Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Bangladesh 2 Taka 1989 G
Front: Picture of Shahid Minar of the Language Movement.
Back: Picture of the National Bird-Doyel

The Shaheed Minar (Bengali: শহীদ মিনার Shohid Minar) is a national monument in Dhaka, Bangladesh, established to commemorate those killed during the Language Movement demonstrations of 1952.

On February 21, 1952, dozens of students and political activists were killed when the Pakistani police force opened fire on Bengali protesters who were demanding equal status to their native tongue, Bangla. The massacre occurred near Dhaka Medical College and Ramna Park in Dhaka.

Shaheed Minar, or the Martyrs' monument, located near Dhaka Medical College.

The first Shaheed Minar, built on February 22, 1952. It was demolished by Pakistan Police and Army four days later.

The Magpie Robin is common in Bangladesh, where it is known locally as Doyel or Doel (Bengali: দোয়েল). Being the National Bird of Bangladesh it is a widely used symbol, appearing on currency notes and having a landmark, Doyel Chatwar (meaning: Doyel Square) in Dhaka named after it.

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