KHULNA: People from all walks of life on Sunday observed “Amar Ekushey” and International Mother Language Day in the city with the due dignity and solemnity.
All government administrations, Socio-Cultural, Political, Professional bodies and Educational Institutions organised different programmes to mark the day with maintaining proper health guidelines amid Covid-19 situation.This year, a maximum of five delegates from each organisation and a maximum of two individuals can lay wreaths at the Shaheed Minar at a time on the occasion due to the coronavirus restriction set up by the government.
Muktijoddha Sangsad City and District Unit Command Council at first paid tributes to the Language Movement martyrs at one minute past midnight last night at the Shaheed Minar of city’s Shaheed Hadis Park.
followed by State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnuzan Sufian, Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque and Zila Parishad Chairman and district Awami League President Sheikh Harun-ur-Rashid.
Later, Khulna Divisional Commissioner, Khulna Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of (Khulna Range) Police, Khulna Police Superintendent placed floral wreaths there.
Deputy Commissioner Md Helal Hossain along with officials of the district and upazila administration also place floral wreaths there followed by the other government and non-government departments and organisations.
Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and its front organisations and other political parties, Socio-cultural and professional organisations including Khulna Press Club, Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ) and common people also placed wreaths there for paying homage to the Language Movement Martyrs.The national flag was hoisted at half-mast atop all buildings, educational institutions and decoration of the streets with miniature of national and coloured flags inscribed with Bengali alphabets.
Besides, competitions for the children on drawing, essay writing, rendering patriotic songs and sports competitions for the school students was held along with screening of documentary films.