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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have greeted the Bengalis across the world on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh today.
Private TV station News24, a sister concern of the Daily Kalerkantho, has confirmed the news.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump has also greeted Bengalis on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday also conveyed Bangla New Year's greetings to the countrymen.
In separate messages on the eve of Pahela Baishakh- 1425, they wished peace, happiness and prosperity of the people and the country in the New Year, BSS reported yesterday.
The President, in his message, said Bangla Nababarsha is a universal and non-communal cultural festival of the Bengali nation for a long.
The root of self identity, emergence and flourishing of national entity of the Bengali nation are entrusted in the festival, he said.
Abdul Hamid said the Mangol Shovajatra on Pohela Baishakh has earned the recognition of UNESCO as it has been enlisted as "Intangible cultural heritage", which enhanced the dignity of the Bengali nation in the world.
"Bengali culture of thousand of years is imbued with non-communal spirit where there is no place for fundamentalism, militancy or terrorism," he said.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the nation starts the first day of Bengali New Year with the hope of progress of life forgetting all shortcomings and sorrows.
She said the Bangla New Year appears particularity centering the rural life as halkhata and village fair were main attractions once.