Monthly Archives: November 2012

India-Bangladesh to sign MoU to connect Agartala, Akhaura

India and Bangladesh are all set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to lay railway tracks for connecting Agartala and the southeastern city of Akhaura in the neighbouring country.
Officials here on Friday said that the Centre has been pursuing the connectivity of the two places via a 15-km railway link for the past two years since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Bangladesh in 2010.
The Union ministry of external affairs (MEA) and the Union ministry for Development of Northeast Region (DoNER) would finance the entire project, estimated at Rs 271 crore. India is in need of rail connectivity with Akhaura to connect with Chittagong international port, Sylhet and Dhaka.
A seven-member inter-ministerial team led by Radhika L Lokesh, joint secretary in the MEA, is currently conducting an on-the-spot finalisation study at the Indian site in Agartala, officials here said, adding that the delegation would submit a report on the study so that both the countries can sign the MoU.
The delegation comprises representatives of the MEA, the Union ministry of railways and DoNER ministry who had already visited the sites and held meetings with the state government, besides the first secretary of the High Commission of India in Dhaka.
The Indian Railway Construction Company has been assigned the job of laying the railway tracks on both sides of the border.

Bangladesh dismisses Suu Kyi comments on Rohingya

The Bangladesh government on Sunday rejected comments by Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi suggesting that stateless Muslim Rohingyas may be illegal Bangladeshi migrants. Myanmar has been rocked by two outbreaks of fighting between Buddhists and Rohingyas since June … read more

D8 summit: Bangladesh, Malaysia PMs bow out

Sources : Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena Wajid has informed the government of her non-participation in a key summit on developing countries to be held in Pakistan later this month, sources said. Earlier reports suggested that the Bangladesh would be … read more

What lies beyond this U-turn? INDIA – BANGLADESH POLITICS.

Sources Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh’s leader of the opposition in Parliament, made some significant statements during her October 28-November 3 visit to India that deserve scrutiny. As far as her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is concerned, the visit had a dual … read more

Bangladesh, Belarus sign 12 deals, MoUs

Bangladesh and Belarus inked seven agreements and five memorandums of understanding (MoU) on Monday to strengthen bilateral relationship. The agreement and MoUs were signed for expansion of trade and investment; legal support in agriculture, science and technology and military; and … read more

The Rohingyas and Bangladesh: urgent steps need to be taken

The bouts of ethnic violence in the Rakhine region of Myanmar since the middle of this year have once again triggered the attempted exodus of Rohingyas into Bangladesh. The purpose of this commentary is to explore key dimensions of the … read more

Google opens Bangladesh operations

Search engine giant Google Inc. on Monday appointed first-ever Country Consultant for Bangladesh. One of the global leaders in internet-related products and services, Google has assigned Kazi Monirul Kabir, a seasoned professional in trade and brand marketing, to kick-start its … read more

Investment destination Bangladesh: Possibilities and constraints

The prime minister recently called upon Vietnamese entrepreneurs to invest in the country promising conducive facilities. We laud her for her efforts to woo much-needed foreign investment. Yes, Bangladesh has the potential to become the investors’ choice destination. We have … read more

Bangladesh becomes ASEM member

Bangladesh yesterday formally joined the 52-nation Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) devoted to building co-operation between Asia and Europe, the foreign ministry announced in Dhaka. The induction of Bangladesh happened with two other countries — Norway and Switzerland in a ceremony … read more

Bangladesh ruling elites unhappy on Indian leaders

Former Prime Minister and currently leader of the opposition in Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia and her entire team surely looks to be totally satisfied and delighted over the outcome of their ongoing India tour, where the chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party … read more