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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit to Bangladesh has turned into a landmark event in the history of the two countries. It has strengthened the economic ties between the two countries, and has also boosted the connectivity and trade.

NewsGram gives a glimpse of the itinerary of PM Modi’s visit through the tweeted images:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was personally received by his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina  when he arrived in Dhaka on Saturday.

 

The Indian Prime Minister began his historic two-day visit to Bangladesh by paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation in which India had helped.

He also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum dedicated to Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

PM Modi, his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services in Dhaka.

Before flagging of the services, the three leaders boarded the buses and greeted the passengers.

 

In a historic moment, the premiers of the two nations finalized a much-delayed land swap agreement to settle a long-running border dispute.

Modi and Hasina exchanged the ratification documents and instruments for the land swap agreement before holding official talks.

 

 

On the second day of his Bangladesh visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the 12th century Dhakeshwari temple in Dhaka.

He then visited the Ramkrishna Mission nearby and was greeted by the monks at the mission.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched six projects undertaken with grant-in-aid during his visit to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

The projects undertaken are: India – Bangladesh Maitri Girls Hostel, Victoria College, Narail; Construction of 3rd floor of Blind Education & Rehabilitation Development Organization, Mirpur, Dhaka; Sewerage System, Sewage treatment plant & waste water treatment plant, Kumudini Hospital, Mirzapur, Tangail; Establishment of Hindi Department, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka; Recording Studio, Music Department, University of Dhaka; Assistance to Department of Dance, University of Dhaka

 

 

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Gokhale said that Modi's two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations
KP Sharma Oli, PM of Nepal, wikimedia commons

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)