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Referring to the launching of the Global Climate Adaptation, Bangladesh office last year, the premier said it has started working on tackling the effects of climate change in South Asia.

Sheikh Hasina said countries on the Himalayan basin are prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes, cloud bursts, avalanches, landslides and flash floods.

In addition, she said, the coastal regions like Bangladesh are to stand against frequent floods, tidal surges, earthquakes, heavy rains, or droughts.

Education minister Dipu Moni, MP, delivered the welcome address at the programme, while eminent litterateur Selina Hossain made a presentation on today’s theme. State minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam conducted the function.

President Hamid’s wife Rashida Khanam and Bhandari’s daughter Usha Kiran were present, among others, at the ceremony.

The Nepalese president became the third among the world leaders to attend the celebrations.

Earlier, Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and his spouse Fazna Ahmed graced the opening ceremony of the celebrations on 17 March, and prime minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa joined on the third day.

To join the celebrations, Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow morning, while Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will join the ceremony on 26 March.

The theme of the celebrations is “The Eternal Mujib” but a separate theme for each day has been selected with Monday’s one being “This Land Is My Land”.

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