【New Delhi】India will provide 150 ambulances to Bangladesh, said Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on March 11.
The Indian Foreign Secretary came up with the information during an interaction over lunch at Hyderabad House which he hosted in honour of the visiting 20-member media delegation from Bangladesh. On donation of ambulances, Shringla said this is a gift from their Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will make the formal announcement.
Of the 150 ambulances, 100 will be provided marking the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17 next while the rest 50 marking Bangladesh-India bilateral relations, he said. He said these are not just the ambulances but also a system in place so that the injury victims facing trauma can access the nearby ambulance by calling a dedicated number immediately. "This is a people-centric idea to promote more people-to-people contact," the Indian Foreign Secretary said.
The grand inaugural ceremony of the birth centenary celebrations scheduled for March 17 next at the National Parade Ground has been put on hold due to the prevailing situation across the world caused by the coronavirus outbreak and it will be held later.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee at Ganobhaban on Sunday in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Monday confirmed the deferral of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh scheduled for March 17 following the rescheduling of the programmes.
According to Mr. Shringla, Prime Minister Modi will join the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Rahman on March 17 next through videoconferencing.
Modi to have ‘virtual presence’ in Bangabandhu’s birth centenary celebrations
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