Bangladeshis pay homage to martyrs

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Bangladeshis pay homage to martyrs

In homage to the martyrs of Bangladesh, who laid down their lives to establish Bangla as the state language of the country, a ceremony was held in the Capital on Thursday.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 22 Feb 2013, 10:11 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:36 AM

The Embassy of Bangladesh observed the National Martyrs’ Day (Amar Ekushey) and International Mother Language Day which was attended by a large number of community members.

The day’s programme started with the hoisting of the national flag at half mast by the Charge de Affaires Mohammed Shahadat Hussain to mark their adulation to the martyrs of the language movement, followed by a discussion by community members, including scholars and academics based in the Capital.

At the beginning of the discussion meeting, messages from the President Mohammed Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina Wajid and Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni were read out and during the discussion, the speakers highlighted the historical significance of the day. In his address, Shahadat Hussain paid tribute to the martyrs of the language movement and honoured their efforts which made Bangla the state language on February 21, 1952.

Hussain highlighted the leadership role of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shaikh Mujibur Rahman in the language movement.

“Our honourable Prime Minister also strongly raised her voice in the UN National Assembly to recognise Bangla as the official language and establishment of International Mother Language Institute for carrying out research on all mother languages of the world,” he told the gathering at the embassy.

The function was concluded with a host of special prayers offered for the salvation of the departed souls of the martyrs and continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh.

After the morning programme, the second part of the day’s programme was held at the Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School Auditorium where teachers, students, guardians and members of the school governing body participated to mark the day.

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