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India and Bangladesh should work on river management

GS Paper 2

Syllabus: India and neighbourhood- relations

 

Context:

  • At the seventh round of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission, External Affairs Minister extended India’s assistance in the management of the annual flood in Bangladesh.
  • Collaborations agreed on: Artificial Intelligence, startups, fintech and cybersecurity.
  • Joint Statement: Two countries remain focused on the “importance of safe, speedy, and sustainable return of forcibly displaced persons from Rakhine State Myanmar, currently being sheltered by Bangladesh”.

 

Current Affairs

 

Reasons for recent floods in Bangladesh:

  • Climate Change
  • Skewed Rainfall Pattern:80% of the precipitation takes place in the monsoon months from June to September
  • Trans-National Rivers from India example: Bharmaputra, Teesta etc.
  • Unplanned Development

 

Insta Links

To read about Land Boundary Agreement: Click here

To read about the Teesta river dispute: Click here

 

Practice Questions:

Q. Examine the various impediments in Indo-Bangladesh relations. Are the steps taken sufficient? Critically analyze. (15M)

 

Q. With reference to Teesta river, consider the following statements:

  1. Teesta river is a tributary of the Ganga river.
  2. It originates in the Himalayas in Sikkim And flows to the south through Assam before entering Bangladesh.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (c)