Vol. 5 Num 642 Sun. March 19, 2006  
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Khaleda's gifts for Manmohan's wife, Sonia

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will carry specially designed Jamdani silk saris as gifts for Gursharan Kaur, wife of her Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh and also for the ruling Indian Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

As the prime minister leaves Dhaka tomorrow for New Delhi on a three-day visit to India, for the first time since she assumed office in 2001, her gift box would be full of two dozen Jamdani saris and a good number of art works by famous Bangladeshi painters, officials in Dhaka said.

Sources at the foreign ministry confirmed that as both Bangladesh and India attached utmost importance on taking up various confidence building measures (CBM) during the Khaleda-Manmohan summit-level bilateral talks on March 21, the Bangladeshi prime minister will carry some gifts for all the dignitaries she is going to meet in New Delhi.

There will be gifts for the Indian president, premier, opposition leaders, and Congress leaders and also for Rahul and Priyanka -- Sonia Gandhi's son and daughter.

While most of the sarees have been bought from Tangail Sari Kutir at New Bailey Road, some of them in white and off-white colours were ordered to the weavers at Rupganj, Narayanganj with prescribed designs.