Vice-President to represent India at Tagore`s 150 anniversary event
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 19:27
New Delhi: Vice-President Hamid Ansari will represent India during the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in Dhaka on May 6 which will be marked by a series of cultural events.

Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and two Members of Parliament - O P Mathur of BJP and Moinul Hassan of CPI (M)- will accompany the Vice-President during his two day state visit beginning tomorrow.

According to Jayant Prasad, Special Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, during the state visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in January, 2010, the two sides had agreed to oversee the joint celebrations together.

Ansari's visit will be the first visit to Bangladesh by an Indian leader after Hasina visited India last year.

The celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Tagore will begin at the Banga Bandhu International Convention Centre on Friday where various troupes will present a series of cultural programmes, including short dramas and music shows.

After reaching Dhaka tomorrow, Ansari will call on Bangladesh President Md Zillur Rahman and hold meetings with Prime Minister Hasina and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.

He will also visit the the National Mausoleum at Savar and the Bangabandhu Museum.

The Bangabandhu Museum is the house of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It contains rare collection of personal effects and photographs of his lifetime.

Bangladesh Planning Minister A K Khandker will attend the inauguration of the Nobel Laureate's 150th birth anniversary in India on May 7, Prasad said.

Since Prime Minister Hasina's visit to India, considerable progress has been made by the two neighbours in many areas, including the signing of a billion-dollar line of credit India has extended to Dhaka.

The two sides have also signed a MoU on border haats (markets). While India has designated Ashuganj and Bangladesh has designated Shilghat as their respective ports of call.

This visit will be useful in taking stock of the progress made in various fields, he said, adding that Bangladesh is the largest trading partner of India in the SAARC region.


First Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 19:27

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