Dhaka, Mar 26 (UNB) – A four-day annual Thai trade fair “Top Thai Brands” begins at the Grand Ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel on Wednesday.
The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government, is organising the fair to strengthen trade relations between Bangladesh and Thailand.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi will inaugurate the fair that will end on March 30.
The first day is set for trade visitors and the other three days are open for all from 10am to 8pm every day.
Major categories of products and services to be displayed at the fair comprise of beverage, baby products, decorative items, electric appliance, food, fresh fruits, footwear, hardware, house ware, health and beauty products, herbal products, jewellery, leather products, motorbike parts, stationery and textile.
Dhaka, Mar 26 (UNB) - The Embassy of Bangladesh in Tokyo celebrated the Independence and National Day in a befitting manner on Tuesday.
At the beginning of the programme, Ambassador Rabab Fatima hoisted the national flag on the embassy premises in the morning with the singing of national anthem.
She stood in solemn silence for a minute as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the Liberation War martyrs, the embassy said in a statement.
A special prayer was offered seeking prosperity of Bangladesh. Besides, special supplements were published by local dailies, marking the day.
Later at a Tokyo hotel, the National Day reception was held where Japanese ministers, diet members, Ambassadors, leading business leaders, thinktanks, civil society representatives and expatriate Bangladesh community members joined.
Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe graced the occasion as chief guest and Ichiro Tsukada, State Minister for MLIT read out the message of Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Japan, who is also the President of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship League.
Among others, Yoshitaka Sakurada, Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Minoru Kiuchi, State Minister of the Environment, Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary were also present.
Bangladesh and Japan’s national anthems were performed on violin.
Ambassador Fatima paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the martyrs of Liberation war and freedom fighters.
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.