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Programmes set to observe Amar Ekushey

5The government has taken extensive programmes to observe the ‘Shaheed Dibash’ and the International Mother Language Day on February 21, said an official release here on Thursday.

On the day, the national flag will fly at half-mast at all educational institutions, government, semi-government and autonomous offices and private buildings across the country.

In line with the national programmes, the day would be observed by the district, upazila councils and administrations, Bangladesh missions abroad, city corporations and municipalities and all the educational institutions including the Madrashas.

Quran Khwani, Milad Mahfil and special munajats will be held at Azimpur graveyard in the city for the martyrs of the Language Movement.

Dhaka University authorities will implement programmes at the Central Shaheed Minar in coordination with other relevant agencies.

Measures have been taken for strengthening security at the Shaheed Minar, Dhaka University and surrounding areas.

Different road islands and important spots in the city would be decorated with festoons inscribed with Bangla alphabet. The public and private mass media will air different programmes marking the day.

Necessary arrangement would be taken for the President and the Prime Minister to pay their homage to the martyrs through placing bouquets at the Central Shaheed Minar.

Meanwhile, adequate measures also would be taken for the foreign mission representatives here to pay their tribute at the Shaheed Minar.

Various organizations and institutes, including Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Nazrul Institute, Jatiya Grantha Kendra, Islamic Foundation, National Museum, International Mother Language Institute and Shishu Academy will observe the day through different programmes.

The programmes include book fair, discussion meetings, recitation, essay writing competition and cultural functions.