Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on a four-day momentous visit to India. The Bangladeshi PM met her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, and signed atleast 22 pacts. The high-profile visit is expected to give boost to bilateral ties between Indian and Bangladesh as the two nations signed a civilian nuclear cooperation pact as well as a defence agreement which includes a $4.5 billion (around Rs3,200 crore today) line of credit to buy Indian military hardware.
Train services, involving West Bengal and Bangladesh and bus service connecting Kolkata and Dhaka were also be launched during the visit. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh Prime Minster was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan in the morning. Later, Hasina also expected to visit Rajghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, to lay a wreath.
Watch: Narendra Modi speech at Sam Manekshaw Centre:
Here are the updates:
4.16 pm: “There is one thought in South Asia which breeds, inspires and encourages terrorism. The thought whose priority is not humanity, but extremism and terrorism, (Bharat aur Bangladesh ki vikas ki vichaardharaon ke vipreet dakshin Asia mein ek mansikta aatankvaad ki prerna tatha uski poshak hai)” Modi said.
4.13 pm: “Without bein selfish, the two countries worked for the betterment of entire region, it’s sad that there is a third mentality which exists,” (Swaarthi na bankar humne poore kshetra ka bhala chaha.Dukh ki baat hai in 2 vichardharao k vipreet bhi dakshin asia mein ek maansikta hai):PM
4.13 pm: “It’s my clear mandate that my neighbouring country Bangladesh should also develop along with India (Mera ye spasht mat hai ki mere desh ke saath hi Bharat ka har padosi desh pragati ke maarg par agrasar ho)” PM Modi said. 04.11 pm: “As a friend, India will offer whatever required to Bangladesh. I have same dream for Bangladesh as I have for India, Jai Hind! Jai Bangla,” PM Narendra Modi.
04.09 pm: Delhi: PM Modi & PM Hasina with then Major Ashok Tara & his wife, Tara rescued Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s family from imprisonment in 1971.
4.05 pm: ’16 of her family were murdered, but Sheikh Hasina stood still like a rock,’ says PM Narendra Modi
4.02 pm: PM Narendra Modi starts his address at Delhi’s Manekshaw Centre. Praises Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s effort.
3.47 pm: PM Modi & Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina at Delhi’s Manekshaw Centre for Sommanona Ceremony to honour Indian soldiers martyred in 1971 war
3.33 pm: After press meet,PM Modi & Bangladesh PM Hasina left for Manekshaw Centre for programme to honour Indian soldiers martyred in 1971war
3:27 pm: PM Narendra Modi along with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina has recently visited the Sommanona Ceremony to honour Indian soldiers martyred in 1971.
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1.46 pm: Sheikh Hasina begins her address, she thanked PM Narendra Modi for his efforts: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
1.46 pm: Entire South Asian people will be beneficiary’s of our strong relationship: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.
1.42 pm: Bangaldesh’s zero tolerance policy towards terrorism is an inspiration: PM Narendra Modi
1.40 pm: We are happy to announce $4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh: PM Narendra Modi
1.38 pm: This funny moment happened live at Hyderabad House during PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s joint statement.
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1.35 pm: “In your leadership, Bangladesh is marching a trajectory of high growth and development,” PM Narendra Modi tells Sheikh Hasina.
1.33 pm: Energy security is an important dimension of our development partnership. It continues to grow : PM Narendra Modi
1.30 pm: Indian has always stood for the prosperity of Bangladesh, we are a long standing and trusted development partner of Bangladesh : PM Modi
1.27 pm: Connectivity is crucial for the development of two countries. We are enhancing several new links between two countries. New bus and train links are being deveped, PM Modi tells.
1.25 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “Today marks golden era in India-Bangladesh ties. We thank PM Hasina for acknowledging our soldiers efforts in liberating Bangladesh from the reign of terror.”
1.19 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina start joint press conference. 22 pacts have been signed between India and Bangladesh.
1.00 pm: Delegation level talks between India and Bangladesh are being held at Delhi’s Hyderabad House. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Haseena may soon do a joint presser.
11.50 pm: Bilateral talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Haseena have started. The two leaders are expected to sign 25 pacts. The delegation-level talks are taking place at Delhi’s Hyderabad house.
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10.30 am: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
10.00 am: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and PM Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan
9.21 am: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.