Seeking official recognition to Bangla language, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has made an appeal to the international community to include Bangla as an official language of the United Nations.
"We urge the international community to use their good office to include Bangla as an official language of the United Nations side by side ensuring its use in higher education and apex court," he said.
The minister made this appeal while talking to journalists after placing wreaths on behalf of the Awami League at the central Shahid Minar (Martyred Monument) here marking Saheed Dibash and the International Mother Language Day in the small hours of Sunday.
Quader also General Secretary of Awami League said that nowadays Bangla as a language ranks sixth across the globe in terms of population who speaks in that language, adding that "But the language is yet to get recognition by the United Nations as its official language ."
Terming communalism as a prime foe of the nation, the minister said , "We couldn't consolidate our victory since our independence merely for communalism which is still prevailing in the country and that's why our (martyred day) pledge would be to wipe out the venomous spree of communalism, "he said .
Calling upon the people of the country to become united, Quader said it is our commitment to uproot the communal evil forces for building a democratic and prosperous country which was dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Awami League presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Colonel (retd) Faruque Khan, Joint General Secretary and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Cultural Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua and Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan, among others, while placing wreaths.