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POST TIME: 23 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
graduation from LDC
Celebrations all around
Staff Reporter

Celebrations 
all around

A spectacular display of fireworks and laser show light up the night sky during the country’s LDC graduation celebration at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

The government yesterday celebrated Bangladesh’s eligibility to graduate from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to the bloc of developing nations in a festive mood. Several ministries chalked out various programmes to mark the day since yesterday morning. The day was virtually a holiday for government service holders as they were busy in taking part in the various programmes.

As part of the celebrations, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a mass reception at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka for her success in ushering in the “developing status” for the country.

Different educational institutions in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country held rallies in front of their respective institutions, with teachers and students holding banners, placards and festoons to celebrate the occasion.

Fouzia Ahmed, headmistress of Gonobhaban Government High School, said: “We held a rally with our students to celebrate the day. We also held a meeting on the progress in the education sector. We'll also go to Bangabandhu Stadium to celebrate the day.”

People from all walks of life, including government and non-government employees, attended the festive rally and cultural programme at the stadium. Ministers, state ministers, secretaries and other senior officials from the police administration joined the programme at the Stadium. The Prime Minister attended the two-hour cultural function there.

Employees of different ministries, departments and directorates had begun to gather at different points like Shikkha Bhaban, High Court intersection, Matshya Bhaban, Paltan Intersection and Dainik Bangla Intersection in the latter half of the day. Wearing caps and T-shirts of various colours and beating drums, they brought out rallies and marched towards Bangabandhu Stadium.

All the roads surrounding the stadium were kept free of vehicular movement and law enforcers kept strict vigil.

Earlier, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police had announced to keep several Dhaka roads out of bounds for traffic movement from 2pm to 6pm for the celebration.

However, with few public transports on the streets, daily commuters had to face immense sufferings and many were forced to walk to their destinations after waiting vainly for a long time for transport.

There was traffic congestion on the streets at Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, New Market, Moghbazar, Rampura and Badda.  

The occasion was also celebrated at all divisional, district and upazila levels with various programmes.

As part of the celebration, an international seminar, coordinated by the Economic Relations Division, will be held at Hotel Radisson tomorrow. A cultural programme, including a water fountain show, laser show and fireworks, will be held in the evening.

The youth and sports ministry will arrange different competitions including a boat race, stick games, football, kabadi and cricket at division, district and upazila levels tomorrow. An exhibition will be organised by the information and technology ministry in all divisions, districts and upazilas. A UN panel on the Committee for Development Policy (CPD) had announced the country’s eligibility for the graduation at the UN headquarters in New York.

Bangladesh, which was included in the LDC group in 1975, has been able to fulfil the three criteria for entering the group of developing nations for the first time in its history.