Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer on Thursday said his country looks forward to remaining a friend to Bangladesh for many years to come as the two countries prepare to celebrate two important occasions.
“As we prepare for the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation, and the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between our countries, Australia looks forward to being a friend to Bangladesh for many years to come,” said the High Commissioner.
The newly-appointed Australian envoy made the remarks after presenting credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.
High Commissioner Bruer said Australia and Bangladesh are old friends, sharing Commonwealth traditions and strong links.
“We’re proud of our shared history and of the warm, multifaceted and mutually beneficial relationship that exists between our two countries,” he was quoted as saying in a media release.
High Commissioner Bruer is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Most recently he served as the Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Maritime Branch in DFAT.
He has served overseas as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, High Commissioner to Vanuatu and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Riyadh.
Indian High Commission in Dhaka has invited applications from the youth of Bangladesh across various disciplines - sports, art and culture, entrepreneurship and media - for 'Bangladesh Youth Delegation - Visit to India 2020'.
Bangladesh Youth Delegation provides an opportunity for 100 dynamic and talented youths from Bangladesh to travel to India in a programme that is fully-funded by the government of India.
The last date for receiving applications is February 29, and applications are being received in prescribed format (https://hcidhaka.gov.in/pdf/CV_Format.pdf ), according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
The High Commission in association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India organises this annual programme.
Over a weeklong visit to India provides opportunities for the 100-member delegation to experience various facets of Indian culture and development.
The visit encompasses travel to various iconic locations -- cultural, industrial and other. The 100-member Bangladesh youth delegates also generally travel to multiple cities in India.
Applications need to be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and applicants will have to satisfy the eligibility criteria, said the High Commission on Thursday.
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh has paid tributes to the memories of the martyrs of the Language Movement on the occasion of International Mother Language Day to be celebrated on February 21.
The Ambassador extended his sincere felicitations to all the people of different languages in Bangladesh, according to French Embassy in Dhaka.
“International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism,” said Ambassador Schuh in a message on Thursday.
The French envoy also recalled that the idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh, which was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference held in Paris and has now been observed throughout the world since 2000.
A seminar on Indian Defence Equipment (SIDE 2020) was held in the city on Wednesday providing an opportunity for defence manufacturers from India to develop fruitful partnership with Bangladesh.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun attended the seminar as the chief guest with representatives from 12 different Indian firms taking part in it.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das said Bangladesh and India have close cooperation in many diverse areas and are natural partners to pursue further cooperation in the field of defence technologies.
Minister Nurul Majid paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and said Bangabandhu had emphasised building disciplined and professional Armed Forces.
He also said Bangladesh is the fastest-growing economy in South Asia and is making rapid progress in industrialisation.
Bangladesh’s Security Forces have earned a name for themselves as disciplined and professional force and the seminar provided an opportunity for defence manufacturers from India to develop fruitful partnership with them, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bangladesh next month to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and have bilateral talks with his Bangladesh counterpart.
Prime Minister Modi will arrive here either on March 16 or 17 and talks at official-level are going on to finalise the date.
Confirming Modi’s visit in March, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said Prime Minister Hasina will be able to receive her Indian counterpart at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport if he comes on March 16.
Sheikh Hasina will be visiting Tungipara on March 17 to pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said the Foreign Minister adding that it will be good for Bangladesh side if Modi comes on March 16.
The Foreign Minister said there will be a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on the agenda to be discussed at the meeting.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will also visit Bangladesh in the first week of March before the visit of Indian Prime Minister, Dr Momen said, adding that they will finalise the exact date of Modi’s arrival soon.
The two countries are also working on the programmes to be jointly inaugurated during the visit, said the Foreign Minister.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced that March 2020 to March 2021 would be observed as the ‘Mujib Borsho’ (Mujib Year) across the country to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu while the mega event will be held on March 17.
Year-long programmes at home and abroad will be observed with the participation of the mass people at the government and party levels apart from engagement from Bangladesh’s foreign friends.
The ‘Mujib Borsho’ will be followed by the golden jubilee celebrations of the country's independence in 2021.
Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and former Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi are also expected to visit Dhaka this year to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Indian government announced that they will also work together to commemorate the two important anniversary years -- Bangabandhu’s birth centenary in 2020; and 50 years of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, and the establishment of India-Bangladesh bilateral diplomatic ties in year 2021.