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THE nation today pays glowing tribute to the Language Movement martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue 57 years ago.

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar one minute past zero hours amid tight security to pay homage to the Language Movement heroes. (Full report)

The speaker and the deputy speaker in the parliament, the cabinet members, BNP Chairperson and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia, the Dhaka city corporation mayor and the vice chancellor of Dhaka University, among others, placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.

Stringent security measures were taken in and around the Central Shaheed Minar following yesterday’s militant attack in Gazipur and threats of attacks on Ekushey programmes by outlawed militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

About 7,000 policemen and over 600 members of Rab were deployed at the Shaheed Minar and Azimpur graveyard.


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