Amar Ekushey observed in Rajshahi in befitting manner

“Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day” was observed in the city and it’s adjacent areas on Saturday in befitting manner paying rich tribute to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement of 1952.Various political parties and socio-cultural and volunteer organisations and educational institutions observed the day with a renewed pledge for building a happy, prosperous and non-communal Bangladesh.At the zero hours and since early in the morning, streams of people irrespective of age and sex were seen walking barefoot singing “Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February, Ami ki Bhulite Pari” towards the nearby Shaheed Minars especially Rajshahi College and Bhuban Mohan Park to pay their deep respect to the heroes.Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) and the district and police administrations observed the day through elaborate programmes.The programmes include placing wreaths at Shaheed Minar, hoisting national flags at half-mast atop all public and private buildings and probhat ferry, discussion, cultural and literary functions. There were miniature national flags and colored flags inscribed with Bengali alphabets throughout the city streets.Multifarious programmes like Quran Khwani and discussion at the Imam Training Academy, art and literary competitions for school and college students at Shishu Academy and Shilpakala Academy, serving improved diets to the inmates of hospitals, jails, safe homes and baby homes and screening of documentary films on the Language Movement were also organised in the city.Marking the day, Language veterans were accorded reception at the Shilpakala Academy auditorium. Besides, a discussion and cultural function was organised at the same venue to mark the day, the officials concerned said.Meanwhile, Rajshahi University (RU), Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) and other educational institutions observed the day through separate programmes.Law enforcement agencies had arranged foolproof security measures facilitating the day’s programs a total success. -BSS, Rajshahi