Bangladesh mission in Bangkok observes National Mourning Day
16 August 2015, Nirapad News: The Embassy of Bangladesh in Bangkok observed the National Mourning Day and the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday with utmost respect and due solemnity.
The day started with lowering the national flag to half-mast by Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem, a press release said.
Milad Mahfil followed by a special prayer was offered for the salvation and peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and other members of his family who were assassinated on the black night of August 15, 1975.
Expatriate Bangladeshis living in Thailand, including Bangladeshi professionals working at UNESCAP and different universities and businesspeople, among others, attended the event.
All of the attendees wore black badges to express grief for the martyrs.
After the special prayer, the ambassador read out the messages of President and Prime Minister and minister (consular) read out the message of foreign minister issued on the occasion followed by a video screening on the life and works of Bangabandhu.
A minute of silence was observed in the beginning of discussion to pay respect to the martyrs.
In the discussion segment, leading members of Bangladesh community including former senior official of FAO Pijush K Saha, businessman Niamat Ali Talukder Badal, AIT Bangladesh Association president Raihand Sharif Jewel and a student of Mahidol University Reeva Mandal and embassy officials spoke at the event.
Everybody condemned the heinous killing on August 15 as the most shameful event of Bangladesh’s history.
In her speech, ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem paid tribute to Father of the Nation for his immense contribution and his supreme sacrifice for the emancipation of the Bengali nation.
She said Bangabandhu’s dream for ‘Sonar Bangla’ should be the dream of every Bengali.
She also briefed Bangabandhu’s diplomatic achievements between 1972-75 including Bangladesh’s international recognition and specially securing membership in the UN.
The ambassador also mentioned that the embassy always endeavored to engage the expatriate community, specially the children and youth, in observance of important national days to create greater awareness among the young generation about the country’s history and instill a sense of patriotism for their motherland.