Vol. 4 Num 76 Mon. August 11, 2003  

President asks people of all religious faiths to ensure harmony

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said a peaceful social and religious atmosphere existed in Bangladesh.

The president said the people of all religious faiths should contribute to ensure harmony, social peace and development.

He was talking to the members of the Chittagong Purnachar International Buddhist Temple Management Committee who called on him at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Founder president of the Temple Sreemat Sattayaprio Mahathero led the 10-member delegation.

The government has taken a number of development projects for welfare of the people belonging to different religious faiths, he said.

He said yearly donations are being given to various places of worships for maintenance and development of mosques, temples and churches.

Iajuddin said the proposed 'Atish Dipankar Science and Technology University' was named after a Buddhist personality of high repute at home and abroad.

He wished early completion of the Purnachar International Buddhist Temple and the guest house in Chittagong.

The delegation members told the president that late President Ziaur Rahman had donated the land for building a Buddhist temple and a guest house of international standard in Chittagong.

The members of the delegation included advocate Nepal Chandra Barua, Deshprio Barua Chowdhury, Chandrajoyoti Sraman, Joysen Barua, Ananda Mitra Talukdar, Dolon Barua, Arindom Ther, Sugat Bikash Chowdhury and Sreekant Barua.