Today is the 68th birthday of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
Ruling party Awami League and different organisations will observe the day with various programmes, including milad mahfils and the distribution of food and clothing among the destitute.
She has been celebrating her birthday in the USA since 2008. This year is also not an exception.
In 2008, Hasina, released from jail on parole, had gone to the USA to under go treatment for her high blood pressure, eye problems and hearing impairment caused by the grenade attack at a rally she addressed in Dhaka in August 2004, which killed 24 people.
Her birthday then was celebrated while she was in that country.
Since 2009, she however has been celebrating her birthday in the USA because her birthday falls at a time when she has to join the United Nations General Assembly. The party leaders who are accompanying her will accord her a floral reception on behalf of the central working committee wishing her sound health and a long life.
After Asr prayers, the ruling party will organise a milad mahfil and offer a special munajat at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital. The Dhaka city Awami League unit will also organise a milad mahfil at the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue and distribute food among the poor there.
Hasina, the eldest child and elder daughter daughter of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born on September 28, 1947 at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
The first child of Bangabandhu, she is lovingly called “Hashu” in the Bangabandhu’s family.
She graduated from Dhaka University in 1973, but was unable to complete his post graduation, MA, from the university because she had to go abroad with her husband, late Dr Wazed Miah. Hasina was married to him in 1968.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with the other members of his family were killed on August 15, 1971. His daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived because they were abroad. She was elected the party’s president in February 1981 while in exile. She returned home on May 17, 1981.
Hasina became prime minister after the party led by her came to power in 1996. She again became prime minister after her party assumed office through the ninth parliamentary election on December 29 in 2009. Now she is holding the post of prime minister for the third time.