Rail, bus services between India and Bangladesh launched

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09 April, 2017

Indian prime minister Nrendra Modi said he has firm belief that the Teesta water-sharing issue would be resolved soon by his government and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina's government.

We are a long-standing and trusted development partner of Bangladesh, ' Modi said at a press briefing after the sides signed as many as 22 agreements in key sectors including civil nuclear energy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced a $500 million (around Rs 32.2 crore) credit line to Bangladesh for the purchase of defence supplies.

While showering praise on Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed another neighbour Pakistan in a veiled manner, saying it prefers "backstabbing over trust" and that its "mindset" is a roadblock to peace in the region. "An early solution can and will be found to the Teesta water sharing issue", he added. We wanted development of the entire region. He said that 17 projects have been identified for utilisation of the new line of credit. "This nation has attained commendable development in the areas of economy, education, science, technology and innovations in the recent years", the Bangladesh Prime Minister said.

"Delighted to welcome H.E. Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, on her State Visit to India".

Modi recalled the sacrifice of 1,661Indian soldiers, who lost their lives in liberating Bangladesh, while lauding Dhaka for cooperating with Delhi in combating terrorism.

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Though the two sides chose to take their ties to a newer level, they could not finalise the long-pending Teesta water- sharing agreement, primarily due to opposition to it by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was present during launch of new train and bus services between the two countries.

-PM Modi said Bangaldesh's zero tolerance policy towards terrorism is an inspiration. Bus and train links between Kolkata and Khulna. have been restored today.

Modi added "Steps are being taken to put into operation the coastal shipping agreement. In this regard, the leaders welcomed the signing of the inter-governmental agreement for cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy and other agreements related to nuclear cooperation". The war is the common factor in the histories of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan; and had altered the political map of South Asia permanently.

Hasina is on a four-day official visit to India.

PM Modi announced a special medical scheme under which 100 "Muktijoddhas" (warriors of the liberation war) of Bangladesh will be provided medical treatment in Indian hospitals every year.

He further said the Liberation war of Bangladesh was not only against the massacre but also for the protection of human values.


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