China is planning to build a dam downstream of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet. The plan, which evoked concerns in India and Bangladesh, will reportedly be executed from next year. Earlier, the Indian government has raised concerns over Chinese activities in the upstream of Brahmaputra river. Yan Zhiyong, chairman of Powerchina, said that the hydroelectric project downstream of Yarlung Zangbo River would "serve to maintain water resources and… read-more
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The Indian embassy in Bangladesh on November 11 stated that cricketer Shakib Al Hasan would be visiting India under the recently signed 'air bubble arrangement'. Both the countries had recently signed an agreement that would enable Bangladeshi citizens to visit India except for tourism purposes. The air bubble arrangement helps to operate international flights with a few restrictions. Reportedly, 28 flights a week will travel from Bangladesh… read-more
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The High Commission of India in Bangladesh has announced the establishment of air bubble arrangement between the countries starting from October 28. Bangladesh citizens would be granted visas under nine limited categories including medical, business, and employment. However, travel visas are still restricted. Reportedly, the flight routes will include Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka, Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka, and Dhaka-Chennai and will be operated by three… read-more
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In order to strengthen US-India relationships, the US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun will land in India on October 12 for a three-day visit. The official visit will deliberate on the advancement of the United States-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership to secure "peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region". Reportedly, Biegun will pay an official visit to Bangladesh as well from October 14-16.
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The Bangladesh authorities have arrested 12 people from Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh after a dispute, which resulted in at least eight casualties, broke out between two criminal groups. The police on October 8 informed that the two groups, suspected to be involved in drugs and human trafficking, are fighting to control the area. Reportedly, the power-tussle between the groups has forced thousands to leave the camps.
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Following requests from Bangladesh, India has decided to allow the export of 11,000 tonnes of onions that are in transit to Bangladesh. Bangladesh has expressed "deep concern" over the matter calling it "abrupt". Bangladesh said, according to the understanding between the two countries, it expected India to convey the news in advance. Indian government has imposed a ban on export of onions with immediate effect from September 14.
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Reportedly, China has been smuggling a huge cache of arms and ammunition along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. This includes 500 assault rifles, 30 universal machine guns, 70,000 rounds of ammunition, and grenades. These arms were sent to the 'Arakan Army' (AA) group in Myanmar. Moreover, China has also been backing up the active insurgent group like the United Wa State Army (UWSA), and seven others.
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The Bangladesh government is deliberating on the relocation of more than 1,00,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Island, according to reports. The island is situated 60 Km off-shore in the Bay of Bengal. According to the government, this is a better option than the world’s biggest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. However, UN agencies have raised concern about the viability of the location.
On September 10, Bangladesh Court ordered a public gas agency to pay compensation for the victims of the recent Mosque blast. Titas Gas- the public gas agency of Bangladesh, was given seven days to pay around Rs 4.35 lakh to the victims. The judgement came after families of victims filed a petition, claiming for compensation. Earlier, on September 4, a blast in a mosque near Narayanganj killed 29 devotees.
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BSF has confiscated around 2,800 kg of banned 'Hilsa' worth Rs 75 lakh from the Indo-Bangla border in the last 7 months. Hilsa, from river Padma, is sold at Rs 2500-3000/kg in the black market. BSF stated, smugglers infiltrate through riverine borders of Malda and Murshidabad at night. Bangladesh put a ban on its export eight years ago, known as 'Hilsa Diplomacy', amid sharing-dispute over Teesta river with West Bengal.
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