(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: The Embassy of Bangladesh in Qatar has observed the National Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day yesterday with due solemnity.
The programme started with hoisting of the National Flag at half mast by Ambassador Ashud Ahmed at the Embassy premises in the presence of Embassy officials and a good number of expatriate Bangladeshi nationals.
They stood in solemn silence there for a minute as a mark of respect to the memories of the 1952 Language Movement martyrs of Bangladesh. ‘Doa' was also offered for the salvation of the departed souls in the programme.
The messages from the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on the day were read out. A discussion meeting on the significance of the National Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day was arranged. The speakers highlighted the contributions of the language martyrs towards the birth of an independent Bangladesh.
In his speech, the Ambassador recalled the supreme sacrifices of the language martyrs of Bangladesh and mentioned that the 1952 Language Movement is considered as the most decisive episode and a turning point in the history of Bangladesh as its spirit led to the independence of Bangladesh. He also recalled the immense contributions of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the 1952 language movement.
He thanked the expatriate Bangladesh nationals in Qatar for their hard labour and contributions to the nation building. An audio visual presentation on International Mother Language Day was screened during the discussion meeting.