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SummaryIndia and Bangladesh will, for the first time, exchange strip-maps of their 4,096 km-long border to resolve boundary dispute locally

India and Bangladesh will, for the first time, exchange strip-maps of their 4,096 km-long border to resolve boundary dispute locally. A strip-map is an unscaled drawing of a route that will include critical points along the border, roadside features and town facilities on a simple flip-over style map. The map also shows distances and areas covered locally. The maps were finalised after a meeting between Directors of Survey and Land Record of the two countries.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is likely to meet his counterpart in Dhaka between January 28 to 31 during which the two countries are also likely to sign their long-pending extradition treaty.

In 2011, India and Bangladesh signed a historic pact to exchange 162 enclaves between themselves during Prime Minister Manmohan Singhís visit to Bangladesh.

The agreement on demarcation of the border and exchange of enclaves, over which the two sides had reached an accord in 1974, cover 111 enclaves in India and 51 on the other side in which about 51,000 people reside. According to the pact, the people in the enclaves would be given the right to continue to reside there itself or choose the country of residence.

The two countries are also likely to finalise a liberalised visa agreement, revised travel arrangement, which will remove restrictions on visit of each otherís businesspersons, senior citizens above 65 years and children below 12 years. The draft of the visa agreement has been approved by both the governments but the long-awaited extradition treaty was yet to be cleared by the Union Cabinet after its minor modification by the Bangladesh government.

The extradition treaty, if signed, will pave the way for deportation of jailed ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia and many other Northeast insurgents hiding in Bangladesh. It will also help Dhaka in getting back its criminals who are currently lodged in Indian jails.

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