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Bangladeshis Observe Martyrs’ Day

/ 22 February 2010

ABU DHABI — The Bangladeshi community observed National Shaheed Day (Martyrs’ Day) and the International Mother Language Day at the Bangladesh Embassy in the Capital on Saturday.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE, Mohammed Nazmul Quaunine hoisted the country’s national flag at half mast in respect and remembrance of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the Bangla language movement in 1952.

There are over 600,000 Bangladeshis in the UAE spread in the different emirates of the country.

A large number of Bangladeshis gathered at the embassy to mark the occasion and the prominent members of the community addressed them on the importance of the mother language.

In Bangladesh, Martyrs Day is observed on February 21 and considered a great day in the country’s history, culture and heritage.

The ambassador paid homage to the martyrs.

Quaunine said, “We are not only committed to protect our own language but also to honour others’ mother languages. The respect for each other’s language truly inspires international solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.”

The envoy urged the community to work hard to uphold the glory of their mother language and contribute to building a modern and prosperous Bangladesh.

The students from Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School presented a cultural programme and sang patriotic songs.

Bangladeshi community leader in Abu Dhabi, Iftikhar Hussain said, “Our aim is that all modern and scientific advancements be done in Bangla and books to be written in our own Bangla language. For it, the responsibility lies on us to promote the culture of using our language in every walk of life.”

People who live here in the UAE should also strive to preserve the mother language, Hussain said.

The ambassador also distributed prizes among students of the School following an art and essay competition held on this occasion at the school.

The community performed special prayer for the salvation of the departed souls and for continued peace and progress of the country.

Diabetic walk

On the occasion of Bangladesh’s National Day on March 26, the embassy will hold a walkathon at the Abu Dhabi Corniche to spread awareness about diabetes.

The embassy is sending messages to the Bangladeshi community in the UAE and people of other nationalities to participate in the walk for diabetes.

Talking to Khaleej Times Quaunine said, “This would be a unique walk for the first time by our community in Abu Dhabi. We intend to make people aware about the fatal consequences of diabetes.”

The event will be held in coordination with the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi, the ambassador said.

 anwar@khaleejtimes.com

 
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