Bangladesh PM offers prayers at Ajmer dargah

The two sides also signed an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation under which India will help Bangladesh develop its civilian nuclear program.

India will also finance diesel oil pipeline from Numaligarh-Parbatipur wherein Indian companies will enter into a long-term agreement for supply of high-speed diesel. It was a comment by the Chief Protocol Officer anchoring a ceremony on signing of MoUs after talks PM Modi had with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday, which left nearly everyone at the event in splits.

Asserting that he is determined that fruits of cooperation between the two nations will benefit people, the Prime Minister said India is a long-standing and trusted development partner of Bangladesh.

India and Bangladesh today signed 22 pacts in key sectors including defence and civil nuclear but the long-pending Teesta waters sharing agreement remained elusive.

Sheikh Hasina said her government would take all necessary steps to ensure peace and security along the Indo-Bangla border.

"This brings our resource allocation for Bangladesh to more than $8 billion over the past six years", Modi said. He added, "I firmly believe that it is only my government and Excellency Sheikh Hasina, your government, that can and will find an early solution to Teesta Water Sharing". "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas" is not only limited to India but our neighbors development as well", he said at the "Sommanona Ceremony" honoring the Indian Martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war of Bangladesh.

A picture from the Hindi translation of the unfinished memoir of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman that was jointly released by Modi and Hasina.

PM Hasina said, "Regional cooperation is very, very important for development in South Asia".

Jaishankar informed that Prime Minister Hasina will call on President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow adding that lot of business related agreements worth of billions of dollars will be signed between the two countries.

India also announced an additional $500 million credit for the purchase of military equipment from India.

As a result of the visit, Bangladesh-India rail link has been restored after 50 years. North Bengal Traders, however, say they were expecting something more than the existing Siliguri-Dhaka Bus service. A network for running goods train was also announced between Radhikapur and Birol.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi made the announcements after a meeting with his Bangladesh counter part Sheikh Hasina, who is on a four-day visit to India.

The prime minister will meet Sonia after returning to New Delhi from Ajmer Sharif in the afternoon. The Bangladeshi leader said the greater connectivity is vital for the region's development.

  • Leroy Wright