India-Bangladesh renew Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol


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India-Bangladesh renew Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol

08 Dec 2009 8ak: India and Bangladesh has renewed the Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol. The protocol, which was renewed in March this year, will expire in March 2011. The trade protocol has identified four ports of call in each country through which inter country trade through inland waterways can take place. These are: Narayanganj, Khulna, Mongla and Sirajganj in Bangladesh and Kolkata, Haldia, Karimganj and Pandu in India.
The Protocol includes various terms and conditions for its working covering issues such as conservancy and pilotage, handling facilities, supply of bunkers, assistance to be provided to the vessels in distress, recognition of survey certificates and other documents, sharing of inter country trade and transit cargo, customs checks and documentation.
In another leap forward in Indo-Bangla ties, the IAF’s ‘Air Warriors Drill Team’ (AWDT), in its first performance abroad, exhibited its skills in Dhaka. The Indian High Commissioner at Bangladesh, Chief of Air Staff, BAF and other senior military personnel witnessed the display. In the next six days, the team will perform at various Air Bases at Bangladesh including Chittagong, Jessore and at the Indian high Commission.
AWDT consists of 28 young air warriors who during the display perform advanced synchronized rifle drill movements in eight different formations. The team uses 4 MK 1 (.303) rifles that measures 44.75” in length and weighs about 9 lbs 13 Ozs.
A good relationship with Bangladesh is in the interest of India for numerous reasons. It has been a refuge for ULFA leaders in the past. India is also hoping to buy gas from Bangladesh and they need to jointly, with Burma, address issues of territorial waters and exploration as this has risen to standoffs in the past.

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