The cabinet on Monday adopted a condolence motion on the death of first South African black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela terming him as a true friend of Bangladesh.
The condolence motion was adopted at the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
This was the second cabinet meeting of the polls-time government.
Cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the cabinet in the condolence motion mentioned the contribution of Nelson Mandela to global peace, his true love for Bangladesh, deep affection to Father the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and close relation with Sheikh Hasina.
The condolence motion says Nelson Mandela visited Bangladesh in 1997 to attend the silver jubilee celebration of Bangladesh’s independence, and paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu at a huge rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on March, 26.
At the rally, he also vowed to work with Bangladesh on different issues.
The cabinet said Mandela became a true symbol of world peace, unity, creativity, democracy, and equality through his political prudence and human philosophy.
His personal simplicity, honesty, liberal mentality and forgiveness made him ever remembered to the world community.
The cabinet members mentioned that the world has lost a great, prudent, and courageous leader at his death.
The motion conveyed sympathy to the government and the people of South Africa as well as the family members of the Nobel Peace Laureate and prayed for salvation of the departed soul.
On Friday, the Prime Minister and the President issued separate condolence messages at the death of Mandela and the government announced a three-day national mourning beginning on Saturday.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid will leave Dhaka for South Africa this afternoon to attend the funeral of the legendary leader.
The cabinet approved in principle the draft of the national Oceanography Research Institute Act, 2013 to give the institute a permanent shape which is running under a project at Ramu in Cox’s Bazar.
The main objective of the institute is to conduct research on extracting marine resources and ensuring its proper uses.
Under the proposed law, there will be a Director General who will act as the chief executive of the institution.
Besides, there will be a board of directors headed by the secretary of Science and Technology Ministry with representatives from different ministries and organizations along with experts.
The previous Awami League government had taken the project in March, 2001 but its work was stopped by the successive BNP-Jamaat government.
The cabinet was apprised about the appropriation ordinances under the Finance Division promulgated during the period from August 15, 1975 to April, 9, 1979 at the directives of the Cabinet on formulation of laws in new forms.
Replying to a question about resignation of cabinet members belonging to Jatiya Party, the cabinet secretary said till the issuance of notification on their resignation they will remain as cabinet members.
Cabinet members, state ministers and secretaries concerned were present at the meeting.