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Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme: India to provide Rs 350 million in next 5 years to Descendants of Bangladeshi Freedom Fighters

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Dhaka, April 29, 2017: India will give Rs 350 million to descendants of freedom fighters in the next five years under the new ‘Muktijodha scholarship scheme for Bangladesh, Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.

He was speaking at a scholarship award ceremony in Chittagong on Saturday, bdnews24 reported.

The Muktijodha Scholarship Scheme was started by India in 2006 for descendants of the 1971 freedom fighters. Up to now, more than 10,000 scholarships worth Tk150 million have been disbursed.

This year, scholarships have been awarded to 600 undergraduate students. Of them, 48 were from Chittagong.

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Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India announced that another 10,000 students will receive scholarships under the new Muktijodha scholarship scheme.

All freedom fighters are now eligible for five years multiple entry Indian visa and 100 of them will be provided free medical treatment in Indian hospitals every year.

Shringla said under the new scheme, students at the higher secondary level will get a onetime grant of Tk 20,000 and those at the undergraduate level will get Tk 50,000.

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He said the initiatives announced by Modi reflect “our continued solidarity with the valiant Muktijodhas”, the daily reported.

“You have fought shoulder to shoulder with Indian troops in 1971 and continue to be our eternal friends. May Almighty bless you all with good health, prosperity and happiness,” he told the freedom fighters gathered at the ceremony.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mosharraf Hossain was also present. (IANS)

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Huawei all set for 5G Technical Support in Bangladesh: Report

The Minister said that facing the challenges of the digital new world, they were taking all the initiatives including the design to run 5G technology

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FILE - A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, 2019. VOA

China’s telecommunication giant Huawei is all set to facilitate Bangladesh with technical support in the implementation of 5G technology, an official statement said here on Saturday.

According to the statement, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Bruce Li talked about their readiness to help Bangladesh launch 5G when meeting Bangladeshi Post and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar recently in Dhaka, reports Xinhua news agency.

They also discussed and exchanged opinions about different issues of 5G technology including the challenges and possibilities.

Li said Bangladesh’s progress in the ICT sector was remarkable, and that 40 telecoms operators in over 20 countries are using 5G networks commercially.

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FILE – A man uses two smartphones at once outside a Huawei store in Beijing, May 20, 2019. VOA

According to the statement, Huawei has already signed more than 60 commercial contracts for 5G with leading global carriers and shipped more than 400,000 5G Massive MIMO active antenna units (AAUs) to global markets.

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The production and supply of Huawei’s optical transmission, data communications, and IT products grew steadily. And more than 700 cities, 228 Fortune Global 500 companies, and 58 Fortune Global 100 companies had selected Huawei as their partner for digital transformation, the statement said.

The Minister said that facing the challenges of the digital new world, they were taking all the initiatives including the design to run 5G technology. (IANS)