India Bangladesh to recognise December 6 as Maitri Diwas
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DHAKA: India and Bangladesh have determined to have fun December 6, the day on which India formally acknowledged Bangladesh, as ‘Maitri Diwas’, a joint assertion issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Saturday said.
According to the joint assertion issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, one of many biggest leaders of contemporary instances, will likely be remembered for his braveness and indelible contribution to Bangladesh’s emergence as a sovereign nation.
MEA said that PM Modi he additionally recalled the contribution of Bangabandhu in nurturing peace, safety and growth within the area.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked India for conferring Gandhi Peace Prize for the yr 2020 on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in recognition of his excellent contributions in direction of the social, financial and political transformation of Bangladesh via non-violent and different Gandhian strategies.
“To mark the 50th anniversary of India-Bangladesh friendship, both sides released respective commemorative postage stamps. It was decided to commemorate 6 December as Maitri Diwas, the day when India recognized Bangladesh in the year 1971. The Indian side announced the establishment of Bangabandhu Chair at the University of Delhi,” the assertion learn.
In view of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh in addition to the institution of bilateral diplomatic ties, either side have agreed to collectively commemorate these epochal occasions in 19 choose nations.
“Both sides noted with satisfaction that the filming of the biopic on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, under the direction of Indian film director Shyam Benegal, has commenced and is expected to be completed according to schedule. Both sides stressed the need to commence work on the Liberation War documentary at the earliest,” MEA said.
The ministry additional famous that either side famous with appreciation the participation of a 122-member tri-services contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces within the 2020 Republic Day celebrations of India.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi prolonged an invite to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to go to India in 2022 in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the institution of diplomatic relations. Both sides welcomed the port name by Indian Naval Ships Sumedha and Kulish on 08-10 March 2021 at Mongla upon the invitation of Bangladesh as a part of the commemoration of the epochal events. This was the first-ever go to to Mongla Port by any Indian Naval Ship. Bangladesh Navy Ship can also be scheduled to make a port name at Vishakhapatnam as a part of the joint celebrations,” the assertion learn.
The Bangladesh facet welcomed the choice of the Government of India to announce 1000 Shuborno Jayanti Scholarships for Bangladeshi college students for pursuing schooling/programs in India.
Bangladesh Prime Minister thanked the Indian facet for contemplating Bangladesh’s proposal to call the historic highway from Mujib Nagar to Nadia on the Bangladesh-India border as “Shadhinota Shorok” commemorating the historic significance of the highway throughout Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Both sides seemed ahead to inaugurating the highway quickly as a part of the joint celebrations.
On the topic of water sources cooperation, the MEA stated that Hasina reiterated Bangladesh’s long-pending request for concluding the interim settlement on the sharing of the waters of the Teesta river. She underscored that to alleviate the sufferings and save the livelihoods of tens of millions of individuals depending on the Teesta river basin, it’s crucial that Bangladesh receives its fair proportion of the Teesta waters, the draft settlement of which has already been agreed upon by each Governments in January 2011.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated India’s sincere commitment and continued efforts to conclude this agreement, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. The Indian side also requested for early finalization of the draft of the interim agreement for sharing of water of Feni River, pending with the Bangladesh side which had been agreed upon by both sides in 2011,” the assertion learn.
The ministry said that to boost commerce between the 2 nations, each Prime Ministers underscored the necessity for the elimination of non-tariff boundaries. Bangladesh facet requested for lifting the brand new coverage of Indian Customs stipulating verification of certificates of origin issued from Bangladesh.
“The Indian side conveyed that under the provisions of the new Customs rules, in the event of a conflict between a provision of these rules and rules of origin of a trade agreement, the provisions of the rules of origin of the trade agreement shall prevail. Further, for bilateral trade to flourish, both leaders stressed the need for predictability of trade policies, regulations and procedures,” the ministry’s assertion learn.
The MEA stated that either side took word of the primary assembly of the High-Level Monitoring Committee and directed the Committee to supply suggestions for the expeditious execution of initiatives underneath the Lines of Credit.
“Both sides expressed satisfaction at the robust cooperation in the power and energy sector, including between the private sectors. It was agreed to strengthen sub-regional cooperation, including with Nepal and Bhutan and in this regard cooperation in energy was underscored. The Indian side emphasized that the finalization of regulations and guidelines for cross border trade in electricity would increase sub-regional cooperation. India requested early finalization of modalities for implementation of the Katihar – Parbotipur – Bornagar cross border electricity interconnection,” the assertion learn.
Both sides welcomed the institution of a research group on this regard. Both sides took inventory of progress within the implementation of the India Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline and unit-1 of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Project and expressed hope that these initiatives would get commissioned quickly, in keeping with MEA.
Both sides took word of the primary assembly of the High-Level Monitoring Committee and directed the Committee to supply suggestions for the expeditious execution of initiatives underneath the Lines of Credit.
New Delhi and Dhaka expressed satisfaction on the sturdy cooperation within the energy and power sector, together with between the non-public sectors. It was agreed to strengthen sub-regional cooperation, together with with Nepal and Bhutan and on this regard cooperation in power was underscored.
The Indian facet emphasised that finalization of laws and tips for cross border commerce in electrical energy would improve sub-regional cooperation. India requested early finalization of modalities for implementation of the Katihar – Parbotipur – Bornagar cross border electrical energy interconnection.
“Both sides welcomed the establishment of a study team in this regard. Both sides took stock of progress in the implementation of the India Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline and unit-1 of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Project and expressed hope that these projects would get commissioned soon,” MEA learn.
Bangladesh facet highlighted that Biosecurity Cooperation is an space that could be explored by either side because the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed that with out significant biosecurity measures, financial prosperity is at stake, given the interconnected nature of trans-boundary commerce and folks to individuals contacts between the 2 nations. “The two Prime Ministers appreciated the collaboration and active participation under different mechanisms between Indian Council of Medical Research, India and, Bangladesh Medical Research Council, Bangladesh,” MEA said.
On the problem of latest areas of cooperation, either side acknowledged the potential of latest and rising areas of cooperation in bilateral cooperation and directed authorities on either side to deal with and increase cooperation in innovative areas of science, synthetic intelligence, peaceable makes use of of nuclear expertise, massive knowledge and expertise enabled providers in well being and schooling.
“To facilitate further youth exchanges between the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited 50 young entrepreneurs from Bangladesh to visit India and present their ideas to venture capitalists,” the assertion learn.

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