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India's radars in Bangladesh to monitor Bay of Bengal

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  1. Black_cats

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    India's radars in Bangladesh to monitor Bay of Bengal

    Anirban Bhaumik, DHNS, New Delhi, OCT 06 2019, 00:15AM IST UPDATED: OCT 06 2019, 08:26AM IST

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

    India is set to get more eyes to keep watch on Bay of Bengal region as it inked a pact with Bangladesh to install a network of 20 radar systems along the coastline of the neighbouring country.

    The new network of Coastal Surveillance Radar Systems in Bangladesh will help India not only to detect any seaborne terrorist attack along its eastern coastline, but also to keep watch on its maritime neighbourhood, where the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been frequently deploying its warships over the past few years.

    India signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up the Coastal Surveillance Radar System in Bangladesh after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from the neighbouring country, Sheikh Hasina, had a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. India is building similar coastal surveillance networks in other Indian Ocean nations, like Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Maldives.

    The meeting between Modi and Hasina was followed by signing of six other pacts, including one on Standard Operating Procedure for India to use of Chittagong and Mongla ports of Bangladesh, for movement of goods to and from eastern and northeastern regions of India.

    The two leaders also discussed several other proposed connectivity projects, not only the ones between India and Bangladesh but also the ones involving the other nations like Nepal and Bhutan. They agreed to make efforts to expeditiously implement the proposed Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement, which was signed on June 15, 2015, but has not yet been put into force as the National Council of Bhutan blocked its ratification. Modi and Hasina on Saturday agreed to work towards a bilateral India-Bangladesh Motor Vehicles Agreement, if no headway could be made to implement the four-nation pact soon.

    “India accords priority to its ties with Bangladesh. The increasing cooperation between India and Bangladesh is a shining example of neighbourly relations for the entire world,” Modi said after his meeting with Hasina.

    They agreed to expedite work towards drawing upon a US $ 500 million Line of Credit extended by India to Bangladesh to augment the defence capabilities of the neighbouring country. The implementation arrangements for the credit line was finalized in April 2019.

    Hasina noted that Bangladesh and India had witnessed remarkable progress in cooperation in a large number of areas over the past 10 years. “These include newer areas of cooperation for mutual benefit such as satellite systems, renewable energy, blue economy and maritime affairs, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, outer space technology, internet bandwidth sharing and cybersecurity,” said Bangladesh Prime Minister.

    Modi and Hasina launched a project to import LPG from Bangladesh for distribution in Tripura and rest of northeastern India, inaugurated a hostel – Vivekananda Bhaban – at Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka and unveiled a skill development institute at Khulna in Bangladesh.

    New Delhi first proposed the MoU with Dhaka for installing the coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh in 2015. Dhaka, however, was a bit cautious about accepting New Delhi's proposal, as it was worried about the possibility of its implication on its relations with Beijing.

    The professed objective of the radar systems India would set up in Bangladesh is to help the neighbouring country safeguard its sovereignty in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Sources, however, told the DH that the network would also prove to be a a strategic asset for India and help Indian Navy to detect and respond to any threat to its national security and sovereignty.

    The spy planes of the Indian Navy last month tracked seven Chinese PLAN warships operating in and around the Indian Ocean region.

    A Type O39A Yuan class submarine of the Chinese PLAN was detected in the Indian Ocean last year. This was the first time a Chinese PLA Navy submarine was detected in the Indian Ocean after the June-August 2017 military stand-off between India and China in Doklam Plateau in western Bhutan. The PLA Navy had 14 warships and as many as seven submarines in the Indian Ocean during the 72-day-long stand-off.

    The PLA Navy started deploying warships in the Indian Ocean in 2013, professedly to support anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

    New Delhi has also been worried over the “String of Pearls” strategic assets China is building around India in the Indian Ocean region.

    Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Thursday for her first visit to New Delhi after leading her Awami League party to yet another landslide victory in the December 2018 national elections in Bangladesh and thus winning her fourth (third straight) term in office of the Prime Minister in Dhaka.

    Her meeting with Modi on Saturday was the second after he too led the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory in April-May parliamentary elections in India and secured a second five-year term in office. They had a brief meeting on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 27 last.

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    After abrar death nobody would like to see a Indian radar on death body of abrar inside Bangladesh. This facility will unnecessarily brings the India China conflict inside Bangladesh.
     
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    India's Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Ms. Sheikh Hasina, at the Joint Press Statements, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi. Photo Credit: India PM Office

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    Bangladesh Gives India Greenlight To Install Surveillance Radar System
    October 8, 2019 BenarNews 0 Comments
    By BenarNews

    https://www.eurasiareview.com/08102...enlight-to-install-surveillance-radar-system/

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury

    Bangladesh will allow India to install surveillance radar along its coast on the Bay of Bengal, leaders of the two nations said during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s weekend trip to New Delhi.

    Hasina and her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, announced in a joint statement Saturday that their governments had “signed, exchanged, adopted and handed over” a memorandum of understanding for the installation of a coastal surveillance system.

    “Both Prime Ministers welcomed the initiatives for development of closer Maritime Security Partnership, and noted the progress made in finalization of an MoU on [the] Establishment of [a] Coastal Surveillance Radar System in Bangladesh,” the six-page statement said.

    The two sides did not elaborate on the purpose of the radar system, nor give details on when the equipment would be installed. The surveillance system was among seven bilateral documents signed during Hasina’s four-day visit that ended on Sunday, the joint statement said.

    A Bangladeshi official told BenarNews that the country has no costal surveillance system. If installed, the costal surveillance radar, which is capable of detecting boats smaller than 20 meters (65.6 feet) in all weather conditions, would be the first of its kind in the nation’s territorial waters. The instrument has a range of 50 km (31 miles).

    According to reports in the Indian media, at least 20 of these radar systems would be installed along Bangladesh’s coastline.

    The Deccan Herald, an English daily, said the radar systems would “go a long way in assuaging India’s concerns over the growing influence of China and the presence of Chinese warships in the Bay of Bengal region.”

    Dhaka gave the green light for the radar system about three weeks after the Indian Navy said it had tracked seven Chinese Navy warships sailing in the Indian Ocean.

    “They are being constantly monitored during their presence in the Indian Ocean when they pass closer to Indian exclusive economic zone and territorial waters,” India’s NDTV channel quoted an Indian naval official as saying last month.

    In August last year, Indian navy chief Adm. Sunil Lanba told reporters that 14 Chinese Navy ships had been spotted in the Indian Ocean.

    “[W]e had a unique situation where we had the handing over and taking over going on between two anti-piracy escort groups, so there were six vessels. There was one group going to the Baltics for exercises with three ships. So, in August, for about two weeks there were 14 ships in the area,” India’s Economic Times quoted Lanba as saying.

    Senior Indian defense ministry officials told India Today that Beijing had deployed a Type 039A Yuan-class attack submarine in the Indian Ocean in October 2018 – the eighth such deployment in the region – for what China calls anti-piracy patrols.

    “The last submarine in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) was also a Yuan class SSK with the Chinese Navy support ship, in June 2017,” India Today said.

    The Chinese navy started deploying warships in the Indian Ocean in 2013, purportedly to support anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, according to Indian newspapers, citing intelligence reports.

    Hasina and Modi, according to the joint statement, also agreed to expedite work towards drawing upon a U.S. $500 million Defense Line of Credit extended by India to Bangladesh, for which implementation arrangements were finalized in April 2019. The statement again did not provide details.

    The MoU on setting up radar system was signed against the backdrop of a Bangladeshi decision to set up a submarine base in Cox’s Bazar with Chinese support after Dhaka acquired two conventional submarines from Beijing.

    Analysts weigh in
    Retired Brig. Gen. Sakhawat Hossain, a security analyst, said India’s decision to set up radar in Bangladesh’s coastline could be targeted at Chinese activities in the Bay of Bengal.

    “We have seen a strong reaction in India following Bangladesh’s decision to procure two old conventional submarines from China and proposed construction of a submarine base with Chinese support,” he told BenarNews, as he underscored Beijing’s naval presence in Sri Lankan, Maldivian and Pakistani waters.

    He urged Dhaka not to take sides.

    “The setting up of Indian radar surveillance on Bangladesh’s coast could be targeted at China,” he said. “We have been in the middle of a power tussle between our immediate big neighbor, India, and another big power, China.”

    But Munshi Faiz Ahmad, chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, a think-tank under the foreign ministry, said the proposed radar system “could be for mutual interests.”

    “Bangladesh should maintain good relations with India for security while we need China for our development. We need both the countries. We have to strike a balance in maintaining our relations with these two counties,” he told Benar.

    As the leaders of the neighboring nations discussed intensifying defense cooperation, Modi also thanked Bangladesh for sheltering up to 740,000 Rohingya who fled their homes at the height of a 2017 military offensive in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

    But other issues, such as the nearly 2 million people who could become stateless after being excluded from New Delhi’s latest registry of citizens in Assam state, went to the backburner, Indian reports said.

    Hasina has been criticized back home by opposition parties for agreeing to the radar surveillance system and not pushing Modi to include any mention of the controversial National Register of Citizens in the joint statement, although the two leaders did discuss the NRC issue during their talks, according to news reports.

    “Why would India be allowed to set up a coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh? People want to know about it,” said a statement issued by leaders of the Jatiya Mukti Council, a group linked with the opposition.

    India’s home minister and leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party have also been “issuing provocative statements to push stateless people of the northeastern [Indian] states to Bangladesh, but the joint statement has no mention of this NRC issue,” the group said.

    According to Hossain, the security analyst, Modi told Hasina that the NRC was “an internal affair” that Bangladesh need not worry about.

    “The Indian prime minister’s assurance regarding NRC should have been in the joint statement,” Hossain told Benar.

    “Bangladesh has every reason to be worried about the NRC. Almost every day, the Indian home minister and other BJP leaders have been warning that they would push the stateless people to Bangladesh.”

    Paritosh Paul in Kolkata, India, contributed to this report.
     
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    Yea, as if anyone would like to see Indian radars before the murder of Abrar or ever. Setting Indian radars in BD mean, snatching BD's sovereignty. But where is the talk of this anywhere in BD? Because, all the places its Abrar. India does anti BD activities but still want to remain in good books of common people. So that, all its next step is justified. The public is made to believe India cant do anything anti to BD. People's opinions are shaped in a way that, Right from 71 all of India's actions are justified. Enlightened people are different though. The other deals with India were digestible though, but what is this? And still no highlight in this one. Everytime there is a clash of interest between India and BD, you will see something chaotic happening in BD. BD is hopeless behind such a country and people inside.

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    Okay so how will Indian radars and Chinese naval ships will Co exist?
     
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    husband wife matters are internal issues
     
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    Wife is also in cahoots with China.
     
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    It is certainly will not be accepted by the population. I am quite surprised at this stupid decision. On the one hand, BD is purchasing Chinese military hardware and on the other, it is asking India to build these posts on its land to keep watch on Chinese naval activities.

    It is an infringement of BD sovereignty and will cause to deteriorate its relationship with China.
     
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    India should put webcam on hasina's body. That way modi can watch what is escort is upto. btw isnt modi wife get jealous of hasina? Or she might like threesome! Naighty lol
     
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    Modi is single. Chiro Kumar!!
     
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    No he is not single. Trump ask him once and he said he has a wife. Look it up.
     
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    It’s like married but never had any relationship.
     
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    @Black_cats Will China allow Indian radars to monitor Chinese ships.
     
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    He is like typical hindu man. They dont like to have sex with there women but jerk off by watching cow (there mom) have sex.
     
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    I don't think Modi has a wife.