The district administration in Rangpur have taken elaborate programmes to observe the ‘Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day-2018’ in a befitting manner on February 21.
‘The programmes were finalised at a meeting held at conference room of the deputy commissioner on Monday with deputy commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman in the chair,’ additional deputy commissioner (general) Ruhul Amin Mian said.
Officials of the district and upazila administrations, heads of different government departments and educational institutions, sociocultural, political and professional activists and civil society members attended the meeting.
The observance will begin at one minute past after midnight on February 21 through placing wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar in Rangpur to pay tribute to Language Movement Martyrs.
Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa, divisional commissioner Muhammad Kazi Hasan Ahmed and deputy inspector general for Rangpur range of Bangladesh Police Khondker Golam Faruk will place wreaths there.
Deputy commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman and police super Mizanur Rahman along with other officials will also place wreaths at the Shaheed Minar to be followed by the other government and nongovernment departments and organisations.
Leaders of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangshad of Awami League and other political parties, professional organisations and common people will also place wreaths there to pay homage to the Language Martyrs.
The other programmes include hoisting of national flag at half-mast atop all government and private buildings and educational institutions, bringing out ‘probhat ferry’, 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, rendering patriotic songs and sports competitions for the underprivileged children will be arranged along with screening of documentary films on the language movement.
The language movement veterans will be accorded receptions, cultural functions will be organised to mark the day and special prayers will be offered at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of religious worship.
The local daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, online and others newspapers will publish special issues and Rangpur Betar Kendra will air special programmes narrating the significance of the day.
The authorities of Rangpur City Corporation, Begum Rokeya University and other educational institutions, different sociocultural, political and professional organisations will also observe the day.
The divisional commissioner will attend the main discussion to be held at the Central Shaheed Minar as the chief guest with the deputy commissioner in the chair in the evening on the day.