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India on Thursday appeared to endorse Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent comments that Pakistan cannot be forgiven for the atrocities it unleashed during the 1971 liberation war.

Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Smita Pant said at a media briefing that India deeply respects and understands the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Hasina.

"There is no denying that state sponsored oppression against Bangladesh's just war of liberation led to the death of 3 million people. More than 2,00,000 women were raped and tortured. We deeply respect and understand the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," Ms Pant said at the media briefing when asked about the comments by the Bangladesh PM.
 

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Bangladesh to honour 380 Indian soldiers martyred during Liberation War​

Published on 07:23 PM, December 06, 2019
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said Bangladesh will soon honour over 380 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the 1971 Liberation War.

“The Bangladesh government has taken all-out preparation to honour 380 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the country’s 1971 Liberation War. They will be honoured soon,” he told a discussion in the capital.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh would gradually honour all the Indian soldiers who were martyred in the Liberation War.

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee arranged the discussion at Kobi Sufia Kamal auditorium of the National Museum, commemorating the 48th anniversary of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations.

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee President Shahriar Kabir, ‘Friend of Liberation War’ Julian Francis and human rights activist Aroma Dutta addressed the discussion, among others.

Nirmul Committee Adviser Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik chaired it.

Momen said India had given shelter to over one crore of people during the Bangladesh Liberation War and it also trained up freedom fighters so that they could fight against the Pakistani occupational forces.

He said it cannot be forgotten that as many as 17,000 Indian soldiers had embraced martyrdom in the 1971 Liberation War.

Momen expressed his optimism that the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and India will further strengthen in the coming days.

The Indian high commissioner said a friendly relationship was built between Bangladesh and India through the Liberation War.

She said the relations will remain intact and strengthen further in coming days for the economic development of the two neighboring countries.

 

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Bangladesh to honour 380 Indian soldiers martyred during Liberation War​

Published on 07:23 PM, December 06, 2019
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said Bangladesh will soon honour over 380 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the 1971 Liberation War.

“The Bangladesh government has taken all-out preparation to honour 380 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the country’s 1971 Liberation War. They will be honoured soon,” he told a discussion in the capital.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh would gradually honour all the Indian soldiers who were martyred in the Liberation War.

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee arranged the discussion at Kobi Sufia Kamal auditorium of the National Museum, commemorating the 48th anniversary of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations.

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee President Shahriar Kabir, ‘Friend of Liberation War’ Julian Francis and human rights activist Aroma Dutta addressed the discussion, among others.

Nirmul Committee Adviser Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik chaired it.

Momen said India had given shelter to over one crore of people during the Bangladesh Liberation War and it also trained up freedom fighters so that they could fight against the Pakistani occupational forces.

He said it cannot be forgotten that as many as 17,000 Indian soldiers had embraced martyrdom in the 1971 Liberation War.

Momen expressed his optimism that the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and India will further strengthen in the coming days.

The Indian high commissioner said a friendly relationship was built between Bangladesh and India through the Liberation War.

She said the relations will remain intact and strengthen further in coming days for the economic development of the two neighboring countries.

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Bangladesh honour for Indians who helped in its liberation​


Haroon Habib
DHAKA: 07 OCTOBER 2013 01:31 IST

In a historic recognition spreading over two years, Bangladesh concluded giving awards to its ‘foreign friends’ who played a crucial role for her independence 42 years ago.

In the seventh and last phase of recognition, the country this week honoured more than 60 foreign dignitaries and organisations, including 44 from India. The process began on July 25, 2011.

In all a total of 338 foreign nationals and organisations, mostly from India, were felicitated for supporting the nation’s liberation war against Pakistan.

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Bangladesh honoured its biggest benefactor Indira Gandhi in 2011

The former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the first among prominent foreign friends who was given posthumously the highest state honour — Bangladesh Freedom Honour. Her daughter-in-law and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, received the award in Dhaka on her behalf. President Pranab Mukherjee received the award in February this year.

On October 1, the ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ was conferred on the former Indian President, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and the former Prime Minister, Gulzarilal Nanda.

V.K. Krishna Menon was one of the prominent recipients of the ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ for his contribution to the country’s independence as the Defence Minister of India. The award was received by Radha Anand Menon, grand niece of Menon, from Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ms. Radha and her husband Anand Menon were in Dhaka to receive the award as guest of Bangladesh government.

Four award recipients were each from Pakistan and the U.S., two each from the U.K., Japan and Egypt, and one each from Sri Lanka and Turkey. The State accolades were given in two categories — ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ and ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour.

These friends extended all possible help to Bangladesh refugees and freedom fighters providing them food, humanitarian relief, medical facilities, military training, access to global media, generation of public opinion and mobilisation of financial assistance.

Mr. Hamid expressed deep gratitude to the foreign nationals and organisations. “We know, we have not been able to confer honour to many of our friends who had sacrificed a lot for the independence of Bangladesh,” he said. “But they silently stood beside us during the war.”

Ms. Hasina sought global support to accomplish the war crimes trial, to try those who had perpetrated crimes against humanity as cohorts of the Pakistani Army. She told the foreign guests that her government was determined to complete the trial of war criminals in a fair, neutral and transparent manner to bring an end to the culture of impunity.

The prominent Indian nationals who received “Friends of Liberation War Honour” in the concluding phase were, among others, Air Vice Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul, Maj. Gen. Lachhman Singh Lehl, film actor Waheeda Rehman, Zainal Abedin, Biswajit R. Chatterjee, Gouri Ghosh, Shakti Chattapadhaya, Pannalal Dasgupta, Shaheed Capt. Manmohan Sagor Duggal, Asghar Ali, Snehangshu Kanta Acharyya, Somnath Hore, Maulana Syed Asad Madni, Suchitra Mitra, Kulwant Singh Pannu, Kishore Parekh, Subhash Mukhopadhaya, Samar Sen, Shaheed Subedar Mailkiat Singh, Sukhdev Singh Sanhu and Tapishwar Narain Raina.

One of the award recipients, Swaroop Krishna Kaul, a retired Indian Air Chief Marshal, led a fleet of aircraft which bombed the Government House in Dhaka on December 15, 1971, where Pakistani General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi was holding a meeting with his officials. The surprise attack played an important role leading to the historic surrender of the Pakistani forces to the India-Bangladesh Joint Command on December 16, 1971.
 

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Bangladesh honour for Indians who helped in its liberation​


Haroon Habib
DHAKA: 07 OCTOBER 2013 01:31 IST

In a historic recognition spreading over two years, Bangladesh concluded giving awards to its ‘foreign friends’ who played a crucial role for her independence 42 years ago.

In the seventh and last phase of recognition, the country this week honoured more than 60 foreign dignitaries and organisations, including 44 from India. The process began on July 25, 2011.

In all a total of 338 foreign nationals and organisations, mostly from India, were felicitated for supporting the nation’s liberation war against Pakistan.

View attachment 27136 Bangladesh honoured its biggest benefactor Indira Gandhi in 2011

The former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the first among prominent foreign friends who was given posthumously the highest state honour — Bangladesh Freedom Honour. Her daughter-in-law and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, received the award in Dhaka on her behalf. President Pranab Mukherjee received the award in February this year.

On October 1, the ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ was conferred on the former Indian President, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and the former Prime Minister, Gulzarilal Nanda.

V.K. Krishna Menon was one of the prominent recipients of the ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ for his contribution to the country’s independence as the Defence Minister of India. The award was received by Radha Anand Menon, grand niece of Menon, from Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ms. Radha and her husband Anand Menon were in Dhaka to receive the award as guest of Bangladesh government.

Four award recipients were each from Pakistan and the U.S., two each from the U.K., Japan and Egypt, and one each from Sri Lanka and Turkey. The State accolades were given in two categories — ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour’ and ‘Friends of Liberation War Honour.

These friends extended all possible help to Bangladesh refugees and freedom fighters providing them food, humanitarian relief, medical facilities, military training, access to global media, generation of public opinion and mobilisation of financial assistance.

Mr. Hamid expressed deep gratitude to the foreign nationals and organisations. “We know, we have not been able to confer honour to many of our friends who had sacrificed a lot for the independence of Bangladesh,” he said. “But they silently stood beside us during the war.”

Ms. Hasina sought global support to accomplish the war crimes trial, to try those who had perpetrated crimes against humanity as cohorts of the Pakistani Army. She told the foreign guests that her government was determined to complete the trial of war criminals in a fair, neutral and transparent manner to bring an end to the culture of impunity.

The prominent Indian nationals who received “Friends of Liberation War Honour” in the concluding phase were, among others, Air Vice Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul, Maj. Gen. Lachhman Singh Lehl, film actor Waheeda Rehman, Zainal Abedin, Biswajit R. Chatterjee, Gouri Ghosh, Shakti Chattapadhaya, Pannalal Dasgupta, Shaheed Capt. Manmohan Sagor Duggal, Asghar Ali, Snehangshu Kanta Acharyya, Somnath Hore, Maulana Syed Asad Madni, Suchitra Mitra, Kulwant Singh Pannu, Kishore Parekh, Subhash Mukhopadhaya, Samar Sen, Shaheed Subedar Mailkiat Singh, Sukhdev Singh Sanhu and Tapishwar Narain Raina.

One of the award recipients, Swaroop Krishna Kaul, a retired Indian Air Chief Marshal, led a fleet of aircraft which bombed the Government House in Dhaka on December 15, 1971, where Pakistani General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi was holding a meeting with his officials. The surprise attack played an important role leading to the historic surrender of the Pakistani forces to the India-Bangladesh Joint Command on December 16, 1971.
I am sure a lot of fantastic tea was served.
 

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We stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the country’s leadership and people in their development journey, he said​


The India-Bangladesh CEO Forum will meet soon for the first time, even as the two countries work towards finalising a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) to deepen trade and economic ties as partners rather than competitors, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.
Congratulating the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the country’s transition from a less developed country to developing nation status, Mr. Goyal said India stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the country’s leadership and people in their development journey.
Noting that India-Bangladesh supply chains worked uninterrupted through the pandemic, Mr. Goyal said improving connectivity is “imperative” for expanding and realising the potential for bilateral trade and investments. The two countries’ leaders have brought Delhi and Dhaka closer and can together bring economic prosperity to South Asia, he said.
“Since 2014, we have scaled up our trade and economic engagement as partners and not competitors. Bangladesh is India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia with a volume of over $10 billion. We are looking to advance a CEPA with Bangladesh,” he said. India, he said, had sent over one crore COVID-19 vaccines to the country and has extended concessional credit lines of about $8 billion, the highest for any single country.

“We are looking forward to hold the first meeting of the India Bangladesh CEOs Forum to promote mutual investments. A bilateral textile industry forum has also been constituted to facilitate cooperation in the textile sector,” Mr. Goyal said, emphasising that over 350 Indian companies are now registered in Bangladesh.

“India is also developing two Indian economic zones at Mirsarai and Mongla. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to 50 young entrepreneurs from Bangladesh will further augment our ties,” he pointed out at the Bangladesh International Investment summit. The summit’s theme Shonar Bangla, he said, truly reflects its growth story.
The Minister identified five focus areas that could strengthen bilateral economic ties — technology, connectivity, entrepreneurship, health and tourism — and said “a true partnership is about encouraging and assisting each other in their responsibilities and aspirations”.
“Sharing a common history gives us an opportunity to make new history together. Let us work with the spirit of friendship and brotherhood to write a new chapter of economic prosperity in South Asia,” he said in conclusion.
The two countries will be celebrating December 6 as Maitri Divas, to mark 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence and its bilateral ties with India which was the first country to recognise its independence, along with the birth centenary year of its founder president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 

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India Bangladesh joint consultative committee met in New Delhi for its first in-person meeting since the covid-19 pandemic broke out in 2020. The seventh meeting of the JCC held on Sunday was co-chaired by foreign ministers.

 

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives in Delhi as she begins her 4-day visit to India. She will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meet President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.

 

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Mukti Bahini Fighter's Kin 1st IMA Graduate From Bangladesh​


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DEHRADUN: Mohammed Abir Hassan, 23, of Bangladesh, was beaming with pride while graduating from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) as he became the first officer cadet (OC) from his country to achieve the feat. He was among the 29 OCs from 12 friendly countries to graduate from the academy on Saturday.



 

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