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Dhaka Friday,  Sep 17, 2021

Both India, Bangladesh want stability, peace across the world: Modi

From Daily Star Digital:
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said both India and Bangladesh want to see stability, love, and peace in the world instead of instability, terror and unrest.

Both the countries want to see the world progressing through their own progress, Narendra Modi said while addressing Matua community in Orakandi of Gopalganj’s Kashiani, Bangladesh.

India and Bangladesh have proven their capabilities during the Coronavirus pandemic and today, both are facing this pandemic strongly and also fighting it together, the Indian Premier said.

India is working with consideration that it is its duty that ‘Made-in-India’ vaccines reaches the citizens of Bangladesh, he added

Around 12:30pm, Modi was flown to Orakandi after visiting ‘Mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ in Tungipara of Gopalganj.

He offered prayers at Harichandra Thakurbari Temple in Orakandi.

Around 11:30am, Modi reached Tungipara where he was received by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Earlier in the morning, the Indian PM visited Jessoreshwari Kali Temple at Ishwaripur village of Shyamnagar in Satkhira.

Jayanta Chattapadhya and Krishna Chattapadhya from the Sebayat family of the temple welcomed him there around 10:15am.

At Jessoreshwari Kali Temple, Modi was welcomed with beats of traditional drum and blowing of conches, reports a correspondent from Satkhira.

He entered the temple and offered prayers along with the Brahmin of the temple, Jyoti Chattopadhyay told The Daily star.

According to news agency ANI, after offering prayer at the temple, Modi said, “I got the opportunity to visit this Shaktipeeth to pay obeisance to Maa Kali. I prayed to her to free the human race from Covid-19.”

When Maa Kali mela is held here, large number of devotees come from across the border. Therefore, a community hall is needed which should be multi-purpose so that when people come here during Kali puja, it is useful to them for social, religious and educational events.

“Most importantly, it should act as a shelter for all at the time of disasters like cyclone. The government of India will do construction work. I express gratitude to Bangladesh Government that they have wished us well for this,” Modi said.

In the afternoon, the two prime ministers will hold bilateral meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office.

They will also inaugurate two commemorative stamps, marking 50 years of diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and India.

The two prime ministers will also inaugurate projects, including Bapu-Bangabandhu Digital Museum, Swadhinata Sarak, a road connecting India from Mujibnagar in Meherpur and a passenger train on Chilahati-Haldibari rail route.

Modi will hand over 109 ambulances to Bangladesh. He will also hand over 12 lakh doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said some MoUs will also be signed during the meeting, but he did not disclose details.

Modi will also call on President Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban before flying back to India today evening.

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