Country’s graduation from LDC celebrated amid festivity

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Dhaka, Mar 22: In an inspirational show of unity and joy, the people from all walks of life on Thursday had a unique opportunity to join gleeful celebrations across the country to become witnesses of Bangladesh’s historic achievement of getting eligibility for graduating to a developing country.

The capital Dhaka and other cities and towns of the country wore festive looks this afternoon as people in hundreds attended jubilant celebrations organized to mark the country’s landmark attainment to come out of the status of the Least Developed Countries (LDC).

Apart from common people, artistes, players, eminent personalities and dignitaries joined the processions with colorful banners and festoons in their hands while groups of musicians in their traditional attire performed patriotic songs.

In the capital Dhaka, people in thousands were marching in colourful processions towards the Bangabandhu National Stadium to participate in the grand celebration of the country’s eligibility to graduate to a developing state from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The jubilant processions began simultaneously this afternoon from nine designated points of the capital.

These included Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Matsha Bhaban, Shishu Academy, Duyel Chattar, Suhrawardy Udyan, Engineering Institute, Dhaka University, Ramna Park, Bangladesh Bank Chattar, Shilpa Bhaban Chattar and Nagar Bhaban.

The processions reached the Bangabandhu National Stadium where a colourful cultural show and laser light display were organised as part of the government’s two-day celebration of the country’s achievement.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana, Rehana’s son Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby, ministers, premier’s advisers, lawmakers, politicians, business community leaders, senior journalists, educationists, writers, artistes and literatures, senior civil and military officials joined the function.

Joyous processions, according a reception to the Prime Minister in the capital, discussions, seminars, jubilant rallies, festoons, posters, banners and colourful flags, signifying the government’s various development efforts, marked the grand celebrations.

On the eve of the celebrations, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate message, felicitating the countrymen for their contributions to attain the great honour for the country.

As part of the celebration, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a grand reception at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here this morning for her stewardship for the landmark development of the country.

Coinciding with the reception, the premier also opened a weeklong countrywide programme to celebrate Bangladesh’s graduation while capital Dhaka is witnessing a two-day programme to mark the milestone achievement of the country.

In her address, Sheikh Hasina urged the countrymen to keep up the achievement dedicating Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing nation to them.

The premier congratulated the people of all classes and professions in view of the achievement as she was accorded the reception for her stewardship to Bangladesh’s eligibility for graduating from the group of Least Development Countries (LDCs).

Economic Relations Division organized the reception with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair while United Nations Under Secretary General Fajita Manual Katua Utau Common spoke on the occasion.