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Bangla President arrives for historic NE visit

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GUWAHATI, March 8: President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid on Thursday arrived in the city here for a three-day long historic visit to Assam and Meghalaya.
Hamid accompanied by the First Lady of Bangladesh Rashida Khanam and a high-level official delegation reached the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar on Thursday afternoon. He flew on a charter flight directly from Dhaka to Guwahati.  
The Bangladesh President was received by the Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, State PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Irrigation Minister Ranjit Dutta and State Chief Secretary T Y Das, DGP Mukesh Sahay and other top government officials. He was accorded a warm welcome with bouquet of flowers and traditional Gamosa at the airport. 

Later on Thursday evening, Hamid along with the entourage paid a visit to the Kamakhya Temple. He also enjoyed the scenic beauty of river Brahmaputra boarding cruise vessel Al-Fresco Grand.

Kazi Muntashir Murshed, Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Guwahati on Wednesday said the visit is a historic and exemplary one since a President of a foreign country for the first time is making an official visit to States like Assam and Meghalaya.

Hamid will leave for Meghalaya on Friday. Sources said Hamid is likely to visit Balat, a small town in East Khasi Hills where he had undergone training during the Bangladesh Liberation War. From Balat the President will go to Shillong ti visit the bungalow of Bidhan Chandra Roy (former Bengal chief minister) and Sidli House, where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had stayed during his third visit in 1927.

After spending the night at Raj Bhawan in Shillong on Friday Hamid will leave for Delhi on Saturday via Guwahati.