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Army chief earns PhD​

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Chief of Bangladesh Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed has earned a PhD degree from SBP (Bar) on “Border Management Challenges of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB): Issues in Transnational Threat”.

The PhD degree was approved at the academic council and syndicate meeting of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), said a press release on Sunday.

The chief of army staff’s PhD was supervised by Vice Chancellor of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur Prof Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, and the external examiner was Vice Chancellor of Kanyashree University, Krishnanagar, West Bengal, Prof Mita Banerjee.


 

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NAGPUR: On the 49th Vijay Diwas on December , which marks the liberation of Bangladesh and India’s victory over Pakistan, India dispatched a batch of 120mm mortar shells and other related equipment to its eastern neighbour Bangladesh, which marks it as Victory Day. Fifty years ago, India must have sent similar gifts to the groups fighting for Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan. Sources say this year’s gift was part of a goodwill gesture by the Indian government to Bangladesh.

India’s war against Pakistan in 1971 played a major role in Bangladesh’s independence, and ultimately resulted in Pakistani surrender. The equipment and ammunition sent this week were made by the ordnance factories. The whole affair was kept low profile due to security reason. However, sources told TOI that this was not part of any regular export against orders by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Rather, it was an initiative from the Indian side on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. The move is expected to further develop India’s ties with the neighbouring country in view of the current relations with China, said a source requesting anonymity.

The consignment was sent through the Petrapole border. Though the whole affair was kept under wraps, the customs department is reported to have tweeted about the smooth export of the two high security consignments. The tweet also mentioned that the director general of OFB had thanked the customs department for the smooth handling.

The 120mm mortar ammunition is used for short range shelling. Ammunition of this calibre has range up to 2 to 7km depending upon the grade. This comes as a fillip to the OFB, which has lately drawn flak for lack of efficiency, and a proposal has been mooted for corporatizing the entire structure. The unions are opposing the move to corporatize OFB. Both unions and management have agreed to maintain a status quo at present.

Sources said although the current consignment was part of a goodwill gesture between two countries, the ordnance factories have been successfully exporting ammunition to different countries against commercial orders.

 
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Ten generals have been handed new responsibilities in a major shake-up in the top brass of the Bangladesh Army.
Among them, one officer has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and four to major general.

The promotion and transfer orders were issued on Thursday, according to a high-ranking government official.

Lt Gen SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, general officer commanding of Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC), will return to the Army Headquarters to serve as quartermaster general (QMG).
Ahmed was given the responsibility of ARTDOC following his promotion from major general to lieutenant general in August 2019.

Maj Gen SM Matiur Rahman, the GOC of 24th Infantry Division in Chattogram, will take charge of ARTDOC following his promotion to the rank of lieutenant general, which will be effective from the day he takes office.

He will be replaced by Maj Gen Md Saiful Abedin, who had been serving as the GOC of the 9th Infantry Division in Savar.

Abedin was appointed GOC of the 9th Infantry Division in February after a three-year stint as director-general of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence or DGFI.
Maj Gen Mohammad Shaheenul Haque, the commandant of the School of Infantry and Tactics, has been made the GOC of the 9th Infantry Division.

Meanwhile, Maj Gen Humayun Kabir, GOC of the 55th Infantry Division in Jashore, will now serve as the area commander of Logistics Area.

Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed, GOC of Ghatail's 19th Infantry Division, has been posted to the Army Headquarters as adjutant general.

Among the four brigadier generals who were promoted to major generals, Md Khaled-Al-Mamun has been appointed as military secretary at the Army Headquarters.
The post has been vacant since former Military Secretary Waqar-uz-Zaman was promoted to lieutenant general last month and became a PSO.

Brig Gen Syed Tareq Hussain of the ITD Directorate at the Army Headquarters, has been promoted and sent to Ghatail as GOC of the 19th Infantry Division.

Brig Gen SM Kamrul Hassan of the 6th Infantry Brigade is going to Rangpur as a Major General to lead the 66th Infantry Division.

Besides, Brig Gen Chowdhury Mohammad Azizul Haque Hazary, who has been serving in the ARTDOC, has been promoted to the rank of major general and will serve as the commandant of the School of Infantry and Tactics.

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A marching contingent of the Bangladesh army will take part in the Republic Day parade this year -- the second time foreign soldiers will be marching down Rajpath as part of India’s biggest ceremonial event, officials familiar with the development said on Saturday.

The Bangladeshi contingent has been invited to take part in the parade at a time the two countries are celebrating the golden jubilee of the birth of Bangladesh. The marching contingent will comprise 96 soldiers, and will carry their BD-08 rifles -- a licence-produced variant of the Chinese Type 81 7.62mm assault weapon.

The Bangladesh Ordnance Factories produce more than 10,000 such assault rifles every year.

Foreign soldiers took part in the parade for the first time in 2016 when a French army contingent of 130 soldiers marched down Rajpath. The then French President, Francois Hollande, witnessed the parade as the chief guest that year.

The parade this year will be shorter, involve fewer participants and only a fourth of the usual number of spectators, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as reported by Hindustan Times on December 30.

Not more than 25,000 spectators will be allowed at Rajpath this year, compared to over 100,000 people who usually turn up for the parade. Children below the age of 15 will not be permitted at the parade.

The marching contingents will be seen in a rectangular formation this year, instead of the traditional square formation as fewer participants are being allowed in the squads. The squads will only have 96 participants, as compared to 144 in the ordinary course. The shortened route of the parade will see it end at the National Stadium instead of Red Fort, the officials said.

Last year’s Independence Day celebrations were also muted as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and measures imposed to check the spread of the disease, with fewer VIPs attending the annual August 15 event at Delhi’s Red Fort while schoolchildren skipped it altogether.

 
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