Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund will arrive in Dhaka on Thursday (April 8) on a five-day visit at the invitation of Bangladesh Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed.
A press release from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said the Indian army chief would be accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Veena Narvane, and a two-member delegation. During the visit, he will pay courtesy calls on the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Acting Air Force of Bangladesh and other senior officials of the Bangladesh Army. He will also visit various military bases. General Manoj Mukund will also pay tribute to the members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 by laying a wreath at the Shikha Anirban Altar in Dhaka Cantonment at Narvan.
The Indian Army Chief will share his experience at a seminar on UN peacekeeping operations. He will also attend joint military exercises, concluding exercises of the peace process, hardware exhibitions and closing ceremonies.
His visit is expected to further strengthen the close and fraternal ties between the two countries’ armed forces, the press release said.
The country’s highest state award ‘Swadhinata Padak-2021’ will not be presented on April 11. Due to Corona’s situation, the award ceremony was postponed for the second time. The function was to be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
This has been informed in an official information statement on Wednesday.
It is said that the cabinet department has informed about this decision through a notification.
The government has been giving this award on March 26 every year since 1986.
In recognition of their glorious and meritorious contribution at the national level, 9 eminent individuals and an organization are receiving the 2021 Independence Award. On March 8, the Cabinet Division released the list of nominees for the Independence Award.
The coronavirus situation was deteriorating and the Independence Award ceremony at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium was postponed on March 24. The new time is set for April 11.
But in the last few days, corona infections and deaths have surpassed all previous records. In this situation, it was informed that the program would not be held on April 11.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection-ridden Ride Sharing Uber has been launched. A Uber spokesperson in Bangladesh told the media on Wednesday, “Following the directives of the Bangladesh government and the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), we have re-launched car services as UberX, Premier and fare. We believe that Uber will provide an alternative to safe and reliable movement for riders during this challenging time.
However, he said the government had not made any decision on launching Uber’s motorcycle service.
The BRTA issued an order on March 31 banning the transport of passengers on motorcycles through the Ride Sharing Service due to the rising epidemic of Corona in the country. Ride-sharing services have been banned from carrying passengers on motorcycles until further notice to prevent corona infections, the order said.
Since April 5, the ban has been in place across the country for a week. It announced the closure of air transport, launches and trains, including public transport. But in an emergency notification on April 6, the Department of Road Transport and Highways allowed conditional public transport in all city corporation areas of the country, including Dhaka, from 7 am to 6 pm from Wednesday until further notice. However, no vehicle will be allowed to enter from one city to another, the notification said. Uber also launched their service in response to the government’s announcement.