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Meghalaya delegation pays tribute to U Tirot Sing Syiem at Old Central Dhaka Jail

HT Bureau

SHILLONG, Nov 7:  Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma, who is on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Thursday.

According to sources, Sangma discussed several issues relating to the bilateral relationship between India and Bangladesh and also on strategies to develop and enhance the relationship between Northeast India and the neighbouring country.

The Meghalaya chief minister discussed on how to connect Northeast with Bangladesh; to open vistas to rest of the world which was the agenda of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier in the day, Sangma visited the Old Dhaka Central Jail where Khasi legendary warrior — U Tirot Sing Syiem, breathed his last on 17 July 1835.

Sangma paid floral tribute to U Tirot Sing, whose picture was put up in the jail in Dhaka, Bangladesh; He was accompanied by the officials from the state government and police officials from Bangladesh, who saluted the war hero who fought valiantly against the British till his death.

He invited Bangladesh to participate in the Northeast Food Show scheduled to be held here from December 4 to 6.

The chief minister said that different countries and more than 300 companies will participate in the food show.

“We will have the biggest names in the industry, policymakers, farmers, traders and suppliers. There will be up to 3000 farmers who will participate and it will be a great opportunity. I invite participants from Bangladesh to also take part in the food show,” he said.

He said, “We felt there is some gap in the system, in our communication and our initiative and that we need to work on them … We want to give the entire industry, the sectors, the movement and trade that are already taking place a better and formal structure and facilitate wherever necessary”.

The delegation led by Sangma met Pran Agro Ltd chairman Ahsan Khan Chowdhury and sought the Bangladesh company’s investment in Meghalaya.

“I was really glad to learn about their food products and I was really impressed to see the kind of enterprise and the vision he (Khan Chowdhury) has,” Sangma later said.

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