Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina here and discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including the export of electricity from India.
During the 20-minute meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, Hasina briefed Singh on the improvement in the electricity situation in her country after she came to power some five years ago and how the electricity import from India would help her country meet its energy needs.
The test-supply of 50 MW electricity was transmitted yesterday through an electrical grid inter-connection point in Bheramara, Kushtia, opposite to West Bengal.
A 125-km transmission line has been constructed between Baharampur and Bheramara in Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina talked about the formal inauguration of the import process, sources familiar with the bilateral talks said.
The two leaders were initially accompanied by their respective officials, followed by one-on-one meeting.
The two leaders also discussed the USD 1 billion financial assistance to Bangladesh, of which USD 150 million has already been given, which is part of the USD 200 million grant.
And for remaining USD 800 million, projects are already underway, officials said.
Singh also wished his Bangladeshi counterpart on her birthday. Hasina turned 66 today.
Soon after his speech at the UN General Assembly, Singh also met Nepal's interim Prime Minister Khil Raj Regmi.
The two leaders discussed the upcoming elections in Nepal, with Regmi appreciating India's role in it.
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