India & Bangladesh inaugurate new rail link, sign several agreements, launch new projects
As part of Covid-related cooperation, India gifted 12 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh
Taking ahead bilateral cooperation in areas of connectivity, energy cooperation, people-to-people contact and trade, India and Bangladesh signed several agreements and launched new projects on the concluding day of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Bangladesh.
Connectivity between India and Bangladesh was a major beneficiary as PM Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Mitali Express, a new passenger train from Dhaka in Bangladesh to New Jalpaiguri in India.
Taking ahead cooperation in the key energy sector, the two leaders performed the ground breaking ceremony for infrastructure development of the evaporation facility at the 2X1200 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. The Power evacuation would be financed by Indian supported EXIM Bank’s LoC to Bangladesh.
Reiterating India’s commitment to health cooperation, Prime Minister Modi handed over 109 basic life support ambulances as gifts to Bangladesh. As part of Covid-related cooperation between the two countries, India also gifted 12 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh.
As part of the commemorative celebrations, both countries have decided to re-link the road from Mujibnagar in Bangladesh to Nadia in India and name it as ‘Swadhinata Sarak’ commemorating the historic road where people from both sides gathered at a critical juncture of the independence struggle of Bangladesh.
The two Prime Ministers jointly inaugurated bilateral projects through the virtual mode.
These included the foundation stone laying of the monument at Ashugunj by the Bangladesh government in memory of martyred soldiers of the Indian Allied Forces who fought for the Independence of Bangladesh.
They also inaugurated the extended development work at Rabindra Bhawan at Kuthibari at Shilaidaha, Kushtia in Bangladesh
Boosting people-to-people contact, the leaders of the two countries also inaugurated 3 new border haats at the Bangladesh-India border along the districts of Simalgunj and Slyhet of Bangladesh and the state of Meghalaya in India.
India and Bangladesh also entered into 5 MoU’s in presence of the two leaders.
These include an MoU on Disaster Management, Resilience and Mitigation, MoU between Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) and National Cadet Corps of India (INCC), and an MoU on Establishment of a Framework of Cooperation in the Area of Trade Remedial Measures between Bangladesh and India.
A Tripartite MoU on Supply of ICT equipment, courseware and reference books and training for Bangladesh-India Digital Service and Employment and Training (BDSET) Centre was the fourth to be signed between the two countries.
Another Tripartite MoU on Establishment of Sports Facilities at Rajshahi College field and surrounding areas was the fifth to be signed.
The two prime Ministers also released commemorative stamps by their respective postal departments on the occasion of 50 years of Bangladesh-India Friendship.
The stamps issued by the Government of India depict the National War Memorial of India in New Delhi and the National War Memorial at Savar Bangladesh. The stamps issued by the Government of Bangladesh depict the national parliament buildings of the two countries.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina also presented a crest containing a gold and a silver coin released on the occasion of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hasina also handed over a silver coin released on the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh and a watch commemorating the Birth Centenary celebrations of the father of the nation.