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Bangladesh, India Begin Discussions on Water Sharing


Bangladesh and India have begun two days of talks in Dhaka on sharing water resources.

Bangladeshi officials say the talks, led by the secretaries of each country's water resources ministries, will focus on sharing waters from the Teesta and six other common rivers. They say the two sides will also discuss India's controversial river-linking project aimed at diverting surplus water from rivers in its flood-prone northeast to dry western and southern parts of the country.

Opponents believe the project would cause rivers in Bangladesh to dry up, affecting the country's ecology and farming. Bangladesh and India have 54 common rivers but have an agreement only to share water resources from the Ganges River, signed in 1996.

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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