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Awami League begins month of mourning with charity programs

Awami League and its associate organizations plan to hold events in a limited scale to observe the month

The country’s founding father and most of his family members were brutally assassinated on August 15, 1975. Like every year, this year the Awami League and its associate organizations are observing the month of mourning through various programs.

Amid the pandemic, the programs began on Sunday by paying tribute and respect to the departed souls of August 15, and carrying out charity works like blood donation, relief and food distributions across the country.

Awami Swechchhasebak League and Bangladesh Chhatra League lit candlelights and paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the early hours of Sunday, on his 46th martyrdom anniversary.

The leaders and activists assembled with candles in front of Bangabandhu’s residence at Dhanmondi road No 32 at 12:01pm on Sunday.

Later, they placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu.

Swechchhasebak League President Nirmal Ranjan Guha and General Secretary AKM Afzalur Rahman Babu led the procession while top leaders of Dhaka city north and south unit of Swechchhasebak League, among others, attended the function.

Chhatra League President Al Nahian Khan Joy and General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee led the procession of Chhatra League. Dhaka city north-south unit of Chhatra League top leaders, among others attended the procession.

In view of the current coronavirus pandemic, the ruling Awami League has decided to observe the month-long programs commemorating the death anniversary of the father of the nation and the National Mourning Day on August 15 on a limited scale maintaining health guidelines.

However, the activists of Swechchhasebak League and Chhatra League, who attended the program at Dhanmondi 32 rarely maintained health guidelines amid the massive surge of Covid-19.

On Sunday morning, Bangladesh Krishak League organized a voluntary blood and plasma donation program in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32.

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually attended the program as the chief guest.

Awami Juba league also started a food and relief distribution program for the poor people to mark the month of mourning.

Mainul Hossian Khan Nikhil, general secretary of Juba League, inaugurated the program at the Central Shaheed Minar in the afternoon while central and city unit leaders and activists of Juba League were present there.

On the other hand, the leaders and members of Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance (Shangskritik Jote) lit candles at Shikha Chironton (Eternal Flame) at Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital on Sunday afternoon.

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud attended the program as the chief guest, and cultural activists of various entertainment sectors were present at this program.

To mark this month, Awami Matsyajibi League started a month-long program of distributing food among the poor at the Muktangon Park in the capital.

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