Desk Report- 28th Sep 2020: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's 74th birthday is being celebrated on Monday (28th September).
The eldest of five children of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa was born on this day in 1947 at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
Awami League and its affiliated organisations are celebrating the day by organising various events. Special prayers will be offered at different places of worship seeking good health and long life of Sheikh Hasina.
Prime Minister spent much of her childhood in the village where she was born. In 1954, when Bangabandhu was elected legislator, the family relocated to Dhaka.
In her student life, she actively took part in the six-point movement of 1966 and the student movement of 1969.
She married nuclear scientist Dr Wazed Miah In 1968. On July 27, 1971, her first child Sajeeb Wazed Joy was born. Her second child Saima Wazed Hossain was born on December 9, 1972.
After the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of her family members on August 15, 1975, Hasina along with her sister, Sheikh Rehana, was offered political asylum in India, where she stayed till 1981. During the time, she was elected president of Awami League and returned home on May 17, 1981.
In 1996, Hasina led Awami League to power and became the prime minister. In 2008, she led the alliance to another victory with 90 percent of the seats in parliament. In 2014, Hasina once again became prime minister. She assumed office of the prime minister for the third consecutive term after winning the December 2018 election.
Under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has become a role model for development. She has been honoured with various honorary degrees, accolades and awards in recognition of her leadership excellence.