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Bangladesh Embassy observes International Language Day

By Our Reporter
Bangladesh Embassy in Kathmandu observed the “Immortal Shaheed Day (Amar Ekushey)” and the “International Mother Language Day” on Wednesday, 21 February by organizing two separate programmes to commemorate the Day with due solemnity and respect.
The programme began with hoisting of the national flag at half mast at the Chancery by Ambassador Ms. Mashfee Binte Shams in the morning. This was followed by placing of floral wreaths on the Shaheed Minar followed by observance of one minute’s silence as a mark of respect to the Language Martyrs. A ‘Doa Mahfil’ was also held in the morning at the Chancery where all present prayed for the eternal peace of Language Martyrs, Bangabandhu, members of his family and others who had been sacrificed their lives for language and the country. Messages from the Bangladeshi President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs were read on the occasion. MP and Chairman on Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Public Administration H N Ashequr Rahman attended the morning programme and delivered a speech on the significance of the day.
In the afternoon, the second part of the programme was organized with performance of Bangla patriotic songs by noted Bangladeshi artists Bizon Chandra Mistry and Ms. Jhuma Khandaker who presented a mesmerizing show rendering selected songs. This was followed by a performance by Nepal Bhasa Parishad in which renowned Nepali poets recited poem in different languages of Nepal. A special Nepali trio song was performed by Bangladeshi artists Bizon Chandra Mistry, Ms. Jhuma Khandaker and Nepali artist Kishore Kumar Sharma Sedai. The programme was concluded by vote of thanks and concluding remarks by ambassador Binte Shams.
Both the programmes were widely attended by ambassadors, diplomats, officials of Nepal government and SAARC Secretariat, members of the expatriate Bangladeshi in Nepal, Nepalese dignitaries and political leaders, members of the civil society and representatives of the print and electronic media.
Earlier,ambassador Binte Shams attended the inaugural ceremony of a seminar on “Preservation and Promotion of Mother Languages” organized by the Language Commission of Nepal as the Guest of Honour. She also attended a seminar organized by the Nepal Academy to commemorate the International Mother Language Day on 20 February.

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