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PM inaugurates newly-constructed Toshakhana Museum

  • Published at 10:15 am November 15th, 2018
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina giving a speech during the inaugration ceremony of the newly-built Toshakhana Museum near Bangabandhu Military Museum on Bijoy Sarani on 15 November, 2018 Focus Bangla

The museum will display items foreign dignitaries have gifted Bangladesh’s government

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged everybody to work together to uphold the country’s dignity and make Bangladesh a poverty and hunger-free nation.

She made the remarks while inaugurating the newly-built Toshakhana Museum near Bangabandhu Military Museum, at Bijoy Sarani, today, reports BSS. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “Bangabandhu has not only given us independence, but also dignity. We have to uphold that dignity.”  

“During our term, over the last 10 years, the public’s standard of living has improved. We want to continue this progress,” she added.

“We are aspiring to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence by freeing the country from poverty and hunger—Bangladesh will be a developed nation by 2041,” she further added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other goverment officials taking a tour of the newly built museum Focus Bangla

The five-storey museum of 50,000 square feet was constructed under the supervision of Bangladesh Army at a cost of about Tk80 crore.

Gifts received by: the President, Prime Minister, ministers, and government officials during their time in office are to be displayed at the Toshakhana Museum. They will be supervised and maintained by the Cabinet Division.

Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, the PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nozibur Rahman, the PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin, and Engineering Chief of Bangladesh Army Major General Siddiqur Rahman Sarkar also spoke at the event.

Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, cabinet members, Prime Minister’s advisors, members of diplomatic corps, chiefs of the three services, and senior civil and military officials were also present at the event—which was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina kissing her sister Sheikh Rehana during the event Focus Bangla

Sheikh Hasina highlighted the importance of properly preserving the gifts, because they are state property and carry the dignity and honor of the country.

She lamented that many: gifts, documents inscribed with her name, boat (the election symbol of Awami League)-related items, and many rare photographs were destroyed during the BNP-Jamaat regime.

The prime minister thanked the officials of the cabinet division, defense ministry, and Bangladesh Army for their sincere work to complete the museum’s construction ahead of schedule.

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