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Independence Day celebrated in Rangpur division: Call for war criminal's trial
RANGPUR, Mar 27 (BSS) - The 42nd Independence and National Day- 2012 was celebrated in all eight districts under Rangpur division yesterday with a call for war criminals' trial to build a discrimination-free, non-communal and prosperous Bangladesh.

The administrations, Awami League (AL), other political parties, NGOs, Muktijoddha Sangshads, socio-cultural, professional organisations and educational institutions chalked out programmes in observance of the Day befittingly amid huge enthusiasm and festivity.

A 31-gun salute heralded the Day's programme followed by placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minars by the people of all ages as a mark of deep respect to Father of the Nation, four National Leaders and the countless martyrs.

The programmes included hoisting of national flag atop all government, semi- government and private buildings, receptions to Freedom Fighters (FFs) and relatives of martyred FFs and screening of documentary films on the War of Liberation.

Rallies, march-past and displays of police, Ansar-VDP, boy scouts, girl guides, BNCC, students and children's organisations were organised and the main streets were decorated with national flags, posters and miniatures and government buildings illuminated.

Special prayers were offered seeking divine blessings for
peace of the martyred FFs and nation's prosperity at mosques,
temples, pagodas and churches and improved diets were served to
inmates of hospitals, jails, vagabond centres, shishu paribars
and orphanages.

Discussions on the War of Liberation and Independence were
arranged in the district and upazila headquarters where
Lawmakers, FFs, politicians, academicians, historians,
professionals, officials and socio- cultural activists

Local dailies published special supplements and Rangpur and
Thakurgaon Betar aired special programmes highlighting
significance of the Day while colourful cultural functions were
arranged everywhere.

In Rangpur city, district administration arranged main
discussion titled 'Universal Utilisation of Digital Technology
for Building Happy, Prosperous, Hunger- and Poverty-free
Bangladesh' at Central Shaheed Minar last night.

Divisional Commissioner Jashim Uddin Ahmed attended the
discussion as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner BM Enamul
Haque in the chair.

DIG of Rangpur Range Binoy Krishna Bala, Zila Parishad
Administrator Adv Rezina Razzaque, district AL President Abul
Mansur Ahmed, city AL President Shafiar Rahman Shahi, its General
Secretary Tushar Kanti Mandal, addressed as the special guests.

The speakers discussed barbaric crimes committed against
humanity by war criminals and collaborators during the War of
Liberation in 1971 and heroism of the Bangalees under the
leadership of Bangabandhu to achieve independence.

They urged for disseminating true national history to
younger generations in turning Bangladesh into a medium income
nation by 2021 as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for
building Bangabandhu's Sonar Bangla to make Independence
meaningful for every citizen.
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