For Sheikh Hasina as well as ironically for Mamata Banerjee Teesta River Waters Sharing is a critical issue which may swing elections
Four models discussed and a new model proposed
I come to Bangladesh with a message of friendship and goodwill from the newly elected Government in India.
With non stop hartals and violence on streets of Dhaka and the BNP leadership virtually blaming India for bias, New Delhi's Bangladesh policy will remain challenged
India Bangladesh Relations – Teesta Waters and Land Boundary Agreement
Tripura University in India conferred honorary D. Litt degree to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in recognition of her role in establishing multicultural democracy
Indo Bangladesh military relations are assuming greater traction. General Md Abdul Mubeen, Bangladesh Army Chief visited from 28 Nov to 02 Dec 11.
Indo Bangladesh Relations in Focus with Indian PM's Long Awaited Visit
Indo Bangladesh relations remained at an all time high in July. The Indian Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi received, "Bangladesh Freedom Honour" on behalf of former Prime Minister late Ms Indira Gandhi.
India’s outgoing Foreign Secretary; Ms Nirupama Rao was in Dhaka. She highlighted the progress in Indo Bangladesh relations at the Joint Press meet.
The visit of the Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari to Bangladesh during the month once again highlighted growing relations between the two countries, though the high dignitary was more on a ceremonial rather than a diplomatic trip
India is to set the ball rolling for visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later this year. Sharing of Teesta river water, transit, exchange of 162 enclaves in each other's territory, 6.5 kilometres of un-demarcated border and import of electricity are some key bilateral issues likely to be discussed. Visits by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao followed by a trip by External Affairs Minister SM Krishna have been planned.
India and Bangladesh are likely to exchange 162 enclaves. India has 111 enclaves or nearly 17,158 acres of land in Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Nilphamari districts of Bangladesh, while Bangladesh has 51 enclaves measuring 7,110 acres in Cooch Behar district of India. The enclaves are land owned by the Coochbehar and Rangpur kings in pre partition India which were transferred to each state though the boundary was running through the same.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi on 27 September confirmed that 19 commanders of ULFA came on their own from Bangladesh to join the peace process "They are very much in Assam and are not arrested as they came on their own from Bangladesh to join the peace process," the chief minister told journalists. The rebel commanders, led by Anu Buragohain, Bhaiti Baruah, Biju Deka, and Pradyut Buragohain are reported to have given themselves up to Bangladesh authorities and in turn handed over to the Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
The Director General-level five-day border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at BDR's Pilakhna Headquarters during the month. The atmosphere was set with the BDR pushing across a group of 19 United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) cadres allegedly apprehended in the country.
India’s Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee visited Bangladesh to sign a landmark US$ One Billion Line of Credit Agreement between EXIM Bank and Government of Bangladesh and resetting the relationship after some fears of a slow down due to lack of follow up of the positive outcome of the visit of the Bangla Prime Minister to New Delhi in January 2010. India also agreed to export of 3 lakh tones of rice and 2 lakh tones of wheat, in spite of a ban on exports of these essential commodities.
The Joint Boundary Working Group of Bangladesh and India is expected to meet in July to address the problems of enclaves, adverse possessions and undemarcated areas to comprehensively address long-pending land boundary disputes.
Bangladesh and India signed a transportation and transshipment agreement allowing Indian goods to be transported through Ashuganj port. “I have just signed an agreement declaring Ashuganj as a new ‘port of call’ for the transport of heavy consignments from India for their Palatana Power Project in Tripura”, Bangladesh shipping secretary Abdul Mannan Hawladar said.
In what can be seen as a significant success of Indo Bangladesh cooperation, National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) Rajan Daimary chief Rajan Daimary was handed over by Bangla authorities to the Assam police on 1 May. The Daimary faction was opposing talks with the government and is also alleged to be responsible for the 31 October 2008 blasts in Guwahati which killed over 70 persons.
General Mohd Abdul Mubeen, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Bangladesh was on a goodwill visit to India from 14-20 Mar 2010. The visit assumes special significance in the light of improving military cooperation between the two countries in consonance with India’s growing relationship with Bangladesh. Indo-Bangladesh relations are multifaceted and founded on historical linkages.
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