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LBA, Teesta high on agenda
President Hamid goes to India Dec 18
Published : Wednesday, 10 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 13
President M Abdul Hamid is likely to discuss the pending ratification of Land Boundary Agreement and Teesta water-sharing deal with the Indian government during his visit to New Delhi.
President Hamid is scheduled to reach India's capital on Dec 18 on a two-day visit. From Delhi he will visit Kolkata before leaving for Dhaka.
During his stay in Delhi, the president is likely to visit Agra and Ajmer Sharif too.
"As head of the state, he will discuss all the outstanding issues with Indian authorities," said Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali.
Apart from meeting his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee, Hamid will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a few other dignitaries.
"We hope that the Indian government will soon be able to settle both LBA and Teesta water-sharing issue," said Ali.
The high commissioner said Dhaka was getting positive response both from the centre and the West Bengal government over the Teesta issue. "We got inputs from the Centre (New Delhi) that the state government (West Bengal) is positive about the Teesta water-sharing issue," he said.
In fact, a Bangladesh parliamentary delegation that was in Kolkata recently also received positive indications on this contentious issue.
Government sources said the Union Cabinet was likely to pass the 119th Constitu-tion Amendment Bill for ratification of land agreement on Wednesday.     ?

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