27th March, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation-level talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. In the meeting held in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a number of MoUs were exchanged between India and Bangladesh. Giving information about the Prime Minister's two-day visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla said that Teesta water sharing was also discussed in this meeting. Prime Minister Modi ended the tour and left for New Delhi from Dhaka on Saturday late evening.
Seal of five consent forms
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid in Dhaka on Saturday. In this meeting, the two leaders discussed various issues related to cooperation in India-Bangladesh. Prime Minister Modi tweeted and said - I had a wonderful meeting with the President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid. In this we shared views on various topics related to India-Bangladesh cooperation. Before meeting the President, Modi had a solo and then delegation-level meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. During this time, five MoUs were signed to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Teesta reiterates commitment on water sharing agreement
Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated during the talks on Saturday with Sheikh Hasina to make serious efforts to complete the Teesta water sharing agreement through consultation with the stakeholders concerned. During the meeting, the Indian side also requested to finalize a draft for water sharing of Feni river very soon. The draft is pending from Bangladesh. Currently, India and Bangladesh are cooperating on 56 rivers flowing from one country to another.
Teesta has been tried before
Shringla said that the scope of cooperation between the two countries is very wide on the issue of drinking water, irrigation, besides flood and pollution control. Recently the water resources secretaries of the two countries had a meeting in New Delhi. India and Bangladesh are negotiating all important issues including Teesta. Significantly, the Teesta agreement was to be signed during the visit of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh in September 2011 but it was deferred at the last minute. The flow of Teesta means a lot to Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina 's praise of "Neighborhood First Policy '
Giving information about the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Indian Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla said that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh has appreciated India's 'Neighborhood First Policy'. PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition on Saturday. We are planning to take this exhibition to many countries. This issue was discussed in the meeting of the two Prime Ministers.
Decision to celebrate December 6 as 'Friendship Day'
Indian Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla said that PM Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have decided to celebrate December 6 as 'Friendship Day'. On this day, India formally recognized Bangladesh as a country. Delegation-level talks were held between PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina. The meeting discussed how the two countries could preserve the 1971 legacy.
Will increase cooperation in space
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that India and Bangladesh are ready to increase cooperation in the space sector. Teesta issue was also discussed in the meeting. Prime Minister Modi reiterated India's sincere and sustained efforts to fulfill this agreement.
There was talk on motor vehicle agreement also
Shringla said that the Indian side also requested for the finalization of the draft water sharing of Feni river. There is very active cooperation between India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan under the BBIM Group. The meeting also discussed the motor vehicle agreement. India is facilitating Bangladeshi exports to Bhutan and Nepal from its land.
There was talk on these issues as well
Foreign Secretary said that both countries also agreed to increase civil nuclear cooperation. The transmission lines of the Rooppur nuclear power plant will be developed by Indian companies. It will cost more than one billion dollars. Issues such as commerce and connectivity, cooperation and water resources, security, defense, power and energy were discussed at the delegation-level talks. Not only this, talks were also held on Artificial Intelligence, Environment, Social Applications of Atomic Energy etc.
Presented Kovid-19 Vaccine Dose
After the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a dosing gift of 1.2 million Kovid-19 vaccines from Bangladesh to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. PM Narendra Modi also handed over 109 life saving ambulances to PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh.
Start of third passenger train between India and Bangladesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated a new passenger train connecting Dhaka and New Jalpaiguri through video conference. This is the third passenger train between the two countries. There are already two trains running between the two countries, the Maitri Express (Dhaka-Kolkata) and the Bandhan Express (Khulna-Kolkata). This new passenger train has been launched on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the liberation struggle of Bangladesh.
Worship in Jashoreswari Kali Temple
Prime Minister Modi began the second day of his two-day Bangladesh visit with a puja archana at the ancient Jashoreswari Kali temple in Satkhira. Prime Minister Modi wished for the welfare of the entire human race at Jashoreswari Kali Temple. It is known that this temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of many centuries old. On reaching the temple, PM Modi was welcomed by blowing a conch shell. He was also applied tilak. The Prime Minister offered a crown, sari and other worship materials to Mother Kali. He also did a circumambulation of the (PM Narendra Modi) temple.
Corona wished for freedom from crisis
Prime Minister Modi said that I had the privilege of coming at the feet of Maa Kali, one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. Today, the entire human race is going through many crises due to corona. This is a request to Maa Kali to liberate the entire human race from this crisis of Corona as soon as possible. The Prime Minister called the survey Bhavantu Sukhin: and the mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the heritage of Indian culture. PM Modi called for the creation of a community center here. He said that the Government of India will work for its construction here so that it can be used by the devotees.
Visited Bangabandhu's memorial
Prime Minister Modi also visited the memorial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipada in Gopalganj district. PM Modi paid tribute to his tomb. PM Modi is the first foreign prime minister to do so. On reaching Bangabandhu memorial complex, PM Modi was welcomed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Prime Minister Modi also kept silence for some time. During this, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her cabinet colleagues read Fatiha.
Worshiped in Orakandi temple
Prime Minister Modi also visited a temple in Orakandi, the birthplace of Harichand Thakur, the spiritual guru of the Matua community and offered prayers there. The Prime Minister interacted with the people of the Matua community there. He said that instead of instability, terror and unrest, India and Bangladesh want stability, love and peace. The Prime Minister said that the Government of India will develop a primary school and a secondary school for girls in Orakandi. At present, India is moving forward with the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Faith. Bangladesh is a companion in it.