India and Bangladesh have opened talks at ministerial level in the Bangladesh capital of Dacca, in a new attempt to reach agreement on sharing the waters of the Ganges River.
GV Aircraft on tarmac at Dacca airport, Bangladesh
SVs Indian Agriculture & Irrigation Minister Jagjivan Ram welcomed and walking across airport tarmac (7 shots)
SVs INT Ram and others seated during news conference (3 shots)
After the first session of talks on Monday (6 December) Mr. Ram told newsmen that the two delegations had begun their discussions with free and open minds, and they understood each other's views. The two countries have met several times during the past year to try to solve the problem which has put a strain on their relationship.
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Background: India and Bangladesh have opened talks at ministerial level in the Bangladesh capital of Dacca, in a new attempt to reach agreement on sharing the waters of the Ganges River.
SYNOPSIS: The Indian team of negotiators arrived at Dacca Airport on Monday (6 December), led by the Indian Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Mr. Jagjivan Ram. The Indian team was greeted on its arrival by the leader of the Bangladesh negotiators, Rear-Admiral Mossarraf Hossain Khan. The Rear-Admiral is Chief of the Bangladesh Naval Staff and the Cabinet member in the government in charge of ports, shipping, water resources and power. The first meeting took place shortly after the arrival of the Indian delegation.
The basis of the dispute between the two countries is that Bangladesh claims that India's diversion of the Ganges River through a dam called the Farakka Barrage,north of Calcutta, has deprived Bangladesh of essential water during the dry season.