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21 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Nation celebrates Int’l Mother Language Day today

Agencies, Dhaka
Nation celebrates Int’l Mother Language Day today
President Abul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stand in solemn silence laying wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital, marking Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day today. Focus Bangla Photo

The nation observes the ‘Shaheed Dibash’ (Language Martyrs Day) and International Mother Language Day (February 21) through extensive programmes today. People from all walks of life have started paying glowing tributes to memories of the language movement martyrs, the valiant sons of the soil who made supreme sacrifices to establish the rights of the mother tongue, Bangla, in 1952.

The day is also being observed around the world as the UNESCO recognised the Ekushey February as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid homage to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past midnight on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar six minutes before the clock struck 12 midnight, while President Abdul Hamid reached the Central Shaheed Minar two minutes before the zero hour.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proceeded to the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar together in slow pace as the immortal song on Amar Ekushey-'Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February'-- was playing.

The President was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Just after the President, the Prime Minister placed the wreath at the Shaheed Minar.

They stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the language heroes.

Ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, diplomats, senior Awami League leaders, high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

On his arrival at the Shaheed Minar, the President was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman.

Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury paid tributes tothe martyrs of the historic Language Movement by placing a wreath at the Shaheed Minar.

Flanked by cabinet members and senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, later placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party.

 

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