Bangladesh-India relations deeper, friendly: Sandip
21 December 2015, Nirapad News: Outgoing Assistant High Commissioner of India based at Rajshahi Sandip Mitra has said the Bangladesh-India relations are now very firm, deep and friendly than anytime in the pasts.
“Expansion of bilateral trade and commerce, settling of the enclave issue, easing visa processing and enhanced exchange of cultural programmes have been further cementing the people to people relations between the neighbouring friendly countries,” he said.
Sandip said India would continue to support and extend cooperation to assist Bangladesh in achieving its set goals of becoming a middle income nation by-2021 and subsequently a developed country in future.
The Indian Envoy, who is going to retire from government service on
December 31 next, said this while addressing a farewell accorded to him by Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at RCCI auditorium here on Sunday night as the chief guest.
Mrs. Sheema Mitra, wife of Sandip Mitra, also attended the farewell
ceremony presided over by RCCI President Md. Abul Kashem and moderated by its Director Ashraful Alam Al Amin.
Senior Vice-president of RCCI Mostafa Ahmed, its former Presidents Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu, ATM Shahnewaz Bablu and Mostafa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu and Principal of RCCI Public School & College KM Hasinur Rahman addressed.
Executives and Directors of RCCI, President of Rangpur Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RWCCI) Anowara Ferdousi Poly and her colleagues presented wreaths, gifts and crests to the outgoing Indian Envoy on the occasion.
The incumbent and former RCCI executives in the speeches termed Sandip Mitra as a real friend and well-wisher of RCCI and RCCI Public School & College and people of Rangpur as well as whole Bangladesh.
They highly appreciated tremendous contribution of the outgoing Indian Envoy in easing process of issuing visa for businesspersons of Rangpur and accelerating the process of expanding bilateral trade and commerce during his tenure.
Terming India as a historically real friend and good neighbour of Bangladesh, they said the people of Bangladesh would ever remember the assistance extended by India during the War of Liberation with due gratefulness and honour.
RCCI President Abul Kashem highly lauded sincere efforts, expertise and heartfelt feeling of Sandip Mitra in strengthening relations, exchanging enclaves, easing visa process for businesspersons and expanding bilateral trade and commerce.
He expressed special gratitude to Mitra for sincere cooperation and extending assistance by Indian High Commission in Bangladesh in accelerating overall development of RCCI Public School & College being run by the RCCI authorities.
Sandip Mitra said that Bangladesh and India have been working together as close friends in all sectors not only for development of people of these two countries, but also for welfare of people of the whole South Asian region.
He put emphasis on the need for remembering the sweet relations between Bangladesh and India during the War of Liberation in 1971 when Bangladesh was liberated through shedding bloods to become an independent nation.
“We, the people of two neighboring friendly countries, live undivided in common foods, customs and cultures. We will not only remain as neighbours, but will continue to work together for development of our both nations in,” he said.
He also expressed deep gratitude to the Government of Bangladesh and people of this soil for their sincere assistance, cooperation, warmth and love during his tenure of working in Bangladesh in recent years.
At the end, the students of RCCI Public School & College rendered
patriotic songs, Rabindra Tagore’s songs, dances and ‘Bharatnattyyam’ in a colourful cultural function.