At the time when India is battling with second wave of COVID-19, over 40 countries have come forward to offer assistance to the country. During a press conference in Delhi, Foreign Secretary of India, Harsh V Shringla on April 29 said, "We also have a flight coming in from Ireland with 700 concentrators. France's flight will be coming in on Saturday. Over 40 countries, not just developed countries but also our neighbours Mauritius, Bangladesh, Bhutan have all come forward to offer assistance." "We're also expecting tomorrow and over the next couple of days three special flights from the US. President Biden spoke to the PM and offered extensive assistance. We have a cargo flight arriving tonight from UAE with ventilators and carrying Favipiravir medicines," he added.
Bangladesh closed borders with India for 14 days amid surge in COVID-19 cases. "Bangladesh borders have been sealed for two weeks. Although movement of passengers has been restricted, we're considering movement of stranded Bangladeshis particular patients and their attendants. Bangladeshis, who are stranded in Tripura, will be taken care by Bangladesh Assistant High Commission," said Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner Mohammad Jobayed Hosen.
A 10-day multinational military exercise named 'Shantir Ogrosena' in which troops of four countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka participated, culminated on April 12 in Bangladesh. The exercise also included observers from the US, UK, Turkey and Saudi Arabia and others. The exercise from April 4-12, was organised to pay tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his birth centenary and celebrate the golden jubilee of the liberation of Bangladesh. The aim of the exercise was to strengthen defence ties and enhance interoperability amongst neighbourhood countries to ensure effective peacekeeping operations, the Indian Army said on April 12.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 27 departed from Dhaka after completing his two-day visit in Bangladesh. He visited Bangladesh to participate in 50th year of the independence of the country and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This was Prime Minister Modi's first foreign trip since the COVID-19 outbreak last year.
Exchange of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between India and Bangladesh was held in Dhaka in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina. PM Modi also handed over a representational key of 109 life-saving ambulances to Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. He also gave a representational item of India's gift of 1.2 million COVID vaccine to Bangladesh. Bangladesh PM Hasina presented a gold and a silver coin to PM Modi. The coins were released on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She also handed over a silver coin released on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Independence.
An Indian Army contingent reached Bangladesh for a multinational military exercise. Indian soldiers were greeted with flowers and salutes upon arrival in Dhaka. The Shantir Ogroshena (Frontrunners of Peace) 2021 exercise will be held between April 4 and 12, and includes soldiers from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan. Military observers from USA, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Singapore will also be in attendance. The military exercise comes days after PM Modi's visit to the nation. Watch the full video for more.
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The contingent of 30 Indian Army personnel arrived Bangladesh's in Dhaka on April 03. They were welcomed by Bangladesh Army Officers. A thirty member Indian Army delegation will participate in multinational military exercise Shantir Ogroshena 2021 (Front Runner of the Peace) in Bangladesh from April 4 to April 12.
Acknowledging the work done by Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees, India on March 27 said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina discussed the issue during their bilateral talks in Dhaka, and both the sides have an understanding on the refugee provided to more than a million displaced people from Myanmar's Rakhine state. "This issue does come up and should come up. There was an understanding between both sides that Bangladesh has done a lot to provide refuge to over a million displaced persons from Myanmar's Rakhine state," said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Dhaka. "Among the 109 ambulances that we just gifted, a few of them are for the camps where these displaced persons (Rohingya refugees) are housed," he added. "There is very active collaboration and cooperation among India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan under BBIM group. We spoke about Motor Vehicle Agreement that is in fairly advanced stage. We want to take it further. We are facilitating Bangladesi exports to both these countries via India," Harsh Vardhan Shringla further stated.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh attacked West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over her dharna against EC's campaign ban. Ghosh blamed the Bengal CM for deaths in Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of polling. “She (Mamata) is targeting the Election Commission and giving direction to loot EVMs. Mamata Banerjee is completely responsible for the deaths (in Sitalkuchi). She is not following the decision taken by EC and is sitting on dharna. She, who protests against SC and the Constitution, will never follow law,” said Ghosh. Mamata is sitting on dharna next to a Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Kolkata's Mayo road. EC imposed a 24-hour ban on the TMC supremo from campaigning in any manner. Ban has been imposed over Mamata's remarks against the central forces. Meanwhile, EC also issued a notice to Ghosh for his remarks on the Sitalkuchi incident.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar responded to alleged racism charges in the UK during the Rajya Sabha session on Monday. Jaishankar was responding to a question raised by BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnav. Jaishankar said that the issue will be taken up with the UK when required. "As a friend of the UK, we also have concerns about its reputational impact," Jaishankar said. "What I do want to say is that we have strong ties with the UK (and) we will take up such matters with great candour when required," he said. "I do want to say that as a land of Mahatma Gandhi, we can never ever turn our eyes away from racism wherever it is. Particularly so when it is in a country where we have such a large diaspora," he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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On the second day of his Bangladesh trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited multiple Hindu temples. He offered prayers at the Jeshoreshwari Kali and Orakandi temples. At the former site, he offered..
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Mausoleum Complex in Tungipara Bangladesh on the second day of his Bangladesh visit. PM Sheikh Hasina also accompanied..
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the National Day programme in Dhaka on March 26. While speaking at the National Day programme as its Guest of Honour, PM Modi said, "We must remember that..