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LIVE: Modi takes veiled dig at Pakistan as he and Hasina honour kin of Indian soldiers killed in 1971 war
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    Modi takes a dig at Pakistan

    "Few nations in South Asia believe in terrorism," said Narendra Modi. "India is a victim of terror ideology."

    "Contrary to the ideology of development followed by India and Bangladesh, there is one country in south Asia whose ideology and policies promote terrorism," he added.

    "This (country's) thinking is based on violence and terrorism. The makers of such ideology believe more in terrorism than in humanity," he said.

  • 16:14 (IST)

    India, Bangladesh are together because its people are together: Modi

    "India and Bangladesh are not together because of politics or governments. India and Bangladesh are together because its 140 crore people are together," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Modi praises Sheikh Hasina

    "The difficult condition which Sheikh Hasina had to face and the way in which she got Bangladesh out of the condition it was in is commendable," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "She still stands like a rock."

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    Hasina, Modi honour kin of Indian soldiers who were killed in action in 1971 war

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    'I request the two prime ministers to step down'

    Most of the times, a joint press statement is serious business. Sometimes, just sometimes, it can be funny.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    India is our most important neighbour: Sheikh Hasina

    "India has achieved great development in the areas of economy, education, science, technology and innovation. There is also 7% GDP growth in Bangladesh," said Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.

    "Greater connectivity is vital for development," said Hasina. "India is our most important neighbour," she said.

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Only my government and Sheikh Hasina's government can find an early solution to Teesta water-sharing: Modi

    "I believe it is only my government and Sheikh Hasina's government which can find an early solution to Teesta water-sharing," Modi said.

    "To mark the golden jubilee year of Bangladesh's independence, we have agreed to jointly produce a documentary on Bangladesh's liberation war," said the prime minister.

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Security of our people will remain central to our agreements: Modi

    "We want to build cooperation in new areas, especially some high technology areas, which would include space exploration, civil nuclear energy and other areas," said Modi.

    "Several agreements for investments in energy sector of Bangladesh are expected to be signed by companies in India," said Modi.

    "Steps are being taken to put into operation the coastal shipping agreement," he also said. "Prime Sheikh Hasina also discussed the need to diversy our commercial arrangement," he added.

    "The training of 1500 civil servants of Bangladesh in India is also complete. While our partnership brings development, it also opposes radicalisation," Modi said, shifting the focus on counter-terrorism.

    "We have the greatest admiration of Sheikh Hasina's firm resolve in dealing with terrorism. Security of our people will remain central to our agreements," he said.

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Extraordindary change in our ties is recognition of your leadership: Modi

    "Your visit marks another golden era in the friendship between the people of our nation. The extraordinary transformation in our ties is a clear recognition of your (Sheikh Hasina's) strong and decisive leadership," 

    "Your decision to honour the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the liberation war of 1971 deeply touched us," Modi further said.

    "Sheikh Hasina and I held discussions on the full extent of our partnership...We have to look at charting new avenues," said the prime minister.

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    India, Bangladesh sign 22 agreements

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    Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a four-day visit during which she will hold wide-ranging talks with PM Narendra Modi, who was at the airport to receive her as a special gesture.

During Hasina's visit, which is her first after Modi assumed office in 2014, the two sides will be signing at least 25 pacts in various key sectors including civil nuclear cooperation and defence but any agreement on the Teesta water sharing is unlikely to be inked.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Image courtesy: @PMOIndia/Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Image courtesy: @PMOIndia/Twitter

Modi and Hasina, who is staying at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, will hold comprehensive discussions on Saturday. India is also set to announce a line of credit of USD 500 million to Bangladesh for military supplies.

Apart from a "courtesy call on" by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Hasina's schedule on Friday included events at the Bangladesh High Commission.

Officials in New Delhi have said, "It will be a visit without water, indicating that a pact on Teesta river waters is not on the cards."

"The central government will not go ahead with the agreement on Teesta without taking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board and she has been opposing it stridently citing water crisis in the state."

However, the two sides are looking at the inking of a framework agreement on civil nuclear energy which will provide for extensive cooperation in the sector including setting up of nuclear reactors in Bangladesh by India.

"It will be a very very special visit. We hope the visit will take the ties between the two countries to new level," Joint Secretary in the Bangladesh-Myanmar division of the external affairs ministry Sripriya Ranganathan told reporters.

On Teesta pact, she said, "Teesta agreement remains a work in progress...We have not reached a closure on it."

The Teesta deal was set to be signed during the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh in September 2011, but was postponed at the last minute due to objections by Banerjee. Teesta water is crucial for Bangladesh, especially in the leanest period from December to March, when the water flow often temporarily comes down to less than 1,000 cusecs from 5,000 cusecs.

Issues like combating terrorism, containing radicalism and enhancing security cooperation between the two countries are likely to figure prominently, besides stalemate over the Teesta pact during talks between Modi and Hasina.

The West Bengal chief minister has accepted an invitation by the government to attend the launch of some projects between the two countries as well as a lunch to be hosted by Modi in honour of Hasina.

On the agreements, Ranganathan said another pact on formalising regular defence engagements will also be signed.

To boost trade, the two sides are likely to announce setting up of another set of trade facilitation huts along the borders in the northeastern region.

Hasina will visit Ajmer on Sunday and will meet Indian business leaders on Monday.

Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo is the minister-in-waiting for the Bangladesh PM.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Apr 08, 2017 04:29 pm | Updated Date: Apr 08, 2017 04:30 pm


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