07/21/2014, 00.00
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Bangladesh: Catholic appointed personal secretary to the Prime Minister

by Sumon Corraya
Her name is Namita Halder and she is a native of the diocese of Khulna. This is the first time a government official belonging to the Christian community has held such a role.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) -The new private secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina is Catholic. Her name is Namita Halder and it is the first time that a government official belonging to the Christian community has held a similar role. In order to take up the position, Halder left her post as Joint Secretary of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division.

On 17 July,  20 members of the Catholic Diocese of Khulna - to which Namita Halder belongs - met the woman at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) center to express congratulations on behalf of the Church.

The Bishop of Khulna, Msgr. James Romen Boiragi, was also present: "Ms. Namita Halder's appointment is a great success for our Christian community. We wish her the best of luck and offer our moral support and prayers. We are very proud of her" .

"I am very grateful to the Bishop of Khulna - replied Halder - and all of you here for your love and your support. Please pray for me so that I can best fulfill my assignment at the side of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "


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