Country set to start Bangabandhu’s birth centenary, Independence jubilee celebrations



The nation is set to begin tomorrow a 10-day celebration  Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and golden jubilee of 1971 independence.

Five South Asian heads of state and government are set to join in person while several other world leaders sent congratulatory video messages as the country begins the celebrations of two historic events simultaneously.

A ceremony will virtually mark the opening of the celebrations while Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will attend the function as the first top foreign leader along with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

One hundred children will sing the national anthem at the parade ground.

Recitation from holy books, the theme song of the Mujib year, audio-visual presentations, playing of recorded messages of foreign dignitaries and statements of the Bangladesh president, premier and Mohamed Solih as the guest of honour will mark the Parade Ground function.

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is expected to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here at 8.20am. President M Abdul Hamid will receive his Maldivian counterpart at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HISA) at 8.20am on the day.

He will lay wreath at the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar at 9.20am, sing the visitor’s book and plant a sapling there.

He will pay homage to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi road number 32 at 10.25am.

The Maldivian President will pay a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at 3.30pm.

He will join the function at the National Parade Ground at 4.30pm.

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday.

He will witness signing of some Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between the two countries.

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