Indian consulate in Sylhet ‘within two months’: HC Shringla

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Staff Reporter:

The High Commission of India in Bangladesh will set up an office in Sylhet within the next two months, High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla announced here on Friday.

“The office will be set up here so that people from Sylhet can easily get Indian visa,” the high commissioner said while speaking as the chief guest at a programme at the International Krishnavinamakarta Sangha (ISKCON) Temple in Sylhet on Friday.

“India-Bangladesh relationship is getting better day by day. Both countries are working together to prevent militancy and terrorism,” he said.

Shringla also said that during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, India had extended its friendship to Bangladeshi people and Indian soldiers also fought for the people of this country. “Same as before, India’s love for Bangladesh continues.”

While talking about the Indian government’s funding for development projects in two ISKCON centers in Bangladesh, the High Commissioner  in ISKCON Savar, India is funding the construction of an old home and orphanage at a cost of Tk5.54 crores while in ISKCON Sylhet, construction of a five-storey student hostel is being funded with Tk 7.4 crores.

“An amount of 1.54 Crores has already been released to ISKCON Sylhet for this project,” said the HC while he handed over a cheque of Tk1.05 crore as part of the next installment for the project.

“Both these projects were inaugurated during the visit of the Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj to Bangladesh in October 2017. We hope that both the projects would be completed early,” Shringla further said.

Among others, ISKCON Temple Principal Gaurango Brahmachari, General Secretary of Iskcon’s central committee Charu Chandra Das Brahmachari, and secretary of the Indian High Commission Shishir Kutari, were present at the programme.unb

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