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Indo-Bangladesh ties: PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate development projects

The National Knowledge Network will connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh to India and the world. This multi-gigabit National Research and Education Network (NREN) provides a unified high speed network backbone for educational institutions in India.

Mar 12, 2019 11:00 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on March 11, 2019 jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh through video conferencing.

Both the leaders launched the e-plaques for these projects in Bangladesh:

• Supply of buses and trucks

• Inauguration of 36 community clinics

• Inauguration of 11 water treatment plants

• Extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh

As per External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, these projects "symbolise the breadth and depth of our partnership and also a reaffirmation of our Neighbourhood First Policy".

Significance

  • These projects will not only boost transport connectivity but also the knowledge connectivity.
  • The National Knowledge Network will connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh to India and the world. This multi-gigabit National Research and Education Network (NREN) provides a unified high speed network backbone for educational institutions in India.
  • The supply of Double Decker, Single Decker AC and Non-AC Buses and Trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (under the second Line of Credit) would provide affordable transportation for the people of Bangladesh.
  • Water treatment plants will help supply clean water.
  • Community clinics will benefit about two lakh people in Bangladesh.
  • These projects will reiterate Indian support for the ambitious development targets set by Prime Minister Hasina for Bangladesh.

Indo-Bangladesh relations

India and Bangladesh share a 4,000-km long border that has been marred by ethnic conflicts. Also, Bangladesh is a key component of India's "Look East" policy.

Under Hasina's regime, India has seen improved bilateral ties and boundary disputes have been settled amicably.

Besides this, strong security cooperation was established between the two nations and significant progress was made in settling differences over the Teesta River water sharing.

The bilateral trade between the two nations and India's investment in Bangladesh has also picked up.

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