APEDA to promote NE products in Bangladesh and Myanmar

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has taken up a programme for promotion of north eastern products in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The APEDA, an apex organisation under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, proposes to organise the promotion programme in Bangladesh and Myanmar in association with the High Commission of India in Dhaka and its Embassy in Yangon, an official release said here.

The promotional event in Myanmar is proposed to be held in November and that in Dhaka and Sylhet in Bangladesh in the first week of December, the release said.

The export of APEDA scheduled products to Bangladesh during 2016-17 was of 396.44 million USD.

The major products exported to Bangladesh include rice, vegetables, fruits, wheat, maize, dairy products and pulses.

The export of APEDA scheduled products for Myanmar during 2016-17 was of 24.15 million USD.

The major products exported to Myanmar include rice, maize, cereal preparations, fruits, rice and vegetable seeds. PTI DG PR PR

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Hasina floats five-point peace plan

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has floated a five-point proposal at the United Nations to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Emphasising swift action to resolve the crisis in her speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Thursday, she called for immediate steps to end the ‘cleansing’ of the ethnic Rohingya minority. She was at the centre stage at the UNGA this year, with the Rohingya crisis deepening along Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar, a crossing made by over 430,000 refugees fleeing violence in Rakhine State in past over three weeks.

Hasina’s five-point proposal says: Myanmar must stop the violence and the practice of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State unconditionally, immediately and forever; the UN Secretary-General should immediately send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar; all civilians, irrespective of religion and ethnicity, must be protected in Myanmar; for this, ‘safe zones’ could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision; sustainable return of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar must be ensured; and the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission Report must be implemented immediately, unconditionally and entirely.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from the Rakhine State are entering Bangladesh to flee the violence. As estimated by IOM (International Organisation for Migration), in last three weeks, over 430,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh. They are fleeing ‘ethnic cleansing’ in their own country where they have been living for centuries,” Hasina said, adding that Bangladesh is currently sheltering over 800,000 Rohingya in all.

She proposed that the UN Secretary-General send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar where ‘safe zones’ can be built under the UN’s supervision for the protection of all civilians, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.

Before her speech at the UNGA general debate, she cleared Bangladesh’s stance over the protracted Rohingya crisis at several meetings at the UN Headquarters in New York. At the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) Contact Group meeting on Tuesday, she demanded Myanmar take back the refugees and end ‘state propaganda’ that labelled the ethnic group as ‘Bengalis’.

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India-Myanmar MOU for conservation of pagodas at Bagan

The Union cabinet approved a project to conserve the earthquake-damaged pagodas in Bagan city of Myanmar.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the pact will be signed between the two countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the nation on 6-7 September.

The decision will strengthen the country’s ties with Myanmar in the realms of “culture and religion” and will advertise India’s prowess in conservation and restoration arts.

This will further strengthen India’s enduring ties with Myanmar, in culture and religion.

Ancient Pagodas of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

A funerary monument and then acquired cosmic symbolism of Buddha-hood containing Buddha associated relics. Also, some monuments were built to honour a notable person, or even bring lasting remembrance to an important family. It is a bell-shaped brick structure set on a square or octagonal base and usually rises to a gently tapering peak gilded metal and jewelled finial topped with a sacred parasol-shaped decoration called “hti”.

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