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US-Bangladesh Defence dialogue: cooperation remains as strong as ever?

Publish: 01:14 PM, 23 Aug, 2023


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Beginning on Wednesday, senior officers and civilians from the US and Bangladeshi defense establishments will gather in Dhaka for two days to assess current bilateral defense relations and discuss future goals.

The Indo-Pacific area should be free, open, tranquil, and secure, according to the shared vision of the United States and Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Armed Forces Division and Indo-Pacific Command will meet in Dhaka on August 23 and 24 to conduct the Bilateral Defense Dialogue in order to further these shared goals.

Senior military officials and citizens from the US and Bangladeshi militaries will participate in this discussion. They will talk about military education, defense news, and forthcoming military drills, like the Disaster Response Exercise & Exchange for the following year.

The conversation is a component of a more extensive connection between their defense organizations, which includes collaboration on a wide range of defense-related issues.

At the first BD-US Security Dialogue in 2012, a joint declaration between the two nations launched their defense dialogue. The tenth episode will be this one.

Brig Gen Husain Muhammad Masihur Rahman, director general of the Bangladesh Armed Forces Division, will lead the Bangladeshi side while Brig Gen Thomas J. James, director of strategic planning and policy at the US Indo-Pacific Command, will lead the US side.

The United States and Bangladesh have collaborated on a variety of security-related topics for the past 50 years, including border and maritime security, counterterrorism, peacekeeping, defense trade, and the development of defense institutions.

The US interacts with Bangladesh through a number of bilateral and multilateral fora, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, the US-Bangladesh Security Dialogue, and the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue.

According to the US embassy website, the US has given Bangladesh support with $7.29 million for international military education and training (IMET) and $66.9 million in foreign military financing (FMF) since 2015. The FMF assistance consists of $56.9 million in Bay of Bengal Initiative Regional FMF and $10 million in bilateral programming.

Through the assistance of FMF, the Bay of Bengal Initiative of the Department of State aims to strengthen the ability of civilian and military actors to identify illicit activity both within and beyond their borders, to establish networks and customs of cooperation to allow nations to share information, to increase their capacity to quickly respond to illicit activity, and to assist our partners in enabling a rules-based order in the Indian Ocean Region.

These funds have been used to buy patrol boats for the Bangladesh Army, more patrol boats for the Navy and Coast Guard, MRAP vehicles for border security and international peacekeeping missions, electronic and mechanical upgrades for the fast patrol boats and ex-U.S. Coast Guard cutters now used by the Bangladesh Navy, technical and professional training for Bangladesh military and Coast Guard personnel, and joint military exercises.

Under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system, the US government has $130.59 million in active government-to-government sales cases with Bangladesh. In 2013 and 2015, Bangladesh also acquired two ex-US Coast Guard Hamilton Class cutters through EDA, which are now the two biggest ships in the Bangladesh Navy.

To reinforce its forces in Mali, Bangladesh also acquired 50 EDA MRAP trucks in 2019. Through the Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) procedure, the US additionally sanctioned the permanent export of defense goods worth over $6 million to Bangladesh in FY2019.

Aircraft and related items, supplies, and other items, as well as fire control, laser, imaging, and guiding systems, are the three main categories of DCS to Bangladesh.

The United States has provided close to $44 million since 2005 to fund training, equipment upgrades, and facility upgrades to strengthen Bangladesh's capacity for peacekeeping.

However, the US has been working toward signing an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and a General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Bangladesh. Recently, Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen ruled on the possibility of concluding such agreements prior to the general elections.

He has previously stated, "I don't think we have the luxury of signing such types of agreements before the election." Bangladesh has expressed interest in purchasing cutting-edge equipment from the US as part of its plan to upgrade its military by 2030, thus Washington wants to sign the two defense accords.

The GSOMIA ensures that countries recognize the need of protecting classified military information and make a commitment to doing so. ACSA enables the US military and the armed forces of its allies to buy and pay for common goods and services. Everything from food, water, clothing, transportation, instruction, oil, ammo, maintenance, and medical services could be included.

Relations between the United States and Bangladesh, however, have gotten more challenging recently. Washington imposed penalties on Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and a number of its current and former officers on December 10, 2021. The US has announced a new visa policy for Bangladesh. There are several problematic ties between Bangladesh and the USA.

Among these, the defense conversation is particularly crucial. However, Washington might continue to see Dhaka as a partner in regional security. The US is currently looking to partner with Bangladesh in a strategic alliance. Defense cooperation between states may increase bilateral ties and enhance defense connections between the two countries.

Bangladesh and the USA are both vital to the region. This conveyed that while having some differences, both countries are very keen in further strengthening their bilateral ties. This could help to resolve any bilateral concerns. Bangladesh and the USA must work as dependable partners to resolve some shared concerns.

The relationship between the United States and Bangladesh is crucial for a number of reasons. In terms of security, humanitarian assistance, and the economy, Bangladesh is first and foremost a crucial regional ally for the United States. Second, in counterterrorism efforts, Bangladesh has been an important strategic partner. Last but not least, the US wants to have a robust, all-encompassing partnership with Bangladesh based on shared values of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights (US Department of State, 2021).

Why is the US concentrating on developing closer ties with Bangladesh?

As soon as the United States formally recognized the newly constituted Bangladesh on April 4, 1972, diplomatic relations between the two nations were established. Both nations have maintained cordial ties for the last 50 years. In the last ten years, cooperation in trade, investment, and security has stepped up, with a particular emphasis on counterterrorism.

The two-way commerce increased by 12% from the previous year to $9 billion in 2019, with $2.3 billion of that amount coming from US exports to Bangladesh. At the same time, Bangladesh's exports to the US increased by 9.5% to $6.7 billion.

Bangladesh is the third-largest recipient of US aid among countries in South Asia, highlighting the importance of their bilateral relations. The US has praised Dhaka for its admirable role in providing refuge to Rohingya refugees, demonstrating its dedication to humanitarianism.

The United States' heightened focus on Bangladesh's democracy and human rights calls for investigation into the underlying causes of this current strategy. One hypothesis is that the US sees the country occupying a strategic position within its Indo-Pacific strategy.

Bangladesh is still convinced of the value of the Non-Aligned Movement. It is imperative that the US recognise Dhaka's support for Washington.

While the US contends that the acts of the Rapid Action Battalion have a negative influence on the rule of law, human rights, fundamental freedoms, and economic advancement for the people of Bangladesh, Bangladesh claims that the US sanctions have geopolitical roots. Dhaka sees the US sanctions as a part of a larger geopolitical plan for South Asia.

While investment and sanctions continue to be Bangladesh's top priorities, the United States is concentrated on protecting its interests in the region. The US must defend its position in the Indo-Pacific in the face of continued great power rivalry. The US is planning to sign the GSOMIA and ACSA defense agreements with Bangladesh in order to accomplish this goal.

However, Dhaka's position is against signing any defense pacts before the elections, since the government's top concerns right now are development demands, as Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen remarked last week.

Both nations have been exhibiting signs of development for some time. While the US reaffirmed its commitment to working with Bangladesh to improve the human rights situation, Bangladesh established human rights cells and sent out human rights reports.

Last but not least, Bangladesh hopes to spur South Asian economic change by forming alliances with the US and the EU and cooperating to support the tenets of the Indo-Pacific strategy. If understood properly, this may result in the "revitalization of Bangladesh-US relations" in the ensuing era within this complicated international environment.



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Dhaka expresses deep concern over attacks on Bangladeshi students in Kyrgyzstan: FM

Publish: 06:43 PM, 19 May, 2024


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Dhaka has expressed deep concern over the attacks on Bangladeshi students amid a mob incident in Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek on Friday night, foreign minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said here today.

“There were attacks on our students … but so far no Bangladeshi students have been reported of  receiving serious injury,” he said at an event at the Jatiya Press Club here.

He said Bangladesh Ambassador stationed in Tashkent has been asked to visit Bishkek soon to inquire about the wellbeing of the Bangladeshi students.

“We are closely monitoring the situation through our embassy in Uzbekistan, concurrently accredited to Kyrgyz Republic,” the foreign ministry said in a press release meanwhile.

It said Bangladesh embassy in Uzbekistan is in constant communication with the Bangladeshi students who are currently studying in Kyrgyz Republic, as well as with the Kyrgyz government officials.

There are no reports of any serious injury or casualties among Bangladeshi students so far, said the release.

The Embassy already shared an emergency contact number in its official Facebook page to get in touch with the Bangladeshi students for any issues regarding this matter.

Through the embassy, the government is coordinating with the relevant authorities of Kyrgyz Republic, including the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs to ensure the safety and security of the students. “We are closely and constantly monitoring the developments,” said the foreign ministry.


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Don't ruin country, yourself saving few money of waste management: PM

Publish: 06:35 PM, 19 May, 2024


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked all concerned to build waste management system while constructing industries for environment-friendly industrialisation to save the country and its people from the adverse impact of climate change.

"We have to construct industries. But all have to build industrial waste management system. I request you all that don't ruin the country and yourself to save few money of chemical (to be used in waste management system)," she said.

The prime minister made the appeal while opening the seven-day 11th National Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Fair at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at Agargaon here this morning.

She said they want industrialisation to be environment friendly and for that, the country's industrialisation must have to be planned and worthy for health.

"Wherever you build industry, you have to keep in mind that the waste of your industries doesn't go to the rivers and water. Keep a special eye to ensure that the waste doesn't pollute the water and the soil," she added.

Sheikh Hasina called upon all to pay attention so that the country isn't incurred losses by adverse impact of the climate change due to any negligence.

Apart from this, she asked the industrialists to ensure proper work environment and safety for workers alongside upgrading their livelihoods aimed at increasing industrial production.

The prime minister said they want mechanization of the industries with world class machines.

But, she asked all to be cautious that mechanization of industries doesn't decrease the number of labourers.

The premier asked all concerned to build labour intensive industries as they want to employ more workers.

She said Bangladesh is marching ahead so it requires more entrepreneurs.

"I call upon the youth-folk not to run after the jobs (only). ---prepare yourselves as entrepreneurs and give jobs to others," she said.

Sheikh Hasina asked all concerned to make more opportunities for the womenfolk to make them entrepreneurs in large numbers.

She said the men can take initiatives bringing their wives and sisters in the SME business by enjoying opportunities of SME facilities that include taking loan on four percent interest rate.

The premier expressed her satisfaction as 60 percent SME entrepreneurs are women.

She said it has been possible as additional facilities are now being given to the women entrepreneurs.

The prime minister said her government has been constructing 100 economic zones across Bangladesh, adding her government wants both foreign and local investments there.
 
She said lands have already been allocated for 80 economic zones from where the SME Foundation or entrepreneurs can get lands to build their industries.

The premier stressed the need for mechanization of agriculture to increase food production for ensuring food security.

She also asked all concerned to produce small and medium machines for agriculture as it has local and foreign demand.
The prime minister instructed all to build locality-based agro-processed industries across the country keeping in mind that where, which food grains are largely produced.

She called for increasing production of exportable products alongside creating local markets for produced products.

She also instructed Bangladesh missions abroad to find out the most demandable products of the respective countries as Bangladesh can export those products there.

The prime minister said she has already asked Bangladesh missions abroad to work for economic diplomacy alongside the politics to increase export, business and trades.

She said her government has established rights on a vast maritime area which have huge resources.

The SME entrepreneurs can also invest in the maritime resources to exploit its maximum benefits, she said.

The prime minister expressed her satisfaction over unveiling work plan for 2024-28 by the Industries Ministry and said if all the ministries can do it; the countries development will be quickened.

After opening the SME fair, Sheikh Hasina said the fair will encourage others to be entrepreneurs.

She described the SME entrepreneurs as driving forces of the country's development, saying, "We want to create more SME entrepreneurs to foster country's development".

The prime minister recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for taking measures for the first time for industrialisation in Bangladesh.

At the same function, she handed over National SME Award-2023 to seven small, medium and start-up entrepreneurs that includes crest and accreditation certificate.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, its Senior Secretary Zakia Sultana, President of FBCCI Mahbubul Alam and SME Foundation Chairperson Dr Md Masudur Rahman spoke at the function.

The fair will continue till May 25 under the aegis of the SME Foundation as it will be opened for visitors from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

More than 300 entrepreneurs are taking part in the fair as almost 60 percent participants are women entrepreneurs.

The SME fair will showcase 100 per cent local products. More than three hundred and fifty companies will participate in this year's fair.

This year's fair will see the largest number of 75 participants from the garment sector. Besides, 42 participants will showcase jute products, 38 to display handicrafts, 32 to showcase leather products and 27 to present processed agricultural products.

Moreover, 23 will display light engineering products, 14 to present food products, 13 to display IT-based services as 12 SME cluster entrepreneurs will take part in the fair from different parts of the country, 5 participants will showcase herbal industry products and 5 more will display jewellery products.

Four stalls will display plastic products, 3 to showcase electrical and electronics items, 3 to present furniture items and 19 others will display various government organizations products.

Besides, 30 banks, 15 public-private organizations, business clubs of 5 universities and about 50 other organizations will provide services to participants in the fair.


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UZ polls: PM Hasina concerned over nepotism in fielding candidates

Publish: 03:27 PM, 02 May, 2024


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a directive regarding the upcoming upazila parishad elections, emphasising the importance of neutrality and fairness in the electoral process.

In a press conference held at Ganobhaban on Thursday (May 2), she expressed her concern over the practice of giving candidacy to relatives of ministers and MPs, stating that it undermines the democratic principles of free and fair elections.

Sheikh Hasina emphasised that it is not appropriate for family members to stand as candidates in different constituencies, as it deprives party workers of opportunities and distorts the electoral process.

She reiterated the importance of upholding the will of the people and ensuring that candidates are chosen based on merit and public support rather than familial ties.
 
Addressing the issue of illegal hoarding and price inflation, the Prime Minister acknowledged the challenges faced by the public but urged caution against spreading misinformation.
  
She focused on the government's efforts to address price hikes and assured that measures were being taken to mitigate the impact on citizens.
 
Regarding the current heatwave and potential natural disasters like floods, Sheikh Hasina urged citizens to remain vigilant and prepared.
 
She shed light on the unpredictable nature of natural calamities and underscored the importance of proactive measures to mitigate their impact.
 
Responding to questions about the country's progress over the past 15 years, Sheikh Hasina pointed out the achievements made under her leadership and dismissed attempts by certain factions to undermine the government's legitimacy.
 
She highlighted the importance of public support and reiterated her commitment to serving the people's interests.
 
The Prime Minister also discussed her recent bilateral visit to Thailand, where she engaged in discussions on various sectors, including trade and regional cooperation.
 
She expressed optimism about the prospects of enhanced cooperation between Bangladesh and Thailand and reiterated Bangladesh's commitment to supporting Rohingya refugees returning to Myanmar.
  
The PM reaffirmed Bangladesh's solidarity with Palestine and criticised human rights violations in other countries, including the United States.
 
She highlighted the importance of upholding human rights and condemned excessive use of force against peaceful protesters.
 
Sheikh Hasina reiterated her party's commitment to democracy and inclusivity, emphasising the need for fair and transparent elections.
 
She underscored the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring that the electoral process remains free from external influences.

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Empowerment of the Third Gender: The Silent Revolution of the LDDP Project

Publish: 04:05 PM, 05 Apr, 2024


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Khairun is a member of the third gender community. However, unlike many others, she doesn't wander the streets or engage in indecent behavior, nor does she beg for money. Instead, she spends her time cutting grass when needed and giving time to children. She prioritizes taking care of her family members, which consumes most of her time amidst her busy schedule. Her dreams revolve around her entire family, and she's steadily advancing towards fulfilling those dreams. And the Livestock and Dairy Development Project (LDDP) of the Department of Livestock has been a companion in fulfilling that dream.

I am talking about Khairun Hijra from Kandapara village in the Kalia Haripur Union of Sirajganj Sadar, who is identified as a member of the third gender community. However, Khairun's notable identity now lies in being a full-time farmer and an active member of the livestock and dairy development project's PG Group. Her identification number is 68878-SC-03-11. Initially, Khairun embarked on her journey with 20 high-quality breed chickens, but presently, her farm accommodates 5 cows, 8 goats, and several chickens. Additionally, one of her goats gave birth two months adairy

Khairun Hijra started with 20 chickens but faced difficulties due to an unknown disease that killed a few chickens. She contacted the Upazila Livestock Office for advice. They suggested selling the remaining chickens and investing in goats or other livestock. Following their advice, she sold the chickens for nearly 10,000 taka and bought two goats at 5,000 taka each. However, her luck turned as now she has 8 goats in her farm. Similarly, starting with a cow, she now has 5 cows, allowing her to sell 7 to 9 liters of cow milk daily.

Khairun Hijra told Bangla Insider that, "I have received training at the Upazila Livestock Office. Then they gave me 20 chickens. However, I couldn't benefit much from them. So, I sold the chickens and bought goats instead. Later, I bought a cow. Now I have 5 cows, 8 goats, and quite a few chickens on my farm.

When asked about her plan regarding this farm, she said, "Everyone dreams of being successful. I also dream that one day I will become a successful farmer. For that, I need investment here, which is difficult and extremely challenging for me. Because of being a transgender, no one wants to lend us money. Especially, getting institutional loans is difficult for us. So if the government arranges interest-free loans for us, then I and  thousands of other transgenders like me can progress further. They can be self reliant. They won't have to beg. Besides, my request to the government is to consider providing goats or cows instead of chickens, which would be more beneficial.

It is to known that the Department of Livestock has formed Producer Groups (PGs) nationwide for small-scale farmers. The purpose is to organize these farmers through these PGs and provide various forms of assistance, especially training, technology, etc., and to achieve the desired development in the livestock sector through enhancing their capabilities. Throughout the country, there are a total of 6,500 PGs. Each group consists of approximately 20 to 40 members. Among the total 6,500 PGs, this one in Sirajganj is one and the only third-gender PG.

In the PG group, there is not only Khairun Hijra, but also 14 other members, making a total of 15 members in the PG group. Among them are Sohagi Hijra (68878-SC-03-12), Md Sabuj alias Shankhini (68878-SC-03-13), Shetu Hijra (68878-SC-03-15) and some others. All of them are active members of the PG Group.

Sirajganj District Hijra (Third Gender) Association President Md. Omar Farooq Rabbi told Bangla Insider that we are working with a 15-member PG team consisting of transgenders and hijras formed by upazila livestock. Upazila Livestock Department is giving us a lot of support. We receive different types of training, learned about the relationship between cattle and gender diversity, what are the duties and responsibilities of a PG team, duties and responsibilities of a team president, cashier and PG team policies.

He further stated, "We each save 100 taka per member every month. We have an account for our PG team at Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank. Initially, we received 20 chickens from the upazila. We take care of them and try to advance. We request the Livestock Department from our PG team to provide us with cows and goats so that we can become more self-reliant. So that, we won't have to rely on others anymore. We want to earn our living through our own work. We don't want to depend on anyone's charity. We have formed a team to show that the hijras want to work and earn their living like the mainstream society. If we receive cooperation from society, we too can lead a normal life.

Sirajganj Upazila Livestock Officer Dr. Md. Alamgir Hossain said, when we go to the railway stations or markets, we often see transgendes begging from others and the LDDP project had an opportunity to bring the backward communities into the mainstream. Dr. Nazrul Islam Jhantu Sir, the then regional director of Rajshahi first had this idea that if we can form a team with them, then they will be self reliant and they will no longer have to beg for money. They can be an equal part of the mainstream society. Based on this idea, we proposed it to the Department of Livestock. The authority accepted it. Then we provided them with training and initially gave them 20 chickens. Alongside, we provided chicken feed and utensils. From there, they are now in a good position.

Mentioning this hijra PG group of Sirajganj as an example, the upazila livestock officer said, We are proceeding with how to work with hijra on a larger scale. There are 2 thousand five hijras in Sirajganj district. We have plans to expand this group further. Now we give them only chicken in the beginning. But we have plans to give them cows or goats in the near future. If we can work with them on a larger scale, there will be a revolution in society.


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Govt transforming Coast Guard into three-dimensional force: PM

Publish: 04:49 PM, 10 Mar, 2024


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government has been turning Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) into a modern and three-dimensional force adding ultra-modern smart technologies, ships and helicopters to face the 21st century's challenges.

"None will lag behind. The coast guard will be made capable to face the 21st century's challenges with inclusion of modern technology based ships, helicopters and the force's communication system development," she said.

The premier said this while addressing a function marking 29th founding anniversary of the BCG and the BCG Day-2024 at the Coast Guard Headquarters in capital's Agargaon area.

She said her government is going to add high quality modern ship, maritime surveillance system-incorporated hovercraft and high speed boats to the coast guard fleet to make the force more modern and stronger.

At the same function, the premier also inaugurated Bangladesh Coast Guard Vsatnet Communication System and newly constructed six physical infrastructures at the BCG stations at Kutubdia, Maheshkhali, Mirsarai, Sandwip, Nidraskina and Shahpari Outpost.

The inclusion of the V-Satnet Communication System that will connect the coast guard with the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will enhance the force's communication and operational abilities, Sheikh Hasina said.

She said, "We have already given approval to purchase two helicopters and formed an aviation wing for the coast guard to make it a three-dimensional force."

The premier said her government has also consented to buy 4 more OPVs, 2 maritime version helicopters for patrolling and ensuring safety and security at the deep sea area.

She stressed securing the vast maritime boarders saying nowadays 90 percent business are being done by the marine ways.

She said her government has also nodded to construct nine replacement ships for the force.

The head of the government said already 16 ships and 138 boats were inducted to the force's fleet to strengthen its capacity.

The prime minister said they will increase the existing manpower of the force to 15000 in phases with its modernisation to enhance capability to ensure security in the vast sea areas and protect its resources.

Sheikh Hasina said a dockyard is being built at Gazaria in Munshiganj aimed at constructing, repairing and maintaining the vessels and ships.

The prime minister said her government is working to enrich the tourism sector alongside taking initiative to turn Bangladesh into an attraction hub of both the east and west.

She highly praised the coast guard personnel for standing beside the innocent and helpless people in the coastal belts by warding off many criminal acts.

She asked the BCG personnel to perform duties and responsibilities as the friend of the people.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government's commitment to transform the country into developed, prosperous and smart Sonar Bangladesh by 2041.

"The coast guard will play a special role in building the smart Bangladesh," she hoped.

She said the coast guard had emerged as a force in 1994 in line with a bill brought in the Jatiya Sangsad by the then opposition party Awami League.

The prime minister said the AL government has always attached priorities to the development of the Bangladesh Coast Guard.

Coming to power for the first time in 1996, she said her government took massive initiative for the force's development providing required logistic supports including giving lands for building its zones, adding different types of vessels and making infrastructure development.

Then, after coming to power for the second time, she said various infrastructures including coastal crisis management centre, accommodation of the officers and sailors of bases, officers' mess, sailors' quarters and administrative buildings have been built at the coast guard stations and outposts in coastal and remote areas.

The prime minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman enacted "The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act" in 1974 to establish the legal rights of the countrymen over the sea and marine resources.

She said the United Nations (UN) formulated such a law in 1982.

She also said her government has established rights on a vast maritime area after winning legal battles with neighbouring India and Myanmar maintaining friendly relations following the path of Bangabandhu.

The prime minister conferred Bangladesh Coast Guard Medals, Bangladesh Coast Guard (Service) Medals, President Coast Guard Medals and President Coast Guard (Service) Medals on its former and current personnel for their contribution and bravery.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Public Security Division Secretary of the ministry Md Mustafizur Rahman and BCG Director General Rear Admiral Mir Ershad Ali were present at the function.

At the outset of the programme, a smartly turned out contingent of the Bangladesh Coast Guard also gave a state-salute and guard of honour to the prime minister. A short video documentary on Coast Guard Vsatnet System was screened. Later, the prime minister enjoyed a cultural programme.


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