India and Bangladesh are anticipated to signal 9 agreements to spice up cooperation in numerous areas and revive a railway hyperlink disrupted by the 1965 warfare with Pakistan throughout a digital summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Thursday.
With Bangladesh targeted on celebrations marking its Victory Day on December 16, the upcoming 50th anniversary of independence in March and the start centenary of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the 2 leaders will launch a commemorative stamp and open the “Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition”.
Officers of the 2 sides are giving closing form to 9 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) anticipated to be signed throughout the summit, Bangladesh overseas minister AK Abdul Momen has stated. He didn’t give particulars on the MoUs.
The 2 premiers, who can be assembly just about for the primary time for the reason that Covid-19 outbreak, will witness the reopening of Chilahati-Haldibari railway route, 55 years after it was snapped throughout the India-Pakistan warfare. At the moment, Bangladesh was often known as East Pakistan.
As a part of efforts to boost transport and connectivity, the 2 sides have already reopened 4 of six rail hyperlinks that had been suspended in 1965 – Petrapole- Benapole, Gede-Darshana, Singhabad-Rohanpur and Radhikapur-Birol. The Haldibari-Chilahati hyperlink was a part of the primary broad gauge route between Kolkata and Siliguri.
Folks acquainted with developments stated on situation of anonymity the Haldibari-Chilahati route will improve connectivity to Assam and West Bengal from Bangladesh, and assist bilateral commerce. Initially, the hyperlink can be used to move items and passenger motion will begin after infrastructure is developed.
With Dhaka on Tuesday extending the start centenary celebrations for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman until December 2021, the brand new stamp pays tribute to the daddy of the nation of Bangladesh, whom Modi has hailed as “one of many best personalities of the final century”.
The “Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition”, which pays tribute to Rahman and Mahatma Gandhi, will initially be on show in New Delhi earlier than travelling to completely different areas in Bangladesh and the UN and culminating in Kolkata in 2022. The exhibition will give attention to the Jallianwala Bagh and the “Genocide Tunnel” to painting the ache and struggling endured by individuals within the two nations.
Bangladesh overseas minister Momen additionally stated Dhaka will elevate all main bilateral points throughout the summit, together with sharing of river waters, Covid-19 cooperation, border killings, commerce imbalance and the Rohingya disaster.
He stated Bangladesh needs to carry underneath a single framework the seven trans-border rivers – Monu, Muhuri, Gomti, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Feni and Teesta – and can search an early assembly of the ministerial Joint River Fee (JRC) to forge a framework to resolve all excellent points.
Bangladesh’s Beximco Pharma has signed an MoU with the Serum Institute of India for 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and New Delhi has pledged to assist Dhaka with vaccines.
Bangladesh can be anticipated to hunt India’s help in resolving the disaster of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, particularly after New Delhi begins its stint as a non-permanent member of the UN Safety Council in January.