National Mourning Day observed in missions abroad

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DHAKA, Aug 15, 2018 (BSS) – The National Mourning Day and 43rd martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed in the Bangladesh missions abroad with due solemnity.

Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to Mumbai and Delhi in India, Manila, Paris and Vietnam chalked out elaborate programmes on the day.

The programmes included wearing of black badges by the members of staff of the mission, hoisting of the national flag at half-mast, reading out the messages of the President, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, placing wreaths at the portraits of Bangabandhu, standing one minute silence to pay homage to Bangabandhu, holding discussion, poster exhibition, screening of documentary on Bangabandhu, blood donation, charity programmes, offering special prayers, milad-mahfil and doa-munajat.

Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi paid glowing tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

In observance of the day, the mission also paid homage to Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, their sons and other family members who were killed on August 15, 1975 at his residence in Dhanmondi, according to a message received here.

The High Commissioner earlier hoisted the national flag at half-mast, followed by observance of one-minute silence.

National Mourning Day messages from President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were read out by officers of the mission.

A special prayer seeking divine blessings for Bangabandhu and other martyrs of the 15th August massacre was offered.

A highlight of the day’s observance was a panel discussion on “Bangabandhu’s Vision for Peace, Stability and Development in the South Asian Region and Beyond”.

Moderated by Deputy High Commissioner Rokeb-ul-Haque, the discussion was participated by panelists Professor SD Muni from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Venkat Narayan, President of Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia and Dr Kavita Sharma, President of South Asian University.

The panelists praised the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in rapid economic development of Bangladesh. Bangabandhu would have been proud of what has been achieved under the leadership of his daughter, they said.

The programme was wrapped up by screening of a documentary titled, ‘Those Golden Days featuring the life and achievements of Bangabandhu’.

With support from the High Commission, New Delhi’s prestigious India Empire magazine brought out a special edition with cover page – Remembering Bangabandhu.

Indian Express, a mass circulation English daily, carried an article on Bangabandhu written by High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali.

To mark the day, Bangladesh Embassy in Manila, Philippine, also organised a discussion on the life of Bangabandhu at the Chancery building where the ambassador and leading members of the Bangladesh Community and Embassy officials took part.

Marking the day, Bangladesh Embassy in Paris organized a discussion on the life, works and ideology of Bangabandhu.

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