Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB)- Prime Minister’s International Affairs Advisor Gowher Rizvi has said Bangladesh will take back all its nationals living illegally in India only if India proves that the illegal immigrants are Bangladeshi nationals.
Rizvi said this during a session titled 'Friends and neighbours: Sharing more than just a border' at the India Today Conclave East 2018 in Kolkata on Friday, reports India Today.
The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of India excluded more than 40 lakh people. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s president Amit Shah recently called illegal immigrants "termites" who need to be "weeded out" from India.
When asked about Dhaka's view on these developments, Rizvi said most people in Bangladesh see the issue of illegal immigrants in Assam as India's internal issue. "Even the media has not taken it up prominently," he said.
Rizvi said that in the past 10 years, during which he has been the Bangladeshi PM's adviser, the Indian government has never taken up the issue of illegal immigrants with Bangladesh.
"The process of identifying illegal immigrants has just started. It is a long step process and there may come a time in the distant future when the two countries will talk about it. We are mature countries and have friendly relations, we will work it out when time comes," he said.
During the session, Gowher Rizvi also spoke about the challenges posed by the Rohingya refugee crisis. He said though Bangladesh is sheltering more than 1 million Rohingya refugees, the international community needs to come together to find a solution to the humanitarian crisis.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – Myanmar has come up with another false claim showing Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of their territory prompting Dhaka to react sharply and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt.
The government on Saturday summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Lwin Oo and strongly protested the matter.
Maritime Affairs Unit Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him.
However, Myanmar Ambassador Lwin acknowledged the matter saying that it was a ‘mistake’ to show the St. Martin’s Island as part of their own territory, a diplomat told UNB.
The Island was never a part of Myanmar if anyone looks back at the history since 1937 and Dhaka says there is an ‘ulterior motive’ behind drawing and sharing the map of Myanmar on websites.
It was part of British-India when Myanmar got separated back in 1937, an official told UNB adding that this means it was part of India. “A clear line was drawn in between.”
And in 1947, the official said, it was part of Pakistan and after the Liberation War the Island became part of independent Bangladesh.
In 1974, it was clearly stated through a signed agreement that the Island is part of Bangladesh.
“Even when Bangladesh won the maritime boundary dispute against Myanmar through International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in March 2012, it was clearly mentioned that the Island is part of Bangladesh,” the official said.
He went on saying, “There’s no doubt. How could they (Myanmar) claim St. Martin’s Island as part of their territory? It’s a deliberate attempt.”
A diplomatic source said Secretary Khurshed Alam had hour-long meeting with the Myanmar envoy and protested the matter by handing over relevant documents.
He reportedly asked the Myanmar envoy why the Myanmar side carried out survey in St. Martin’s Island. “You can’t do it. On what basis you did it?” Khurshed Alam was quoted as telling the Myanmar envoy.
The Myanmar envoy was tight-lipped with a gloomy face when the UNB correspondent approached to know why he was summoned.
The Myanmar reportedly spread the maps to two global websites showing St. Martin’s Island is part of Myanmar’s territory.
The Myanmar envoy pledged to discuss the matter with his government and convey Dhaka’s concerns.
The 2014 Population and Housing Census – Myanmar’s first national census in 30 years – was undertaken by the Ministry of Immigration and Population with technical support from UNFPA between 30th March and 10th April 2014, according to Myanmar Information Management Unit.
Earlier, Myanmar circulated a picture showing ‘insurgent training’, which is actually a photograph of freedom fighters during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
The Myanmar military later issued a rare apology acknowledging that two photographs it published in a book on the crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority were ‘published incorrectly’.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Chandpur on Friday and attended a number of events there.
The High Commissioner joined a luncheon meeting hosted by Dr. Dipu Moni, MP where he interacted with the local community.
He subsequently inaugurated two multi-storey buildings housing a student’s hostel, a charitable dispensary, and a library at the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Chandpur in the presence of Dr. Dipu Moni.
This will assist the local community, said the Indian High Commission in a press release.
He also visited Ayachak Ashram, Chandpur with Dr. Dipu Moni and interacted with the Ashram residents and devotees.
A humanitarian and religious institution helping the needy, poor and sick, Ayachak Ashram was founded by Akhandamandaleshwar Shri Shrimat Swami Swarupananda Paramhansa Deva, who was born in Puran Adalotpara, Chandpur.
The High Commissioner started his visit by attending the commissioning of the completed academic building, named ‘Mahatma Gandhi Bhaban’, at the Farakkabad Degree College, Chandpur.
The single-storey building with a provision for adding three additional floors has been built at a cost of Tk 1.08 crore and has been fully funded by the government of India.
This project was inaugurated by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Bangladesh in October 2017.
The building will contribute significantly towards the higher education of the rural community in Chandpur, said the High Commission.
The ceremony to commission the building was also attended by students and their parents, villagers, local leaders, Muktijoddhas etc.
Sujit Roy Nandi, Founder and Chairman of the Farakkabad Degree College, and Md. Hasan Khan, Principal, Farakkabad Degree College were also present.
The visit ended with dinner hosted by Minister of Disaster Management and Relief of Bangladesh, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.
The High Commissioner also addressed a large gathering and interacted with a cross-section of the local community during the reception and exchanged views on socio-economic development in rural areas of Bangladesh.
Chandpur, Oct 5 (UNB) – The governments of Bangladesh and India will jointly root out militancy and militant activities from both the countries, said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla here on Friday.
“Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handled the situation very bravely, cautiously and intelligently during the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka as well as curbed and resisted militant activities in Bangladesh,” he said.
Shringla said this while inaugurating the newly constructed academic building ‘Gandhi Bhavan’ named after Indian independence movement leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the Farakkabad Degree College premises in Sadar upazila.
The four-storey building, the foundation stone of which was laid by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on October 23, 2017 during her visit to Bangladesh, was constructed at a cost of T 1.08 crore.
Addressing the opening ceremony, the Indian envoy said the new building would obviously inspire other students to study in this college. “The building will vertically spread the light of education among the coming students,” he added.
He also said the relationship between Bangladesh and India is deep and it was deeply planted by Indira Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.
“During the Liberation War in 1971, many Indian soldiers also laid down their lives for the freedom of Bangladesh that made us feel proud,” he said.
“The two rivers -- Padma and Meghna -- also connect us with their beautiful and eternal flows,” Shringla said.
Dr Shamsul Huque Bhuiyan, MP, Deputy Commissioner of the district Md Majedur Rahman Khan, Police Super Jiahdul Kabir, district Awami League President Nasiruddin Ahmed, General Secretary Abu Nayeem Patwary Dulal, Zila Parishad Chairman Osaman Goni Patwary and Cumilla Education Board Chairman Prof Ruhul Amin Mia were, among others, present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javerd Patwary left here for USA on Thursday night to attend the biennial conference of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The 4-day long conference will begin on Saturday in Florida and will be ended on Thursday.
Chiefs of police force and senior officials of the law enforcement agencies of various countries as well as representatives of other international organizations will attend the conference, said Md Sohel Rana, AIG (Media) of Police headquarters.
The IGP has been leading a 3-member Bangladesh delegation in the conference.
Other members of the delegation are Shamsunnahar, SP, of Gazipur District, and Md Masud Alam, additional SP of Police headquarters.
Various issues, especially increasing mutual cooperation for preventing crimes among police and law enforcement agencies of various countries, will be discussed in the conference, the AIG (Media) said.
The IGP is scheduled to exchange views with police chiefs of different countries in the sideline of the conference, he added.