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Bangladesh FM okays visit to Tripura

A Correspondent
Agartala, October 23, 2010: Bangladesh's external affairs minister Dr Dipu Moni has finally fixed her two day visit to Tripura on November 10 next which Indian officials hope to gain much in matters of trade, bilateral tie and diplomacy to ultimately benefit India's landlocked northeastern region.  

The minister would be accompanied by her husband Tawfique Nawaz, top senior officials and business leaders of Bangladesh. They would enter Agartala through Akhaura check post on morning of November 10. Besides, holding meeting with trade delegates from northeast and senior ministers led by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in Agartala, she would inaugurate an amalgamated immigration and trade station at Sabroom border in south Tripura.  

Tripura industries and commerce minister Jitendra Choudhury has confirmed the forthcoming visit of Dr Dipu Mani. Choudhury has been working seriously to facilitate visit of a first foreign minister into the state though she missed the earlier schedule.  

Dr Dipu Mani would lay foundation stone of a memorial complex dedicated to the martyrs in war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 which would provide some facilities like a museum and a park at Chittakhola in Belonia, near Sabroom.  

A veteran who witnessed the Bangladesh Liberation War opined that about 10 base camps of liberators had been established at Chittakhola and was a key centre for guerrilla strikes on Pakistani army across the border taking advantage of its geographical location.  

Government officials are optimistic that the visit of Dr Dipu Mani would open a new chapter in terms of relations between the landlocked region and Bangladesh. “We want to expedite the process of using the Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh near Agartala in line with planned strategies to further improve trade between Bangladesh and northeast India as well as issues pertaining development of trade-related infrastructure”, an official commented.

Dr Mani's husband Nawaz is a senior advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court, but also a famed artist of flute. Some cultural activists in Agartala are reportedly persuading him through emails to perform during his stay in Agartala.