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Bangladesh moves forward with ideals of Language Movement: PM

Environment official, wife die a day apart under mysterious circumstances

An official from the Department of Environment and his wife have died within a day of each other after suddenly falling ill at their home in the Dhaka's Mirpur. The cause of their deaths remains unclear, with police awaiting their autopsy results for definitive answers. Syed Nazmul Ahsan, director of the Department of Environment's Dhaka region, and his wife Nahid Binte Alam lived in the Mirpur-2 Government Officers Complex. Upon falling ill on Wednesday, the couple was rushed to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, where 55-year-old Nazmul was declared dead by the attending physician, according to Inspector SM Kamruzzaman of the Mirpur Police Station. Nahid was later transferred to Bangabandhu Medical College Hospital, where the 45-year-old succumbed to her illness on Thursday. Inspector Kamruzzaman noted that no visible injuries were found on their bodies and the cause of death would be confirmed after the post-mortem examination. On how the police were alerted to the couple's deaths, Kamruzzaman said, "They died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Perhaps that's why the hospital authories contacted the police. Asked why the admission tickets of the couple had "police case" inscribed on them, the inspector said, "It could point to poisoning, possibly from food or another source. We will know for sure once the post-mortem results are in." Responding to a query, an official from the Department of Environment mentioned "cardiac arrest" as the cause of Nazmul's death but did not provide any details regarding his wife's demise. Nazmul began his career at the Department of Environment in 1996 as a research officer and was promoted to director in 2017. The couple leaves behind two daughters, with one currently preparing for her SSC exams.

Infants, Pregnant Woman Slain as Myanmar Junta Continues War Against Its People

At least 39 people – including children, women and senior citizens – were killed in Myanmar over the past eight days by junta forces, according to local media and resistance groups. Most of those slain were civilians, and they were killed by indiscriminate bombing or extrajudicial killings, an analysis by The Irrawaddy found. The war crimes occurred in Bago, Mandalay and Sagaing regions as well as Mon and Shan states from Feb. 14 and 21. On Wednesday, as clashes between the regime and anti-regime forces broke out in and around Kale town in Sagaing Region, regime forces randomly shelled residential wards of the town. Three civilians were killed and another injured in the bombing, according to local media reports quoting residents. On Monday, junta forces detained and killed three members of a People’s Defense Force and five other civilians – including three teens aged 14 and 15 – during a raid on a resistance sentry camp near Sakarpin village in Mandalay Region’s Madaya Township, the Madaya Township People’s Defense Group told local media. Junta propaganda Telegram channels reported that the people were dead when junta troops clashed with them. They said military security forces found the eight bodies during an attack on PDF forces stationed at a monastery near the village. Photos taken by local residents show all eight victims had their arms tied behind their backs. Six more civilians – including three senior citizens aged 62 and 75, a three-year-old boy and a woman who was five-months pregnant – were killed by regime forces and allied pro-regime Pyu Saw Htee militia members from a junta military base in Myin See village in Sagaing Region’s Shwebo Township on Feb. 15 and 16. All the victims were killed while they were in huts near their farms in the township, a member of the Shwebo Township Defense Force told The Irrawaddy. On Wednesday, a junta helicopter gunship used 81mm explosives and a machine gun to bomb and strafe three villages on the east bank of the Sittaung River in Bago Region’s Yedashe Township even though there was no fighting in the area, reports said. During the attacks on residential areas, four people – including two children aged eight and 10 –  were slain and five others were injured, the Yedashe Township PDF Daung Minn Thar said. Photos show one child was hit by machine gun fire in the neck and the other in the head. The country’s oldest ethnic revolutionary group, the Karen National Union, said that the junta continued artillery and airstrikes as well as drone strikes on civilian targets in villages in its territory in Bago Region’s Kyaukkyi Township and Mon State’s Ye Township, killing at least four people and injuring many others. The junta attacks also destroyed many homes and schools and killed livestock, which are a vital source of income for residents of the villages. On Monday, regime forces and allied Pa-O militia members used mortars and drones to bombard a convoy of internally displaced persons in southern Shan State’s Hsihseng town, killing seven civilians, the Pa-O National Liberation Army, an anti-regime ethnic revolutionary group, said. Two civilians, including a six-month-old infant, were killed, and seven others injured in Hsihseng Township on Saturday as regime forces and a pro-junta Pa-O militia based in Ban Yin town shelled two nearby villages with more than 40 bombs. The bombs also destroyed civilian homes. The regime deliberately attacked civilian targets even though there were no clashes or PNLA bases in the villages, the ethnic army said. On Feb. 14, a junta aircraft also bombed a small village in Hsihseng township five times, killing two residents and injuring eight more, the PNLA said, adding that no fighting was occurring in the area. Photos show civilian homes were destroyed. As of Wednesday, 4,569 people – including pro-democracy activists and civilians – had been killed by regime forces since the Feb 1, 2021 coup, according to data compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. Coutesy-The Irrawaddy

PM for spreading Bangla art, literature globally thru proper translation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday laid emphasis on preserving, practicing and strengthening the mother tongue, urging all to spread Bangla art and literature all over the world through proper translation.   “Our art and literature have to be spread all over the world through proper translation alongside preserving our mother tongue, practicing our mother tongue and strengthening our mother tongue,” she said.   The premier said this while addressing the opening ceremony of the four-day programme organised marking the Shaheed Dibosh and International Mother Language Day-2024 at International Mother Language Institute here.   She said, “It is the duty of all of us to highlight the fact that the Bangalee nation has sacrificed their life for its own language.”    Sheikh Hasina felt the necessity of translation, saying translation is absolutely necessary as “the more our art, literature and writings are translated in different languages in different countries of the world, the more the people of the world will know, understand and learn about Bangladesh and the Bangalee nation”.   She observed that the art and literature of different countries can be understood in Bangla language so easily which it is not possible in other languages.   So, the culture, literature or history of different countries of the world needs to be translated into Bangla to know those in a better way, she added.   The Prime Minister said that the International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) and Bangla Academy should work together.   “When we established this (IMLI) institute, we had in mind that if Bangla Academy and IMLI work together, we will know more and more art and literature.”    Sheikh Hasina said that it is the duty of every nation to preserve their mother tongue. “With that goal in mind, we have established the IMLI. The institute has been upgraded to category-II by UNESCO.”   She also opined that the medium for education in the educational institutions should be everyone’s mother tongue. “I think that our medium for education should be the mother tongue. Besides, there should be scopes to learn other languages too,” she said.   Mentioning that mother tongue is the most important thing for education, the head of government said, “That is what I believe. If anyone gets education through mother tongue, receiving of that education, knowing that education, understanding that education would become much easier.”     She, however, said that in the workplace learning more than one language is also needed as all nations in the world are now very close to one another.         Sheikh Hasina said that as the children of the country are very much meritorious, it would not be difficult for them to learn two or three languages.   She mentioned that in many countries of the world this kind of system is going on.   “As we have fought for our mother tongue, I think our medium of education has to be the mother tongue, and besides that there should be scopes to learn other languages properly. And this should be started from the primary level.”   Because, she said, if this learning process does not start from the primary level, the children could not be able to adopt it properly. “In this process, the path to acquire knowledge will be easier and wider,” she said.   She criticised the mentality of a section of parents to teach their children in English medium sans mother tongue, saying that a section of the people in the country now pronounce Bengali in English accent, which sounds very ridiculous.   Sheikh Hasina, also chief patron of the institute, recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the Language Movement in 1952. Mentioning that Bangladesh believes in peace, Sheikh Hasina said, “We don't want war anymore, we want peace. Stop the war, stop the arms race all over the world.”   She added, “The money (being spent) in this arms race should be used for human knowledge-science, research, climate change, children, women, education, health.”    “Progress comes only when there is peace, and that also helps attain development and advancement,” he said.   With Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury in the chair, Secondary and Higher Education Division Secretary Suleman Khan delivered welcome address.   Prime Minister’s Education and Cultural Affairs Adviser Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Rumana Ali spoke as specials guests.       Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Bangladesh Susan Vize also spoke, while International Mother Language Institute Director General Professor Dr. Hakim Arif gave vote of thanks.   Dr Shishir Bhattacharja, Professor of Institute of Modern Languages of University of Dhaka, presented a keynote paper.   At the outset, the premier laid foundation-stone of “Mujib 100 Years Museum and Archive” on the premise of International Mother Language Institute.   Sheikh Hasina also unveiled covers of “Oshomapto Attojiboni” (The Unfinished Memoirs) translated in ethnic minority languages, Matrybhasha Pedia and Marty Lingual Pocket Dictionary at the ceremony.     The Prime Minister distributed prizes and certificates among the winners of Linguistics Olympiad organised by International Mother Language Institute.   At the ceremony, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Bangladesh Susan Vize presented UNESCO Category-II contract renewal document to the Prime Minister.   At the beginning of the programme, one minute silence was observed to pay deep tribute to the martyrs of the Language Movement.   Besides, children from home and abroad greeted the Prime Minister in their mother tongues.   
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