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Diesel import from India starts tomorrow

Bangladesh and India will formally launch commercial supply of High Speed Diesel (HSD) tomorrow with an inaugural consignment of 2200 metric tonnes of the fuel to Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Delhi on a four-day crucial visit, and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will inaugurate the launching of the commercial operation.

This was stated by Indian Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan during an interaction with the visiting Bangladesh media at a hotel in New Delhi this morning.

India plans to build a pipeline to carry HSD to Bangladesh and move a formal proposal on the friendship project during Hasina’s meeting with Modi, diplomatic sources said.

Until the project is completed, HSD will be transported from Assam’s Numaligarh Refinery to Bangladesh via rail and one such consignment will be flagged off by the two prime ministers.

Talking about current state of relations between Bangladesh and India, Minister Pradhan said, “There is a holistic cooperation between the two countries and our relations is moving towards a new era.”

He said after Modi’s Dhaka visit in 2015, the two countries are enjoying very “engaging” relations with very high mutual trust.

Minister Pradhan said the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will take the relations between the two countries to a new era with broad cooperation.

Responding to a question on Teesta issue, he said Teesta is an important issue but in Indian system there certain areas where they need to consider the opinion of States in finding solution.

Asked about joint exploration in the Bay of Bengal, the Minister said they are already doing some exploration activities in Bangladesh.

He acknowledged that for India, Bangladesh plays a very important role in various issues.

Source : The Daily Star

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