A private organisation inaugurated two Manipuri language learning centres in Sylhet on Friday on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.
The Nayabazar Manipuri Language Learning Centre and Laldighipar Manipuri Language Learning Centre are located in Nayabazar Khushighat of the city.
Cultural personality and Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangsth Sylhet divisional President Onil Krishna Singh presided over the programme while Manipuri student Dipika Singh coordinated it.
Singh said he had a desire to set up Manipuri language centre in the city and eventually he made it possible with the support of the people. “The language centres have been established to save the Manipuri language,” he said.
Bangladesh missions abroad observed the Language Martyrs’ Day and the International Mother Language Day on Friday in a befitting manner with a call for upholding the values of 1952 and 1971.
The programmes started with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast by the heads of missions in presence of officials, foreign guests and expatriate Bangladeshis in respective countries, according to messages received from various missions.
Amar Ekushey messages issued by President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam were read out in the missions.
Special prayers were offered seeking divine blessings for the language heroes and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The programmes were rounded off with various activities, including rendering of patriotic and Language Movement songs.
UNESCO declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day in 1999.
Meanwhile, foreign missions stationed in Dhaka also paid tributes to the language martyrs of Bangladesh on the occasion.
Australian High Commission in Dhaka Australia stands committed to its principles of diversity and inclusion in culture and language – the values reflected in the spirit of International Mother Language Day.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson said, "Language is one of the things that make us human. Everyone has the right to speak in their own language wherever they are in the world."
As the British High Commissioner, he said, "I am proud, on mother language day to salute the martyrs who gave their lives to speak their own language in 1952."
On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, US Embassy Dhaka launched their website in Bengali.
Chargé d’affaires Wagner inaugurated the website on Thursday, which will ensure Bengali speakers across Bangladesh and around the world have access to information about US foreign policy, business opportunities, visas for travel to the US, study and professional exchange opportunities in the United States, and more.
BTRC claimed the dues in 27 sectors from the mobile operator but failed to recover the money. Later, BTRC sent a notice to GP threatening to revoke its licence on April 2 last year.
GP had sought a temporary injunction on the notice which was turned down by the court on August 28 that year. The mobile operator later filed an appeal with the High Court. On October 17, the court imposed a two-month injunction on realisation of dues from GP. BTRC later moved the Appellate Division against the order.
GP said BTRC had acted to restrict its operations through moves that had negative impact on customer experience and business partners, reduced confidence in the business environment and dented interest from investors.
The operator said it “reiterates that the company disputes the validity of the BTRC audit claim”.
It said that complying with the court’s direction, GP expects that business operations will run without further obstacles.