by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday to join Bangladesh’s golden jubilee celebration of independence.
His Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina greeted the Modi at the airport after an Indian Air Force plane carried him. The Indian Prime Minister came out of the aircraft without any mask, but he wore a white facemask when he landed at the end of the ladder.
Hasina presented Modi a bunch of flowers. The two leaders then walked up to the podium where he was given the guard of honor. Modi then inspected the guard.
He flew to Savar national Mausoleum to pay tribute to the independence heroes who sacrificed their lives for Bangladesh during a nine-month war against Pakistan in 1971.
During his two-day official visit, the Indian Prime Minister will join the celebration at National Parade Ground in Dhaka and travel to southern Gopalganj and Satkhira districts to visit two temples.
Bangladesh began the 50th independence day celebration nine days ago coinciding the celebration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh.
Four other South Asian leaders joined the celebration that began on March 17, the 101th birthday of Mujib. The celebration is scheduled to endFriday.
President Abdul Hamid will be present at concluding programme as the chief guest with Prime Minister Hasina presiding. Modi will join the celebration program as guest of honor.
In the evening, Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the ‘Bangabandhu-Bapu Museum’ jointly with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center. He will attend a state banquet arranged in his honor by Hasina.
On Saturday, Modi will visit the Mausoleum Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj to pay homage to the Bangladesh’s founding father.
He is scheduled to visit the Orakandi temple in Kashiani sub-district of Gopalganj and the Jessoreswari Devi Temple at Ishwaripur under Shyamnagar in Satkhira district.
In the afternoon, he will back to Dhaka to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hasina. At the same time, in the presence of the prime ministers of the two countries, a number of deals will be inked and a number of projects inaugurated virtually.
Indian premier will meet President Hamid at Bangabhaban before he leaves for New Delhi in the evening.