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PM to address nation on March 17

Japan visit postponed
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
PM to address nation on March 17

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on March 17 marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, chief coordinator of the Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee, confirmed this to media yesterday night. Meanwhile, the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan on March 30 has been postponed following the global outbreak of COVID-19, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said yesterday. “Our Prime Minister was scheduled to visit Japan on March 30. She was also slated to meet with the Japanese emperor during the trip. But the tour has been postponed as the coronavirus has broken out in Japan as well,” he added.


 
The foreign minister issued the statement in reply to a query by journalists, after a meeting of the Bangabandhu Birth Centennial Celebration Sub-committee on International Affairs held at the capital’s International Mother Language Institute.

The Prime Minister was originally slated to make a two-day visit to Japan, accompanied by a business delegation, to explore trade and business opportunities. The foreign minister said: “We have informed the Japanese authorities that we will visit some other time and they have agreed.”

The government will also curtail celebrations marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17. “Given the global situation resulting from the coronavirus, we will celebrate the birth centenary in a different way. We have reorganised our programme and informed our foreign guests. They can decide whether or not to attend,” Momen said.

The main programme of the birth centenary celebrations was scheduled to be held at Parade Ground in the capital on March 17. President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and some foreign guests were to attend it.

Among the guests who were expected to participate in different events on the occasion of Mujib Barsha were Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee, former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, and Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The Indian media reported that Narendra Modi has cancelled his March 17 visit. The Government of Bangladesh confirmed that Sonia Gandhi has cancelled her trip as well.

“We’ll not hold a big event on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary. We’ll celebrate it through digitisation and by including smaller events like Doa Mahfil, which involves placing floral wreaths around the portrait of Bangabandhu,” said Momen.

After three persons tested positive for COVID-19, the government has adopted various measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

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