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Teesta Water Sharing Fresh Push by India and Bangladesh

India and Bangladesh held the first meeting of water resources secretaries for the first time after eight years. Kabir Bin Anwar, the water resources secretary, led the Bangladesh team while Upendra Prasad Singh, the secretary for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, headed the Indian delegation. The two at the end of the meeting declared formation of a four member committee for proposed Ganges Barrage of Bangladesh  with two members from each side. This will lead to composition of a larger committee and terms of reference (TOR) by Sept 30 this year. On the Teesta waters fresh data is planned to be collected on the river along with seven others - Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Feni, Gumti, Dharla, and Dudhkumar. India and Bangladesh have 54 common rivers but a water sharing agreement is only signed for the River Ganges. Agreements on sharing of water resources have proved extremely difficult in the mainly agrarian economies dependent on rain fed agriculture......................

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