Explained: China twist in India-Bangladesh Teesta river challenge

News: Bangladesh is discussing an almost $1 billion loan from China for a comprehensive management and restoration project on the Teesta river.  Facts: Teesta River: It is a tributary of the Brahmaputra (known as Jamuna in Bangladesh), flowing through India and Bangladesh. Origin: The river rises in the eastern Himalayas flows through the Indian states… Continue reading Explained: China twist in India-Bangladesh Teesta river challenge

Bangladesh:Bhashan Char Island to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees

News:The Bangladesh Government has planned to accommodate 100,000 Rohingya refugees in its Bhasan Char Island. Facts: About Bhashan Char Island: The Bhashan Char is an uninhabited island around 30 kilometre east of Hatiya island in the South East Bangladesh.  The Island was formed with Himalayan silt in 2006 on the mouth of river Meghna. The… Continue reading Bangladesh:Bhashan Char Island to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees

Delegation from Bangladesh fails to arrive in Delhi for river panel meeting

News:Bangladesh has not sent a delegation for the Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting with India that was scheduled to be held in New Delhi.This has also delayed the agreement on sharing of the waters of Feni river. Facts: About Joint River Commission(JRC): The Joint River Commission came into existence as a result of the Indo-Bangladesh… Continue reading Delegation from Bangladesh fails to arrive in Delhi for river panel meeting

Report on ‘enclaves’ highlights gaps in promise and delivery

News:More than four years after the Land Boundary Agreement(LBA) between India and Bangladesh, a report released by civil rights organisations has found that the situation in erstwhile enclaves states is not good. Facts: About the Land Boundary agreement: The Prime ministers of India and Bangladesh had signed the Land Boundary Agreement in 1974 to exchange… Continue reading Report on ‘enclaves’ highlights gaps in promise and delivery

Explained: What is Golden Rice?

News:Bangladesh could be on the verge of becoming the first country to approve plantation of Golden Rice. Facts: About Golden Rice: Golden rice is a variety of rice (Oryza sativa) produced through genetic engineering to biosynthesize beta-carotene,a precursor of vitamin A in the edible parts of rice. It is intended to produce a fortified food… Continue reading Explained: What is Golden Rice?

Explained: The significance of the Feni river MoU between India, Bangladesh

News:Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and Bangladesh on the withdrawal of 1.82 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from the Feni river by India. Facts: About Feni River: Feni River is a river in southeastern Bangladesh.It is a trans-boundary river with an ongoing dispute about water rights.  The Feni River originates… Continue reading Explained: The significance of the Feni river MoU between India, Bangladesh

Bhashan Char Island

News:Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have agreed to be relocated to the newly built camp on the Bhashan Char Island. Facts: Who are Rohingyas? Rohingya are an ethnic group, largely comprising Muslims, who predominantly live in the Western Myanmar province of Rakhine.  In Myanmar, they are they are classified as resident foreigners or as associate citizens.… Continue reading Bhashan Char Island

Bangladesh, Nepal to grow faster than India: World Bank report

News:The World Bank has released its South Asia Economic Focus report, 2019. Facts: Key takeaways from the report: The report is titled “Exports Wanted”.It highlights the export potential of the South Asian region being not used to the fullest. The report says that Bangladesh and Nepal are growing faster than India.  However, it said that… Continue reading Bangladesh, Nepal to grow faster than India: World Bank report

India to set up coastal surveillance system in Bangladesh

News:Bangladesh Prime Minister is on a four day visit to India. Facts: Highlights of the visit: India and Bangladesh has inked an MoU that will enable India to set up a coastal surveillance system radar in Bangladesh. The two countries agreed at early operationalization of Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement for movement… Continue reading India to set up coastal surveillance system in Bangladesh