Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - Bangladesh and India have emphasised the need for “greater cooperation” to commemorate 2020 and 2021, two historic years in Bangladesh-India relations.
The birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be celebrated in 2020 and 50 years of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, and the establishment of Bangladesh-India bilateral diplomatic ties in 2021.
To commemorate these two anniversary years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agreed to enhance cultural interactions between the two countries.
The issue was discussed during a meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries held in New Delhi on Saturday.
Indian Prime Minister Modi proposed to organise a ‘Festival of India’ in Bangladesh at a mutually convenient period during 2019-2020.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the Indian Prime Minister for the proposal, according to an official document.
Both the prime ministers also welcomed the renewal of the MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme during the visit.
They directed the officials concerned to expedite the work towards agreement between National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) for co-production of feature film on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in time for the celebrations of his birth centenary in 2020.
Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked the government of Bangladesh for agreeing to release a commemorative postal stamp on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who is celebrated across the world for his philosophy of non-violent struggle against colonialism and inequity.
The two leaders agreed to have an MoU on cooperation between the National Museum (India) and Bangabandhu Museum (Bangladesh), and directed the officials concerned to finalise the MoU at the earliest.
Bangladesh and India also emphasised the importance of enhanced cooperation between youths of both countries as an investment in the future.
They mentioned the signing of an MoU on Co-operation in Youth Affairs as a step in this direction.
The two leaders recognised that structured training programmes suitable for Bangladesh will be even more productive.
They directed the authorities concerned of both the countries for the early conclusion of the MoU on mutual recognition of academic qualifications.
New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNB) – Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi.
Sonia Gandhi was accompanied by former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi at the meeting.
During the meeting, they exchanged pleasantries and recalled their old memories.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting held at the PM's place of residence, Taj Mahal Hotel.
The Prime Minister recalled the contributions of the Indian government and its people to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
Hasina invited Sonia Gandhi to visit Bangladesh and congratulated Priyanka Gandhi on her joining politics.
Later, Priyanka Gandhi, one of the Congress General Secretaries, tweeted, "An overdue hug from Sheikh Hasina Ji whom I have been waiting to meet again for a long time. Her strength in overcoming deep personal loss and hardship and fighting for what she believed in with bravery and perseverance is, and always will be a great inspiration for me."
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Sheikh Helal Uddin MP and PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman were also present.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - Unicef and the European Union launched a peacebuilding programme for 20,500 adolescents and youth from the Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities to strengthen social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar.
The first centres or “social hubs” for the peacebuilding programme were inaugurated in Jamtoli and Shamlapur this week, with three more opening soon.
Unicef Representative to Bangladesh Tomoo Hozumi said investing in adolescents and young people is one of the smartest things they can do.
“They’re the future leaders of their communities. This project helps to empower young people with knowledge and skills in innovative ways – through building skills for adaptability, peacebuilding skills, sports, recreation and adolescent focused programmes. Empowered young people support the development of an increasingly tolerant and inclusive society,” Hozumi said.
The social hubs are part of a €3.3 million EU-funded programme to engage the next generation of adolescents as agents of change in their communities.
The social hubs are spaces where young people can socialise, share skills and learn about peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
“We’re bridging gaps between communities and laying strong foundations for harmonious relations and social cohesion,” said EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink.
Over 12,000 parents, community and religious leaders from the Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities will be reached through dialogue and awareness raising activities to discuss social issues affecting their children and communities and find solutions.
Since the latest chapter in the Rohingya crisis unfolded in August 2017, the EU has provided over €25.6 million to Unicef to support Rohingya refugees and host communities.
“The European Union is a key partner for Unicef and we look forward to continuing this collaboration to support adolescents and young people from the Rohingya and host communities,” said Hozumi.
New Delhi, Oct 5 (UNB) - Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said Bangladesh is a role model for developing countries as far as socio-economic development is concerned.
He said India attaches the highest priority to its ties with Bangladesh mentioning that the two countries are together writing the ‘Golden Chapter’ of their partnership.
“We’re together writing the Golden Chapter (Sonali Adhyaya) of our partnership,” the Indian President said welcoming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
The Indian President said the bilateral ties between the two countries are doing exceedingly well.
He said India is deeply committed to further strengthen this relationship on the basis of mutual trust and understanding, according to Press Information Bureau of India.
“Our partnership is historical, time-tested and enduring, forged in the Liberation War of 1971,” he said adding that India is honoured to be Bangladesh’s partner in this journey.
He expressed confidence that India-Bangladesh bilateral projects will create a connected and prosperous neighbourhood.
The Indian President appreciated Bangladesh’s zero-tolerance policy on terrorism.
He also said their joint efforts to defeat terrorism, insurgency and violent extremism are yielding results.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a visit to Bangladesh soon and the dates of the visit will be finalised through a diplomatic channel.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked Prime Minister Modi for the warmth and cordiality shown and the gracious hospitality extended to her and members of her delegation during their stay in India.
Hasina extended an invitation to Modi which was accepted.
At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, Sheikh Hasina paid an official visit to India on Saturday.
Apart from her official engagements in New Delhi, Hasina was also invited as the chief guest at the India Economic Summit organised by the World Economic Forum on October 3-4.