The 47th Victory Day was celebrated across the districts on Saturday with a renewed pledge to build a happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
BSS reports: Victory Day was celebrated in Rajshahi city as well as different parts of the district in a befitting manner.
Marking the occasion, the divisional and district administrations, Rajshahi City Corporation, socio-political, cultural, voluntary, professional and trade organisations placed wreaths at different Shaheed Minars located at Bhuban Mohan Park, Rajshahi College, Talaimari, Rajshahi University, Police Lines and Collectorate Building.
City and district units of ruling Awami League chalked out programmes like victory rally, placing of wreaths, discussion meetings and cultural functions.
The programmes of the day heralded with 31gun-salute at dawn at the local Police Lines Parade Ground.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation Musaddeque Hossain Bulbul placed wreaths at Bhuban Mohan Park, which was followed by the leaders of different political parties.
In the early morning, streams of people, irrespective of age and sex, thronged the city streets leading to the Shaheed Minars.
The programmes also included hoisting of national flag atop all public and private buildings, illumination and decoration of road islands, educational institutions.
Various buildings were decorated with coloured miniature posters and banners.
The district administration organised a colourful march-past at the district stadium with participation of police, Ansar-VDP, fire service, BNCC, boy scouts, girl guides, school, college and madrassa students and members of different orphanages, safe homes and cultural organizations.
Divisional Commissioner Nur-Ur-Rahman, DIG of Police of Rajshahi Range Khurshid Hussain, RMP Commissioner Mahbubor Rahman and Deputy Commissioner Helal Mahmud Sharif hoisted the national flag and took salute of the march-past.
Documentary films on life and contributions of Bangabandhu, War of Liberation and successes of the present government `Bangladesh Uttroner Mohajatra’ were screened at different places.
Marking the day, some 1,000 students of Rajshahi College formed a human-map of Bangladesh on the college playground drawing attention of a large number of people.
Improved diet was served to inmates of hospitals, jails, Shishu Paribar, vagabond centres, orphanages and shelter homes for the elderly people.
Various educational institutions, including Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, Barind Multipurpose Development Authority, Bangladesh Silk Development Board and Rajshahi Education Board also celebrated the Day holding separate programmes.
Recreational and amusement parks and other places remained open for visitors throughout the day.
In Rangpur also, daylong programmes were organized marking the Victory Day.
Thousands of cheering people from all walks of life rushed to the Central Shaheed Minar and Independence Memorial ‘Arjan’ in the city since the zero hours.
The district administration, Rangpur City Corporation, district Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and other political parties, freedom fighters, different educational institutions and other organisations also celebrated the Day through elaborate programmes.
The celebrations began at the zero hours with 31- gun salute at Police Lines Ground and placing of wreaths at the Independence Memorial ‘Arjan’ and Central Shaheed Minar in the city.
Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed, Deputy Inspector General for Rangpur Range Khondker Golam Faruk, Acting President of district AL Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman, Police Super Mizanur and District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain Bablu first placed wreaths.
Later, leaders of AL, its associate bodies and other political parties, different socio-cultural and professional organisations, heads of educational institutions and other organisations placed wreaths. The national flag was hoisted atop all public and private buildings, main buildings were illuminated, roads and road islands decorated with the national flag and coloured miniature flags, mini marathon and ‘Bijoy’ rallies brought out in the streets.
The Divisional Commissioner hoisted the national flag and took salute of march-past and displays by freedom fighters, police, Ansar-VDP, BNCC, fire service personnel, students, children, jail guards, scouts, rover scouts and girl guides at Rangpur stadium.
The District Infor-mation Office screened documentary films on the War of Liberation and Victory Day and freedom fighters and relatives of martyred freedom fighters were accorded receptions.
Special prayers were offered at the places of all religious worships seeking divine peace for departed souls of the martyrs.
Improved diets were served to inmates of hospitals, orphanages, Government Shishu Paribar, jail, vagabond and children centres and shelter homes of the elderly people.
Drawing competitions for children, shooting competitions, special discussion and sports competitions for women, football matches, sports and essay competitions for students, prize distribution and cultural functions were organised at different venues.
The ‘Swasswato Bangla Muktijoddha Jadughar (SBMJ)’ under management of Rangpur Area Headquarters of Bangladesh Army organised Victory Day Celebration Programmes on the War of Liberation on the SBMJ’s ‘Mukta Mancha’ in the city.
Our IU Corrospondent says: The Islamic University (IU) authorities also celebrated the Victory Day on the campus in a befitting manner.
IU vice chancellor Prof Dr M Harun-Ur Rashid Askari led the procession while it was participated by pro-vice chancellor Prof Dr M Shahinoor Rahman, treasurer Prof Dr M Selim Toha, registrar-in-charge SM Abdul Latif, deans, chairmen, teachers, officers and students. After parading the main thoroughfares on the campus, the procession ended at ‘Mukto Bangla,’ a memorial monument of the Liberation War.
To mark the occasion, a colourful procession was brought out in front of the university administrative building.
The VC placed wreath at the altar of the Shaheed Minar, while IU Teachers’ Association (IUTA), Bangabandhu Parisad, Shapla Forum, Zia Parisad, Officers’ Association, IU Journalists’ Association (IUJA), representatives of various residential halls and departments as well as social and cultural organisations, including IU BCL, Tarunno, Mukta Bangla Shahitya Paper, Consumer Youth, Rover Scouts, BNCC and other organisations placed wreaths at Mukto Bangla and offered prayers for the Liberation War martyrs.Later, a volleyball competition was held among the teachers, officers and students of male dormitories at the university football ground while an event of musical chair was held among the female students of the university.
Earlier, the VC hoisted the national flag while the pro-VC hoisted the university flag atop of the university administrative building around 9:30am.
Provosts of the residential halls hoisted the national and university flags a atop their respective halls.
Meanwhile, IU BCL unit, students’ wing of ruling Awami League, distributed warm clothes among the poor in the locality on the occasion.
The warm clothes distribution ceremony was held on the premises of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall around 11:00am.
IU VC Prof Dr M Rashid Askari was present there as the chief guest while pro-VC Prof Dr M Shahinoor Rahman, treasurer Prof Dr M Selim Toha, registrar-in-charge SM Abduk Latif and proctor Prof Dr M Mahbubar Rahman attended as special guests. IU BCL unit president Shahinur Rahman Shahin and secretary Jewel Rana Halim were also present.
Prof Dr M Shahdath Hossain Azad, provost of the hall presided over the ceremony where more than 200 warm clothes were distributed among the poor.