Sheikh Hasina’s imprisonment day today

PM to inaugurate 1cr sapling plantation

The imprisonment day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be observed today in a befitting manner, reports BSS.

The Awami League president was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence at Dhanmondi in the capital on July 16, 2007 during the military-backed caretaker government, which assumed power in the political changeover of 1/11 in 2007.

Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies observe the day as the ‘Imprisonment Day of Sheikh Hasina’ while Krishak League observes it as ‘Democracy Confining Day’.

To mark the day, AL and its associate bodies have taken various programmes, including discussions and doa mahfils, to observe the day today, maintaining social distancing.

Dhaka city south and north units of AL will organize a short discussion and milad mahfil at 11 am at the first floor of the party’s central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue while Swechchhasebak League will arrange a milad and doa mahfil at 12 noon at its office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue, maintaining the health guidelines.

Marking the ‘Democracy Confining Day’, the Krishak League will organize a discussion and a milad mahfil at 10am on the day at the third floor of AL’s central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue with its President Samir Chanda in the chair.

AL Sheikh Hasina, however, was released from the special sub-jail set up on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) Building on June 11 in 2008 after remaining captive there for nearly 11 months.

As she fell sick during her captivity, demands were raised then from different quarters including the Awami League and its associate bodies to send her abroad for better medical treatment after releasing her from jail.

Conceding to the people’s spontaneous and repeated demands and pressure from different quarters, the caretaker government was compelled to release Sheikh Hasina from jail.

The Prime Minister is set to inaugurate the distribution and plantation of one crore saplings across the country today as a part of the celebration of “Mujib Borsho” (Mujib Year).

“The premier will open the programme from her official Ganabhaban residence at 10:30 am marking the Mujib Borsho, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS on Wednesday.

He said the prime minister will simultaneously inaugurate the National Tree Plantation Campaign 2020 through the same event.
Earlier, at a virtual meeting on July 12, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Md Shahab Uddin said the premier will inaugurate the distribution and plantation of one crore saplings across the country by planting saplings of ‘tamarind’ and ‘chhatian’ trees on Ganabhaban premises on July 16.

The minister also said after the inauguration of the programme by the prime minister, three saplings — one fruit, one wood, and one medicinal — will be officially planted in every district and upazila.

Later, 20,325 saplings will be planted in each of 492 upazilas of the country at a convenient time in the current tree plantation season from July 16 to Sept 15 by maintaining the health codes in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Shahab Uddin said.

“Following the footsteps of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who first started tree plantation drive in the country, this programme is being implemented in the ‘Mujib Year’ to maintain the balance of environment,” he added.