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Indo-Bangla ties hit new ground for mutual benefit: Manmohan

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by S K Mittal, Oct 6, 2013.

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  1. S K Mittal

    S K Mittal Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Saturday said Bangladesh and India have set examples of joint initiatives for mutual benefit as he broke grounds for a 13,20 megawatt joint venture coal-fired plant and inaugurated a joint transmission line along with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

    "We have shown that we can pursue cooperative endeavours to harness the boundless economic potential of our relationship based on the principles of equality, sovereignty and mutual prosperity," he said in a video-conference from his office in Delhi during the launching of the cross-country transmission line.

    Sheikh Hasina accompanied by Indian power minister Farooqe Abdullah and her own cabinet colleagues and officials of the two countries joined the inauguration at the function at a grid sub-station at Bheramara of Kushtia.

    "Today's inauguration represents an important milestone in connecting our two countries and the broader region through a growing wave of cross-border energy links and trade," Manmohan Singh told the function.

    The Indian premier said the initiatives being undertaken Saturday would strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Bangladesh and add a rich dimension to our bilateral relations.

    He said the transmission line and the HVDC station in Bheramara provide a safe and reliable interconnection of the power grids of our two countries, which will enable supply of 500 MW of power from India to Bangladesh.

    "A shared aspiration of our people has been translated into a concrete outcome," Singh said.

    On the joint venture coal-fired plant at Rampal, the Indian premier said the two countries were also laying the foundation stone for the 1320 MW Maitri Thermal Power Project being developed by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company.

    "I extend my best wishes to the project and call upon the project authorities to observe the highest environmental standards in its execution, given that the Sunderbans are our common heritage," he said in an apparent environmental fears about the impact of the project on the world's largest mangrove forest.

    He said economic development is the biggest challenge for all the countries in South Asia while "our destinies are inter-linked and so must our economies be," he said.

    "The initiatives being undertaken today strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Bangladesh and add a rich new dimension to our bilateral relations," the Indian premier said.

    Singh said the prospects for economic development in South Asia will be substantially enhanced through a partnership for shared prosperity between the countries of the region.

    He said the key to shared prosperity is greater trade and investment in our region and improved connectivity through transport, road, rail, telecom, cyber and energy links.

    Singh appreciated Bangladesh's significant progress under Sheikh Hasina's premiership including in the area of energy security and said Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia and its achievements in meeting the Millennium Development Goals stand as an example for the rest of the world.

    "I assure you that India will remain a steadfast and long-term partner in your development efforts . . . I look forward with confidence to a future of deeper cooperation in energy and all other dimensions of our relationship," he said.

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    Indo-BD relations have never been worse. By blindly supporting a murderous corrupt leadership, who are universally condemned in BD, India has damaged her future in this country.
     
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    Actually BD has developed with this Indo-BD relationship there has been power sharing deal enacted, India has provided the credit lines. And free trade agreement is on process. Wondering the opposition during their tenure what they have achieved and what moral rights do they have when they harbor convicted criminals in their party. Would like to know what the development plans of BNP for BD.
     
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    Exactly
     
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