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India importing over 1 lakh tonnes of rice on temporary supply squeeze

India importing over 1 lakh tonnes of rice on temporary supply squeeze

India, the world's top rice exporter, is preparing to import the grain for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century to feed its remote and hilly northeastern region where rail freight is being disrupted due to a track overhaul. The country will import more than 100,000 tonnes of rice from neighbouring...

Consultative Meeting with India

Dhaka for fresh line of credit

Dhaka for fresh line of credit

Appreciating India's financial assistance for infrastructure development in Bangladesh, Dhaka yesterday asked New Delhi to consider a fresh line of credit (LoC). During the third Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting at Jawahar Bhavan in New Delhi, Bangladesh also offered special economic zones for Indian businesses and sought investments in sectors like automobiles, manufacturing and power. The meeting was co-chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's landmark visit to New Delhi in January 2010, India extended the first LoC of $1 billion to Bangladesh for a range of projects that included railway infrastructure development, supply of locomotives and passenger coaches,...

Al-Qaeda will fail to recruit India's Muslims: Modi

Al-Qaeda will fail to recruit India's Muslims: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country because Muslims there "will die for India." al-Qaeda announced plans this month to launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent, in a video message featuring al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Zawahiri said that his...

'Upset with myself'

'Upset with myself'

From picking up a five-wicket haul in his debut ODI against India to being dropped twice in the ODI series in the West Indies, in a short span of three months 19-year-old Taskin Ahmed has tasted both glory and disappointment in international cricket. The first ODI in the West Indies saw Taskin bowl the fastest delivery of the match—145.6 km/hr. He however, gave away 46 runs in seven overs—a crime considering that Bangladesh had only 217 runs to defend. Slow-left armer Abdur Razzak replaced him in the next two ODIs. Getting dropped after all the hype he generated following the India series in June was a move that immensely saddened the...

Xi or 'eleven Jinping'

Pronouncing foreign leaders' names is a headache for newsreaders the world over but it proved the downfall of one Indian newscaster, who mistook the visiting Chinese president's name for the Roman numeral XI, calling him "Eleven Jinping" on air. The blunder occurred late Thursday night in a report by India's public broadcaster Doordarshan on President Xi Jinping's high-profile first state visit to India. Local news site Quartz yesterday quoted Doordarshan chief executive Jawahar Sircar as saying the newscaster had been sacked...

China troops withdraw from Indian border

China troops withdraw from Indian border

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said yesterday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier. The row over an alleged incursion by hundreds of Chinese troops into territory claimed by India has dominated Xi's...

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean

At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in...

Dhaka, Delhi hopeful of early Teesta deal signing

Dhaka, Delhi hopeful of early Teesta deal signing

Bangladesh and India today expressed the hope of an early signing of the much-delayed Teesta river water-sharing deal. "Both of us expressed the hope about an early signing of the Teesta water-sharing deal," visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters emerging from a half-an-hour  meeting with Indian Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati...

India gives historic Dakota aircraft to Bangladesh

India gives historic Dakota aircraft to Bangladesh

The India Air Force on Thursday handed over a Dakota aircraft from the IAF museum to the Bangladesh Air Force, following a request from Bangladesh for the plane that played a pivotal role in the country's liberation. The aircraft was gifted by Western Air Command chief Air Marshal S.S. Soman to Bangladesh Air chief,...

Indian territory won't be used against Bangladesh, Dhaka to seek assurance from Delhi

Indian territory won't be used against Bangladesh, Dhaka to seek assurance from Delhi

Bangladesh will seek reassurance from India that its territory will not be used against Bangladesh during the third Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting to be held in New Delhi on Saturday. “Surely, India will also have to give us this assurance. We’ll surely seek it. Let me go there and discuss. I’ll tell you more once I get back home,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said. Before leaving for New Delhi this morning, the foreign minister was addressing a pre-departure press conference at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka this morning. Bangladesh also expects that India would not allow their soil against Bangladesh as the country cleared its position regarding the...

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