The golden jubilee (50th anniversary) of the conferment of the Joliot-Curie Peace Medal on greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was celebrated here in a befitting manner Sunday.
Bangabandhu, the architect of independence and the forerunner of democracy and peace movement, was awarded the Joliot-Curie Peace Prize by the World Peace Council on May 23, 1973.
To celebrate the historic day, the district administration chalked out colorful programs including bringing out a huge rally, discussion, distribution of prizes among winners of different competitions and cultural functions.
Led by Divisional Commissioner Md Habibur Rahman, the rally paraded the main streets from the Deputy Commissioner's Office premises to the Town Hall premises in the city in the morning.
Officials of the divisional and district level civil and police administrations and other departments, political leaders, teachers, students, media workers, professionals, sociocultural activists and civil society members participated in the rally.
Later, the district administration arranged a discussion at the District Shilpokola Academy auditorium with Deputy Commissioner Dr Chitralekha Nazneen in the chair.
Rangpur Divisional Commissioner Md Habibur Rahman attended the discussion, distributed prizes and witnessed colorful cultural functions as the chief guest.
Deputy Inspector General of Bangladesh Police for Rangpur Range Mohd Abdul Alim Mahmud, Rangpur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Nure Alam Meena, Superintendent of Police of Rangpur Md Ferdous Ali Chowdhury, Convener of District Awami League AKM Chhayadat Hossain Bakul, Convener of Rangpur City Awami League Dr Md Delwar Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) A.W.M. Raihan Shah, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education & ICT) Md Abdul Mannan, were present as special guests.
Later, the chief guest distributed prizes among winners of different competitions arranged marking the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bangabandhu's receiving of the Joliot-Curie Peace Medal for his contribution to the establishment of world peace.
The speakers paid deepest homage to Bangabandhu and recalled his great role in achieving national independence and establishing world peace.
They highlighted the fearless leadership of Bangabandhu in the Great War of Liberation of Bangladesh, his contribution to advancing the world peace movement and dedication of his entire life to the quest for peace and freedom.
Narrating the long struggle of Bangabandhu to earn independence and establish world peace, the chief guest said Bangabandhu always supported the peace-loving people at home and abroad and stood beside them during his whole political career.
"The World Peace Council awarded Bangabandhu their highest prize, the Joliot- Curie Peace Medal, for his outstanding contribution to global peace and freedom.," he said.
Later, a colorful cultural function was arranged marking the occasion.