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A pictorial glimpse of PM Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit to Bangladesh has turned into a landmark event in the history of the two countries. It has strengthened the economic ties between the two countries, and has also boosted the connectivity and trade.

NewsGram gives a glimpse of the itinerary of PM Modi’s visit through the tweeted images:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was personally received by his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina  when he arrived in Dhaka on Saturday.

 

The Indian Prime Minister began his historic two-day visit to Bangladesh by paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation in which India had helped.

He also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum dedicated to Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

PM Modi, his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services in Dhaka.

Before flagging of the services, the three leaders boarded the buses and greeted the passengers.

 

In a historic moment, the premiers of the two nations finalized a much-delayed land swap agreement to settle a long-running border dispute.

Modi and Hasina exchanged the ratification documents and instruments for the land swap agreement before holding official talks.

 

 

On the second day of his Bangladesh visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the 12th century Dhakeshwari temple in Dhaka.

He then visited the Ramkrishna Mission nearby and was greeted by the monks at the mission.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched six projects undertaken with grant-in-aid during his visit to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

The projects undertaken are: India – Bangladesh Maitri Girls Hostel, Victoria College, Narail; Construction of 3rd floor of Blind Education & Rehabilitation Development Organization, Mirpur, Dhaka; Sewerage System, Sewage treatment plant & waste water treatment plant, Kumudini Hospital, Mirzapur, Tangail; Establishment of Hindi Department, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka; Recording Studio, Music Department, University of Dhaka; Assistance to Department of Dance, University of Dhaka

 

 

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Glory to PM Modi and Country Angers Certain Forces

A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor

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A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor.

By: Salil Gewali

Many will not disagree that the PM Modi is fairly unpopular among a certain popular elite within the country. However, he has earned an immeasurable number of admirers outside the country. The fact why he is an eyesore for certain groups of people and celebrities while they are bowled over and ever supportive of specific dull-witted and inexperienced leaders is something very weird and contrasting. This phenomenon defies the long-held assumption that “education” makes one rational and free from the psychological shortfall. Nevertheless, PM Modi is least bothered what his smart detractors think and do against him.  He hardly wishes evil upon anyone. He has multiple of reasons to stay buoyed and cheery. The flood of praises coming from outside the country has always swelled PM Modi’s chest. Therefore, even in the foreign soil he goes, without a hitch, shouting at full throttle —‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.  

Truly, it’s totally wrong to ignore many achievements associated with PM Modi. Yes, he has been chosen to be honored with the highest civilian award – Order of Zayed by the UAE government.  Not just that, the countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Palestine also have come forward to honor the Indian PM with their respective highest awards. A few months back, the UN as well has crowned him with the Champions of the Earth, the highest environmental honor. His unfaltering dedication and devotion to execute formulated policies and planes have yielded positive results, though some section of powerful people try to undermine and demean them all.

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Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly.

What is most attractive in PM Modi is that he is smartly clever to strike the personal kinship with any individual foreign leaders and diplomats. Yes, due to his personal touch and warmth, the Modi government has been able to pull off many thorny external affairs and issues too quickly. Of course, this is doubtlessly praiseworthy. Yes, good truths should be not suppressed and falsehood should not be exaggerated.

However, a very strange vibe is noticed in the country. It is nothing but an unenthusiastic silence maintained by the popular media when Modi receives some accolades and appreciation. Many choose not to mention it at all, not even as news-item. This all makes everything all the more conspicuous. Well, this, in fact, only prompts the swarm of netizens to be more active in social media, their battlefields. They are seen furiously vocal. The ranting, raving, and name-calling against the backdrop of the importance given to a certain class of leaders make the situation less pleasant and logical. Not just that people in the social media are quick to throw up contrasting examples citing how media goes gaga over a “less intelligent lot” while keeping deafening silence over things that bring glory and fame to the nation. This is doubtlessly a bizarre development. This way the detractors or opponents always run the risk of losing their own integrity.

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A business done by sacrificing integrity ends up in disaster. Opposition to ideas and political parties is always welcome, which is democratic, but the biased attitude against the “truth” and positivity can only dilute the sanctity of the enterprise and professionalism. As concerned citizens, should we not first want that the light of glory and joy dispel the gloom of darkness and despair in the country? Let’s not waste our precious life by struggling to call the untruth as truth and vice versa. This exercise only contributes to polluting our mindset and the country becomes less peaceful and more vulnerable.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great Minds on India’.

Twitter:  @SGewali