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India planning inter-State prepare service by means of Bangladesh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina throughout a ceremonial reception for Bangladesh PM at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on Saturday.
| Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

India and Bangladesh on Saturday agreed to start a dialogue on a complete financial partnership settlement (CEPA) paving the best way for broader financial ties between the 2 neighbouring economies.

In his welcome remarks delivered on the Hyderabad House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated the 2 sides will intensify connectivity and vitality collaboration, and introduced that commerce between the 2 international locations is being carried out within the Indian forex.

“Between Akhaura and Agartala, the sixth India-Bangladesh cross-border rail link has been started. Cargo facility for India’s northeastern States has been started through the Khulna-Mongla Port. Mongla Port has been connected by rail for the first time. Both units of the 1,320 mega watt Maitree Thermal Power Plant have started generating electricity. Trade in Indian Rupee (INR) has started between the two countries,” Mr. Modi stated.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived right here on Friday on a two-day go to, the primary state go to by a international chief since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took cost for the third time period on June 9. The two sides signed a number of MoUs masking maritime cooperation and economic system, rail connectivity, oceanography, well being and catastrophe administration amongst others. Elaborating on the MoU on railway connectivity that was exchanged on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra stated that aside from the six current cross-border railway hyperlinks between the 2 international locations, the doc focuses on “transit that they afford between different parts of India through the territory of Bangladesh.”

“The connectivity essentially strengthens a very large part of economic infrastructure within Bangladesh. It’s effectively a connectivity paradigm that benefits both the countries, both the societies, both the economies, very extensively,” stated Mr. Kwatra explaining that “sub-regional transit that Bangladesh would get to Bhutan and Nepal would be further expanded and strengthened.” It is known that India will try to run a prepare service within the close to future that may join north-eastern States like Tripura with West Bengal by means of the territory of Bangladesh.  

Welcoming the chief of Bangladesh, Mr. Modi introduced that India will open an Assistant High Commission in Rangpur within the northern a part of the nation. Rangpur, which is strategically positioned between West Bengal and Assam, can also be essential as it’s nurtured by the waters of the Teesta, which is a matter of protracted negotiation between India and Bangladesh. India’s Deputy High Commissioner sits within the High Commission in Dhaka and due to this fact the mission in Rangpur shall be a subsidiary workplace, sources right here stated.

Team on Teesta

During the occasion in Hyderabad House, Mr. Modi introduced {that a} technical group from India will quickly go to Bangladesh to debate “conservation and management of the Teesta river”. In the backdrop of stalled negotiations on the sharing of the waters of the Teesta, Bangladesh got here up with the venture to preserve Teesta and subsequently, the venture drew curiosity from New Delhi. The venture can also be prone to characteristic within the agenda when Ms. Hasina visits China subsequent month, as China too has displayed curiosity within the venture relating to the cross-border river

Medical e-visas

Mr. Modi additionally introduced that India will begin issuing e-medical visas to take care of the surging demand for medical visas from Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been complaining about delays in getting visas which can be typically urgently required for people who search medical therapy in Indian hospitals. The e-medical visas are aimed toward coping with that enhance in demand.

Speaking after Mr. Modi, Prime Minister Hasina stated she mentioned “politics, security, trade, connectivity, sharing of water from common rivers, power and energy, regional and multilateral cooperations”. Foreign Secretary Kwatra stated the 2 leaders mentioned the Rohingya difficulty, which has remained on high of the agenda, since greater than one million Rohingya refugees got here to Chittagong after they had been displaced by the Myanmar navy from the crisis-torn Rakhine province.

The two sides additionally signed an MoU on launching small satellites.

Ms. Hasina described her go to as “incomparable” as that is her second go to to India inside a span of 10 days. She had attended the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Modi on June 9. She invited PM Modi to go to Bangladesh to witness the event initiatives which can be at the moment underneath method in that nation.

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