In a letter announcing withdrawal from the agreement, MBDPF president A Sawibunga, one of the signatories to the agreement, said they were pulling out “due to strong agitation” by the Bru people against the MBDPF leaders.
The NIA was set up by the previous UPA government in 2009 in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The NIA Act empowers the agency to investigate offences under eight special laws, including the UAPA.
Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the Rohingya issue was also discussed and his counterpart conveyed India’s commitment to extend its assistance for safe, speedy and sustainable return of these people to Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
To mark the inauguration, Singh presented a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa to a Bangladeshi national.
The new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) spread in an 18,500 square feet commercial area at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka will replace all the existing centres.
After meeting Hasina at her official residence, Singh tweeted, “Had an extremely fruitful meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka today.
The Home Minister will also meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discuss various bilateral issues. The Rohingya issue is also likely to figure in the meeting.
“If we want to change India into ‘new India’ by 2022, then the road for that will pass through ‘new Northeast’,” Rajnath Singh said, while pitching development as an antidote for insurgency.
The minister, meanwhile, celebrated his birthday far away from Delhi’s power centre — in Shillong, where he was chairing a two-day plenary of the North-Eastern Council.
Speaking at the 67th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong, Singh said, “I know that India cannot be happy if our brothers and sisters of the Northeast are unhappy.”
At the meet, Rajnath Singh would discuss development projects with the chief ministers and governors of northeast states, in the presence of Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, an official said.
The Home Ministry has decided to enhance the e-visa scheme by including e-conference and e-medical attendant visa as well, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
There were a couple of lighter moments in Union minister Rajnath Singh’s press briefing on the Union Cabinet’s “historic” decision on the minimum support price (MSP) increase.
Singh, along with NSA Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, arrived in the Valley on Wednesday evening and drove to Raj Bhawan where he met Governor N N Vohra.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also criticised the trolls and those indulging in “verbal abuse”.