Bangladesh celebrated international mother language day on Saturday in commemoration of martyrs of language movement this day on February 21 in 1952. Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Shafiur, Jabbar and a few other brave sons of the soil laid down their lives on this day with a view to establishing Bangla as one of the state languages of the then Pakistan.
As the clock struck one minute past zero hours, President Advocate Zillur Rahman placed a floral wreath at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar as tribute to the gallant Bangalees who laid down their lives 57 years ago to uphold the honour of Bangla language.
Then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with her cabinet members paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs. Meanwhile thousands of people from all walks of life had already started collecting at the Shaheed Minar premises since evening of 20 February to pay their respects to the martyrs of '52.
We also have report here from Kolkata on the observance of International Language Day in the Indian state of West Bengal.