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Narendra Modi in Bangladesh Highlights: India, Bangladesh sign five MoUs to further enhance bilateral ties

PM Narendra Modi in Bangladesh Highlights: Addressing the Matua community in Bangladesh's Orakandi earlier in the day, he said both India and Bangladesh want to see peace, stability and love in the world.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 27, 2021 9:05:29 pm
PM Modi and Sheikh Haseena during a meeting on Saturday. (Photo: Twitter @MEAIndia)

PM Narendra Modi in Bangladesh Highlights: India and Bangladesh on Saturday signed five MoUs to further enhance bilateral ties between the two nations during Prime Minister Narendra Modi delegation-level meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina. PM Modi is on a two-day visit to the neighbouring country where he also paid tribute Sheikh Mujibur Rehman by laying a wreath at ‘Mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ in Tungipara.

Addressing the Matua community in Bangladesh’s Orakandi earlier in the day, he said both India and Bangladesh want to see peace, stability and love in the world. “Both India and Bangladesh want to see the world progressing through their own progress. Both the nations want to see stability, love, and peace in the world instead of instability, terror, and unrest,” the Prime Minister said.

At the onset of his second day in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Jeshoreshwari and Orakandi Temples in southwestern Shatkhira and Gopalganj to offer prayers. “Today, I got the opportunity to offer prayers before Maa Kali…I prayed to her to free the human race from COVID-19,” the Prime Minister said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangladesh Highlights: 'Both India and Bangladesh want to see stability, peace in world'; PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina pay tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Mausoleum; 'Prayed to Maa Kali to free human race from covid,' says PM Modi

20:21 (IST)27 Mar 2021
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20:10 (IST)27 Mar 2021
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20:08 (IST)27 Mar 2021
India, Bangladesh discuss nuclear cooperation

"A significant part of our third line of credit will go to civil nuclear cooperation. Transmission lines of Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant will be developed by Indian companies under the line of credit. Value of these transmission lines will be worth over $1 billion," Foreign Secretary Shringla.

19:58 (IST)27 Mar 2021
India, Bangladesh spoke about Motor Vehicle Agreement, want to take it further: Foreign Secretary

"There's very active collaboration and cooperation among India, Bangladesh, Nepal& Bhutan under BBIM group. We spoke about Motor Vehicle Agreement that is in fairly advanced stage. We want to take it further. We're facilitating Bangladeshi exports to both these countries via India," said Foreign Secretary.

19:57 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi, Hasina decided to celebrate December 6 as 'Maitri Diwas': Foreign Secretary

"PM Modi and PM Hasina decided to celebrate December 6, the day on which India formally recognized Bangladesh, as 'Maitri Diwas,'" said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla after Modi Hasina meet.

19:07 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi presents Hasina gold, silver coins released to mark 100th birth anniversary of Mujibur Rahman

Bangladesh's PM Sheikh Hasina presented a gold & a silver coin released on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to PM Modi. She also handed over a silver coin released on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Independence

19:04 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi presents representational item to Hasina as symbol of India's gift of COVID vaccine doses

PM Narendra Modi hands over a representational item to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina as a symbol of India's gift of 1.2 million COVID vaccine doses.

19:02 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi hands over representational key of 109 life-saving ambulances to Sheikh Hasina

PM Narendra Modi hands over a representational key of 109 life-saving ambulances to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.

19:00 (IST)27 Mar 2021
India, Bangladesh sign five MoUs to further enhance bilateral ties

India and Bangladesh on Saturday signed five MoUs to further enhance bilateral ties between the two nations during Prime Minister Narendra Modi delegation-level meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, PTI reported. PM Modi is on a two-day visit to the neighbouring country where he also paid tribute Sheikh Mujibur Rehman by laying a wreath at 'Mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' in Tungipara

17:15 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi holds talks with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Haseena in Dhaka

PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.

16:35 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi shares a moment from his visit to Orakandi

PM Modi shares a moment from his visit to Orakandi.

16:33 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi pays tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara

PM Modi pays tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara.

16:32 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi visits Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple

PM Modi visits Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple in Bangladesh.

15:57 (IST)27 Mar 2021
Bangladesh is presenting a strong example of development, India is your co-passenger: PM Modi

PM Modi said India is moving forward with the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and Sabka Vishwas', and Bangladesh is its co-passenger in it. "Bangladesh is presenting a strong example of development and change in front of the world and India is your co-passenger in these efforts," he added. --PTI

13:51 (IST)27 Mar 2021
WATCH: PM Modi meets members of Matua community in Orakandi
13:23 (IST)27 Mar 2021
'India and Bangladesh have proven their capabilities during pandemic,' says PM Modi

Speaking in Bangladesh's Orakandi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "During Corona pandemic, India & Bangladesh have proven their capabilities. Today both nations are facing this pandemic strongly and fighting it together. India is working by considering it its duty that Made in India vaccine reaches the citizens of Bangladesh."

13:11 (IST)27 Mar 2021
‘Both India and Bangladesh want to see stability, peace in world,’ says PM Modi

 Both India and Bangladesh want to see peace, stability and love in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, while addressing the Matua community in Bangladesh’s Orakandi.

“Both India and Bangladesh want to see the world progressing through their own progress. Both the nations want to see stability, love, and peace in the world instead of instability, terror, and unrest,” the Prime Minister said.

12:47 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi offers prayer at Matua temple in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at a Matua temple in Bangladesh's Orakandi, the birthplace of Hindu mystic figure and Matua community's spiritual guru Harichand Thakur. Modi, who was wearing a mask, offered prayers at the Harichand-Guruchand Temple, where he was welcomed with 'Dhaak, Shankh, Ulu' in line with local rituals.

Orakandi is the abode of hundreds of Hindu Matua community, a large number of whom are residents of West Bengal. Ahead of his visit, Modi had said he is looking forward to his interaction with representatives of the Matua community at Orakandi, from where Sri Sri Harichand Thakur disseminated his pious message.

Analysts said Modi's planned temple visit carry a political significance at the time of the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal. Last time when Prime Minister Modi visited Bangladesh in 2015, he offered puja at Dhakeshwari temple in the national capital. Bangladesh has taken extra security measures for the Indian premier's visit in the wake of protests by few leftist and Islamist groups.

In 2016, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) said their latest vital sample statistics report found the country's total population to be 15.89 crore by the end of 2015 with the number of Hindus at 1.70 crore in the Muslim-majority nation. (PTI)

12:24 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi offers prayers at Orakandi Temple in Kashiani Upazila
11:28 (IST)27 Mar 2021
PM Modi offers prayer at centuries-old Jeshoreshwari Kali temple in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the centuries-old Jeshoreshwari Kali temple in Ishwaripur village in southwestern Bangladesh and announced that India will build a multipurpose community hall for the worshippers.


Modi, who was covering his face with a mask, was welcomed in a traditional way upon his arrival at the temple.
   

Inside the temple, Modi offered prayers and sat on the floor while the priest was reciting the religious texts.  
   

"Feeling blessed after praying at the Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple," Modi tweeted after offering prayers at the temple in southwestern Shatkhira district, bordering India.
   

"PM @narendramodi places hand made Mukut on Ma Kali. Mukut made of silver with gold plating. Hand made over three weeks by a traditional artisan," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
   

Speaking outside the temple, Modi said that he prayed to Goddess Kali to free the human race from COVID-19.
   

Noting that a large number of devotees from across the border and Bangladesh visit during 'Maa Kali mela' at the temple, Modi said a community hall is needed which should be multi-purpose so that when people come here during Kali puja, it is useful to them too.
   

Modi said India will build a multipurpose community hall at the temple.

"It should be useful for social, religious and educational events for local people. Most importantly, it should act as a shelter for all at the time of disasters like cyclones. India will do construction work. I express my gratitude to the Bangladesh government that they have wished us well for this," Modi said.
   

According to Hindu mythology, the Jeshoreshwari Kali temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, scattered across India and neighbouring countries. Records suggest a Hindu king set up the temple in the 16th century.
   

Ahead of his visit to Bangladesh, Modi said on Thursday that he looks forward to offering prayers to Goddess Kali at the Jashoreshwari Kali temple located in Ishwaripur village in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira, which borders West Bengal. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina (AP Photo/File)

While addressing the National Day event in Dhaka yesterday, Prime Minister Modi said both India and Bangladesh should remain united and vigilant to counter the terrorism in the region. "We must remember that we have similar opportunities in the fields of trade and commerce, but at the same time, we've similar threats like terrorism. The ideas and powers behind such types of inhumane acts are still active. We must remain vigilant and united to counter them," Modi said.

The Prime Minister also handed over the Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's younger daughter. "It is a matter of pride for Indians that we got the opportunity to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Gandhi Peace Prize. I also salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army who stood with the brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in the 'Muktijuddho' (Liberation War). I am happy to see them present at this event today," he added.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s foreign affairs advisor Gowher Rizvi sought to allay New Delhi’s concerns on Beijing and said that his country does not believe in developing a relationship with China at the expense of ties with its “most important neighbour” India.

“Our relationship with China is not a zero-sum game. That if we develop a relationship with China, it must be at the expense of India. Absolutely not…our relationship with China is very much confined to investments and development projects…However, even then we have been very mindful. We do not want to create a situation where we have borrowed more than we can repay…We have learnt from Sri Lanka, we have learnt from Djibouti,” Rizvi told The Indian Express.

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