Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) - The birth anniversaries of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore and National Poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam were recently celebrated in South Korea.
The celebration took place at Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, the birthplace of the May 18 Democratization Movement and a hub of cultural activities in the Republic of Korea.
It was jointly organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul and Bangladesh Community in Gwangju, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul on Thursday.
Vice Mayor of Gwangju City Lee Byung Hoon and President of the Asia Culture Institute Lee Gi Pyo attended the programme as guests of honour.
More than 200 guests including Korean and foreign nationals and expatriate Bangladeshis were present at the event.
The celebration started with the signing of the national anthems of both countries.
Then the ‘Lamp of the East’, a short poem written by Rabindranath Tagore on the Republic of Korea, was recited by a Korean national.
Bangladesh Ambassador Abida Islam, in her welcome address, paid rich tribute to these two stalwarts of Bengali literature and culture.
Comparing the democratic movements in Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea, she said that ‘May 18th Uprising of Gwangju’ inspired Koreans to bring democracy to their country.
Similarly, the works of Tagore and Nazrul were sources of constant inspirations for freedom fighters during Bangladesh’s War of Independence, she said. The national eventually won its freedom under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Abida said that Tagore and Nazrul’s works are still relevant in today’s world and will continue to guide us in the years to come.
Lee Byung Hoon highlighted the similarities between Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea in their struggle for democracy.
He also underlined that the writings of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam had a profound impact in achieving independence and expressed his optimism of enhanced cultural exchanges between the two friendly nations.
Lee Gi Pyo said this celebration will help Koreans understand the Bengali culture. He said that such events contribute to strengthening the people to people contact and build cultural bridge between the two friendly countries.
Two documentaries on the lives and works of Tagore and Nazrul were screened along with the one the ‘May 18thUprising’.
A representative of the ‘May 18th Memorial’ Kim Hyang Son, Professor Na Kyung Soo of Chonnam National University, discussed the ‘May 18th Uprising’. Dr Narayan Chandra Paul of the same University focused on the contributions of Tagore and Nazrul in their respective remarks.
The cultural segment included songs, dances, and poems of the two legendary poets.
Renowned singer Biswajit Roy captivated the guests with his rendition of Nazrul songs whereas the expatriate Bangladeshi community rendered the Tagore as well as Nazrul songs.
Korean traditional Pansori performance and colorful Chinese dances added a multicultural dimension to this event.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) - The Indian High Commission will organise an event at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday to commemorate the International Day of Yoga.
The programme will include yoga demonstrations and a mass yoga session from 6am to 8am. Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das will participate in the event.
Thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined last year’s programme.
June 21 was proclaimed as the International Yoga Day on December 11, 2014, by the UN. The resolution was proposed by India and co-sponsored by a record 175 member states.
Since 2015, the day has been celebrated on a large scale in Bangladesh.
Entry to the event in Dhaka is free. All participants will receive, on first-come-first-served basis, free yoga mats, t-shirts and water bottles, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’, deriving from Sanskrit, means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.
The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
This year’s theme is ‘Climate Action’.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB) - Force Commanders of the UN Peacekeeping Missions have applauded Bangladesh as the “most reliable, supportive, generous” troops and police contributing country.
They highly appreciated the discipline and professionalism of Bangladesh’s troops in the face of most challenging circumstances.
The Force Commanders of the UN Peacekeeping Missions led by Lt Gen Carlos Loitey, Military Advisor of the UN visited the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN on the sidelines of ‘17th Head of Military Components Conference (HOMC) -2019’ being held at the UN Headquarters on June 17-21.
The delegation composed of 35 members including 12 Force Commanders, said the Bangladesh Mission on Thursday.
The UN’s Military Advisor Lt Gen Loitey highly appreciated Bangladesh’s Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS).
The delegates praised the Mission for the useful exchange of information and the excellent arrangements and warm hospitality.
The delegation visited Bangladesh Mission to learn about their experiences and good practices, particularly in the field of peace operations.
The UN Headquarters chose Bangladesh Mission for Bangladesh’s indomitable success towards development, remarkable contribution to peace operations as well as the reputation and professionalism of Bangladeshi peacekeepers.
Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen focused on Bangladesh’s enormous contribution to UN peacekeeping operations as one of the top troops and police contributing countries over the years.
In this regard, he mentioned Bangladesh's increasing deployment of female peacekeepers as well as providing modern equipment and training.
He highlighted Bangladesh’s deep engagements in maintaining international peace, security, sustaining peace and peacebuilding discourses at the UN in particular, the peacekeeping ministerial meeting, discussion of the Special Committee on the Peacekeeping Operations (C-34), role in the adoption of the UN Women Peace and Security resolution, Responsibility to Protect (R2P) agenda and the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative of the UN Secretary-General.
The PR also reiterated Bangladesh’s zero tolerance policy in Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in peacekeeping operations.
He highlighted the tremendous socio-economic developments of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The PR said that Bangladesh has fulfilled the graduation criteria from LDC last year and has set a goal to become a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed and industrialised country by 2041.
Ambassador Masud raised some challenges of Bangladesh such as the Rohingya crisis and climate change, global warming.
Defense Adviser of Bangladesh Permanent Mission Brigadier General Khan Firoz Ahmed briefed the delegation about Bangladesh’s engagement in the UN peacekeeping operations and the dedicated role of Bangladeshi peacekeepers.
He said Bangladesh was always at the forefront in the peacekeeping operations.
“So far, 1,63,181 Bangladeshi peacekeepers participated in 54 UN peacekeeping missions, of whom 1,616 are female. Currently, there are 6,500 Bangladeshi peacekeepers deployed in 10 missions. As many as 146 peacekeepers lost their lives on duty while 227 have been injured,” he added.
He also portrayed Bangladesh’s success stories in bringing peace at various war ravaged parts of the world during the past 30 years.
Two videos were also screened before the delegations on the enormous success of Bangladesh and on peacekeeping operations.
Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)— Croatia has expressed its interest in recruiting quality human resources from Bangladesh in the near future.
Croatia’s Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System Drazen Opalic said that his country will soon forward a draft MoU to Bangladesh for this purpose.
Once the MoU is signed, necessary preparations will be put in place for recruiting human resources from Bangladesh.
Opalic said that this time they want to hire doctors, nurses, ICT experts, tourism workers, construction workers, among others, from Bangladesh.
This interest was conveyed to Bangladesh Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal recently when he met Opalic.
Opalic told Belal that this year they are willing to issue licenses for 51,000 manpower, mostly from within Europe and a smaller number from outside Europe, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Wednesday night.
Ambassador Belal apprised the Croatian Minister about Bangladesh’s capacity to provide both skilled and un-skilled manpower in all possible sectors that they may need.
He also requested Opalic to visit Bangladesh to see for themselves the arrangements that the government had put in place for orderly process of migration with necessary skill.
This government to government initiative will be developed in consultation of both the countries and relevant agencies in a way so that the cost of migration and other preparation for imparting relevant skills will be duly worked out.
The meeting was attended by representatives from Croatian Employment Agency, Ministry of Labour and Pension System and Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
Earlier, Ambassador Belal also had a meeting with Petar Uzorinac, acting Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia in his office.
Among other issues, the issue of recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh was also discussed.
Bangladesh Embassy in the Netherlands is also concurrently accredited to Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has laid emphasis on investment in the countries which are hosting refugees despite struggle with their own economic challenges and security concerns.
“I want to recognise the humanity of countries that host refugees even as they struggle with their own economic challenges and security concerns. We must match their hospitality with development and investment,” he said.
The UN chief made the remarks in a message marking the World Refugee Day that falls on June 20.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.
Guterres said most of the forcibly displaced came from just a handful of countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. “In the past 18 months, millions more have fled Venezuela.”
“On World Refugee Day, my thoughts are with the more than 70 million women, children and men – refugees and internally displaced persons -- who have been forced to flee war, conflict and persecution,” he said adding that this is an astonishing number – twice what it was 20 years ago.
Guterres said it is regrettable that their example is not followed by all. “We must reestablish the integrity of the international protection regime.”
He said the Global Compact on Refugees, adopted last December, offers a blueprint for modern refugee response. “What refugees need most urgently is peace.“
The UN chief said millions of people around the world have joined UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign and are taking steps, big and small, in solidarity with refugees. “Will you take a step with refugees, too?”
Refugees originating from Myanmar represented the fourth largest population group by country of origin and most Rohingyas from Myanmar were hosted by Bangladesh at the end of the year 2018, said a global report on Wednesday.
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, and this is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years.
Other countries with sizable populations of refugees from Myanmar were Malaysia (114,200), Thailand (97,600) and India (18,800).