Bangladesh High Commissioner to India
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud will open the “Bangabandhu Media Centre” at the Press Club of India (PCI) on Monday, demonstrating a growing friendship between the two countries on all fronts. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran, Jatiya Press Club (JPC) President Farida Yasmin and former PCI President Gautam Lahiri will speak at the inaugural ceremony to be chaired by PCI President Umakant Lakhera. The Information Minister reached New Delhi on Sunday to attend the ceremony and have a number of meetings there, a senior official at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting told UNB. The Media Centre, set up with support from Bangladesh Mission in New Delhi, is an effort to pay tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A Bangabandhu Corner will be established at “Lovely Professional University” in Punjab, one of the largest private universities in India. The Bangabandhu Corner will gradually be converted into a centre as agreed by the university authorities. The decision was taken in a meeting between Muhammad Imran, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India and Ashok Mittal, Chancellor of the University, said the Bangladesh High Commission on Tuesday. The initiatives have been taken to mark the celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Read: ‘Bangabandhu Corner’ established in Yonsei University Lovely Professional University has around 35 thousand students including more than three thousand foreign students from over 50 countries in its 600 – acre campus.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran on Friday highlighted the significance of the historic Mujibnagar Day that falls on April 17 and said the Mujibnagar government played a historic role in the freedom struggle of Bangladesh. "As an independent nation, we’re forever indebted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the greatest Bengali nation of all time," he said. Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed the day in advance on Friday with due dignity. To mark the Day, the High Commission organised a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu Hall of the Chancery in the afternoon with the High Commissioner in chair. Also read: Historic Mujibnagar Day to be observed Saturday High Commissioner Imran paid tributes to Bangabandhu, the greatest Bengali of all times, the four national leaders, Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Kamruzzaman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday reiterated Bangladesh’s long-pending request for concluding the interim agreement on the sharing of water of the Teesta River with Bangladesh's fair share to alleviate sufferings of millions. It is necessary that Bangladesh receives its fair share of the Teesta water, the draft agreement of which has already been agreed upon by both governments in January 2011 to alleviate the sufferings and save the livelihoods of millions of people dependent on the Teesta River basin, she underscored. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated India’s sincere commitment and continued efforts to conclude this agreement, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. “There’s positive approach (from Indian side) but a date has not been fixed when it will be delivered. They can’t spell out that it’ll happen within a week,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters at a briefing at Sonargaon Hotel.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran on Sunday said the historic 7th March speech of Bangabandhu delivered ex tempore before a sea of people at the then-Race Course (now Suhrawardy Uddayan) in Dhaka will forever inspire the people of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran on Friday visited the Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition at Vigyan Bhawan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid last respect to former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee before his funeral. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran, on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, showed the last respect to Mukherjee by placing a wreath at his portrait before the funeral. The High Commissioner also talked to Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of Mukherjee, and conveyed the Prime Minister's condolences to her family. Mukherjee's body was taken to his official home in Delhi, 10 Rajaji Marg, for people to pay their last respects. His funeral took place on Tuesday with full military honours. The former Indian President died on Monday at the age of 84, weeks after his brain surgery. The government of India and many states have announced seven-day official mourning. Sheikh Hasina, in her message earlier, recalled Mukherjee's ‘outstanding’ and ‘unforgettable’ contribution to the 1971 Liberation War as a politician and real well-wisher. “I always recall with profound respect his invaluable contributions to our Liberation War,” she said. She said Pranab Mukherjee always provided his support to her family while they were in exile in India after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975. “In such a bad time, he always enquired about my family and stood beside my younger sister Sheikh Rehana and us in any necessity. Pranab Mukherjee provided cooperation and courage even after our return to Bangladesh,” she said. “He (Pranab Mukherjee) is our guardian and family friend. He always gave courage to us in any crisis,” the PM added. “With his death, India lost a wise and patriotic leader, while Bangladesh a close person,” she said. Terming Pranab Mukherjee a celebrated politician of this sub-continent, she said he will remain alive as a glittering star in the politics of the sub-continent. Sheikh Hasina prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran on Friday met Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar at the latter’s office in New Delhi.