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Ceremonial reception to Hasina

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in New Delhi on a four-day official visit to India, was accorded a warm ceremonial reception by Indian Premier Narendra Modi at the Forecourt of Rastrapati Bhaban here this morning, Agencies report.

On her arrival at the Forecourt of the Presidential Palace around 9:15 am local time, the Bangladesh prime minister was received by Narendra Modi.  A horse mounting team of the President’s Body Guards escorted the PM’s motorcade from the Rastrapati Bhaban gate to the Forecourt.

Later, Sheikh Hasina was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services of the Indian Armed Forces. The national anthems of two countries were played at that time. Sheikh Hasina then inspected the guard and took salute.

Then the Indian prime minister introduced his cabinet colleagues to Sheikh Hasina at the presentation line. The Bangladesh premier also introduced her entourage members to Modi.

Meanwhile, Dhaka and New Delhi have signed 22 instruments covering diverse areas of bilateral cooperations including economic, defense cooperation, power, peaceful use of nuclear energy, outer space, information technology and mass media, Agencies report

The deals were signed following the official bilateral talks between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today.

The two prime ministers witnessed the signing ceremony of documents after their talks at Hyderabad House, Indian Prime Minister’s Office.
Four memorandums of understanding (MoU), out of the 22 documents, were exchanged in presence of the two prime ministers ahead of their joint press briefing following the bilateral talks.

Two Prime Ministers along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flagged off new passenger bus services for Khulna-Kolkata route, trial run of Khulna-Kolkata Second Maitree Express and re-opening of Birol-Radhikapur rail route for freight.

The four memorandums which were exchanged in presence of the two prime ministers are – MoU on bilateral judicial sector cooperation, MoU on extending 3rd Line of Credit by India to Bangladesh , MoU on cooperation of peaceful use of outer space and MoU on Passenger and cruise services on the coastal and protocol route.

Law Minister Anisul Haq and Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushama Swaraj signed the MoU on bilateral judicial sector cooperation. MoU on extending 3rd Line of Credit by India to Bangladesh signed by the ERD Secretary Kazi Shafiul Haque and Indian External Affairs Secretary Dr S Jaysankar.

The MoU on cooperation of peaceful use of outer space was signed by by BTRC Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmod and A. S. Kiran Kumar, Secretary of the Department of Space, India.

The MoU on Passenger and cruise services on the coastal and protocol route was signed by Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping of both the countries.

The other documents are – MoU on Defence Cooperation Framework between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, MoU between Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiris), Tamil Nadu, India and Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangaldesh for Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of Strategic and operational studies.

One of the MoUs were signed between National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh and National Defence College, New Delhi, India for enhancing cooperation in the field of national security, development and strategic studies Defence Secretary Principal Staff officer (PSO).

The two countries signed an agreement called “The agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on Cooperation in Peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy”.

An agreement was signed between India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and Bangladesh’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) for the Exchange of Technical Information and Co-operation in the Regulation of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection.

Another agreement was signed with officials calling it Inter-Agency Agreement between Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP), Department of Atomic Energy of India and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) on Cooperation regarding Nuclear Power Plant Projects in Bangladesh.

Of the rest of the deals there were MoU between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of India and Information and Communication Technology Division of Bangladesh on Co-operation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics; MoU between the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of India and Bangladesh Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT); Bangladesh Computer Council of Information and Communication Technology division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and IT On Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security.

The two sides inked a MoU between the Government of India and the Government of Bangladesh on Establishing Border Haats across the border between India and Bangladesh.

A MoU was signed between the National Judicial Academy, India and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Bangladeshi Judicial Officers in India.

Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL), Ministry of Shipping of India and the Department of Shipping of Bangladesh signed a MoU on Cooperation on Aids to Navigation.

Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) signed a MoU on Mutual Scientific Cooperation in the field of Earth Sciences for Research and Development.

The two sides signed a MoU on Development of Fairway from Sirajganj to Daikhowa and Ashuganj to Zakiganj on Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route.

The rest of the deals were MoU on Cooperation in the field of mass media; Agreement on audio-visual Co-production; MoU on extending Defence LOC of USD 500 million; agreement for the Regulation of Motor Vehicle Passenger Traffic (Khulna-Kolkata route) and SOP of the Agreement; MoU for Extending a 3rd Line of Credit (LoC); agreement for the Construction of 36 Community Clinics in Bangladesh.
Ministers and high Officials of the both government’s were present during the time.  Later at a press briefing at Hotel Taj, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said a total of MoUs/SOP/mutual understanding/arrangements/agreements were signed between Bangladesh and India today.

Indian Rural Development Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Home Minister Hangsha Raj, Minister for Power Piyush Goyal, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, State Minister for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh, State Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriya, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal,  Bangladesh’s Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Law Minister Anisul Haq, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and members of her entourage were present.

Sheikh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on a four-day official visit Friday at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

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