India and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Saturday (5 November) to share the waters of the Lower Ganges River.
LV & GV Indian Air Force aircraft taxiing into Dacca airport (2 shots)
CU Bangladesh officials waiting on tarmac (with chief delegate on left)
SV Chief of Indian delegation, Agriculture Minister Surjit Singh Barnala, leading party from aircraft
CU Two delegation heads shaking hands and walking towards airport buildings with party (2 shots)
LV Building where signing took place in Dacca with Indian and Bangladesh flags flying
SV & CU Heads of two delegations with Bangladesh representative (left) and Indian Agriculture Minister signing agreement (5 shots)
SV Agreements exchanged
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Background: India and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Saturday (5 November) to share the waters of the Lower Ganges River. The agreement signed in the Bangladesh capital of Dacca brought to an end a 25-year dispute between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: An Indian delegation flew into Dacca to put their formal seal of approval on the treaty, which will be valid for five years. It was headed by Agriculture Minister Surjit Singh Barnala, who described the agreement as a 'harbinger of good will and closer cooperation'. Bangladesh navy chief, Rear Admiral Mosharraf Hussain Khan, called it an 'historic occasion'.
For 10 years before Bangladesh became independent Pakistan opposed the construction of a barrage 200 miles (320 kms) north of Calcutta. They claimed the diversion of water from the Ganges seriously affected farming, irrigation and fishing. But now the treaty specifies the way water should be shared during the dry season between January and May. Observation posts will be set up at two separate points in India and Bangladesh to record the daily flow of the river.