Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - In yet another milestone,Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s much acclaimed autobiography, The Unfinished Memoirs, has been published in the Assamese language.
The Assamese translation of the book, written originally in Bengali by Bangabandhu, was jointly launched on Tuesday by Governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Rokebul Haque and the President of Assam Sahitya Sova Dr Paramananda Rajbangshi at the 32nd Guwahati Book fair.
Bangabandhu’s autobiography has already been translated in Hindi, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Palestine, Arabic, Turkish and Spanish, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Governor Roy elaborated the untold sufferings Bangabandhu had endured to achieve the independence of Bengali nation.
He also termed the book a great legacy to discover true history of the subcontinent from 50s to 70s.
Dr Rajbangshi highly applauded Bangladesh’s tremendous economic progress under the charismatic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Haque said the book in Assamese language would be treated as a hallmark in consolidating the bond between the people of Bangladesh and Assam.
He said the book would give an insight about the struggle of the Bangabandhu achieving freedom of the people of Bangladesh and his dedication for establishing justice and equity in the society.
The Assamese translators of the book Soumen Bharatiya and DrJuri Sharma said the work has provided them with an insight to the sub continental politics surrounding the birth of Bangladesh.
Among others the Head of Scrutiny Committee of Assamese Manuscript Professor DrUsharanjan Bhattacharjee and Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs Modhurima Sent Baruah attended the program as special guests.
Dr Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh gave the vote of thanks to all who were associated in publishing the book.
The programme was followed by a colourful cultural soiree where famous Bangladeshi artists Dilbahar Khan and Moushui Iqbal offered their renditions.
The presence of prominent publishing houses of Bangladesh such as Sandesh, Nabjugh, Jatiya Shahitya Prokash, Adorn Publications Charulipi, Murdhnya, Ramon Publishers and Vasachitra added colour to the book fair.
Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) - India has said it is committed to continuing to "respond swiftly to any crisis" in Bangladesh, in keeping with the close ties of friendship between the two countries.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka said this on Monday as India has started delivering a fourth tranche of Indian relief assistance for Rohingya people forcibly displaced from Myanmar, currently living in Cox's Bazar district.
India is ready to continue to assist Bangladesh in catering to the needs of displaced persons from Myanmar, in a manner that is sustainable, people-centric and is also in the best interests of the host communities as well, said the High Commission.
The relief materials are being distributed at the camps in Cox’s Bazar by the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of Bangladesh.
When completed, this fourth tranche of Indian aid would include 2,25,000 blankets, 2,00,000 woolen sweaters and 500 solar street lights, said the Indian High Commission here on Monday.
This tranche of assistance is in specific response to the request of the Minister for Disaster Management and Relief.
It is part of India’s continuing partnership and support for Bangladesh, especially in sharing the burden imposed upon it because of the influx of a large number of displaced persons from Rakhine State in Myanmar.
As a special gesture, the High Commission said, India is also making available part of the consignment of blankets and sweaters for distribution to vulnerable sections of the local community in Cox’s Bazar.
This fourth tranche of assistance is part of a process initiated in September 2017, when under 'Operation Insaniyat', the government of India delivered the first consignment of humanitarian assistance in Cox’s Bazar area, comprising 981 metric tons of relief supplies, including family packs of rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready-to-eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets, etc.
In May 2018, 373 MT of relief material was supplied by India.
This consignment included 104 MT of milk powder; 102 MT of dry fish; 61 MT of baby food; 50,000 raincoats; and 50,000 pairs of gum boots.
A third consignment was provided in September 2018, where India handed over 1.1 million litres of SKO (Super Kerosene Oil) and 20,000 Kerosene multiwick stoves.
The material included in the latest consignment of assistance will help the displaced persons through winter, while the solar street lights will ensure environment-friendly lighting solutions for the camps.
Dhaka, Dec 24 (UNB) – Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo on Monday said his country wants to give a further push to broaden people-to-people contacts with Bangladesh taking the mutual bilateral relations to a newer height.
“Our hearts get closer now, our friendship is strengthened,” said the Chinese Ambassador adding that the friendship between the two countries will be even deeper than the Bay of Bengal.
Ambassador Zou made the remarks while addressing an experience-sharing event at the Embassy on medical treatment and tourism.
Deputy Chief of Mission and Counselor Chen Wei; and Irving Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer HBM Lutfur Rahman Rahman, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, China opened its doors for Bangladeshi citizens to get “affordable and quality medical treatment” in a bid to further boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China.
Chinese Embassy in Dhaka is granting medical visas for Bangladeshi citizens to avail of "high quality and reliable treatment" in China, said the Embassy.
"We want to boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China under the Road and Belt Initiative," said the Chinese Ambassador.
He said this medical tourism will help strengthen relations between the two countries.
Chen Wei said there is a necessity of building bridges and roads but people-to-people contact is very important.
He said the Embassy will promote such initiatives in the coming days to strengthen the friendship.
They encouraged all to share the experience of Bangladeshi citizens on medical treatment in Kunming with their friends and families.
A group of patients, who availed of treatment in Kunming fully funded by the Chinese Embassy here, shared their experiences.
They lauded the quality, affordability and advanced medical equipment in Kunming but urged to address the language barrier.
Irving Group, a business group in Bangladesh, is facilitated the treatment of preselected patients in a hospital in Kunming.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – The ruling Awami League on Sunday briefed diplomats stationed here on the latest 'political issues and claimed that attacks have been amplified on the AL leaders and activists in the run-up to the election.
Over 50 diplomats from different countries attended the briefing organised by the party’s international affairs sub-committee at a city hotel.
Sub-Committee Chairman Ambassador Mohammad Zamir, International Affairs Secretary Shammi Ahmed and adviser to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs HT Imam and former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman, among others, spoke at the programme.
Apart from the briefing, a booklet was launched titled ‘From Mujib To Hasina—Awami League in the international arena,’ illustrating the formulation and shaping of the country’s foreign policies over the years to take the country to a newer height.
At the event, HT Imam claimed that attacks have been amplified on the AL leaders and activists in the run up to the election, and that AL, as the most liberal political party, is completely committed to ensuring the voting takes place on a free and fair manner, said a press release.
Diplomats were provided with dossiers on Bangladesh’s ‘impressive’ socio-economic development under the successive Awami League governments led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and information on the ‘crimes and misdeeds’ by BNP leaders and their ally Jamaat-e-Islami.
Contemporary political significance in Bangladesh, including elections and democracy, the rule of law and human rights, international relations and the Rohingyas crisis came up during the briefing.
Dhaka, Dec 23 (UNB) – Expressing disappointment at US’s recent statement, Bangladesh on Sunday said the decision of Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to cancel its observation mission is entirely their own.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), in a statement said, nearly half of its (ANFREL) applicants have already been approved and the rest is under process.
“Bangladesh is disheartened to see a press statement issued by the United States Department of State on the upcoming national parliamentary elections to be held in a festive atmosphere on December 30 2018, which is being participated by all registered political parties in the country,” the statement reads.
In its statement issued on December 21, the United States expressed disappointment over Bangladesh government’s "inability" to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors here.
The observers are from the ANFREL, which the United States funded through the National Democratic Institute (NDI). ‘Odhikar’, an NGO of Bangladesh, is the founding member of ANFREL.
“Odhikar is widely known for its disproportionate bias and prejudice against Bangladesh, in particular the government of Awami League, which is evident in its various reports, including the recent ones published in October and December 2018,” said the MoFA.
Besides, according to MoFA statement, one of the top-ranking Bangladesh members of ‘Odhikar’ was earlier appointed by the BNP-Jamaat government as the Deputy Attorney General, which provides ground for disqualification of his organisation and related entities as independent and neutral observer of the national elections.
The election is being conducted by the Bangladesh Election Commission, which is a constitutional body and independent in the exercise of its functions, said the MoFA.
While Bangladesh welcomes international election observers to observe the election, it certainly has the responsibility to ensure that the applicants meet all the required criteria as per applicable laws and guidelines of the Election Commission, reads the statement.
As of now, 175 foreign election observers from different countries and organizations have been accredited to undertake election monitoring missions in Bangladesh, MoFA says.
Accreditation of international election observers from a number of organisations, including ANFREL, is currently under process, said the MoFA.
In addition, the Election Commission has registered 118 local organisations and also approved 25,920 local observers to monitor the polls.
Under Section 91 (C) (1) of the Representation of the People Order 1972, the Commission is supposed to ‘permit a person as election observer who is in no way associated with or affiliated to any political party or contesting candidate and who is not known for his sympathy, direct or indirect, for any particular political ideology, creed or cause or for any manifesto, programme, aims or objects of any political party or contesting candidate'.
As one of the largest democracies in the world and mutually respectful to others, Bangladesh would expect and welcome constructive statements towards its democratic process from its friends and partners, said the MoFA.
Bangladesh has reiterated that it would continue to grant credentials to eligible international and local election observers to observe the 11th national parliamentary elections to be held on December 30.