Dhaka, Bangladesh
Int'l Mother Language Day observed abroad

Int'l Mother Language Day observed abroad

News Report Foreign missions aboard have celebrated Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day in befitting manner, said a press release. Bangladesh High Commission in London observed Amar Ekushey February in a befitting manner. The day's first programme began with placing wreaths at Shahid Minar in Altaf Ali Park of the city at 12.01am, said a press release. Bangladeshi High Commissioner in UK Md Najmul Kaonain, along with other officials took part in the elaborate programme. UK National Commission for UNESCO representative Ms Andrea Blick, former MP Sir Alan Meale and UK Awami League President Sultan Sharif European, General Secretary MA Gani were present, among others, at the programme. Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad observed Language Martyrs' Day) and International Mother Language Day with due solemnity and fervor. Members of expatriate Bangladesh community, officials and staff of the High Commission, along with their families, participated in the day-long programme arranged at the Chancery premises of the High Commission. The Chancery premises were decorated with Martyrs' Day posters and inscriptions of Bangla alphabet. Participants, in black-and-white attires, wore black badges. High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan ceremonially hoisted the national flag at half-mast in presence of all officials of the High Commission and some members of expatriate Bangladesh community. In his address, High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan paid rich tribute to the language martyrs. He also acknowledged with gratitude the active participation of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other activists in the language movement. Recalling the superior quality and tradition of Bangla language and literature, he remarked that it was natural for Bengalis to protest the imposition of Urdu as only state language and to fight for establishment of the majority-language Bangla as a state language of the country. Meanwhile, the Shaheed Day (Language Martyrs' Day) and International Mother Language Day 2018 was observed by the Bangladesh mission in Seoul with due ambience and fervour. On this occasion, Bangladesh Ambassador to South Korea Abida Islam paid floral tribute at the permanent Shaheed Minar (Martyrs monument) in Ansan City. Je Jong-geel, Mayor of Ansan City paid floral tribute with the presence of high officials of his office. Different social and political organizations of Bangladeshis living in Korea as well as migrant Bangladeshis paid their tribute and respect to the language martyrs. This was the first time floral tribute was paid on the occasion of 21st February at the Shaheed Minar after its inauguration in November 2017. Hundreds of people gathered at the Shaheed Minar ignoring the chilling February cold. In a commemorative event on the occasion of the 'Bhasha Shaheed Dibash 2018' jointly organised by Embassy of Bangladesh and the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Bangladesh and its Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were highly praised by Regional Director of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Ms Maki Hayashikawa and other Panellists for pioneering the proclamation of 21 February as the International Mother Language Day at the UNESCO in 1999. The Embassy organised a high-level panel discussion and a multilingual Cultural programme on the Shaheed Dibosh 2018 at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Office premises in Bangkok, where Ambassadors and cultural performers of more than 20 countries presented multilingual presentations in their mother languages. Embassies of India, China, Russia, France, Colombia, Mexico, Belgium, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Sudan, Secretary General of Thailand's National UNESCO Commission, SIL International and Thamassat University joined the panel discussion and cultural segments in solidarity with Bangladesh's Martyr's Day and International Mother Language Day Commemorative event. Paying her deep homage to the valiant martyrs of Bangla language movement of 1952, Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem also paid a tribute to the 'immortal spirit' and unrelenting leadership of Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman throughout the Language Movement between 1948 to 1952 including from his prison cell. Bangladesh Ambassador also called upon the UNESCO and other regional institutions in the Asia and Pacific to collaborate with the International Mother Language Institute established under the patronage of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka in 2000, towards its capacity-building for preserving and researching more than 7000 languages of the world. Praising the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and role of diaspora in securing recognition of 21 February as the International Mother Language Day at the UNESCO, Ambassador Tasneem also called for awareness and special care by diaspora in teaching mother tongue Bangla to expatriate children while promoting their multilingual skills to foster cultural diversity. Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore observed the Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day with due solemnity and in a befitting manner. The day's programme started with hoisting of the national flags at half-mast by High Commissioner Md. Mustafizur Rahman. Following the flag hoisting, the High Commissioner placed a flowerwreath at the altar of the Saheed Minar and paid homage to the martyres of the Language Movement. Community leaders and students of different schools and colleges also placed flower at the Shahid Minar. In his speech, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman paid rich tributes to the language martyrs. He gave the background and significance of the Language Movement and mentioned about the heroic role of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who always championed the rights and aspirations of the Bengali people.

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