India confirms rice export to Bangladesh

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Indian external affairs minister SM Krishna has informed his Bangladesh counterpart Dipu Moni that 300,000 metric tonnes of rice would soon be ready for export to Bangladesh.

Both ministers on Monday discussed the entire gamut of bilateral and regional issues on the sidelines of the SAARC Council of Ministers meeting held at Thimphu, according to a foreign ministry press release issued on Tuesday.

The Indian minister informed Moni that the rice price would be cheaper than that in the international market and that New Delhi was also ready to export 12,000 tonnes of sugar to Dhaka.

Krishna also assured the minister that necessary steps were being taken to stop the killing of innocent Bangladeshis along the border.

The ministers expressed their satisfaction over the recommendations of the Standing Committee of foreign secretaries regarding endorsement of the draft SAARC Charter of Democracy.

They also endorsed the standing committee recommendations to fully make operational the South Asia University and for establishment of the South Asia Forum.

Bryan Adams to perform at World Cup opening ceremony
Popular Canadian singer Bryan Adams will be the only western artist to perform at the opening ceremony for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Feb 17 performance will fall near the end of Adams’ India tour, which begins on Friday in Pune. Also, on the itinerary
is Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

While the gala opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011 is on Feb 17, the matches are scheduled from Feb 19 to April 2 and 14 countries will vie for the trophy in 49 matches spread across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Adams will stay one more day in Dhaka for a special acoustic concert featuring songs from his current CD Bare Bones, before finishing this leg of the tour in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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