Bangladesh observes national mourning day By Our Reporter
The Bangladesh Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal observed the “National Mourning Day” and the 42nd Anniversary of Martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August 2017 by organizing a programme to commemorate the Day with due solemnity and respect. The day's programme began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning. This was followed by placing of floral wreaths in front of the portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman followed by observance of one minute's silence as a mark of respect to the departed. A ‘Doa Mahfil' was also held in the morning at the Chancery where all present prayed for the eternal peace of Bangabandhu, members of his family and others who had been slain on this day. The second part of the programme organized by the Embassy began by reading out of the messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs. This was followed by a screening of documentary on life and achievements of Bangabandhu, titled “Bangabandhu Forever in Our Hearts”. This was followed by a discussion session on the Father of the Nation where, the speakers recalled his achievements and extolled his single minded devotion to the cause of the people of Bengal and his uncompromising position against exploitation and autocracy and his vision of establishing “Sonar Bangla”. In the concluding remarks, the Ambassador stated that though Bangabandhu had been assassinated 42 years ago, his legacy lives on and he continues to inspire Bangalees in their fight against terrorism, militancy, extremism and bigotry. She also mentioned that Bangladesh was well on its way to achieving Bangabandhu's long cherished dream of “Sonar Bangla” under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.