Dhaka, March 26 (UNB)— The Bangladesh Embassy in the Netherlands and the expatriate community came together to observe the Genocide Day on Monday.
‘Lest We Forget’ was the event’s theme, the embassy said in a press release.
A minute’s silence was observed at the beginning in memory of the martyrs of genocide committed by Pakistan Army in 1971.
Messages from President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, issued on the occasion, were read out. A documentary titled ‘Genocide in Bangladesh and the Killing Field’ was shown later.
Keynote speaker journalist Bikash Chowdhury said the atrocities of the Pakistan Army was no less than the genocides perpetrated on the Jews during WWII or the genocides in Rwanda or Cambodia.
Chowdhury, a witness of ‘operation searchlight’ and Pakistani atrocities, narrated events of the fateful night.
Ambassador Sheikh Moahmmed Belal said: “We must engage deeply with the tribunals in The Hague like International Criminal Court, ICJ, PCA to prevent this kind of genocide happening again anywhere in the world.”
He urged everyone to bring it to the attention of the world community through archiving the memories of the victims and witnesses of the atrocities.
Ambassador Belal also urged all to raise voice against collaborators of the crimes.
He hoped international recognition of 1971 genocide in Bangladesh will come under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Dhaka, March 26 (UNB)— Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali unveiled the Coffee Table Book on Tuesday, published to mark the 48th anniversary of Independence and National Day.
Themed “Indomitable Bangladesh”, the book contains pictures and texts featuring Bangladesh’s glorious independence achieved under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the High Commission said in a statement.
It also highlights the country’s progress in democracy, socio-economic development, diplomatic achievements, humanitarian gestures, like providing shelter to Rohingya refugees, and the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Muazzem appreciated the mission’s press wing for bringing out another CT book.
This is the fourth CT book published by the mission in three consecutive years (the fifth overall).
Dhaka, March 26 (UNB)— Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner to Dhaka, greeted Bangladeshis on their 49th Independence Day on Tuesday.
In a short video message posted on the High Commission’s official Twitter handle, Dickson began by congratulating Bangladeshis in Bangla.
He recalled that Britain was one of the first countries to recognise an independent Bangladesh in 1971.
“We have close relations between our countries and those relationships continue to go from strength to strength,” Dickson said.
"I would like to take this opportunity as British High Commissioner to wish everyone in #Bangladesh a Happy & Great #IndependenceDay," the Twitter message read.
On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared independence after the Pakistani occupation forces cracked down on unarmed Bangalees on the midnight of March 25.
Bangladesh emerged as a country on December 16, 1971, after a nine-month Liberation War with the supreme sacrifices of three million martyrs and the honour of two lakh women.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) - Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on Monday urged Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh particularly in machinery manufacturing sector.
DCCI President Osama Taseer made the call while an 11-member delegation from Yunnan Province of China met with him at DCCI, according to a press release.
Osama said China is the largest trading partner of Bangladesh. In 2017-18 fiscal year, the bilateral trade between the two countries was $12.401 billion. Bangladesh imported $11,706 million ($11.7 billion) and exported to China about $694.97 million.
“The bilateral trade volume between these two friendly countries will reach $18 billion by 2021,” he also said.
He also said Bangladesh’s ‘Look East’ Policy is essentially designed to open up new avenues of cooperation with China and the ASEAN. Electrical and Electronics, Agriculture, Tourism, Flower, Medicine, Connectivity and Maritime can be some of the potential sectors for joint ventures.
Yuan Lin, Chinese delegation leader and deputy director of Foreign Trade Division in commerce department of Yunnan Province, said that Yunnan is the fourth largest machineries manufacturing province in China and they are interested to invest in Bangladesh.
“Moreover coffee, tobacco, rubber and flower are being produced in plenty in Yunnan. He requested Bangladeshi importers to consider Yunnan while importing these products,” he also said.
He said despite Bangladesh and Yunnan being geographically very close, the bilateral trade volume between Yunnan and Bangladesh is not at the expected level. He urged the businessmen of both the regions to work for increasing bilateral trade.
DCCI Vice President Imran Ahmed, Directors Alhaj Deen Mohammed, Enamul Haque Patwary, Hossain A Sikder, Engineer. Md. Al Amin, Mohammad Bashiruddin, Shams Mahmud and S.M. Zillur Rahman, former Vice Presidents M. Abu Hurairah and Shahidul Islam were also present there.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – Bangladesh missions abroad on Monday observed the Genocide Day, commemorating the brutalities and cowardly attacks carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed Bangalees on the black night of March 25 in 1971.
Panel discussions, screening of a documentary on the 1971 genocide by Pakistan Army and reading out messages from President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were the highlights of the programmes.
In New Delhi, Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali urged the UN to declare March 25 as the Genocide Day.
He recalled that 3 million innocent civilians were killed, 2 lakh women raped and 10 million people were forced to leave their homes by the Pakistani troops during the nine-month War of Liberation, said a press release.
Moderated by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press), the panel discussion was participated by Durbar Ganguly, editor-in-chief of the Millennium Post newspaper, and Mohua Chatterjee, Assist Political Editor of the Times of India.
The panelists said the perpetrators of the 1971 carnage should be tried on charges of crime against humanity.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul, to raise awareness about the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh in the Republic of Korea, especially among the young generation of this country, invited some college students to the event.
The members of Bangladesh community along with the officials of the embassy also attended the event.
The event commenced with the singing of the national anthem followed by reading out of verses from the Holy Quran, Geeta, Bible, and Tripitaka and conducting of special prayer for the salvation of the departed souls of the martyrs.
Then, a one-minute silence was observed with candlelight vigil in remembrance of the martyrs of 25th March and the War of Independence.
Also, a booklet titled “Bangladesh Genocide Revisited” was distributed among the attendees.
During the discussion, the speakers focused on the importance of the recognition of the 1971 genocide that was committed 48 years ago.
Jung Jae-hee, a student of Shingu College of Korea, in her speech in Bangla, highlighted the similarities of historical struggle between Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea. She also paid rich tributes to the 3 million martyrs and the freedom fighters of the Liberation War.
Ambassador Abida Islam paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, all the martyrs and freedom fighters of the War of Independence, said a press release.
She mentioned that this genocide is not mentioned in any official and historical narratives of the South Asia region, the UN or any other international circles. She also underlined that once recognised and documented by the international community, no fabrication of information on the facts of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh would be possible.
A poetry recital on the Liberation War followed the discussion session.