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India and Bangladesh held discussion on multi-sectoral cooperation


New Delhi: India and Bangladesh on Monday discussed ways to take forward multi-sectoral cooperation following the agreements signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka last year.

The issues came up for discussion during talks between Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his visiting Bangladeshi counterpart Shahidul Haque here.

Building the partnership with another close neighbour,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The foreign secretaries of India and Bangladesh hold talks.

India and Bangladesh signed 22 key agreements during Modi’s visit last June, including on prevention of human trafficking, circulation of fake currency notes, setting up an Indian economic zone in Bangladesh and extending a new Indian line of credit of $2 billion.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Popular Arabian Nights tale ‘Alibaba and forty thieves’ revived by 70 Artists from India and Bangladesh with 3D presentation in Kolkata

Ali Baba and Forty Thieves, Wikimedia

Kolkata, March 19, 2017: Over 70 unique artists from the two neighbouring countries -India and Bangladesh performed the popular Arabian Nights tale, ‘Alibaba and forty thieves’ in a peculiar 3D presentation in Kolkata city.

“The joint production has the feel of a Broadway musical and an effort to bring back fantasy element in our lives.” said Shamim Ara Nipa, the popular Bangladeshi stage actor, who portrayed the role of Marjina.

Nipa said she was a little anxious about the response of the Kolkata audience to the show, but as soon as the show got over they found there was no discrepancy between Dhaka, Chittagong, Kolkata. “Some works are universal,” she remarked.

“We have done several dance productions based on Tagore’s works as well as works of Kazi Nazrul Islam and folk culture. Art can’t have boundaries, our icons can’t be split by boundaries,” she further added.

Shibli Mohammed of the Srishti troupe in Bangladesh cited, “It is a huge production which incurred Rs 40 lakh to mount it.”

Shibli, who impersonated Alibaba in the play said,”We had done the rehearsal for three months in Dhaka where Sukalyan, a dear friend of ours, also participated with his own group.”

Sukalyan, who portrayed Kashem, is the founder of Sukalyann D Entourage dance troupe, which represented the Indian side. He had also conceptualized the whole thing with Nipa and Shibli.

Prominent Bengali singers Nachiketa Chakraborty, Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra Mitra, Jayati Chakraborty and Raghab Chatterjee sang for the production. “Happy to do something different from the beaten track,” Srikanto remarked.

– Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94