Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 02:45:30 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Formal Teesta deal to take time

Draft may be ready during Hasina's visit

By
21st-Mar-2017       Readers ( 45 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Staff Reporter :
India and Bangladesh may go for a draft document or paper on sharing water from river Teesta during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit next month.
The river, which originates in Sikkim, enters Bangladesh and joins the Brahmaputra before flowing into the Bay of Bengal, according to The Economic Times on Monday.
Negotiations between the two countries on sharing its waters have remained inconclusive.
Officials here hinted that a formal agreement may not be ready during Bangladesh PM Hasina's April 7-10 visit, but a draft paper could be agreed upon when she meets her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on April 8.
This could lead to a formal agreement at a later stage, ahead of general elections in Bangladesh in January 2019. Hasina's upcoming India visit has come under the spotlight with rising expectations that there will be forward movement on the pending Teesta Water-Sharing Issue.
Fuelling hopes of a final agreement is the BJP's landslide win in Uttar Pradesh, a verdict seen buttressing any bold move Modi may contemplate vis-à-vis India's neighbours.
However, support of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal is key to the implementation of any water-sharing deal on river Teesta, which flows through the state.
Mamata Banerjee has been opposing this deal saying it will rob the state of its share of water.   
While both governments are silent on the issue, there are indications that Banerjee might be invited to meet Hasina in New Delhi along with the Chief Ministers of four other states that border Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Water Resources Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud recently said he was unable to tell about any timeframe on securing river Teesta's water sharing deal with neighbouring India.
He also declined to reply queries about possible development in the process during PM Sheikh Hasina's upcoming New Delhi visit.
Besides, he also declined to comment elaborately on the issue of proposed Teesta Barrage whether it would be on the agenda of talks during the premier's Delhi tour.
However, the Water Resource Minister said the central government in India is sincere and they are working on it.
"On the issue of Teesta two subsequent Indian Prime Ministers (Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi) said the draft of the proposed deal on Teesta would be turned into an agreement," he said.
"And they (two Indian Premiers) made this commitment not in private conversation but in public statements," Mahmud added.
The Minister acknowledged there are "internal political perspective of every country over such issues, and you are well aware of this (in the case of Teesta)".
 "But we definitely want the justified share of Teesta waters not only for our agriculture but also for saving the river… the flow drastically declined two years ago," he said.

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Police can`t commit excesses like politicians


MEMBERS of law enforcement agencies or police for that matter surely have the professional right to conduct search operations based on accurate tip-offs but that doesn't mean it can wreak havoc and cause chaos in the name of such professional duty. The police search operations at main opposition party BNP ...

Football »

Dhaka Abahani emerge group champions beating Muktijoddha SKC 1-0


Defending champion Dhaka Abahani Limited emerged Group A champions to reach the quarterfinal of the Federation Cup Football Tournament beating Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 1-0 goal in the last Group A match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Monday.Rubel Mia scored the match-winner for popular sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit in ...

Entertainment »

Rhea Chakraborty snips her long tresses for Half Girlfriend


The actress plays a spirited Indo-American in the Arjun Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor starrer Half Girlfriend, and to fit her character, she had to chop her long locks - an act she hasn't done for many years. “I’ve always had long hair and it’s something I’m proud of. Apart from trimming ends, ...

Entertainment »

Tendulkar family to grace TV screens together for the first time


Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be seen promoting his biographical drama, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, on a Marathi chat show. Midst the much anticipation of the film Sachin: A billion dreams that marks the most iconic moments of the cricketing legend, the God of cricket will indulge in a light ...

City »

Deputy Prince of Saudi Arabia Soud Bin Khaled Al Faisal welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina upon her arrival at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz Airport, Medina in Saudi Arabia on Monday.


International »

Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election


AP, Tehran :Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday.Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have ...

Editorial »

Jewellery business in Bangladesh cannot be run legally


THE jewellery business in Bangladesh has reportedly been thriving despite there being no import of gold into the country through legal channels. First of all the prevailing predicament is not a new phenomenon and is being continuing for the last three decades. How has it been made possible? Are we ...

Sports »

A view of the match of the Saif Power Tec Dhaka Metropolis Senior Division Football League between Friends Social Welfare Organization and Dhaka United Sporting Club at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Sunday. Friends Social Welfare Organization beat Dhaka United Sporting Club by two goals to nil.


Cricket »

Jaydev Unadkat celebrates a sensational return catch to dismiss Lendl Simmons during the IPL final match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant at Hyderabad on Sunday.


City »

Bangladesh Medical Association formed a human chain in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city on Sunday demanding exemplary punishment to those involved in attacking physicians and hospitals.


Entertainment »

Shilpa Shetty, husband Raj Kundra get anticipatory bail in cheating case


The district court in Thane yesterday granted anticipatory bail to actress Shilpa Shetty, her businessman husband Raj Kundra and three others in a cheating case filed by a textile firm owner. The court had earlier granted the accused interim protection from arrest. Additional Sessions Judge Sangeeta Khalipe said in her ...

Entertainment »

Dia Mirza to play Sanjay Dutt’s wife in the biopic, not Maanayata Dutt’s lookalike


Sanjay Dutt’s biopic is making a lot of noise much before its release. First, Ranbir Kapoor’s pictures resembling Dutt were leaked and had gone viral in no time. A few days back, there were speculations that filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has found a fresh actor, who looks pretty much like Dutt’s ...

International »

Rouhani draws fire from US after election win


AFP, Tehran :Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was still celebrating his resounding re-election victory on Saturday when he came under pressure from the country's long-standing foe the United States.Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, said Iranians had chosen the "path of engagement" and ...

Cricket »

An action from the match of the Saif Power Tec Dhaka Metropolis Senior Division Football League between Jatrabari Krira Chakra and Bashabo Tarun Sangha at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Saturday. The match ended in 1-1 draw.


Cricket »

Steven Finn made good ground for a catch during the Specsavers County Championship, Division One match between Middlesex and Surrey at Lord's on Saturday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news