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Bangladesh’s former military dictator Ershad passes away.

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BANGLADESH: The death was confirmed by his younger brother, G.M. Quader, who said Mr. Ershad had been suffering from lung and kidney infections. Mr. Ershad assumed power as the military chief in 1982 and declared himself president the next year. He later floated his own Jatiya Party and won a controversial election in 1986.

He was born Feb. 1, 1930, in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, in what was then British India. His parents migrated to present-day Bangladesh, which was then a part of Pakistan, in 1948, after the end of British colonial rule. Mr. Ershad was commissioned into the Pakistan army in 1952 from the Officers Training School in Kohat, Pakistan. He was an adjutant in the East Bengal Regiment, the largest formation in the future Bangladesh army.

A former army chief, Ershad took over the state power in a bloodless coup in 1982 and subsequently ran the country for eight years until he was forced to quit in a pro-democracy mass upsurge in 1990. Despite being imprisoned subsequently on several charges, Ershad emerged as one of the most powerful political leaders in the 1990s after his Jatiya Party became the country’s third biggest political outfit. He was elected to parliament several times, once contesting from the prison even.

In a Tweet, External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar said, the former President of Bangladesh will long be remembered for his contribution to the special bilateral relationship with India and for his public service to Bangladesh.

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PM Modi departs for two-day visit to Bhutan

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on two day visit to Bhutan to discuss relations with India and to strengthen bilateral ties with the Himalayan nation in various fields. This is Modi’s second visit to Bhutan, first since reelection.

Modi will arrive at Paro International Airport on Saturday 17th August and will be there till 19th August. PM Modi will discuss their relations in various fields. According to reports one of the talks will be on accessing of RuPay cards in Bhutan. Before departure it is said that it will talk on partnerships from “Neighborhood Policy’.

PM Modi will meet Prime Minister of Bhutan today at 4 pm in the evening. During the visit, the Prime Minister is expected to receive audiences with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan nd hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering. The Prime Minister will also address the students of Royal University of Bhutan there.

He would also visit national Museum at Chorten the next day. “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high -level exchanges between the two countries and provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development co-operation, hydropower co-operation, people -to-people-ties as well as share views on regional matters and other issues of National Interest” an MEA statement said.

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