's first communication satellite 'Bangabandhu-1' into the space.
The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the city on Sunday afternoon.
After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the architect of the country's independence.
Flanked by senior leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, AL Presidium Members Advocate Sahara Khatun, Dr Abdur Razzak and Muhammad Faruk Khan and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokan were present, among others.
Besides, AL Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dr Dipu Moni and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Enamul Haque Shamim and Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Shwapan and central leaders Ashim Kumar Ukil, Mrinal Kanti Das, Afzal Hussain, Iqbal Hossain Apu and Anwar Hossain were present.
Later, AL's associate bodies including Jubo League, Mohila Awami League, Chhatra League, Sechchasebak League, Sramik League, Jubo Mohila League and Krishak League placed wreaths at the portrait of the Father of Nation.
Bangladesh entered a new era as a proud member of the satellite club following the successful launching of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite into the orbit on Saturday.
Manufactured by the Thales Alenia Space of France, the Block-5 of Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX carrying the 3.7-metric ton Bangabandhu-1 satellite began its journey from the Cape Canaveral launching pad in Florida, the USA at 2:14 am (BST) on Saturday.
The satellite will take 10 days to reach its orbital slot and will be placed into the orbit at 119.1 degree East.