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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.

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...

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Much-awaited Mamata's visit

WE wholeheartedly welcome the first ever woman West Bengal Chief Minister, who is arriving in Dhaka today for a three-day visit. Her maiden visit to Bangladesh as the Chief Minister is undoubtedly good news for both the countries, as it revitalises the prospect of settling two long-standing unresolved issues, Teesta water sharing and Land Boundary Agreement (LBA). The water levels of Teesta have dropped drastically, reaching a record low in 2014 as a result of obstructions at the upper reaches....

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 due Thursday

Mamata due Thursday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives in Dhaka on Thursday on a three-day visit which is expected to deepen the bond between the two countries, said an official at the foreign ministry.  Diplomatic sources said New Delhi is sending her considering the importance of Bangladesh and to take the current excellent bilateral relations to a new height. Earlier in September 2011, Mamata had cancelled her visit to Dhaka accompanying the then prime minister Manmohan Singh, as she had claimed that Teesta water-sharing would not protect the interest of West Bengal. The Teesta pact could not be inked at that time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving much priority to Dhaka now. Modi,...

4 more Burdwan blast suspects held

4 more Burdwan blast suspects held

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested four more people in connection with the Burdwan blast, official sources said. Dalim Sheikh, Matiur Rahman, Habibur and Giasuddin were picked up from Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal, reports our New Delhi correspondent. The arrestees had allegedly played a key role in carrying out the...

Burdwan Blast

BJP leader hits back at Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should be aware of the negative impacts of appeasing fundamentalists following the recent attacks of militants in Pakistan, BJP spokesperson M J Akbar said yesterday. The remark came a few days after Mamata at a party meeting indicated that Indian intelligence agency RAW might be behind the Burdwan blast. Two persons -- allegedly residents of Bangladesh -- were killed in an explosion on October 2 at a house in Burdwan, India while they were manufacturing...

West Bengal transport minister held in Saradha scam

West Bengal transport minister held in Saradha scam

In a rude jolt for Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra has been arrested for his role in the Saradha scam. The minister was questioned by the CBI earlier on Friday in connection with the multi-crore scam, reports timesofinida.com. The Trinamool leader has been booked for cheating, criminal conspiracy and misappropriation. Mitra was summoned...

Jail me if you can: Mamata

Jail me if you can: Mamata

Cornered on the Saradha scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee came out all guns blazing at BJP on Saturday, reports Times of India. Just 72 hours after paying courtesy visits to senior BJP leaders in Delhi, the Trinamool chief sounded the war cry against PM Narendra Modi, accusing his government of pursuing "selective...

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