RANGPUR, Feb 21, 2018 (BSS) – The ‘Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day- 2018′ is being observed here today paying due respect to the language movement martyrs with a fresh call for ensuring use of Bengali language at all levels.
Tens of thousands of people from all sections are participating in various programmes since the midnight to observe the day with fresh vow to build a peaceful and prosperous Bangladesh free from militancy and terrorism.
The observance began at one minute past midnight through placing wreaths by the Prime Minister’s special envoy and Jatiya Party Chairman Alhaj Hussein Muhammad Ershad at Central Shaheed Minar in the city.
Jatiya Party Co-chairman Golam Muhammad Quader, State Minister for LRGD and Cooperatives Alhaj Mashiur Rahman Ranga and local Jatiya Party leaders accompanied him.
Later, Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa, Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed and Deputy Inspector General of Rangpur Range Khondker Golam Faruk, Zila Parishad Chairman Advocate Chhafia Khanom, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman and Police Super Mizanur Rahman along with other officials placed wreaths there.
Leaders of AL, its associate bodies, BNP, Jatiya Party, JASOD, CPB, BSD, Workers’ Party, Ganatantry Party and other political parties, heads of government departments, educational institutions, NGOs and professional organisations, teachers, students and common people continued placing wreaths there till this noon.
In the morning, thousands of people of all ages in bare feet and wearing back badges took part in ‘probhat ferries’ singing song ‘Amar Bhayer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February—– Ami Ki Bhulite Pari—-‘ to the Central Shaheed Minar and placed wreaths there.
The district administration, sociocultural and professional organisations, political parties, private bodies and institutions chalked out daylong programmes to observe the day in the divisional city.
The programmes included hoisting of the national flag at half-mast atop all government and private buildings and educational institutions, decoration of the city streets with miniature national and coloured-flags inscribed with Bengali alphabets.
Besides, competitions for the children on drawing, essay writing, hand writing, competitions on rendering patriotic songs and sports for the underprivileged children were arranged along with screening of documentary films on the language movement.
Special prayers are being offered at the mosques and temples, churches, pagodas and other places of religious worships at convenient times.
The local daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, online and others newspapers have published special issues and Rangpur Betar Kendra is airing special programmes narrating significance of the day.
Rangpur City Corporation, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur Medical College and other educational institutions, sociocultural, political and professional organisations are also observing the day through daylong programmes.
The Divisional Commissioner as the chief guest will attend the main discussion to be followed by cultural programmes at the Central Shaheed Minar premises tonight with the Deputy Commissioner in the chair