Year-long event involving UN planned
Ambassador Rabab Fatima, the permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, has announced that a year-long programme involving the UN will be organised to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She made the announcement on Friday while celebrating Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu as well as inauguration of the countdown to “Mujib Borsho” at the New York mission’s Bangabandhu Auditorium, reports UNB.
The messages of the president and prime minister issued on the occasion were read out at the beginning of the event. Later, a documentary highlighting the day’s significance was screened.
Ambassador Fatima said the return of Bangabandhu to independent Bangladesh in 1972 marked the fulfillment of independence. The permanent representative also formally inaugurated a countdown clock, to be displayed at the mission.
Meanwhile, the countdown to Mujib Borsho was also inaugurated amid much enthusiasm and festivity at Bangladesh missions in Washington DC, Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi and London, reports BSS.
Bangladesh mission in Washington DC also observed the event in a befitting manner, attended by Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin.
Earlier, the ambassador accompanied by officials and employees of the embassy placed wreaths at the statue of the Father of the Nation.
In Hanoi, the mission organised a discussion at the chancery where Ambassador Samina Naz was present as the chief guest.
Besides, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day through a discussion. After the discussion, the mission observed a live telecast of the countdown ceremony in Dhaka.
Messages from President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were read out at all the programmes.
The prime minister formally inaugurated the nationwide ceremony at the capital’s National Parade Square where Bangabandhu landed in the newly-liberated Bangladesh on January 10, 1972.
The PM opened the event through unveiling the logo of the Mujib Borsho, to be celebrated from March 17, 2020 to March 26, 2021.