31/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 12:02

Bangladesh, India in border talks

Category: Headlines

Published: 19th Jan 2011 07:08:46

Senior officials from Bangladesh and India are due to begin talks to discuss security related issues.

The home secretaries are meeting in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka on, to find ways to reduce tensions along their border.

The neighbours share an usually tense 4,000-km (2,485- mile) border.

Bangladeshi officials accuse Indian border guards of routinely shooting down civilians and cattle traders who attempt to cross the border.

The two-day talks come at a time when there is increasing public anger in Bangladesh over the continuing killings on the border with India.

In the latest incident, media reports said a 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl was allegedly shot dead by the Indian border guards earlier this month.

The reports said she was shot when she tried to re-enter her country by climbing a barbed-wire fence put by India along parts of the border.

The incident has triggered an outcry in Bangladesh.

Human rights groups allege that more than 900 civilians, many of them illegal immigrants or cattle smugglers, have been shot dead by the Indian border guards over the last decade.

"Ever year, a good number of people are killed around the border area. We would like to bring the casualty rate to zero," Bangladeshi Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder told the BBC.

Indian officials maintain that they only target drug smugglers, human traffickers and illegal immigrants.

They say they have been taking various measures to reduce the number of casualties.

For example, they said, around 130 people were killed in the border area in 2006 while the number dropped to 52 last year.

Bangladesh has also long been asking the Indian border guards to use non-lethal weapons or rubber bullets to avoid civilian deaths.

Bangladeshi officials say maintaining peace in the border region will top the agenda in the bilateral talks.

Indian officials, on the other hand, are expected to demand the handing over of militant leaders from the north-eastern Indian states, who are said to be based in Bangladesh.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2011. Bangladesh, India in border talks [Online] (Updated 19th Jan 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/123532/Bangladesh-India-in-border-talks [Accessed 31st Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • UK government launches new guidance on delivery charges

    The government has unveiled new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers in remote parts of the UK.
  • UK government launches new guidance on delivery charges

    The government has unveiled new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers in remote parts of the UK.
  • Senegal corruption trial of Karim Wade condemned

    A leading Senegalese rights group has condemned the corruption trial of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade's son, Karim.
  • Facebook expands Africa push

    It's the new frontier for the internet - connecting billions of people in Africa and Asia who have yet to sample the delights of the digital world. Through an organisation called Internet.org, Facebook has put itself at the forefront of this mission.
  • The very public NHS privatisation debate

    It has been one of the talking points of the week and one of the most hotly debated subjects on social media - is the NHS in England being privatised by the back door?
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com