Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) - One thousand origami paper cranes folded by hundreds of Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar flew to Hiroshima and conveyed their wish and message for peace to Japanese people.
Japanese Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi and Representative of UNHCR in Japan Diek Hebecker on Tuesday handed the colorful one thousand origami cranes dedicatedly folded by displaced persons who fled from Myanmar to Vice Mayor of Hiroshima City Shiro Tani.
Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar made one thousand origami paper cranes, praying for peace, according to Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
They heard about the tragedy of atomic bombing in Hiroshima that killed many people at once in 1945, and a story of Sadako Sasaki who passed away at the age of 12, due to after-effect of atomic bombing.
"These people from Myanmar were forcibly placed in the most difficult situation, yet they still feel compassion to other people who faced difficulties. Such sympathy they showed and wish for peace are more precious than anything else," said Ambassador Izumi.
He hoped that many Japanese people will learn more about the cruel situation they are facing and feel compassion toward them.
The handover of one thousand cranes were widely covered by Japanese media.
It will be displayed in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) - The Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul celebrated Bangla New Year 1426 in a colourful manner on Sunday at the City Hall, one of the centres of Seoul.
The event was attended by over 700 guests, including ambassadors and diplomats of different embassies, Korean nationals, and members of different social organisations of Bangladesh community as well as expatriate Bangladeshis.
On this auspicious occasion, the auditorium was decorated with colourful banners, festoons, balloons etc. Booths were also set up with Bangladeshi handicrafts inside the auditorium, said a press release on Monday.
Yim Geun-Hyeong, Ambassador for International Relations to Seoul Metropolitan Government, graced the occasion as the guest of honour.
The event began with the singing of esho hey Baishakh by the Embassy family.
Wishing a happy new year, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Korea Abida Islam said the participation of the people in the event irrespective of religion and caste is indicative of secular spirit of Bangladesh.
She also pointed out the similarities between the Bengali New Year and Korean New Year Seollal.
Greeting happy New Year, Yim Geun-Hyeong highly admired about Bengali culture in his congratulatory remarks.
One of the major attractions of the event was Mangal Shobhajatra. Wearing colourful dresses, the people participated in this procession with masks, banners and flags.
Dance performances ‘abohoman Bangla’ and ‘jonmechhi ei deshe’, performed by a 10-member dance troupe from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, mesmerised the audience.
In the three-hour long cultural segment, the Korean artists played harmonica and performed soprano.
The expatriate Bangladeshis also performed song, dance and recitation in this segment. The guests were served with traditional panta-ilish and different types of smashed items.
Other Bangladesh missions abroad, including Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, Bangladesh Embassy in Athens, Bangladesh Embassy in Paris and Deputy High Commission in Karachi, also celebrated Pahela Baishakh.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) – It was a Sunday with a difference. On the first day of Bangla New Year 1426, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi wore a festive look.
Children, in coulourful dress, women in red-bordered sari and men in pyjama-punjabi greeted each other with Shubho Naboborsho in celebrations of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, said the High Commission on Monday.
This has been an ancient tradition of the Bangalees since Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced it in 1556 to facilitate tax collection in the harvesting season.
It was a day of music, dance, Mangal Shobhajatra and enjoying the traditional Bangla food as the Delhi mission joined the compatriots at home and all over the world to welcome the day with Rabindranath Tagore’s “Esho heh BaishaikhEsho.” (Come, on Baishakh, Come.)
With the beat of drums and dugdugi (a traditional musical instrument) children, accompanied by women, went round the mission’s Maitree Hall in staging the Mangal Shobhajatra waving replicas of birds, animals, boats, palank and masks highlighting the spirit of secularism and cultural tradition of Bangalees.
They were greeted with thunderous applause from the audience comprising the Bengali community of New Delhi and the members of the mission.
The Mangal Shobhajatra (the procession of good wishes) is a tribute to the secular feature of the festival that has evolved over the years and become an integral part of Bangladesh’s struggle for political and cultural freedom from the tyranny of Pakistan, of which Bangladesh was a part until its independence achieved through a War of Liberation in 1971.
The event also signifies the eternal fight of the good against the evil.
It has been a part of the tradition since late 80s, organised by the teachers and students of Bangladesh Fine Art Institute. The Unesco recognised the pageant as the intangible cultural heritage of the humanity.
Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, wrote in his Pahela Baishakh article in the Indian Express how Chhayanaut, a premier cultural organisation, used the celebrations of PahelaBaishakh as a tool to fight the religious oppression of Pakistan regime.
It was Chhayanaut which first held a public music event at Ramna Batamul in 1967 in celebrations of Pahela Baishakh.
“That marked the beginning of the Bengali nobobarsha in the capital city of Dhaka,” wrote the high commissioner.
“The Pakistani authorities did not look at this development favourably and various attempts were made to kill this initiative. The more they tried to suppress the indomitable Bengali spirit, the more fiercely we resisted and the crowd kept getting bigger every year.”
No to Hilsa
The New Delhi mission decided against offering Hilsa fish, a Bengali delicacy, to guests in response to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call urging people not to eat the fish at this time.
Only mother hilsa, ready to lay eggs, are available at this time of the season. So, catching mother Hilsa is seen as a culinary offence in Bangladesh. Instead of Hilsa, Ruhi fish was served with Bhuna Khichuri, murighanta, bhaji and bhorta in true Bengali tradition.
The programme was rounded off with a musical soiree by a cultural troupe, led by artist Samina Dey Urmi.
Dhaka, April 15 (UNB) – Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has thanked the government of Bangladesh for providing opportunities for Bhutanese students to pursue higher education, especially in the field of medicine.
He said Bangladesh has made significant contributions towards the achievement of Bhutan’s health vision by providing slots for Bhutanese students in its government medical and dental colleges, according to a joint statement issued on Sunday night.
Dr Tshering left here on Monday morning wrapping up his four-day state visit. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr M Enamur Rahman and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque saw him off at the airport.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured continued support of Bangladesh to further enhance cooperation with Bhutan in education and announced an additional five scholarships for Bhutanese students in government medical colleges in Bangladesh, taking the total number of reserved seats for Bhutanese medical students to 15, the joint statement mentioned.
Referring to the shortage of medical specialists in Bhutan, the Bhutanese Prime Minister expressed his country’s strong interest to recruit specialists from Bangladesh to work in government hospitals in Bhutan.
Recognising Bhutan’s need, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to facilitate the recruitment of medical specialists from Bangladesh.
Tshering expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, the government and the people of Bangladesh for the generous donation of essential medicines to the Bhutan Health Trust Fund.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh and Bhutan think the proposed trilateral cooperation with India in hydroelectric power can further “strengthen regional cooperation, encourage the use of renewable energy and mitigate climate change challenges”.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bhutanese counterpart Minister Dr Lotay Tshering welcomed the ongoing discussions among Bangladesh, Bhutan and India on the proposed trilateral cooperation in hydroelectric power.
They noted that a trilateral meeting of the power secretaries could be held in this regard, according to a joint statement issued on Sunday night on the Bhutanese Prime Minister’s four-day state visit to Bangladesh.
The visit witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral documents, including SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for the operationalisation of the MoU on Use of Inland Waterways for Transportation of Bilateral Trade and Transit Cargoes between Bangladesh and the government of Bhutan.
The Bhutanese Prime Minister wrapped up his four-day state visit to Bangladesh on Monday that expected to further “strengthen the bonds of friendship” between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman saw the Bhutanese Prime Minister off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning, said an official.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque was, among others, present.
The two Prime Ministers noted the expanding bilateral trade and acknowledged its importance in further cementing the friendship between the two countries.
They agreed to allow duty-free access to additional 16 items proposed by Bhutan and 10 items proposed by Bangladesh for which both sides shall expedite the process.
The two Prime Ministers noted that the agreement on the movement of goods in transit between Bangladesh and Bhutan will be finalised soon by the next Commerce Secretary-level meeting.
They welcomed the signing of the SOP for the operationalisation of the MoU on the use of inland waterways for the transportation of bilateral trade and transit cargoes between Bangladesh and Bhutan.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan recalled Bangladesh’s offer of internet bandwidth and satellite services, and welcomed the offer.
Dr Tshering paid the visit from April 12-15 April, coinciding with the festive period of the Bangla New Year Pahela Baishakh, at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan and the delegation joined the people of Bangladesh in the celebration of Pohela Boishakh, the Bangla New Year, on April 14.
Dr Tshering visited the Mymensingh Medical College, the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Bimstec Secretariat.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan extended an invitation to Sheikh Hasina to visit Bhutan at a convenient time.
He was accompanied by his spouse Dr Ugyen Dema, the Foreign Minister, the Health Minister, other senior government officials of Bhutan, and a business delegation.