Thursday, March 31, 2011

31st March 1971: What was done by Pak Army on that date

Brig. Ansari next attacked the Dampara police line on March 31 with his task force which fell after a sharp firefight. 

3 EPR companies were sent to Dacca to conduct sneak attacks, while the 2nd EBR moved via Kishorgaung and Narshindi to attack Dacca. Maj. Shafiullah canceled this plan on 31 March and joined the forces of Khaled Mosharraf north of Comilla with the 2nd EBR troops. Major Shafiullah deployed his forces as follows: 1 Company each at Narshindi, Ashuganj, Azabpur, Brahmanbaria, Sarail, Taliapara, 2 EBR Hq at Teliapara, and 1 company sent to Shadipur in Sylhet, and 1 to Chittagong to help Major Zia. 

While remaining 12th wing companies imprisoned W. Pakistani personnel of the wing and joined the resistance, some joining Major CR Dutta in Habiganj while others joined Maj. Khaled Musharraf near Comilla. A 31st Punjab company attacked and captured Shamshernagar on March 31 early morning with PAF assistance from the EPR forces. Some EPR troops took up position at Khadimnagar by March 31.

A confused battle erupted around the Jessore, and on March 31 3 companies from the EPR 5th Wing cut off the Jessore – Khulna highway link. Pakistani troops abandoned the city and withdrew to the cantonment on March 31, to the anger of Pakistan Army Eastern HQ. 2 EPR companies coming from Chuadanga got stuck just east of the city and failed to arrive. However, Bengali fighters managed to take up positions with 6 miles of the cantonment and began shelling Pakistani outposts with 3 inch mortars.
Pakistani reinforcements began arriving from Dhaka via C-130 planes and helicopters from April 2. Jessore Airfield was inside the cantonment area and Pakistani troops maintained control of both throughout the operation. A Pakistani column moved towards Kushtia, but was ambushed on April 3 and driven back, although Pakistanis took up positions in the Bihari colony in the city suburbs the same day.

Unable to linkup with the Pakistani detachment at Dinajpur, this column resumed their advance the following morning, advanced slowly through the town. By this time Brig. A.K. Malik had decided to evacuate Dinajpur, but a communication mix up prevented a concerted action between the two groups. The beleaguered Pakistani troops left the town using one avenue while Capt. Fida’s group raced to the Pakistani base to find it empty and fought their way out. The retreat was disorganized and some Pakistani troops were killed in an ambush enroute. EPR troops freed the captured Bengali officers. By March 31 Dinajpur was in Bengali hands.

Other EBR companies stayed in their positions until March 31 in Rangpur.

EPR troops at Thakurgaon began to take up positions north of Saidpur from March 31.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

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25 March 1971: What was done by Pakistan Army

Operation Searchlight was a planned military operation carried out by the Pakistan Army to curb the Bengali nationalist movement in the erstwhile East Pakistan in March 1971. Ordered by the central government in West Pakistan, this was seen as the sequel to "Operation Blitz" which had been launched in November 1970. The original plan envisioned taking control of the major cities on March 26, and then eliminating all opposition, political or military, within one month. Prolonged Bengali resistance was not anticipated by the Pakistani planners. The main phase of Operation Searchlight ended with the fall of the last major town in Bengali hands in mid-May. The operation also precipitated the atrocities and caused roughly 10 million refugees to flee to India. These systematic killings enraged the Bengalis, who declared independence from Pakistan, to achieve the new state of Bangladesh with Indo-Soviet backing.
The violence resulting from Operation Searchlight led to the war of liberation by the Mukti Bahini against Pakistani "occupation" forces in Bangladesh. Following the ill fated Operation Chengiz Khan, Indian intervention resulted in the Pakistani Army'sunconditional surrender to the joint command of the Indian Army and Mukti Bahini on December 16, 1971.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

23rd March 1971: First day of Weaving Bangladesh Flag

Today 23rd March. In 1971 on this day The Father of Bengali nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman weaving Bangladeshi Flag. And from that time we celebrate this day as a symbol of Bangladesh victory. 

আজ ২৩ মার্চ। ১৯৭১ এর এই দিনে বাংলাদেশের কোথাও পাকিস্তানের পতাকা উড়েনি........... তাই আমরা আশা করব আজ বাংলাদেশের কোথাও পাকিস্তানের পতাকা উড়বে না। ১৯৭১ সালের এই দিনে বাঙালি জাতির জনক বঙ্গবন্ধু শেখ মুজিবর রহমান প্রথম বাংলাদশের পতাকা উড়ান।

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011


The EKUSHEY BOOK FAIR 2011 was start from yesterday. You can visit it everyday 11am to 9pm. You can also buy books from the fair. You can also see the live telecast on television everyday in afternoon on local television channels. Such as CHENNEL I, BTV, NTV, RTV etc.

BOOK FAIR address:
Bangla Academy
3 Kazi Nojrul Islam Avenue
Romna, Dhaka-1000.
Ph: 8619577, 8619583, 8619580, 8619752
Fax: 88-02-8612352

Dhaka, Feb 1 ( — The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair has got underway at the Bangla Academy premises.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina urged the writers and publishers to make sure that genuine history is written in books.

Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen spoke as the special guest at the ceremony,

The prime minister said she had skipped visiting her daughter and granddaughter in Canada and came home from London to attend the ceremony.

"I really want to come to the fair, but there is no normal way. I can only make official visits," she said, referring to the limitations imposed by the protocol associated with public office..

Hasina urged writers and publishers to offer new, creative books to the readers. "Ensure that the young generation knows the real history. Books inspire the conscience and enrich knowledge."

She envisioned Bangladesh as a nation of non-communal ideals. "We have faced great odds in moving towards those ideals. But we haven't quit."

National professor Kabir Chowdhury, information minister Abul Kalam Azad, state minister Promod Mankin and Bangla Academy director general Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan, among others, spoke at the function.

Hasina later launched National Writers and Literature Museum on the ground floor of the Bardhaman House at the fair premises.

Besides showcasing Bangladeshi books, there will be cultural programmes and discussions and seminars on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore aimed celebrating his 150th birth anniversary.

The fair premises this year has been divided into nine sections -- named after veteran language martyrs, prominent writers, poets, novelists and intellectuals.

The sections are Bhasha Shahid Chattar, Rabindra Chattar, Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Chattar, Nazrul Chattar, Sahithya Bisharad Chattar, Sufia Kamal Chattar, Dhirendranath Chattar, Somen Chandra Chattar and Rokeya Chattar.

The fair premise, which is free from polythene bags and smoking, has Wi-Fi facilities.

Muktodhara Publishing house started a little sell in front of Bangla Academy in the 21st February 1972,[1] the Shaheed Day, later International Mother Language Day. Chittaranjan Saha of Muktodhara took the initiative.[2] Later, other book publishers joined there unofficially. Gradually it became official and the most popular book fair of Bangladesh. Bangla Academy took over organization of the fair in 1978. In 1984 it was named Amar Ekushey Book Fair.[3] Notably, in 1990s, another national book fair called Dhaka Boi Mela was initiated. This book fair is organized by government in February every year.

  1. ^ a b Bangla Academy
  2. ^ a b Ekushey Book Fair begins today
  3. ^ Ekushey Book Fair begins today
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