Tag Archives: Bangladesh

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 25th 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. India’s top IT firms to step up hiring in US amidst stricter H-1B visa regimes

(New Indian Express, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • India-US 2+2 summit: Pompeo, Esper to push Trump’s anti-China message in New Delhi

Key Points

  1. Just a week before November’s election, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security aides will visit India for meetings focused largely on countering China’s growing global influence
  2. As the bitter race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden winds down, the talks this week in New Delhi aim to reinforce the president’s anti-China campaign message.
  3. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will meet their Indian counterparts for strategic and security talks on Tuesday, after which Pompeo will travel on to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia.
  4. All of them are contending with a tug-of-war between Washington and Beijing that has intensified as Trump seeks to paint Biden as weak on China.
  5. Trump has played up his friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his re-election bid but may have set his case back with an off-the-cuff remark about climate change at his Thursday debate with Biden.”Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India, it’s filthy. The air is filthy.” he said, defending his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

(New Indian Express, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh
  1. India Exports 3M Tonnes of Fly Ash To Bangladesh via Sundarbans Waterway a Year (The Wire, 25 October 2020) News Link
  • Relation with African countries
    • Bangalore Claretians innaugurate Mother’s Meal in Africa

(Daiji World, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Burma
  • India, Myanmar Accelerate ‘Defence Ties’ As New Delhi Looks To Counter Growing Chinese Clout In The Country

(Eurasian Times, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. India China Tension : ‘इस बार भारत के जवाब से सहम गया है चीन‘, मोहन भागवत ने कहा

(Prabhat Khabar, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • India wants end to border tension with China but will not cede an inch of land: Rajnath

(Money Control, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. Row in Nepal after R&AW chief meets KP Oli, party seeks details

(Indian Express, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. China illegally occupies Nepal’s land at several places; Indian intelligence agencies sound alert

(Zee news, 25 October 2020) News Link

  1. Pakistan will continue to face the ire of FATF: Bambawale

(Live Mint, 25 October 2020) News Link

  • Pakistan targets LoC, IB in ceasefire violation

(Times of India, 25 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 1st 2020

Relations With USA

  1. चीन को घेरने की तैयारी:अमेरिका, भारतऑस्ट्रेलिया और जापान को मिलाकर नाटो जैसा संगठन बनाना चाहता है, दिल्ली में मिल सकते हैं चारो देश

Key points:

  1. चीन पर लगाम कसने के लिए वह नार्थ अटलांटिक ट्रीटी ऑर्गनाइजेशन (नाटो) जैसा एक गठबंधन बना सकता है। अमेरिका के उप विदेश मंत्री स्टीफेन बिगन ने सोमवार को इसकी जानकारी दी। उन्होंने कहा कि चारों देशों की बैठक दिल्ली में होने की उम्मीद है।
  2. उन्होंने यह भी बताया कि इस तरह का गठबंधन तभी होगा जब दूसरे देश अमेरिका के जितने ही प्रतिबद्ध होंगे। बिगन ने कहा कि मालाबार नेवल एक्सरसाइज में ऑस्ट्रेलिया का भाग लेना डिफेंस ब्लॉक बनाने की इस दिशा में एक कदम है।

( Bhaskar, 1 September, 2020) News Link

Relations With Nepal

  1. नेपाल ने भारत को पिछले वित्त वर्ष में बेची 60 करोड़ रुपये की बिजली

Key points:

  1. नेपाल ने पिछले वित्त वर्ष भारत को 95.70 करोड़ नेपाली रुपये (करीब 60 करोड़ भारतीय रुपये) की बिजली का निर्यात किया। नेपाल विद्युत प्राधिकरण द्वारा प्रकाशित रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, दोनों देशों के बीच समझौते के तहत 2019-20 में नेपाल ने भारत को 10.70 करोड़ यूनिट बिजली का निर्यात किया। यह पड़ोसी देश को अब तक का सबसे ज्यादा बिजली निर्यात है।

( Amar Ujala, 1 September, 2020) News Link

Relations With Bangladesh

  1. भारत में बन रही कोविड वैक्सीन पर टिकी बांग्लादेश की उम्मीद, एसआईआई में निवेश

Key points:

  1. बांग्लादेश का बेक्सिमको फर्मास्युटिकल्स भारत की सिरम इंस्टीट्यूट में इसी उम्मीद से निवेश कर रहा है कि वैक्सीन तैयार होते ही उसे प्राथमिकता के आधार पर वो मिल सकेगी।
  2. ढाका में दोनों कंपनियों के बीच हुए करार के बाद कहा गया है कि दोनों ही कंपनियां चाहती हैं कि जल्दी से जल्दी इस महामारी से लड़ने की क्षमता पैदा हो और वैक्सीन लोगों तक पहुंचे।

(Amar Ujala, 1 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: August 18th 2020

Relation with Pakistan

  1. इमरान ने कहाभारत से सीरीज मुमकिन नहीं; 33 साल पहले हमारे प्लेयर्स को भारत में बाउंड्री पर हेल्मेट लगाकर फील्डिंग करनी पड़ी थी

Key points:

  1. पाकिस्तान क्रिकेट बोर्ड के चीफ एग्जीक्युटिव वसीम खान के मुताबिक, अभी जिस तरह के हालात हैं उनसे नहीं लगता कि भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच अगले 10 से 12 साल तक कोई द्विपक्षीय यानी बाइलेट्रल सीरीज होगी।
  2. शोएब अख्तर समेत कई पूर्व पाकिस्तानी खिलाड़ी दोनों देशों के बीच सीरीज पर जोर रहे हैं
  3. पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान ने कहा है कि फिलहाल भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच क्रिकेट सीरीज संभव नहीं है

(Dainik Bhaskar, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Hongkong

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India flights to and from Hong Kong banned

Key points:

  1. Earlier on Monday, Air India had tweeted, “FlyAI: ImportantUpdate — Due to restrictions imposed by Hong Kong Authorities, AI 310/315, Delhi — Hong Kong — Delhi of August 18, 2020 stands postponed. Next update in this regard will be intimated soon. Passengers may please contact Air India Customer Care for assistance.”
  2.  The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to travel restrictions in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

(Economic times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Bangladesh

China’s Teesta plans: Foreign Secretary likely to visit Bangladesh today.

Key points:

  1. Bangladesh is likely to receive a $1-billion assistance from China for an irrigation project on the Teesta which has been at the center of a water-sharing negotiation with India. The mega engineering project will help the river to maintain optimal levels during summer
  2. The decision was taken after the Teesta water-sharing agreement with India has failed to materialize, Bangladesh government sources told Eurasian review, an online publication. The issue has come to the forefront as Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, despite the COVID-19 threat, is expected to pay a day-long visit to Dhaka on Tuesday to deal with the emerging challenges in bilateral ties.
  3. “A massive project funded by China has been adopted for the management of the Teesta River and China has agreed to fund it. Hopefully, we can start the project by December, Jyoti Prasad Ghosh, an additional chief engineer at the Water Development Board, told news media in Bangladesh

 (The Hindu, 18 August, 2020)News Link

  • India negotiating with 13 countries to establish bilateral air bubble arrangements: Hardeep Singh Puri.

Key points:

  1. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter, “We are now taking these efforts forward & are negotiating with 13 more countries to establish such arrangements.”

(Indian Express, 18 August, 2020)News Link

  • Tripura Chakmas observe ‘Black Day’ against injustice against community in Bangladesh.

Key points:

  1. The Chakma community in Tripura on Monday observed a ‘Black Day’ to protest the occupation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh allegedly illegally by Pakistan in 1947 and the injustices meted out to their community after that.
  2. Two days after India’s Independence from the British rule, the Chittagong Hill Tract comprising 97.5% non-Muslim population was illegally awarded to erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) as per the mandate of Bengal boundary commission headed by Sir Cyril Radcliffe, said Chakma National Council of India (CNCI), a forum to raise voice for rights of the community.
  3. “The Chakmas became the biggest victim of Partition. Our community faced years of deprivation even after these years of independence. Like previous years, we have observed today as black day against this injustice,” said Aniruddha Chakma, vice president of CNCI, Tripura chapter. He claimed that inclusion of the Chittagong Hill Tract with India could be a solution to their problems.

(Hindustan times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Malaysia

India criticizes Pakistan for hosting events on Kashmir with Mahathir, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Key points:

  1. Mahathir spoke at an event organized in Kuala Lumpur by the Pakistani mission last week to mark the first anniversary of the revocation of Kashmir’s special status and criticized India’s actions.
  2. India on Friday criticized Pakistan for giving a platform to former UN-designated terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad to speak on the Kashmir issue through events organized by that country’s missions.
  3. Asked about Hekmatyar’s presence in the webinar organized by Pakistan, external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said: “We have seen the media reports of the participation of the former UN-designated terrorist in an event organized by the government of Pakistan.

(Hindustan times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Relation with Sri Lanka

India to closely monitor any move by Mahinda Rajapaksa that undermines security & economic interests.

Key points:

  1. India to closely monitor any move by Mahinda Rajapaksa that undermines security & economic interests.
  2. India, following the re-election of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the family’s consolidation of power, is keeping a close watch on any move by the regime to undermine Delhi’s security and economic interests in the island nation as well as the Indian Ocean Region.
  3. Indian envoy to Sri Lanka, Gopal Bagley, became the first foreign diplomat to call on the newly-elected PM to discuss future plans of cooperation. Indian naval base in Goa last week repaired a Sri Lankan air force plane, which had developed a snag, in what won huge praises in Colombo.

(Economic times, 18 August, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: August 12th 2020

Relations with Asian countries

  1. India, Bangladesh traders demand trial run of vessels through protocol route on Gomati river this month

Key points:

  1. Traders of India and Bangladesh have demanded a trial run of vessels on the Gomati river this month to operationalise the Indo-Bangla protocol route between Sonamura in Tripura’s Sipahijala district and Daudkandi in the neighbouring country, officials said.
  2. A high-level team of officials of the Bangladesh Shipping Ministry surveyed the riverine protocol route on Tuesday, Sonamura sub-divisional magistrate Subrata Majumder said.
  3. The Tripura government had launched a floating jetty on the Gomati river as part of the Indo-Bangla international inland waterways connectivity project on July 4 this year.

(Times of India, 12 August, 2020) News Link

Relations with Middle East

  1. India sending more relief, humanitarian materials to explosion-hit Lebanon

Key points:

  1. India is sending more relief and humanitarian materials, including medicines and foodstuff, to Lebanon after a massive explosion last week devastated parts of Beirut, killing more than 160 people and injuring 6,000 others.
  2. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti offered deep condolences on behalf of the Government and people of India to Lebanon on “this terrible human tragedy”.

(Times of India, 12 August, 2020) News Link

Relations with European countries

  1. Air India shuts down five offices in Europe amid COVID-19 crisis

Key points:

  1. Air India on Wednesday announced that it will shut down its five offices in five countries across Europe due to zero flight operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline will shut its offices in–Vienna (Austria), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Stockholm (Sweden).
  2. There are no Air India flights under Vande Bharat Mission there and regularly scheduled flights are also not operating currently.

(Zee News India, 12 August, 2020) News Link

Relations with Pakistan

  1. ईशनिंदा पर फांसी देने वाले पाक ने भारत को दी नसीहत, BJP-RSS पर साधा निशाना

Key points:

  1. बेंगलुरु हिंसा पर पाकिस्तान ने भारत के सामने दर्ज करवाया विरोध, बीजेपी आरएसएस पर साधा निशाना
  2. पाक विदेश मंत्रालय ने कहा- ये घटनाएं आरएसएस-बीजेपी गठबंधन की एक्सट्रीम हिंदुत्व की विचारधारा का प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण है
  3. अपने देश में अल्पसंख्यकों का हाल भूला पाकिस्तान, ईशनिंदा पर गैर मुस्लिमों को दी जाती है मौत की सजा

(Navbharat Times, 13 August, 2020) News Link

Unabated attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh

– By Sravanthi Boinala

The wounds of Bangladesh partition remained unhealed. This nation was born in 1971 on the basis of cultural identity representing democratic, secular, socialist state but later on, this nation emerged to be a triumph of Bangladeshi Muslim culture.  The formation led to the death of nearly 3 million people causing genocide and brutal attacks on minorities, leaving numerous women raped and killed.

Even after 45 years of formation, millions of broken hearts are waiting to seek justice before Bangladesh International War Crime Tribunal and on the other hand the series of attacks continue to target the minorities. Though gradually the war criminals mostly belonging to fundamentalist organisation Jamaat-e-islami were awarded with capital punishment, even today thousands of minorities are struggling for their existence in the Bangla land. The minorities include Hindus, Christians and Buddhists who are being targeted systematically. In the month of June 2016, newspapers have reported two Hindus were attacked by Islamic militants and another one received a threatening letter. One is a Hindu Ashram worker Nityaranjan Pandey, aged 60 years, who was hacked to death in Pabna district on 10th of June. Days later another brutal attack on a Mathematics lecturer Ripon Chakrabarti, aged 50 years, was seriously wounded after being hacked by militants in the Southern town of Madripur on 15th of June. And on the same day evening Ramakrishna Mission priest received a death threat letter from the militants. The Hindu priest was ordered by the sender of the letter not to preach his religion; otherwise he would be hacked to death with machetes. The letter reads, “You are Hindus, Bangladesh is an Islamic country. You cannot preach Hindu religion in the country. Go to India. Otherwise, you will be hacked to death”. This kind of attacks resemble a recent spate of brutal assaults on religious minorities, were militants have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh since last year. The most targeted group include atheist bloggers, liberal academics, foreign aid workers and other religious groups.II Blogger’s are the people who express their dissent against extremists through their posts, who are now hacked to death and their freedom of speech and expression is suppressed. Earlier it has happened in the case of Taslima Nasreen, an eminent writer from Bangladesh, exiled for her writings against war crimes, women atrocities and Islamic fundamentalism. So far since 2015, five bloggers have been killed by the Islamic militants. The last blogger among a string of brutal attacks is Nazimuddin Samad, a post graduate law student from the state-run Jagannath University, was hacked to death in April. Samad was an outspoken writer against injustice and militancy. His facebook posts showed that he was a member of the Shabhag movement, which has been pushing to prosecute those who fought for Pakistan during 1971 liberation war that led to the creation of Bangladesh. In some of his social media posts, he supported a petition to remove Islam as Bangladesh’s state religion and urged the government to take a tougher line with Islamic groups. Similar kind of social media posts were observed among all other bloggers who were hacked to death. With these attacks many bloggers flew away from their homes, but threats continue. Responding to bloggers death, Amnesty International said that the killing was a reminder that authorities in Bangladesh are failing to protect people who were exercising their right to freedom of expression. There is an alarming decline among Hindu population that has came down from 33% to 8% since the liberation war; Bangladeshi-Hindus struggle for their existence has been exacerbated.

Indian government swung into action after the threat letter received by Ramakrishna Mission priest. Reacting to the present scenario, Union External Affairs Minister, Smt.Sushma Swaraj expressed concern over a series of attacks on Hindus and other minority communities by fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh. She said that India has strongly taken this up with the Bangladesh government; security has been increase around the Dhakeshwari temple.

Need of the hour for the Modi government is, to raise their voice in support of Bangladesh minorities and against brutal Islamic attacks, as majority of the minorities hail from Indian origin. Till today we can identify the roots of Hinduism either in the form of the Nation’s name which was originated from the Bengali language or the rivers that are named after Hindu tradition and even the National Anthem that was taken from a poem of Rabindranath Tagore, and the majority of Bengali influence was inherited in Bangla-community ethos. The government should consider providing asylum to Hindu minorities of Bangladesh. Necessary measures are to be implemented for the protection of Hindus and other minorities by projecting the issue on international lines and seek justice for minority community.