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India to restart issuing tourist visa soon, envoy says

| Updated: January 26, 2021 18:31:57


India to restart issuing tourist visa soon, envoy says

India wants to restart issuing tourist visa as soon as possible after assessing the COVID-19 situation after beginning of vaccination in Bangladesh and India.

Indian High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami gave the information while talking to the reporters after celebrating the Republic Day of India at the high commission in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB.

"…hopefully soon. We would really want to start it (issuing tourist visa),” he said.

The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated at the High Commission of India, Dhaka with members of the Indian community and with social distancing norms in place.

High Commissioner Doraiswami read out message of President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

He said they believe that India and Bangladesh must progress together and even during the Covid-19 situation, they wanted to work as closely as possible with their neighbors, particularly with Bangladesh.

This is why, Doraiswami said, Bangladesh is one of the first countries to receive vaccine from India, both as gift and through commercial procurement.

He hoped that the roll-out of vaccination in Bangladesh would be as fast as possible as he quoted World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying no one can be immune alone from this disease.

In a first, a Bangladeshi tri-service contingent led India's Republic Day parade on the iconic Rajpath in the heart of the national capital on Tuesday.

The 122-member Bangladeshi armed forces contingent led the first 10 rows of India's 72nd Republic Day parade to commemorate 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence.

The tri-service contingent, led by Lt Col Mohatsim Haider Chaudhury, comprised of the Bangladesh Army in the first six rows, followed by two rows of the Navy and two rows of the Air Force in the end.

 

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