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Vesak Day statement on May 13,2014.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Mr. President,

Venerable Monks,


Ladies and Gentlemen,


            On behalf of the Bangladesh Mission and the people of Bangladesh, I feel honored to participate in this auspicious occasion of “Vesak Day”, a day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away or parinirvana of Gautama Buddha. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ambassador Norachit Sinhaseni, Permanent Representative of Thailand, and also his colleagues at the Thai Mission for coordinating this year’s celebration.

Celebration of the centenary of the Nobel Prize in Literature for Gitanjali

Mr. Under-Secretary-General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, 
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I 
acted and behold, service is joy.” 
These are the words of Rabindranath Tagore, the great Bengali poet who 
was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature hundred years ago 
from today in 1913, for his collection of poems, Gitanjali. These words, 
though simple and spoken with no adornment, capture the very essence of