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Mamata Banerjee

Hype over Mamata Banerjee visit

MAMATA Banerjee came, saw, but did not quite conquer the Bangladeshi heart. But then, the last may not have been her plan. The trip was mainly a political play on her part – to have a makeover of her not-too-friendly image in Bangladesh, and to assure opponents in her own state that she is not really a friend to the fundamentalist forces in her state that are opposed to the regime in Bangladesh. But most important of all, her...

Long awaited visit

Long awaited visit

FINALLY, Mamata Banerjee, who is popularly known as Didi in India, paid us a visit. We only wonder why she didn't come much earlier! She won a landslide victory in the West Bengal legislative assembly election in 2011. I happened to be in Kolkata during the election. I saw the exuberance of the people of Kolkata when the election results were announced. I saw how she was greeted by her fans and supporters after her victory. In her victory speech, she graciously announced that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called to greet her. She assumed the office of the chief minister in May, by ending the 34-year rule of the...

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Mamata paves way for warmer ties

WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's three-day trip to Dhaka has been eventful, reassuring and heart-warming. It proved extensive in terms of grounds covered -- diplomatic, business, cross-border terrorism, dimensions to the relations. Also, the shared experience turned out to be intensive through a renewal of cultural and emotional contacts.    The long-awaited visit was to clear the air on certain outstanding issues, enhance cultural ties and facilitate business between the two sides. In practical terms, as the chief minister...

Mamata's goodwill visit

Mamata's goodwill visit

WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has just concluded her 3-day visit to Dhaka. She came at the invitation of Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali to pay respect to the martyrs of Ekushey February. During her brief stay in the capital she called on President Abdul Hamid, met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina...

Mamata: form joint business council to end disputes

Mamata: form joint business council to end disputes

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday proposed forming a joint business council for quick resolution of disputes in bilateral trade and investment. The proposal comes at a time when the business community in Bangladesh points at tariff, non-tariff and para-tariff barriers as hurdles to increasing exports to India. India had withdrawn all kinds of...

Mamata terms Dhaka trip successful

Mamata terms Dhaka trip successful

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has termed her three-day visit to Bangladesh “very successful”. “The trip to Dhaka was very successful and I am overwhelmed by the hospitality of the people,” she told reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata last night after returning from Dhaka. Mamata, who headed a 39-member delegation during the Bangladesh visit, met President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and discussed Teesta water-sharing deal and land boundary agreement among other issues.

Nation pays homage to language martyrs

Nation pays homage to language martyrs

The nation paid glowing tribute today to the Language Movement martyrs, who laid down their lives for the mother tongue in 1952, amid countrywide ongoing blockade. Ekushey February, or the International Mother Language Day as we call it now, is an occasion to ponder the significance of the sacrifices made by language martyrs 63...

People-to-people contact needed for deepening ties: Mamata

People-to-people contact needed for deepening ties: Mamata

In a bid to deepen ties between Bangladesh and India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made 7-point announcement, which, she considers, will strengthen the people-to-people contact between the two countries. Prior to her departure this evening, the High Commission of India issued the announcements on her behalf: •    Setting up of Bangabandhu Bhaban...

Mamata in Dhaka after 17 yrs

Mamata in Dhaka after 17 yrs

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Dhaka this evening on a three-day trip, which both the neighbours view as a visit to strengthen ties between the two countries. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran received Mamata at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on her arrival by an Air India flight. Later, she was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in the city where she will be staying. Before leaving Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Mamata said this is a very emotional moment for her as she is visiting Bangladesh to attend the ‘Bhasha Dibas’ event on February 21. “This is a very emotional moment for...

Mamata all set to seize the day?

PASHCHIM Banga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's upcoming three-day visit to Dhaka starting February 19 on the eve of International Language Day celebration will be keenly watched by foreign policy makers and experts in both the nations as it has the potential to lift India-Bangladesh ties. It is also taking place at a time when the two key contenders of power—AL and BNP,  are locked in a battle of attrition with the US, Britain and European Union expressing concern over...

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