Sheikh Hasina invites Indian investors to Bangladesh

PM Narendra Modi travels on Delhi roads in normal traffic receives Sheikh Hasina at Delhi airport

Modi, Sheikh Hasina hold talks on key issues

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday spoke at India Foundation Awareness programme in Delhi. "Only those came who wanted to come", Hasina said today, before turning to Bangladeshi businessmen and saying: "Now you people tell the country, have I sold the country or am I taking back more than what I came with?"

Khaleda accused the government of signing the agreements secretly saying that there was no discussion with the civil society members prior to the Prime Minister's India visit. The premier last paid her official visit to India in January 2010. Stressing that common water resources must act as a uniting force, she pitched for a comprehensive solution to the sharing of waters of all common rivers between the two countries.

It is understood that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given some proposals to Sheikh Hasina to break the stalemate over the Teesta issue, which the Bangladesh PM promised to study.

Ms. Hasina said 11 deals and 24 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed between India and Bangladesh during her visit.

Hasina said she does not know how Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee would react to her submission about the pact. She said that India and Bangladesh have amicably settled Land boundary and Maritime boundary.

She also said said that her government plans to achieve 24,000 MW by 2021 from 15,726 MW power generation at present.

"We are downstream, so water will come to Bangladesh".

The Prime Minister also pointed out that regional and sub-regional cooperation also opens up connectivity to expand the market.

The long-pending Teesta waters sharing agreement remained elusive though Modi conveyed his government's commitment for an "early solution".

A facility agreement was signed between Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company (BIFPCL) and Exim Bank of India for debt financing of $1.6 billion for construction of the 1,320 MW Maitree Power Project in Rampal in Bangladesh. Teesta waters are crucial for Bangladesh, especially in the leanest period from December to March when the water flow often temporarily comes down to less than 1,000 cusecs from 5,000 cusecs.

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