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Meanwhile, president Ram Nath Kovind will witness Bangladesh’s 50th Victory Day celebrations in Dhaka today as a guest of honour.

Swarnim Vijay Varsh commemorates 50 years of Mitro Bahini’s (combined force of Freedom Fighters’ and Indian Armed Forces) victory in the 1971 war and the formation of Bangladesh.

On 16 December 2020, prime minister Narendra Modi lit the Swarnim Vijay Mashaal from the Eternal Flame at the National War Memorial in India.

He also lit four flames that were to traverse along with different directions. Since then, these four flames have traversed across the length and breadth of the country, including to Siachen, Kanyakumari, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Longewala, Rann of Kutch, Agartala.

The flames were taken to key battle areas and also to the houses of gallantry award winners and veterans of the 1971 war.

During the Homage Ceremony today (Thursday), these four flames will be merged by the prime minister with the Eternal Flame at the National War Memorial.

Meanwhile, India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar has extended warmest congratulations to his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen, the government and the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of the country’s Victory Day, reports UNB.

“The valiant fight of people of Bangladesh led by Bangabandhu (Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) against oppression and genocide will always inspire us,” he tweeted.

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