Bangladesh Missions abroad observed the National Mourning Day in a befitting manner on Saturday.
The day marks the 45h anniversary of the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with 18 other members of his family on August 15, 1975.
Hoisting of national flag at half mast, placing floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu, reading out messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Ak Abdul Momen and state Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and discussion meetings marked the other events of the day.
A minute of silence was observed and a doa was offered in memory of the martyrs of the 15th August, according to messages received from Bangladesh Missions abroad including from India, Singapore, the Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, China, France and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At a discussion meeting on this occasion Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran paid homage to Bangabandhu, the Greatest Bengali of All time.
He said, “While we mourn the death of Bangabandhu, we also pledge in this Mujib Borsho to turn the grief of his loss into strength and engage ourselves in building a hunger and poverty free prosperous Bangladesh.”
He said the unfinished task of building Sonar Bangla, the dream of Bangabandhu, is being accomplished by his able daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The country, he said, is now on the pathway of prosperity and Bangladesh is now a role model of development.
The meeting held at Bangabandhu Maitree Hall of the mission was also participated by senior journalist Gautam Lahiri, former president of Press Club of India and Dipanjan Roy Chowdhury, a senior correspondent of the Economic Times.
Lahiri said the killers could kill Bangabandhu, but they failed to eliminate his ideology, Mujibism, which focuses on nationalism and secularism, development and global peace.
Dipanjan highlighted the growing economic relations between India and Bangladesh and the growth of connectivity.
The function witnessed the unveiling of a special publication, Immortal Bangabandhu, by the high commissioner, joined by other officers and two guest speakers.
A documentary on the life of Bangabandhu was also screened.
Deputy High Commissioner at the mission A.T.M Rokebul Haque conveyed vote of thanks.
The High Commission of Bangladesh in Singapore observed the 45th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day with due solemnity.
Members of the expatriate Bangladeshi community in Singapore and officials of the High Commission participated in the programes.
A documentary video on the life and works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was screened.
Later, the High Commission officials and expatriate Bangladeshis took part in a discussion on the life and philosophy of the Father of the Nation.
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore, Md. Mustafizur Rahman paid rich tribute to the contribution of Bangabandhu to the independence of Bangladesh.
The High Commissioner said that the killers wanted to erase the spirit of liberation war but ultimately did not succeed.
He added that the values, ideas, and visions of Bangabandhu will continue to inspire Bangalees forever. He mentioned that Bangladesh, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has made significant progress in fulfilling the vision of Bangabandhu to make it a peaceful and prosperous country.
Taking lessons from Bangabandhu’s dedicated life, the High Commissioner urged the Bangladeshi expatriates to join and contribute to the ongoing national efforts in realizing “Shonar Bangla”-the dream of the Father of the Nation.