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Amar Ekushey observed with due respect across country


Published : 21 Feb 2021 08:32 PM | Updated : 22 Feb 2021 09:20 PM

The supreme sacrifice of the language heroes on this day 69 years back was remembered as the nation observed the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day by paying rich tributes to the martyrs on Sunday. 

People in thousands thronged the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital and other Shaheed Minars across the country to pay their glowing tributes to the 1952 language martyrs by placing wreaths at the altar of the monuments.

The Language Movement, a significant event in the nation’s history, was aimed at establishing the right of mother tongue as well as protecting self-entity, culture and heritage.

Our Correspondents from different places of the country sent news items on the observance of the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. 

In Chattogram, people in the port city remembered those who sacrificed their lives for Bengali language. They paid rich tributes to them, reports out Staff Correspondent from Ctg. 

Newly elected mayor of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Md Rezaul Karim Chowdhury paid homage to the language martyrs by laying a floral wreath at the Shaheed Minar in the Casside Road area of the city. 

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Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University Prof Dr Shireen Akhter along with others paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Language Movement of 1952 by placing a wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar on the campus on Sunday marking the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. 

Later, Chattogram Divisional Commissioner ABM Azad, Chattogram Range DIG of police Anwar Hossain, CMP Commissioner Saleh Mohammad Tanvir, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chattogram Mohammad Mominur Rahman, Superintendent of Police (SP) SM Rashidul Haque, Freedom Fighter Commander Mozaffar Ahmed, CDA Chairman Zahirul Alam Dobhas, Tourist Police, Industrial Police, PBI Chittagong District, Chittagong District Council, Water Development Board, Railway Police, Chittagong District Ansar Commander, Fire Service, Chittagong Jail, Department of Environment, Director Health, Chittagong Press Club, Chittagong Journalists Union, Senior officials of various government and non-government organizations paid their respects with flowers at the Shaheed Minar.

Thousands of people stood in the line towards the Shaheed Minar with flowers in their hands before the clock struck 12 AM in the middle of the night to pay their respects to the martyrs. The Shaheed Minar was opened after paying homage to eminent persons.

In Khulna, all government administrations, socio-cultural, political, professional bodies and educational institutions organised different programmes to mark the day, reports our Khulna Correspondent.

Muktijoddha Sangsad City and Dstrict Unit Command Council at first paid tributes to the Language Movement martyrs  at the Shaheed Minar of city’s Shaheed Hadis Park, followed by State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnuzan Sufian, Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque and Zila Parishad Chairman Sheikh Harun-ur-Rashid.

Later, Khulna Divisional Commissioner, Khulna Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Khulna Range DIG of Police and Police Superintendent placed floral wreaths there.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Khulna Md Helal Hossain along with officials of the district and upazila administration also placed floral wreath. 

Besides, competitions for the children on drawing, essay writing, rendering patriotic songs and sports competitions for the school students were held along with screening of documentary films.

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In Barishal, the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day-2021 was observed at Barishal University with due solemnity, reports our BU Correspondent. 

Vice-Chancellor of Barishal University Prof Dr Md Sadequl Arefin along with others paid homage to the language martyrs by laying a wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar on the campus on Sunday marking the Amar Ekushey.

On the occasion, the university family gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar on the campus with a mourning rally led by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Sadequl Arefin and paid homage to the language martyrs by laying wreath.

In Narayanganj, the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day was observed in Narayanganj with due solem

nity, reports our Narayanganj Correspondent.  

On the occasion, people from all walks of life gathered at Central Shaheed Minar at Chashara in Narayanganj town with flowers in hand and paid rich tributes to langue martyrs. All five lawmakers and their representatives places wreaths at the Shaheed Minar at the clock struck 12.01 am.

Narayanganj City Corporation, Deputy Commissioner, superintendent of police Narayanganj Press Club and Sangbadik Unionalso paid tributes to the language heroes.

In Tangail, the day was observed in the district like all over the country with humble respect and various programmes, reports our Tangail Correspondent.  

Like other parts of the country, the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day was observed in Tangail by placing wreaths at Shaheed Minar and other programmes. 

Sanowar Hossain, MP, Md Ataul Gani, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Tangail, Sanjit Kumar Roy, and Superintendent of Police, paid homage to the langue heroes by laying wreaths at a monument in the district town. Later, various organisations including Zila Parishad, Tangail Municipality, Tangail Press Club, Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party, various political parties, government and non-government organisations, educational institutions, living freedom fighter and people of all walks paid homage to the martyrs.

In Noakhali, the authorities of Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) have observed the day with various arrangements, including rally and placing wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar, reports our NSTU Correspondent. 

The university authorities, teachers associations, officers associations,  departments, halls and other organisations paid homage to language heroes by placing floral wreaths at the Shaheed Minar. 

NSTU VC Prof Dr  Didar-ul-Alam, Treasurer Prof Dr Mohammed  Faruque Uddin, NSTUTA President Prof Dr Newaz Mohammed Bahadur, General Secretary Maznur Rahman, leaders of officers association, officials, hall provosts, deans, chairmen of different departments and students were present in the day’s programmes. 

Meanwhile, Noakhali Science and Technology University Journalists Association (NSTUJA) also observed the day. 

In Kishoreganj, the day was observed in the district with due respect. The day’s programme began with the laying of wreaths at the Shaheed Minar in the early hours of February 21,  reports our Kishoreganj Correspondent. 

Dr Syeda Zakia Noor Lipi, MP, Rezwan Ahmed Tawfiq, MP, and Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Kishoreganj Mohammad Shamim Alam laid wreaths at the main Shaheed Minar of Gurudayal Government College in the district town at 12:01 am. 

Dr Syeda Zakia Noor Lipi, MP, and Rezwan Ahmed Tawfiq, MP, paid tributes to 1952 language martyrs by placing wreaths at Shaheed Minar on Gurudayal Govt College premises in Kishoreganj district town at 12:01 am on Sunday marking the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. 

Later, Police Super Mashrukur Rahman Khaled, Zila Parished Chairman Md Zillur Rahman and Kishoreganj Municipality Mayor Md Parvez Mia also placed wreaths there. Besides, various political parties including district Awami League, government, non-government and autonomous organizations, social and cultural organizations also laid wreaths.

In the morning, wreaths were laid by schools, colleges, madrasas and other educational institutions. A special prayer meeting was organized in the mosque and temple for the peace of the souls of the martyrs. 

In Magura, the day was observed in the district with due respect and holding various programmes, reports our Magura Correspondent.  

In the morning, MP from Magura-1 constituency, Advocate Saifuzzaman Shikhar, MP from Magura-2 constituency Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Magura Ashraful Alam, Superintendent of Police (SP) Zahirul Islam and others paid rich tributes to the language martyrs by placing wreaths at the Shaheed Minar on Govt HSS College premises. Awami League, Jubo League, Chhatra League, BNP, Juba Dal, JSD, various government and non-government organisations, cultural organisations and voluntary organisations also places wreaths at the Shaheed Minar. 

Magura district administration brought out a ‘Probhat Ferry’ in the district town on Sunday on the occasion of the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.

Students of various educational institutions took part in the Probhat Ferry (morning rally) from the Collectorate premises at about 8:00 am on the initiative of the district administration. Later, poetry recitation, discussion and cultural event were organised by the district administration on the Shaheed Minar premises. 

Besides, many students took part in the voluntary blood donation programme on the same venue in collaboration with the District Red Crescent. Certificates and prizes were distributed among the students who participated in the discussion and various competitions at the District Children's Academy.

In Jhenaidah, the day was observed in Jhenaidah with due respect with various programmes. The day programme began with placing floral wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar at 12.01 am.

Jhenaidah district administration paid homage to the language martyrs by placing wreath at a Shaheed Minar in the district town on Sunday. 

Jhenaidah district administration placed floral wreaths at the Shaheed Minar where Jhenidah-2 MP Tahjib Alam Siddiquee, Woman MP Khaleda Khanam, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Saroj Kumar Nath, Superintendent of Police (SP) Muntasirul Islam, Jhenaidah district council chairman Kanak Kanti Das were also present. Then district police administration, judges court, Jhenaidah press club and other socio-economic, cultural organizations and common people offered the floral wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.

In Chuadanga,  political parties including Awami League, district administration, police department, judicial department, educational institutes and socio-cultural organisations observed the day in the district by placing wreaths at Shaheed Minar, hoisting half-mast national flag, Probhat Ferry (dawn rally), discussion, displaying documents on language movement and special monajat. On the other hand poem recitation competition and painting competition were arranged to mark the day, reports our Chuadanga Correspondent. 

Festoons to inscribe with Bangla letters were set up on the main roads and Chuadanga Government College Shaheed Minar areas in the town. 

At 12:01 am, Solaiman Hoque Joarder Selun, MP from Chuadanga-1 constituency, placed wreath at Chuadanga Govt. College Shaheed Minar at first. Later, Md. Alamgir Hasan, Senior District and Session Judge, Nazrul Islam Sarker, DC, Jahidul Islam, SP, Shamsul Abedin Khokon, chairman of Zila Parishad, Jahangir Alam Malik Khokon, mayor of Chuadanga pourasabha and other organisations and departments paid tributes. 

In the morning, students of different schools and colleges brought out Provat Ferry (dawn rally).

Information Department of Chuadanga arranged showing different documentary deeds on Ekushey at different points of the town. Special monajats were offered by the direction of district administration at mosques, temples and churches.  

A discussion meeting was held on Shilpakala Academy premises under the auspices of district administration. A dram named `Kobor’ was staged there. 

In Dinajpur, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Bangladesh Railway Workers League, Dinajpur District Branch’s President Sahadev Chandra Roy and Vice-President Majedul Islam Majed placed wreath in honor of language martyrs at the Dinajpur Central Shaheed Minar, report our Dinajpur Correspondent. 

Members of Dinajpur district unit of Bangladesh Railway Workers League, led by the unit President Sahadev Chandra Roy, paid homage to language martyrs by placing wreath at the Dinajpur Central Shaheed Minar on Sunday. 

Leaders and workers of the organization and all the members were present at this time. The speakers said, we would like to pay our respects to those who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue on this day and pray for the forgiveness of their souls. We have gained the ability to speak in our mother tongue due to their sacrifice. 

General Secretary of the organization Md Azizul Haque Mandal was also present at the time along with other freedom fighters.

In Manikganj, people of Manikganj paid rich tribute to the Language Movement martyrs at Manikganj Central Shahid Minar with call to establish such a society where no man will exploit another, reports our Manikganj Correspondent

Family members of Language Martyred Rafiq Uddin Ahammed, Administrator of Zila Parishad and District AL President Advocate Golam Mohiuddin, Deputy Commissioner SM Ferdous, Police Super Rifat Rahman Shamim, Mayor Ramjan Ali along others district level officials placed floral wreaths there.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Manikganj SM Ferdous paid rich tributes to language martyrs by placing a wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar in Manikganj on Sunday marking the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day. 

People from all walks of life were seen at the Central Shaheed Minar. The national flag was at half-mast all over the Manikganj and as well as the mournful immortal chorus ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami Ki Bhulite Pari’ was reverberated all around in memory of the language heroes.

District AL, leaders, led by President Advocate Golam Mohiuddin, BNP leaders, lead by Zamilur Rasid Khan, Advocate Abdus Salam-PP, other political parties, different socio-cultural organisatons, educational institutions professional organisations and people of all walks of life throng the Central Shaheed Minar throughout the day to pay homage.

District and Upazila Administration, Different political, socio-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out their respective multifarious programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Those included rallies, debate, discussion, recitation of poems, staging of drama, patriotic songs, sessions of dance and mass drama.

At 8.00am in the morning, a rally, organised by district administration, led by Deputy Commissioner Ferdous, was brought out from Central Shaheed Minar premises in the morning and it paraded the main roads of the town.

Later, in the afternoon, family members of Language Martyred Rafiq Uddin Ahammed were honored by the district administration. On this grand occasion, a discussion meeting was also held at Manikganj Govt High School Playground. They also organised another discussion meeting, cultural function and prize distribution to the competition winners at Manikganj.

Menwhile, thousands of people visited the house of Rafiq at ‘Rafique Nagar’ under Singair Upazila in Manikganj, where they pay homage to first Language Martyred Rafiq Uddin Ahammed at the Shahid Minar.

Family members of Language Martyred Rafiq Uddin Ahammed, Member of Parlament from Manikganj-2 constituency and folklore Queen Mamotaj Begum, Zila Parishad and District AL President Advocate Golam Mohiuddin, Deputy Commissioner SM Ferdous, Police Super Rifat Rahman Shamim, Singair Upazila Parisad Chairman Mushfiqur Rahman Hanna, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Runa Lila and other people under the banner of deferments political parties, socio-cultural organisations and government institution also placed flower wreaths at the Shahid Minar of at the Shaheed Minar at the house of the language martyr at Paril village. 

In Rajbari, extensive programmes were held by various governmental and non-governmental organizations marking the day, reports our Rajbari Correspondent.

People of Rajbari paid their respects to the martyrs of language movement at the central Shaheed Minar located at Shaheed Khushi Railway Maidan. The homage paying ceremony began at 12:01 am with the district administration paying tribute at the Shaheed Minar. Later, a team of police led by Superintendent of Police MM Shakiluzzaman paid their homage.

Rajbari District Judicial Officers, District Council, Civil Surgeon Rahim Baksh, on behalf of Rajbari Health Department and Rajbari Sadar Upazila Muktijoddha Sangsad along with other officers and employees paid homage at the Shaheed Minar. 

Later the Shaheed Minar was made open to the general public and the common people started paying homage from midnight. 

Later at 8 am,MP Kazi Keramat Al of District Awami League, co-president Fakir Abdul Jabbar paid their homage. Municipal Awami League general secretary Shafiqul Islam Safi and other leaders and workers of all allied organizations were present at the time.

On behalf of Rajbari Press Club, other journalists led by General Secretary Khandaker Abdul Matin paid their respects.

At this time, several government and non-government organizations paid homage. Apart from this, the premises of Shaheed Minar became prominent by the presence of the students of various government, private, semi-government institutions and school-colleges.