National Mourning Day 15 August 2015

Embassy of Bangladesh

Bangkok

 

PRESS RELEASE

15 August 2015

 

Observance of National Mourning Day 2015 and 40th Anniversary of martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

 

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 15 August 2015 with utmost respect and due solemnity. The day started with lowering the National Flag to half-mast by Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem. 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 15 August 1975. Expatriate Bangladeshis living in Thailand which includes Bangladeshi professionals working at UNESCAP and different universities, leading businessmen were among the attendees. All wore black badges to express grief for the martyrs of 15th August 2015.

                After the Special Prayer, H.E. the Ambassador read out the messages of Hon’ble President and Hon’ble Prime Minister and Minister (Consular) read out the message of Hon’ble Foreign Minister given on the occasion. This was followed by a video screening on the life and work of Bangabandhu.

                At the very beginning of the discussion session, a minute of silence was observed to pay respect to the martyrs of 15 August night. In the discussion segment, leading members of the Bangladesh community including Mr. Pijush K. Saha, former senior official of FAO, Mr. Niamat Ali Talukder Badal, Businessman, Mr. Raihand Sharif Jewel, President of AIT Bangladesh Association and Ms. Reeva Mandal, Student of Mahidol University and Embassy officials spoke on the occasion. Everybody condemned the heinous killing on 15 August as the most shameful event of Bangladesh’s history. In her speech, the Ambassador paid tribute to Father of the Nation for his immense contribution and supreme sacrifice of Bangabandhu for the emancipation of the Bengali nation. She said Bangabandhu’s dream for Sonar Bangla should be the dream of every Bangali. The Ambassador also briefly highlighted the various growth and development achievements of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government inspired by Bangabandhu’s development aspirations and policy guidelines in securing many international awards. She also briefed the meeting of Bangabandhu’s diplomatic achievements between 1972-75 towards Bangladesh’s international recognition and specially securing membership in the UN. The Ambassador also mentioned that the Embassy always endeavoured 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 instil a sense of patriotism for the motherland.