Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today joined over 2.5 lakh people in singing the national anthem on the country's 43rd Independence Day in a bid to break world record set by Indians last year.
Hasina joined the chorus along with the 1971 Liberation War veterans and her cabinet colleagues at the National Parade Square for getting Bangladesh's name recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The immediate past record in the same category was set by Indians on May 6 last year when 121,653 people simultaneously sang the country's national anthem at an event in Lucknow.
Cross sections of people including school children sang simultaneously the “Amar Sonar Bangla, ami tomai bhalabashi” (My Golden Bengal, I love you) at the “open to everyone” event monitored by Guinness Book officials here.
According to machine counts, 2,54,681 people sang the national anthem simultaneously at the main ground but organizers said the figure exceeded 3 lakh with inclusion of audience who joined the chorus on the sidelines.