Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says Bangladesh will win her litigation with India
over disputed maritime boundaries in the Bay of Bengal.
her litigation over disputed maritime boundaries with Myanmar in March 14 last
year at the International Tribunal for the Law of the sea.
tribunal is supposed to pronounce its verdict on the India-Bangladesh maritime
boundary dispute in 2014.
"We will win this case against India ," Hasina
said as he addressed officers and ranks of the Bangladesh Navy in
The Prime Minister welcomed moves to set up a deep sea port at
Sonadia , saying that will boost the country's foreign trade
She said her government has already opened Chittagong and
Mongla ports for neighbouring countries to improve bilateral relations and
On Thursday, the first ever home made warship ‘Padma’ was added to
the Bangladesh Navy in presence of Sheikh Hasina.
The ship was
commissioned in Khulna’s Khalishpur BNS Titumir base and Hasina handed over the
'commission warrant' to the 'Padma' s Captain Lt Commander Shafiul Azam.
Later the Prime Minister inspected the warship.
commissioning event, Prime Minister said Bangladesh was not a country that
sought wars. “We want peace, but we need to be prepared to defend
She said the Navy had to be made modernised with latest
technology within the limited resource Bangladesh has to offer.
was one of the five warships, work on which began on Mar 5, 2011 in Khulna
The Tk 580 million warship is 50 metres in length and 7.5
metres in width. Navy says it can travel up to 44 kilometres per
‘Padma’ has four 37mm and two 20mm canons capable to aim at targets
both on land and in air. It can also plant mines in river and the sea to hinder
Navy says in peace time the ‘Padma’ will be patrolling the
Sunderbans and adjacent sea territory under Khulna Navy Commander.
Prime Minister said that the Chinese, Indian and Myanmarese navies were becoming
active in the Bay of Bengal .
She said that the Navy must be prepared to
prevent any aggression on Bangladesh's maritime zone. “Our government is
committed to develop a well- equipped Navy in future to protect our resources
and to check arms trafficking and smuggling as well as to keep open the sea
Bangladesh Navy Chief Vice Admiral Jahir Uddin Ahmed and
Commodore MA Rajib received the Prime Minister upon her arrival in Khulna Navy
A smart Navy turnout presented the Prime Minister the guard of