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India and Bangladesh to boost slew of projects at Sep 29 foreign ministers level meet


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By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, ET Bureau
Sep 25, 2020, 09:31 PM IST

NEW DELHI: India-backed LoC projects besides connectivity initiatives and energy pipelines will be the key agenda items during the September 29 Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) between Delhi and Dhaka.

Foreign ministers of both the countries will lead their respective delegations in the meeting to be held on September 29 through virtual platform.

Another key focus of the JCC this time will be the finalisation of the programmes for the Mujib Birth Centenary and for the 50th anniversary of creation of Bangladesh.

The issue of stalled Joint River Commissionmeeting will also come up for discussion in the meeting. He expressed the hope that the two ministers will give a guideline for this so that the JRC meeting can be held soon.

The meeting will also focus on the quick implementation of the projects taken up under the Indian Line of Credit.

There is also a proposal for creating a mechanism so that the progress of the LoC projects can be reviewed by a secretary-level body. This will also be discussed in the meeting.

India and Bangladesh have decided to explore new areas of cooperation including latest technologies, disaster management, artificial intelligence, ecology and conservation and greater youth to youth engagement to give further momentum to their burgeoning ties. In keeping with India’s Neighbourhood First Policy Bangladesh will also be accorded priority in the areas of vaccines and therapeutics.

These among other issues of mutual benefit were discussed when Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Dhaka last month.

India’s ongoing projects in Bangladesh are aimed at improving infrastructure in sectors like ports, power, railways and roads making the investment environment all the more conductive in Bangladesh. India is also developing Indian Economic Zones in Mirasarai and Mongla. Next year as both countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, some strategic projects will get inaugurated like the Akhaura -Agartala rail link and Maitree power project.

India through its High Impact Community Development Projects ( HICDP) has also undertaken over 40 social economic projects in areas relating to sanitation, waste management, restoration, health etc. under grant-in-aid.

On the trade front, Bangladesh’s exports to India have crossed 1 billion making India the second country in Asia after Japan where its exports have crossed a billion mark. Currently, India trades more with Bangladesh than any other South Asian neighbour. Contours of a comprehensive economic partnership agreement are being discussed between the two sides, sources informed.

Cooperation in security has remained a vital component of bilateral engagement. Both sides have a robust ongoing cooperation in security matters and counter terrorism and have also intensified their exchanges and sharing of information in the area in the area of anti-radicalization and counterterrorism.

There has also been good cooperation in power and energy. India’s supply of 1160 MW of power at reasonable cost is over 9 % of the maximum power demand in Bangladesh. India is also constructing a 1320 MW powerplant plant in Khulna under its concessional financing scheme.

The cooperation in the area of nuclear energy has also seen significant progress. India is offering capacity building programmes or the Bangladesh nuclear scientists.

In view of the close people to people ties, both sides are in active discussion on commencing air bubble flights soon. This will help the business and the student community on the two sides and will also facilitate the travel of people seeking medical assistance. Last year alone , 1.6 million visas were issued to the Bangladeshinationals, making our visa operations largest in Bangladesh .

Both sides recognize that increasing connectivity through air, water, rail, road offers mutually beneficial opportunities for augmenting economic cooperation between Bangladesh and India particularly with the North Eastern States of India .Connectivity received a big boost when for the first time ever Indian cargo from Kolkata to Agartala moved via the Chattogram Port. India also recently handed over 10 locomotives to Bangladesh to strengthen its freight and passenger connectivity.

The signing of a second addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Trade& and Transit has contributed to the future strengthening of the regional connectivity comprising hinterland states of East India with Bangladesh and the North East India. The commencement of parcel and container train services between the two countries have helped in a cheaper, more efficient and friendly mode of trade between the two sides.

 

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  • 26 September 2020

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India, Bangladesh ties built on trust, mutual respect: Envoy

Dhaka, Sep 26 (PTI) India and Bangladesh are partners in development and the bilateral cooperation transcends mere transactions as it is built on trust and mutual respect, the Indian envoy here said.

Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das, addressing an online seminar to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, said that India looks forward to the joint commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Liberation War and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.

October 2, 2020 would mark the finale of the two-year long commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Indian envoy said that she was pleased to speak with participants from all Gandhi ashrams in Bangladesh on a common platform.

She urged them to work together to preserve this shared history of India and Bangladesh and to build on this cherished bond of friendship.

The seminar titled "Remembering Mahatma Gandhi" was organised by the High Commission of India on Thursday and was attended by several Bangladeshi lawmakers.

Speaking on the occasion, Das said that Gandhi ashrams in Noakhali, Jamalpur, Atrai and Dohar are the torch bearers of the Gandhian principles in Bangladesh.

She paid tributes to both Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. PTI PMS PMS

 

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All Indian projects (especially connectivity) is for India's selfish interests.

Screw the Sanghis.

Who wants to connect their seven sisters to the rest of India - and then again through us? What the hell for??

Nothing in it for us.

Let these places remain the backwaters they are. Better for us in geopolitical sense.

We don't need enemies - when we have 'friends' like Indians.
 

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All "connectivity" projects should be stalled by the next govt until watersharing is sorted.

Imports should be diversified away

People who go to India for shopping should be lashed in public.

India only respects strength.
 

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All Indian projects (especially connectivity) is for India's selfish interests.

Screw the Sanghis.

Who wants to connect their seven sisters to the rest of India - and then again through us? What the hell for??
Sheikh Hasina, political demii god you are avid supporter of , is whom wants that. So instead of sounding disingenuous, before screwing Sanghis, screw Hasina and regime which allowing such anti Bangladesh activities.
 

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Shopping is a disease, especially among the womenfolk.

Strong measures are needed to divert these people's shopping toward Thailand or Malaysia.

Maybe even Pakistan. But I don't see any welcome measures being taken by retailers or chamber of commerce in either Karachi or Lahore to take our shopping money.

Or even hiring Bengalis in Karachi to act as translators/guides.

This amounts to several Billions of dollars every year, especially Eid shopping. All this money goes to Hindutva Banya pockets.

Where are the preferential discounts, airfares etc. from larger Pakistani business houses?

Gotta get the ball rolling somehow. Ball is in Pakistan's court.
 

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Sheikh Hasina, political demii god you are avid supporter of , is whom wants that. So instead of sounding disingenuous, before screwing Sanghis, screw Hasina and regime which allowing such anti Bangladesh activities.
Sir oh sir ,I am afraid that soon you will get a massive heart attack by seeing BAL ghost everywhere! Please get an appointment of a good cardiologist ASAP!
:sarcastic:
 

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