The maiden visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh and his daylong activities and the deals signed between Bangladesh and India in Dhaka hogged the headlines of major Indian news media yesterday.
Top newspapers like the Times of India and The Hindu gave live updates of the visit in their online editions while several newspapers ran multiple stories on bi-lateral issues.
The Times of India under the headline, “Live Blog: PM Modi's Bangladesh visit”, gave updates of Modi's tour from time to time, along with photos.
Two of its stories were headlined “Bangla hardliners welcome Modi's visit” and “Three held in Bangladesh for pasting anti-Modi posters”.
“PM Modi's B'desh visit: Land boundary agreement ratified, trans-border bus services launched,” was the headline of the top story in Hindustan Times' website.
The newspaper held an online poll asking the question, “PM Modi's Dhaka visit: will India, Bangladesh finally settle their disputes?
Until 7:45pm Bangladesh time, 82.68 percent of the voters said they would be able to solve the disputes while only 11.39 percent disagreed and 5.93 percent checked “can't say.”
The newspaper's another story was headlined, “Oh Teesta! The river which gives Bangladesh heartburns.”
“For India, the visit will be a crowning success. But for Bangladesh, the visit without a Teesta deal will be a deep disappointment and a defeat of our diplomacy,” the report quoted Abdul Hannan, a former diplomat and columnist, as saying.
The Hindu ran more than a dozen stories, alongside the live coverage of his visit.
One of its report titled, “Mamata Banerjee, the 'mini state head' in Dhaka”, shed light on how Mamata was treated in Bangladesh and her “unprecedented” meeting with Modi prior to their meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The top story of The Statesman's online edition was “India signs historic border pact with Bangladesh”. Its another story was headlined, “Modi Dhaka visit: 19 pacts signed”.
The online edition of NDTV gave live coverage of the tour when Modi's activities in Bangladesh made major news reports of the TV network.
The top story of Anandabazar's online edition was also on Modi's visit. Besides, international news agencies covered the tour widely.