The government is working to register Bangla as one of the official languages of the United Nations (UN), said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday.
He made the statement while paying homage to the Language Movement martyrs at the Central Shaheed Minar on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, reports UNB.
"Today, our commitment is to turn the country into 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman," said Mahmud, also the joint general secretary of Awami League.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters at another event, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also said efforts are going on to make Bangla an official language of the UN.
There are six official languages of the UN -- Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
The correct interpretation and translation of these six languages, in both spoken and written form, is very important to the work of the organisation because this enables clear and concise communication on issues of global importance, according to the UN.
Yesterday, the information minister in reply to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's allegation that the government had established a one-party rule also said BNP leaders, especially its secretary general, always talk like this, reports BSS.
"BNP did politics only for their own interest… They just talk about the release of their leader Khaleda Zia but they have no programmes for the welfare of people," he said, adding that there is no option to release Khaleda except through a legal process.
Awami League presidium member Abdur Rahman; organising secretaries -- Ahmed Hossain and Afzal Hossain; cultural affairs secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil; office secretary Biplab Barua and deputy publicity and publication secretary Aminul Islam Amin were also present, among others.