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Saturday, June 6, 2015, Jaishtha 23, 1422 BS, Shaban 18, 1436 Hijr

Breakthrough in Teesta issue likely?
Saleem Samad
Published : Saturday, 6 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 156
Bangladesh and Indian key officials are expecting a dramatic way out of the Teesta water sharing imbroglio this afternoon.
The key officials of both the countries responsible for negotiating the Teesta treaty for a decade are working overtime to save it from a deadlock for the second time in four years.
In the afternoon, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will have a private audience with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at 4:15pm at Prime Minister's Office.
The tripartite meeting has a purpose, a PMO official remarked. Hasina and Mamata would spell out a formula for Teesta treaty and the crucial parley would be participated by Modi, but would remain silent.
PMO sources said that there is a purpose of Mamata's visit to Dhaka. She definitely did not come for t?te-?-t?te only.
It has been understood that Modi is proactive that Bangladesh should have the Teesta Water Sharing Treaty signed during the current official visit of the Indian Prime Minister.
Mamata had raised objection to the Teesta water sharing mechanism for the second time.
Earlier, Mamata had dropped out of the delegation when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an official visit to Bangladesh in June 2012, and the water sharing treaty was pushed into uncertainty.
The issue disheartened Bangladesh, but Hasina's government resumed negotiations with Delhi and finally the good news is expected this afternoon.
The Indian authorities often block a lion's share of the Teesta and Mahananda water flow, making Bangladesh dry. Which have made the northern part of Bangladesh, especially Rangpur, Dinajpur and Bogra districts arid.

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