KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 16
The Embassy of Bangladesh marked the 50th Victory Day of Bangladesh amidst a programme here today.
The day commemorates the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan. This year, Bangladesh is also celebrating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation, and the golden jubilee of Independence.
On the occasion, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury hoisted the national flag of Bangladesh. Paying tributes to Bangabandhu, he said Rahman won independence for the nation after enduring 14 years of imprisonment and struggle.
Ambassador Chowdhury said Bangladesh was always thankful to Nepal as it promptly recognised their independence. He expressed confidence that friendship between the two countries would move ahead in the days to come.
In separate best wishes messages given to Bangladeshis within the country and abroad on the occasion, President of Bangladesh Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam expressed their commitments to making Bangladesh a developed and prosperous nation by 2041 and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by means of the ‘Vision 21’, ‘Vision 2041’ and the ‘Bangladesh Delta Plan’.
It is stated that the economy of Bangladesh, which ranks 40th in the world will be upscaled to the 25th rank in 2035. Bangladesh has been achieving success in poverty alleviation, minimising the negative impacts of climate change and reducing child mortality rate.
On the occasion, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy Ishrat Jahan, Nepal-Bangladesh Friendship Association President Dindaya Rijal and LB Shrestha of Nepal-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, among other speakers expressed happiness over political stability, peace and harmony as well as economic growth and rapid development achieved by Bangladesh.
They also mentioned about the agreement reached between Nepal and Bangladesh in the energy sector. They expressed conviction that the exchange of cooperation would grow further in tourism, literature, culture and other sectors in the coming days. Embassy staff, Bangladeshis currently residing in Nepal and various Nepali personalities from various walks of life were present on the occasion.
A version of this article appears in the print on December 17, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.