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India to build coastal surveillance system in Bangladesh 

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi Oct 05, 2019, 04.42 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

In a bid to increase Bangladesh's maritime domain and keep an eye on the shared Indo-Bangla coast, the Indian government to build a coastal surveillance system in the country. This will be the second surveillance system New Delhi will be building in the neighbourhood after the one Maldives. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is on a state visit to India, met her Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in New Delhi. The duo also inaugurated three projects in energy, skill and social areas through remote control on the occasion. 

They also inaugurated e-plaque for Bangladesh-India professional skill development institute at the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh, Khulna and Vivekananda Bhavan at Ram Krishna mission in Dhaka.

Contentious issues including Teesta were taken up for discussion during the meeting of the two leaders. 

Hasina sought to highlight the implementation" of Teesta waters sharing agreement, to which PM Modi said his government was working with all stakeholders in India for the conclusion of the Agreement soonest possible.

Modi also appreciated "Bangladesh’s generosity in sheltering and providing humanitarian assistance" to Rohingya Refugees displaced from Myanmar. 

NRC in Assam was raised by the Bangladeshi side with an Indian government source saying "matter did come and we pointed out that it was the ongoing process and we have to wait for the outcome. Its court-mandated and court directed."

To boost people to people ties and connectivity, Bangladesh has decided to remove restrictions on products being traded through Akhaura-Agartala port. Frequency of Maitree Express has been increased from four to five times per week and that of Bandhan Express from one to two per week. Both sides have agreed on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports for movement of goods from India's northeast to rest to India over Bangladeshi territory. 

PM Modi likely to visit Bangladesh in March, 2020. 

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Modi also appreciated "Bangladesh’s generosity in sheltering and providing humanitarian assistance" to Rohingya Refugees displaced from Myanmar.