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Bangladeshi people participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, April 14, 2014. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.

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People participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year, or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.

People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka...People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka February 21, 2014. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language. UNESCO's General Conference recognised February 21 as International Mother Language Day in November 1999.

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People pay tribute at the Shahid Minar, a memorial for martyrs of the national language movement, on International Mother Language Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On the same day in 1952, several University of Dhaka students were killed when police opened fire on a protest demanding their mother-language Bangla be made a state language.