Bangladesh celebrates 51st Victory Day today

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The nation is celebrating the 51st Victory Day today, the most precious day of the Bangalee people, as the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces on the day 50 years back after a nine-month-long bloodstained war.

On December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the cost of supreme sacrifice of three million people and the honour of nearly half a million women.

The celebration of the Victory Day this year has added a new dimension as the day is set to be celebrated coinciding with the two giant celebrations -birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and golden jubilee of the country’s independence.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday issued separate messages on the occasion, paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War in 1971.

Marking the two celebrations, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee has taken up a two-day special programme titled ‘the Great Hero of the Great Victory’ at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad in the city from December 16 to 17.

At the beginning of the first day’s programme, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to administer an oath to the nation at 4:30pm tomorrow as part of the celebrations.

At the second session of the programme, a discussion will be held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

President M Abdul Hamid will be present as the chief guest while his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind will be the guest of honour at the discussion.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque and Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will speak at the event while Chief Coordinator of the implementation committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury will deliver the welcome speech.