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.
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".
• 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.