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Present army different than a decade ago: PM

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Bangladesh Army is now quite different from the one it was a decade ago, in terms of infrastructure, strategy and technology. “The present army is much more developed, skilled and smart one due to the combination of modern trainings and equipment,” she said.

The PM was addressing the President Parade marking the commissioning of the cadets of 75th BMA Long Course at Bangladesh Military Academy Parade Ground at Bhatiari in Chittagong, reports UNB.

“We’ve enhanced the capacity of Bangladesh Army to a large extent alongside developing its infrastructure in the last nine years,” Sheikh Hasina said.

She said it was a memorable day for Bangladesh Military Academy as the cadets are going to be commissioned as lieutenants on completion of three-year training for the first time.

The prime minister urged the newly commissioned members of the Bangladesh Army to remain alert for performing their sacred duty of protecting the country’s independence and sovereignty.

“Your first and foremost vow will be to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty even with the supreme sacrifice. You’ll stand beside people and serve the country selflessly,” she said pointing at the cadets. Hasina urged them to show loyalty to their senior officers and sympathy to their subordinates.

She said the Bangladesh Army had been able to earn praises from all quarters by showing competence and professionalism while performing their duties both at home and abroad.

Praising the Army for showing its capacity in various sectors, she said the Army played an important role in setting up shelter camps for displaced Rohingyas, distribution of relief items in disciplined way and preparation of identity cards for them in the recent time.

The prime minister reviewed the smartly turned out parade and took salute of the impressive march past as the chief guest. She also distributed awards among the best cadets for their outstanding performance in the academy.

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