Ahead of visit, Hasina tries hilsa diplo­macy

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Mo­hua.Chat­ter­jee @times­group.com

New Delhi: It’s time for Hilsa diplo­macy as Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina pre­pares to visit In­dia next week for bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with PM Modi, the first since both lead­ers re­turned to of­fice a few months ago.

With an eye on a deal on shar­ing of Teesta wa­ters for which a nod from the West Ben­gal govern­ment is crit­i­cal, the Hasina ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­cided to tem­po­rar­ily lift the ban on ex­port of Hilsa and will al­low 500 tonnes of the fetishised fish to be ex­ported to Ben­gal as a one-time ex­cep­tion ahead of Durga Puja.

Hasina is sched­uled to visit New Delhi on Oc­to­ber 3. CM Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, how­ever, will not be in the na­tional cap­i­tal as she never leaves Kolkata dur­ing Durga Puja.

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