Laila Nur, Language Movement veteran, dies

Our Correspondent . Cumilla | Published: 01:05, Jun 01,2019


Language Movement veteran Laila Nur died on Friday. She was 85.
She died at her residence in Cumilla town in the morning due to old age complications. She was suffering from paralysis for long.
Laila Nur’s life encompassed movement for the mother tongue, teaching and writing. She never married.
She was a noted academic, writer and translator.
She had the distinction of being the first female teacher at Victoria College in Cumilla, where she joined in 1957.
She was born on October 5, 1934 in Daudkandi, Cumilla.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature in 1956 from Dhaka University.
A young woman in 1952, when she was a college student, Laila Nur participated in the Language Movement.
She spent 21 days in jail for taking part in the Language Movement.
She was arrested by the police on February 20, 1955 along with some 20 other female students who were preparing to take part in a procession the next day.
In 1957, Laila Nur became the first woman to be appointed a teacher at then Comilla Victoria Government College.
She translated more than one hundred Bangla poems into English.
In 2014, Laila Nur received the Binoy Sommanona Award for her contribution to the Language Movement and education.
She was buried at the Bagichagaon graveyard in Cumilla after her namaj-e-janaza in the afternoon.
People of all walks of life in Cumilla mourned her death. 

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