Bangladeshis display true national fervour

The Bangladeshi community across the UAE celebrated its 42nd Independence and National Day anniversary on Tuesday with national spirit and zeal.

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Nissar Hoath

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Published: Wed 27 Mar 2013, 9:09 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:37 AM

The two Bangladeshi diplomatic missions in the Capital and Dubai, community associations, centres and schools across the UAE put up special programmes including cultural shows, competitions and speeches on the freedom struggle.

A colourful ceremony was organised at the embassy in the Capital early in the morning where the Charge de Affaires (CDA), Mohammed Shahadat Hussain, unfurled the national flag as school students in national colourful attire sang the national anthem. The programme began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of community members, including Bangladeshi businessmen based in the UAE, VIP guests, embassy staff and diplomats.

The CDA paid homage to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Shaikh Mujibur Rahman, and valiant freedom fighters “who paid their supreme sacrifice for the independence of Bangladesh”.

He urged the community to dedicate in nation building and work to portray the positive image of Bangladesh in the UAE.

A debate in which students and intellectuals participated shed light on the freedom and struggle. A documentary on the life of Mujibur Rahman was also screened.

National Day messages of acting president Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina Wajid and Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni were also read out.

In his message the President said: “Today, on this great occasion, I wish to extend my warm felicitations to our fellow countrymen living in the UAE and wish them a happy and prosperous life. I pay homage to the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Shaikh Mujibur Rahman, for his heroic leadership role and our valiant freedom fighters, who made supreme sacrifice for achieving the independence of Bangladesh.”

He also conveyed his wishes for the good health, happiness, and prosperity of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina in her message said, over the last few years, Bangladesh has made progress in the fields of education including enrollment of almost 100 per cent children in primary schools and free education up to the secondary level for girls and almost self-sufficiency in food production.

nissar@khaleejtimes.com



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