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Sheikh Hasina's 73rd birthday Monday

  • Published at 08:57 pm September 27th, 2020
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File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

Modi, Communist Party of China, congratulate the prime minister on the occasion

Monday marks the 73th birthday of Awami League President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina.

Eldest of five offspring of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Begum Fazilatunnesa, Hasina was born in Gopalganj’s Tungipara upazila on September 28 in 1947.

The ruling party, Awami League, and its affiliate bodies, will celebrate the prime minister’s birthday with various programs. Milad and doa mahfils (prayer ceremony) will be held in the capital and other parts of the country in compliance with health directives.

As part of the main event, Awami League leaders are going to arrange a special prayer at its central party office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the afternoon on Monday. Hasina, the party president, may virtually meet her colleagues before or after the prayer program.

Special prayers will be offered for the wellbeing of the prime minister at different places of worship, said a press release signed by Awami League Office Secretary Biplab Barua.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader, urged all party and allied organization leaders, activists, supporters, well-wishers, and social and cultural organizations, to hold prayer ceremonies at mosques and other religious places, reports BSS.

The Dhaka South unit of Awami League has planned a three day program to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with due respect.

The program includes holding a milad and doa mahfil on Monday and distributing food among needy people on Wednesday.

Awami Jubo League will hold a program at its central office at 11am Monday that includes a milad and doa mahfil. The organization will also distribute food and clothes among visually impaired, speech impaired, and other challenged people. Similar programs are also set to be held at the metropolitan, district, upazila, municipality, union, and ward levels.

A documentary on the biography of the prime minister will be screened at every Jubo League office after Maghrib prayers on Monday.

Awami Swechchhasebak League has organized prayers, milad mahfils, and meetings in every district, metropolis, upazila, thana, municipality, union, and ward office of theirs, including the central office of the organization, wishing the prime minister good health and a long life.

Moreover, various other programs, including the distribution of educational materials among poor and meritorious students, and the planting of trees, will be held across the country on Monday.

A discussion meeting will be held on Wednesday marking Hasina’s birthday.

Early life

Sheikh Hasina spent much of her childhood in the small community where she was born. She started her schooling there. When Bangabandhu was elected as a legislator in 1954, the family relocated to Dhaka.

Hasina was admitted to what is now Sher-e-Bangla Girls’ School and College, and later to Azimpur Girls’ High School, from where she completed her secondary education in 1965. She was then admitted to Badrunnessa Government Girls’ College.

During her bachelor’s course, she was elected vice-president of the students union of Eden Girls College (Badrunnessa and Eden Girls College was a single entity back then). Later, she enrolled in the master’s program of the Bengali Department of Dhaka University.

As a student leader, Sheikh Hasina actively took part in the six-point movement of 1966 and the student movement of 1969, which saw the abdication of General Ayub Khan.

In 1968, with the blessings of her imprisoned father, Sheikh Hasina got married to Wazed Miah, a nuclear scientist.

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

Sheikh Hasina and her family were offered political asylum in India after the assassination of her parents in 1975. She stayed there till 1981 when she was elected president of Awami League.

Sheikh Hasina returned to Bangladesh on May 17, 1981, and was greeted by an enormous crowd that extended from the Airport to Farmgate and Manik Miah Avenue, where she addressed a public rally.

Modi, Communist Party of China congratulate Hasina

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of her 74th birthday.

“On the eve of the occasion, outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Riva Ganguly Das, handed over Narendra Modi’s letter and a flower bouquet to the prime minister today [Sunday],” the prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.

He said the Indian envoy handed over the letter when she made her farewell visit to the prime minister at her official Gonobhaban residence, yesterday morning.

“Please accept my warm wishes and hearty congratulations on your birthday,” the Indian prime minister wrote in the letter.

Modi added: “Your [Hasina] visionary leadership has helped Bangladesh achieve immense social and economic transformation, and equally, your contributions to our bilateral relations have been extremely impressive.”

Modi wished Hasina good health, happiness, and many more years in the service of the people of Bangladesh.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) also extended its congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on the occasion with a letter, confirmed an aide of the prime minister to Dhaka Tribune.

The message was signed by Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the central committee of CPC.

“As a senior political leader of great stature, your contribution has been significant to both the national development of Bangladesh and the promotion of China-Bangladesh relations," the letter read.

The CPC stands ready to further strengthen its exchanges and cooperation with Awami League to build a new type of party-to-party relation that seeks to expand common ground while reserving differences, and enhancing mutual respect and mutual learning, the letter continued.

It will also facilitate the high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, so that China-Bangladesh relations witness steady progress, and bring even greater benefits to the two countries and the two peoples, it added.

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