MNA Business Desk: The Tripura chief minister laid emphasis on the importance of border trade which would cement the camaraderie between India and Bangladesh, reported news agency.
The economic prosperity of Bangladesh and India could be improved by developing border infrastructure and removing basic trade barriers, top politicians and experts said at a seminar conducted by the Agartala Press Club yesterday.
The two-day seminar inaugurated by Biplab Kumar Deb, the chief minister of the northeast Indian state of Tripura, was titled “Discussion on Strengthening Indo-Bangladesh Relationship.” During the seminar, Deb stated that the under-construction bridge over River Feni in southern Tripura would make transportation of goods between the northeastern states and the rest of the world easier. The transportation takes place via the Chittagong seaport in Bangladesh.
Media adviser to the Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Secretary General – Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Shaban Mahmood, RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury MP along with many other dignitaries from Bangladesh and Tripura also attended the seminar.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury expressed optimism over the elevation of Tripura to new heights under the leadership of chief minister Deb. He invoked the memory of deceased former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Paying his respects to Vajpayee, he said, “Atalji was a trusted friend of Bangladesh. The people of our country know him as a great Indian leader.”
Chowdhury also expressed his gratitude towards Tripura for sheltering scores of refugees from Bangladesh during the “Operation Searchlight” – a planned military operation carried out by the Pakistan Army to curb the Bengali nationalist movement in the erstwhile East Pakistan on March 25, 1971.
“During the genocide unleashed by Pakistan, a deluge of humanity from Bangladesh took asylum in various states of India. 60% of them were sheltered in Tripura,” the media adviser said.
The Tripura chief minister also laid emphasis on the importance of border trade which would cement the camaraderie between India and Bangladesh.