PM, President pays homage to Language Martyrs
21 February 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid paid their deep homage to the martyrs of the historic language movement by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in city at one minute past midnight tonight. They stood there in silence for a minute in honor of the language heroes.
In the first hour of the day, President Abdul Hamid paid homage to language movement martyrs placing floral wreaths at the central Shaheed Minar in the capital a minute after midnight past Friday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also ruling Awami League president, placed wreaths along with her cabinet and party colleagues immediately after the President.
Moreover, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal of India also paid homage by placing floral wreaths to the language martyrs there.
Earlier on Thursday night, Mamata Banerjee arrived here in Bangladesh on a three-day official visit at the invitation of foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali on the occasion of ‘Bhasha Dibosh’ on February 21.
Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day is being observed from the first minute of Saturday with paying tribute to the language movement martyrs who fought and died on February 21 in 1952 to make mother tongue Bangla a state language.
The whole country is observing the 63rd Martyrs’ Day to commemorate the Language Movement martyrs through various programs.
The Central Shaheed Minar and its adjacent areas on Dhaka University campus got a different look with street paintings and hanging Bangla alphabets from branches of trees and pasting on walls.
February 21, the day has also been observed simultaneously as International Mother Language Day since 2000 after UNESCO announced the decision in November 1999.
People from all walks of life also reached there barefoot and placed floral wreaths at the Shaheed Minar singing the chorus ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami ki Bhulite Pari’, and then stood in solemn silence for a while.