'As January 10 is a historic day for the nation, we are going to start the countdown from the day'
The countdown for the observance of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth centenary will begin across the country on January 10.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the countdown centrally. It will also begin simultaneously in every district and upazila and all public gathering places.
The information was revealed at a view exchange meeting at the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports BSS.
State Minister for Information Md Murad Hassan attended the meeting as the chief guest while Chairman of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Prof Rafiqul Islam presided over it.
Chief Coordinator of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury moderated the meeting.
Senior Secretary of the Secondary and Higher Education Division Md Sohorab Hossain, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Managing Director and Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Abul Kalam Azad, and Public Administration Secretary Faiz Ahmed, and editors and senior journalists of the different print and electronic media were present at the meeting.
Murad Hassan said the countdown to "Mujib Year" will begin on January 10 across the country ahead of the celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's birth centenary.
He called upon all, especially print and electronic media, to take all preparations to start the countdown for celebrating the birth centenary.
Birth centenary's main program to begin on March 17, 2020
Rafiqul Islam said though the countdown will be started on January 10, the main program of the birth centenary will begin on March 17, 2020.
"We will start the countdown spontaneously for the celebration of the birth centenary. The spontaneity of the celebration of birth centenary will depend on participation of the young generation," he added.
He urged the authorities concerned to take necessary initiatives to ensure the involvement of the students of schools, colleges, universities and madrasas in the celebration programs.
In his speech, Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said installations for the countdown will be set up in every divisional city, district, city corporation and upazila with the coordination of divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, and cultural and political persons.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the countdown centrally on January 10.
"As January 10 is a historic day for the nation, we are going to start the countdown from the day. Public Administration Ministry and Local Government Division will coordinate the countdown event," he added.
Kamal informed that a big installation for countdown will be set up at Manik Mia Avenue in front of the parliament and different installations will also be set up in public places across the country.
He urged the print and electronic media to play a vital role for celebrating the birth centenary with much enthusiasm.
Bangladesh is going to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from March 17, 2020 to March 17, 2021.