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India Joins 4-Nation Military Exercise In Bangladesh

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New Delhi: The Indian Army will be taking part in a four-nation military exercise in Bangladesh starting today.

The nine-day exercise (April 4 to 12) is being organised to commemorate the birth centenary of Bangladesh ‘Father of the Nation’ Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and mark 50 years of that country’s liberation war.

Indian Army contingent comprising 30 personnel including officers, junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and soldiers from the Dogra regiment will participate in the exercise ”Shantir Ogroshena” (front runner of peace).

Besides armies of Bangladesh and India, Royal Bhutan Army and Sri Lankan Army will also participate in the exercise, the Ministry of Defence said.

“The theme of the exercise is ”Robust Peace Keeping Operations”. Military observers from the US, UK, Turkey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Singapore will also be in attendance throughout the exercise,” it said.

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh and the birth centenary of Rahman.

In a reflection of close bilateral ties, India is also hosting a scores of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war that led to liberation of Bangladesh.

The joint forces of the Indian Army and the “Mukti Bahini” on December 16, 1971 made around 93,000 Pakistani troops surrender before them on December 16, 1971 that paved the way for the birth of Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month visited Bangladesh for two days during which he attended the golden jubilee celebration of the independence of that country.

Courtesy – timesnownews.com

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