Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have offered condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic fire of Old Dhaka that claimed 67 lives.
They sent separate condolence messages to President M Abdul Hamid as a fire ripped through buildings in the capital, resulting in deaths and injuries, according to the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh.
In his message, the King said: "We’ve learned of the news of the blaze took hold in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries.”
“In my own name and on behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we express our sincere condolences to you, the families of victims and the people of People's Republic of Bangladesh, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery,” the message reads.
In his message, the Crown Prince said, "I’ve learned of the news of the blaze took hold in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries. I express my sincere condolences to Your Excellency and the families of victims, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery."
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - Bangladesh missions abroad observed the Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day on Thursday in a befitting manner with a call for upholding the values of 1952 and 1971.
The programmes started with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast by the heads of mission in presence of the officials, foreign guests and expatriate Bangladeshis in respective countries, according to messages received from various missions.
Amar Ekushey messages issued by President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam were read out in the missions.
Special prayers were offered seeking divine blessings for the language heroes and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The programmes were rounded off with various activities, including rendering of patriotic and Language Movement songs.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo has expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic fire in Old Dhaka that claimed 67 lives.
On behalf of the UN in Bangladesh, she wished the injured a quick recovery and recognised the effort of the local authorities in responding to the blaze.
India, the United Sates, the United Kingdom, Pakistan and others also expressed profound shock at the loss of lives in the Chawkbazar fire.
"India is saddened by the loss of lives as a result of tragic fire in Dhaka on February 20. We offer our deepest condolences to relatives of those affected by the accident. As a close neighbour and partner, we stand by the people and the government of Bangladesh in this hour of grief," said the spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
The United States Embassy in Dhaka offered their heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the fire in Chawkbazar.
“Our prayers are with the families of those injured and lost and to all who mourn across the great nation of Bangladesh,” reads a post shared by the US Embassy on its official Facebook page.
The government and people of Pakistan expressed deep condolences, according to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We express deep sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims and wish speedy recovery of those injured in the incident,” reads a press release of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sixty-seven people were killed and around 41 others injured in a devastating fire in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - The first-ever Shaheed Minar in the Netherlands has been inaugurated at the Zuider Park of The Hague.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal along with Deputy Mayor of The Hague Saskia Bruines inaugurated the monument on Thursday.
Head of missions of India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Russian Federation, Indonesia, Brazil, Kenya, Yemen and Vietnam, high officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Netherlands, and members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps and Bangladesh community living in the Netherlands were present.
Following the sustained efforts of the Embassy of Bangladesh, The Hague Municipality, a city known as the 'City of Peace and Justice', allocated a piece of land in the Zuider Park, a heritage park of The Hague for the construction of the Shaheed Minar, said the Bangladesh Embassy on Friday.
The government of Bangladesh has financed the physical construction while The Hague Municipality financed the design of the monument as part of joint collaboration between Bangladesh and the Netherlands to promote culture of peace and multilingualism.
The inaugural ceremony began with observing a one-minute silence for eternal peace of the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement and loss of lives in Chawkbazar fire.
In his welcome address at the inaugural ceremony, Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal paid tributes to the language martyrs and expressed gratitude to The Hague municipal authorities for their support and cooperation for the construction of the Shaheed Minar.
He recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the Language Movement and his charismatic leadership in liberating Bangladesh following the inspiration and solidarity of the Language Movement.
The Deputy Mayor of The Hague congratulated both Bangladesh Embassy and The Hague Municipality for the successful completion of the project.
She mentioned that in the Netherlands there are 20 languages, all languages are important. “Every language should be heard likewise every person is seen in the society.”
Saskia Bruines observed that the language monument in the Zuider Park would not only enhance the dignity of The Hague but also remain as ever inspiration for the future generations to preserve and promote the mother tongue.
Rabin Baldewsingh, former Deputy Mayor of The Hague, who played a vital role in allocating land for the Shaheed Minar, highlighted that the message of multilingualism and multiculturalism encouraged them to extent cooperation to have the International Language Monument in The Hague.
After the formal inauguration of the Shaheed Minar, Ambassador of Bangladesh, Deputy Mayor of The Hague, Ambassadors and members of diplomatic corps along with the Embassy officials and the members of Bangladesh community living in the Netherlands placed wreaths at the newly built Shaheed Minar.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque laid the foundation stone of this Shaheed Minar on February 19, 2017.
Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) - Concerned that one language goes extinct every two weeks, the United Nations has honoured linguistic diversity and celebrating indigenous languages on International Mother Language Day, the roots of the Day start in Bangladesh with a bloody and historic connection to 21 February.
“We have to protect our heritage, our culture, our existence,” said Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN Masud Bin Momen.
“It is a part of our Bengali nationalism to promote and commemorate this Day for the protection of not only our language but all those struggles elsewhere around the world,” Momen told UN News.
Bangladesh successfully lobbied the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999 to create International Mother Language Day.
The UN General Assembly formally recognized the Day in 2008, according to UN News Centre.
The origins of the Day began before 21 February 1952, but erupted on that day, when students at the University of Dhaka and other activists protested a Government order declaring Urdu as the sole national language.
Bangladesh at the time was part of Pakistan.
The deadly protest led widespread unrest, resulting in 1956, in Bengali being granted official status.
He said International Mother Language Day also celebrates multilingualism worldwide, promoting more tolerance and a “sense of culture of peace and harmony where diversity does not mean harmful for the global citizen but diversity is also a powerful instrument.”
As part of the Day’s celebrations, the United Nations Postal Administration issued 18 World Language stamps, each saying “hello” in English and in a dozen other languages.
A special event was organized on 21 February in New York, jointly by Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mozambique, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea, in collaboration with the United Nations Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC), the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) and the New York Office of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).