Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the most successful statesman after the post-1975 carnage, and the skipper of transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income country, turns 74 today.
Sheikh Hasina, also President of Bangladesh Awami League, is the eldest daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj district on September 28 in 1947, a historic year that saw the partition of Indian sub-continent into India and Pakistan.
Sheikh Hasina has become a pioneer in resolving various crises of the country. Under her prudent and dynamic leadership, the country is making tremendous progress despite obstacles.
The Prime Minister is now in the USA as she went there to join the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Following the footprint of Bangabandhu, she also delivered speech in Bangla at the UNGA like the previous years.
This year the UN-sponsored Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has conferred Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with "SDG Progress Award" for Bangladesh's steady course in responding to the universal call to take action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all.
The event's moderator introduced Sheikh Hasina as the "jewel in the crown of the day" while appreciating her leadership in spearheading the SDG campaign even during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Like the previous years, Awami League (AL) and its affiliated and likeminded bodies are celebrating the day through various programmes highlighting the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina, who is driving the nation towards prosperity following the footstep of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On the occasion, discussions, milad and doa mahfils and special prayers are being be organized in the capital and across the country, with maintaining health guidelines in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
PM Sheikh Hasina assumed office of the Prime Minister for third consecutive term with a thumping victory in general elections in December 2018.
Under her leadership, Bangladesh has become a role model for development, attaining steady economic growth, becoming self-sufficient in food and attaining a marked progress in the fields of women empowerment, agriculture,education, health, infrastructure, communication, energy and power, trade and commerce, ICT and the SME sectors.
BDST: 1205 HRS, SEP 28, 2021