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India unveils largest visa centre in the world in Bangladesh

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    India unveils largest visa centre in the world in Bangladesh
    Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com

    https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/201...argest-visa-centre-in-the-world-in-bangladesh

    Published: 2018-07-14 12:12:47.0 BdST Updated: 2018-07-14 12:19:00.0 BdST


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    India has unveiled a new state-of-the-art visa centre in Dhaka that will gradually replace all the other four centres in the capital with modern facilities, promising shorter waiting times for applicants.




    Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the integrated centre at Jamuna Future Park (JFP) in Dhaka along with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

    Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was present at the inauguration, later told journalists that this is the largest Indian visa centre in the world and possibly the largest anywhere.

    To mark the inauguration of the new IVAC, the Indian home minister presented a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa to Mohammad Nazrul Islam under the Muktijoddha category while the Bangladesh Home Minister presented a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa to Amal Chandra Natta under the Senior Citizen category.

    The high commissioner handed over one year multiple entry tourist visa to Jannattul Ferdous and the special secretary (Border Management) of India’s Home Affairs handed over a six-month triple entry medical visa to Begum Sharifa (who is going to Bengaluru for medical treatment).

    The visa application centre (IVAC) will replace the existing centres in Motijheel and Uttara from Jul 15. The remaining two centres in Dhaka - Gulshan and Mirpur Road - will also be shifted to this centre, located in a spacious 18,500 square feet commercial area, by Aug 31.

    The existing e-token (appointment) system for submission of visa applications will also be withdrawn from Jul 15.



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    Bangladeshis constitute one of the largest numbers of visitors from a single country to India. Last year the country issued 1.4 million visas to Bangladeshi nationals. There are 12 visa centres in Bangladesh, which is the highest number India has in any country in the world.


    India issues five-year multiple entry visas for freedom fighters, senior citizens and businessmen.

    The centre has services, such as computer-generated token vending machines which will indicate waiting time, comfortable seating in air-conditioned waiting areas, coffee and soft drinks via vending machines, food kiosks and as many as 48 counters for visa applications.

    There are separate counters for senior citizens, women, freedom fighters and business applicants. A special counter will provide printing and photocopying services for a fee.

    On Friday the visiting home minister tweeted that India and Bangladesh have made “notable progress in transforming our land and maritime boundaries into zones of peace and tranquillity.”

    “Looking forward to strengthen the bilateral relations between both the countries on the basis of friendship and trust,” he tweeted.

    “India attaches great significance to ties with Bangladesh.”

    The relationship between India and Bangladesh is “anchored in history, culture, language and shared values of democracy.”

    Singh’s three-day visit is taking place in the context of the home-minister level talks held on a regular basis between India and Bangladesh, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said.

    The last home minister-level talks were held in New Delhi in July 2016.

    Issues tied to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements are expected to be discussed at a meeting on Sunday.
     
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    All good. Cooperating with India and China on different matters will help us in the long run.
     
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    Looks like Indians are serious to attract Bangladeshi tourist spending. Medical or otherwise.

    Of course Bangladesh govt. is not doing a damn thing to stop this cash outflow.

    If the govt. had rules in place limiting people from spending their medical treatment money in India, then we'd see local hospitals get these 'general medical issue' treatment dollars locally and the standards of treatment locally would also increase over time. Of course you can't compete with Indian low rates because of low Indian doctor salaries but you can come close.

    I am surprised Square and the other medical services vendors aren't raising a hue and cry over this.
     
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    Bottom line BD does not have enough good doctors despite having a lot of hospitals and clinics. Most doctors are MBBS and never open a book after they get a govt job. Some do complete FCPS without attending any class but through private endeavor. These cant make good specialist.
     
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    Cooperation means temporary collaboration to create those competing services and capabilities locally.

    It does not mean being dependent on Indian hospitals for medical treatment forever.

    If they can get away with it, Indians will keep on milking this Bangladeshi medical treatment cash cow. They have absolutely nothing to complain about. This is why they opened a huge visa center to ease things for Indian medical service providers. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake for Indians and they will stop at nothing to separate us from our money (and still keep calling us 'Kangladeshis' with no shame).

    We Bangladeshis are fools. We should hire these Indian doctors (if Bangladeshi doctors are unavailable and/or charging too much) and set up some treatment centers on the Bangladesh side and keep our wealth within the country. A few Apollo hospitals have been set up locally, but going by the size of the new Indian visa center, we need a hundred more Apollo Hospitals set up locally.
     
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    Government tried to permit foreign consultant in Bangladesh but our doctors start no stop strikes everytime they try to do that.
     
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    It's a shame the govt. keeps on cowtowing to these greedy folks some call doctors. Not all doctors are in this group but some are so 'commercial' it is a shame.

    A few well-placed arrests of top Medical Association honchos by RAB and some mock 'disappearances' need to happen to straighten out some of this tomfoolery. How can the Govt. keep tolerating this anti-competitive blackmail which in most parts of the world is considered illegal?

    No one person or group can use blackmail to stop free enterprise and free competition (especially when that free enterprise concerns saving lives). This cannot be tolerated.
     
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    The idea of this center has been hatched by both BD and Indian governments to lure BD tourists to India so that India can earn more dollars from our free-spending people. India needs the dollar and the BAL needs to be re-elected with an indirect influence of India. So, the benefit is reciprocal.
     
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    That is the way to go... make your country prosperous and do whatever is required to safeguard its interests...

    It should not matter to BD where India is helping or China... get the best deal...
     
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    Why are you sitting in US then. Come back earn in Bangladesh and spend there. Khud to bahar baitha hai dusro ko bahar janey se rok raha hai. No one is going to listen to you.

    LOL
    And why would you sit in Japan because they want your money?





    Visa office is not a tourism department. They don't market like incredible India. The need of opening a visa office came due to demand.
     
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    Visa office is there because there is demand for it. People stands in line to get these visa. The office is just to ease the process. The only way to stop medical tourism is to improve our own medical facilities. My father had his eye operation done in 2013 in a Chennai hospital......and it was better and also cheaper compared to Bangladesh. People will go to India if they can find better treatment at a cheaper price.
    Hiring Indian or other foreign doctors won't work as our doctors will call for strike and close all the hospitals and clinics. Although there are a few Indian doctors in hospitals like Apollo or Square.
     
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    Guys, I hope that some BD government is serious about improving the medical care in BD.
    I agree with @Bilal9 that these "doctors" need to be told harshly that they cannot hold the country to ransom when it comes to life and death.
     
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    BD needs more post graduate medical universities where doctors can gain specialized training and advanced degree. Govt should allow foreign professor in those facilities with an option for them to practice privately. Unless foreign specialist wont find BD attractive neither govt could compensate them adequately.
     
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    Bangladeshis need visas for India And Vice versa?
    This does not make sense
     
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    Nice development.