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President, PM, Bhutanese King pay homage to Liberation War martyrs

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the Liberation War martyrs by
placing wreaths at the National Martyrs’ Memorial here on the outskirts of the capital early this morning, marking the 54th Independence and NationalDay.

Besides, the visiting Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who is now on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh at the special invitation of
Bangladesh President Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the 54th
Independence Day celebrations, also paid respect to the Liberation War heroes
by placing wreath at 5:57 am.

As part of marking the day, the President first placed the wreath at the altar of the memorial at about 5:56 am, followed by the Prime Minister and the Bhutanese King.

Bhutan was the first country to recognize Bangladesh as an Independent state
on December 6, 1971. After long 11 years, Wangchuck along with his wife came
to Dhaka to attend the Independence Day function of Bangladesh.

Earlier, the king and queen visited Bangladesh in 2013.After laying the wreaths, the President, the Premier and the King stood in
solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of
the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.

A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air
Force presented a state salute at that time while the bugles played the last
post.

The Head of the State, the Head of the Government and the Bhutanese King and
Queen Jetsun Pema also signed the visitors’ book kept on the memorial
premises.

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