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  • Theatre festival

    Celebrating the spirit of International Mother Language Day

    Honouring the heroic struggles and sacrifices of our martyrs for our mother tongue Bangla, a fourteen-day theatre festival to mark the International Mother Language Day began in Sylhet on Monday.

  • International Mother Language Day 2019

    'An opportunity to celebrate linguistic diversity'

    International Mother Language Day is an opportunity to promote and celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity, and to recognise and protect human rights of minorities and indigenous people, said Fernand de Varennes, UN special rapporteur on minority issues, yesterday.

  • Battling to keep mother tongue alive

    About a decade ago, Bivuti Chakma and his companion Jyoti Chakma pondered on how to penetrate the digital world with their native language. Far away from them, Manik Soren, from the Santal community, embarked upon doing the same.

  • Language Movement Heroes: No list yet as HC order unheeded

    On this day in 1952, many brave sons of this soil laid down their lives to establish Bangla as a state language. But when it comes to the Language Movement, the country's young generation only knows the names of Salam, Jabbar, Barkat, Rafique, and Shafiur, mainly due to indifference by successive governments in this regard.

  • 16,000 cops to remain vigilant on Language Day

    A total of 16,000 police personnel will remain vigilant in Dhaka on Thursday when the nation will be observing the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day.

  • Young singers perform

    Children celebrate Int'l Mother Language Day

    Little school goers of different primary schools of Dinajpur celebrated the International Mother Language Day singing the songs of Ekushey, poem recitation and dances marking the historic day.

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    International Mother Language Day in photos

    The nation is paying rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement with the clock striking 00.01am on Wednesday marking 'Amar Ekushey', the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day. Here are some photos taken in Dhaka on the occasion.

  • Amar Ekushey

    Nation pays glowing tributes to language martyrs

    The grateful nation pays glowing tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement, marking 'Amar Ekushey', the Language Martyrs' Day and International Mother Language Day.

  • International Mother Language Day 2019

    Nation paying tributes to language movement martyrs

    The supreme sacrifice of the language heroes on this day 66 years back is being remembered as people in thousands are thronging the Central Shaheed Minar at midnight to pay their glowing tributes to the 1952 language martyrs by placing wreaths at the altar of the monument.

  • Mother tongues in a globalising world

    It is a matter of great national satisfaction and pride that February 21, our Amar Ekushey, is being observed all over the world today as the International Mother Language Day. The Unesco General Conference had taken a decision to that effect on November 17, 1999, when it unanimously adopted a resolution tabled by Bangladesh and co-sponsored by 28 countries. Today, people in 185 countries will take a fresh vow to preserve their mother languages, as our immortal language martyrs had done 66 years ago. What a befitting tribute to our martyrs!

  • DMP Chief

    Strict security for Feb 21: DMP chief

    Lawmen draw up an elaborate foolproof security system in and around Central Shaheed Minar for the observance of International Mother Language Day on February 21.

  • International Mother Language Day Special by Pran Milk & The Daily Star

    The Daily Star & Pran Milk brings a quiz competition on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day to encourage our readers to test their knowledge, and learn more about the history of Bangladesh.

  • A grower plucks flowers

    Flower growers upbeat

    Flower growers at Godkhali in Jessore's Jhikargachha upazila are passing hectic time ahead of celebrations of the first day of spring,

  • Flower

    Flower-sellers gearing up for lucrative mid-February

    Flower farmers of Jhikargacha in Jessore district, one of the largest flower markets of the country, expect to sell flowers worth over Tk 30- 35 crore ahead of Pahela Falgun (February 13), Valentine's Day (Feb 14) and International Mother Language Day (Feb 21).

  • A different ‘Amar Ekushey’ in Netherlands

    Hundreds of children, men and women from as many as 10 countries join in a solemn pledge at Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands saying they will do what they all can to save their mother tongues, cultures and unity in diversity.

  • Ekushey: Mushfiq pays tribute in Bangla

    Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh cricket’s pocket-battleship pays his respect on the occasion of February 21 in his own way, uniquely in his personal style.

  • Don't distort Bangla

    Underscoring the need for further enriching Bangla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for building massive awareness to avoid distortion of the mother language.

  • Blasts at Jessore Shaheed Minar, 10 detained

    At least 10 people are injured in crude bomb blasts at the Shaheed Minar in Jessore when people are paying their tributes.

  • Stay watchful against distortion of Bangla: PM

    Underscoring the need for further enriching Bangla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for building massive awareness to avoid distortion of the mother language.

  • Nabid Salehin Niloy

    'Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano' in 12 languages

    A Bangladeshi youth has done a wonderful job by composing the famous song 'Amar Bhaier Rokhte Rangano Ekushey February' into 12 languages together marking the International Mother Language Day.

  • US Embassy video honours language martyrs

    The US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Bernicat, and staff of the embassy mark the International Mother Language Day by solemnly honouring the language martyrs and convey their best wishes to the Bangladeshi people in a special video message.

  • Nation pays homage to Language martyrs

    Throngs of people walking barefoot, singing songs of patriotism are paying homage to the Language Movement martyrs, who sacrificed their lived for mother tongue Bangla marking a day of supreme sacrifice.

  • Central Shaheed Minar

    President, PM pay homage to language heroes

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pay their deep homage to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka at one minute past midnight on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.

  • Uphold the dignity of the mother tongue: PM

    Underscoring the importance of learning mother language first, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged all to be more aware to uphold the dignity of Bangla.

  • “Noisshobdo Joddha” on ATN Bangla

    Marking International Mother Language Day, ATN News will broadcast special single-episode drama of the week, “Noisshobdo Joddha”.

  • Ekushey February: CCTVs all around Shaheed Minar

    Authorities this year will install close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras from Shahbagh to the Central Shaheed Minar premises to scrutinise the movement of people on the occasion of Ekushey February.

  • Kay Kraft's Ekushey wardrobe

    To pay respect to the martyrs, Kay Kraft has arranged this year's collection for International Mother Language Day.

  • Mother Language Day sculpture unveiled in NY

    In observation of the International Mother Language Day, a sculpture was unveiled at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front of the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, USA.

  • Cultural programme on Int'l Mother Language Day

    Uccharan Academy, a leading cultural organisation of Bogra, arranged a cultural programme on International Mother Language Day and Shaheed Dibosh at its office in Wood-burn Municipality Park in Bogra town.

  • Embassy of Bangladesh Nepal

    Int'l Mother Language Day observed in Kathmandu

    The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day on February 21 with solemnity and pageantry. A day-long programme to commemorate the day began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning, says a press release.

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